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Volume 2, Number 27 | August 26, 2010

Just peachy

Ramona Clara Ahrenskeaff, 1, puts the chomp on a peach at a recent Carbondale Farmer’s Market. The market takes place Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 29 at Fourth and Main streets. The Main Street Bazaar follows the market each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Photo by Trina Ortega

A local horse reflects

Trustees consider downtown parking

CNN features Project Pearlington

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Carbondale Commentary Letters

The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Community comes through again Dear Editor: Once again, I realize how blessed I am to be a part of the Carbondale community. Last Friday night, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities was host to Robin Sutherland and Toby Tenenbaum in an incredible concert in the new Third Street Center Round Room. It was really the inaugural concert for the space and it was a knockout. There is finally a real CCAH Center for the Arts. There are many, many people to thank for the space and for the evening. Of course, the spectacular wood floor that changed the room into this elegant space would not have been possible without the generous donation from Jim and Connie Calaway. Thank you, Jim and Connie, for your ongoing generosity and vision. Thank you to my many sponsors and volunteers who helped make the evening memorable and possible. Thanks to Terry Skogen and Rick Lawrence for doing the impossible. Thanks to Lee Ann Eustis and Terry Lee, my stalwart helpers. Thanks to Laurel Sheehan for her professional advice. Thanks to Drew Scott of Down Valley Tavern for his wonderful food, and Terry Kirk of Sopris Liquors and Wine. A big thank you to the wonderful donors who helped make our new space possible and, last but not least, thanks to the wonderful people of Carbondale who continue to support us and make it possible for CCAH to keep building community through art. I love you all. Ro Mead, Director Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities

Thanks to Doug Dear Editor: If service is taking actions that benefit other people, then I believe Doug Dotson deserves a big thank you. Several years ago,

Doug stepped down as head of a successful planning firm in order to become Carbondale town planner. More bosses, more hours, less money, and less support staff. It would be the equivalent of a general contractor giving up his license during the boom years in order to work for Habitat for Humanity. For five years, Doug buried himself in his office and worked to improve each application. His office fronted Colorado Avenue and I often saw his light on early in the morning or late at night. From my perspective, Doug’s finest efforts were related to the Economic Roadmap. Translating citizen ideas into defensible public plans is not an easy task but everyone working on the effort had great ideas that Doug successfully translated into visual and text plans. When I helped the town and school district pursue the non-profit center and teacher housing, Doug was a tireless supporter of figuring out a way to implement the vision for the area. The Third Street Center is the first manifestation of that vision. Every town planner brings something to the job and I believe that Doug’s gift was persistent service. Thanks Doug! Bob Schultz Carbondale

Thanks to the golfers Dear Editor: The Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS (GSAR) would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, and golfers for their generous support of our annual GSAR Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament held July 14 at the Lakota Canyon golf course. Special thanks to Tom Underwood and the crew at Lakota and event sponsors Battlement Mesa Company, the Colorado Association of REALTORS, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), and Williams Production.

Thanks to all of the hole sponsors: Bank of Colorado; Neil-Garing Insurance; Cheryl&Co. Real Estate; Smart Move Brokers; Cherry Creek Mortgage; Homes & Land; Stewart Title; Sunshine Travel; Cornerstone Mortgage; Bookcliff Survey Services; Commonwealth Title; Vicki Lee Green Realtors; Liberty Home Financial; Mason and Morse Real Estate, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Keller Williams Realty Colorado Heritage Group; Karp, Neu & Hanlon; Land Title Guarantee Co.; Glenwood Insurance; and The Property Shop. Thanks also to those who contributed additional sponsorships and prize drawings including: John Elmore, Mike and Kristi Picore, Aspen Glen Club, Roaring Fork Club, Berthod Motors, Glenwood Springs Ford, Altitude Designs, Battlement Mesa Golf Club, Bill and Cindy Blanton, Courtyard by Marriott, Creating Conscious Spaces, Electric Mountain Lodge, Frostbusters and Coolth, John Pelland, Lakota Canyon Ranch, Lou Vallario and Kim Sills, Omni Interlocken Resort, Redstone Inn, Rifle Creek golf course, River Valley Ranch, Valerie Gilliam, A Sanctuary Spa, Adventure Paragliding, classic Nails & Day Spa, Glenwood Canyon Rafting, Ken Dunham, Glenwood Springs Golf Club, Land Title, Memories by Design, RE/MAX Country, Spa of the Rockies, Stewart Title, Swallow Oil, Accelerated Human Performance, Beau Jo’s, Bill’s Cowboy Steakhouse, Carl Ciani Insurance Agency, Choice Liquors, Chomps Deli, Christine Ackley Therapeutic Massage, Elk Creek Mining Co, Fiesta Guadalajara, Fins Grill & Raw Bar, Geno’s Liquor, Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Hot Springs Athletic Club, Judy Welch, Juicy Lucy’s, Patti’s Main Street Coffee House, Pour House restaurant, Professional Therapeutic Massage, Riviera Supper Club, Rivers Restaurant, Russets Restaurant, Tequila’s Restaurant, and White House Pizza. And last but not least, many thanks to committee chair Becky Ciani, co-chair Tammy Sommerfeld and all of the golf committee members for their hard work, dedication and support of this special event! Cheryl Burns CEO Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS

Comp plan raises questions

These surfers from the Sopris area take a peek at the Sun: Ben, Dave and Sam Carpenter, and Laura Kirk. They are visiting former Carbondale residents Bill and Will Hurd and Nancy LaJoy at their home in Maui. Courtesy photo 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 26, 2010

Dear Editor: As the voice of 250 Realtors and affiliates across Garfield County, and with property owners and buyers in mind, the Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS (GSAR) is following the drafting of the new Garfield County Comprehensive Plan. We applaud the county’s commitment to make this the right document for our citizens. Comprehensive plans are traditionally used as “big picture” advisory documents with land use codes serving as the meat and potatoes regulatory documents. However, the current draft raises questions as to whether this is true. Garfield County Commissioners John Martin and Mike Samson have voiced concerns with a comp plan that usurps the au-

thority of the land use code and takes decision-making authority away from the commissioners to do what is right for Garfield County citizens. Instead, future development may require costly text amendments, passing on these costs to developers and homebuyers at a time when local economies are struggling. Adding uncertainty to the cost of development is unwarranted. GSAR takes the position that it must be made clear in the document that the comp plan is an advisory document to guide policy, not an additional strict layer of regulation. Another worrisome change would be in the Colorado River Valley, where the underlying zoning is presently two acres per dwelling unit. The new plan will change the zoning to two to six acres per dwelling with incentives for “clustering” to control sprawl in rural areas. GSAR supports “clustering” as a tool to incentivize smart growth in rural areas, but doesn’t believe that six-acre lots will reduce sprawl. In fact, GSAR believes it would create more sprawl while eating up valuable agricultural land. At the same time, it would make affordable rural living unattainable. Leaving the current zoning in place will not prevent clustering from encouraging reduced sprawl and increased open space. The underlying density of two acres per dwelling unit should stay in place for the Colorado River Valley. GSAR encourages citizens to contact Garfield County P&Z members to discuss comprehensive plan concerns. Use the county’s web site to learn more. Jack Pretti Chair Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS

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Dancing-Light concert a ‘harvest’ of her 30-year musical career By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Correspondent When she was still a girl, Lisa Dancing-Light was invited on stage by renowned pianist Carmen Cavalero to play a duet of “Chopsticks” at Eddy’s jazz club in downtown Kansas City, Mo. It was a big moment – she had been studying piano since she was 8, and she had known of Cavalero because he was Tyrone Power’s “hands” in the movie “The Eddy Duchin Story.” But it wasn’t in the cards for DancingLight to make her on-stage debut. “I was so terrified, I hid under the table,” she said. “Who would guess that I would be the stage-loving singer I am today?” In recognition of what has blossomed into a 30-year career of singing, songwriting, performing and music education, Dancing-Light is holding a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Church at Carbondale. Accompanying her are Frank Martin, David Harding, Amy Hawes, Jeff Reynolds, Randy Utterback and Larry Thompson. In addition to honoring those who have inspired her to make and share music throughout the years, Dancing-Light will be showcasing songs from her new CD, the Americanastyle “Light Years,” which she describes as a “musical mural of life stories.” “The concert is an honoring of the legacy that stands behind me,” Dancing-Light said. From her first piano teacher, to her high school choir teacher, to musicians such as Robin Sutherland (who performed in Carbondale last week) and other friends in the music industry, to music theory experts, Dancing-Light says she is lucky to have had such a rich musical nurturing. Her love of music came about naturally. During her growing years in Raytown, Mo., her father played Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Tommy Dorsey and she learned to dance while standing on her dad’s feet with Lawrence Welk rolling in the background. Her mother appreciated music, too, and played in a dance band. Before long, Dancing-Light was pining for her first instrument so she could make her own music.“My mom said I begged for a piano when I was eight,” she said. That upright is still in her life; it now sits in her son’s home in Redstone, where Dancing-Light shares music with her youngest student: her 10-month-old grandbaby. While music was very much a part of her life – she was invited to study piano at the Conservatory at University of Missouri as a teenager and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in

Lisa Dancing-Light’s musical career includes teaching, performing and recording. Her third CD is out soon and she’ll perform selections from it during her 30th anniversary concert at the Church at Carbondale on Aug. 27. Photo by Trina Ortega Music Education from the University of Kansas – DancingLight said she never envisioned herself teaching. She wanted to be a classical performance pianist. “I went to college to become a music education teacher but I never thought I’d use my teaching degree. You went to school because it was what everyone was doing. In those days [as a female] you either got married or went into nursing,” she said. Her life took a detour, however, when she moved to Aspen in the 1970s. In order to survive, she chose bartending and waitressing, and she got married in 1973. While raising two boys with different learning styles, she began to study educational kinesiology and how music affects the brain. It was during this time that her musical teaching career began with lessons at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and later as the

music director at Aspen Community School. She would continue to grow musically over the next decade, performing with the Sirens of Swing, playing her first solo concert at the CRMS Barn, and opening for jazz pianist Peter Kater at the Wheeler Opera House. Then came the “synchronistic” 1980s, says DancingLight, with lots of life changes. She was living in the Rocky Mountains that had “called” to her as a child during family vacations in Granby, Colo.; she met (and dated) a musician from the legendary Eagles, who introduced her to the simple yet beautiful world of pop music; and she began “hearing” music. A naturalist and avid hiker, Dancing-Light said songs would come to her while living in the mountains. “It was DANCING-LIGHT page 13

Local schools back in action after summer break By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Correspondent

Ku’ulei Costa heads for the front door at Crystal River Elementary School on Monday. Photo by Lynn Burton

Parents of school-age children were getting back into the early morning routine this week as classes resumed for students in the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. “Summer is wonderful because you get a break and you come back rejuvenated for the new year, which is always filled with hope and excitement,” said Marie Voss-Patterson, a teacher at Crystal River Elementary School (CRES). “These weeks are great. It’s good to get back into a routine, and it’s exciting to see all the students again.” CRES fourth-grader Odalis Corcuera was ready for summer to end. She sat in the school’s cafeteria Monday morning eating cereal and raisins. With high-pitched voices echoing all around and parents nearly suffocating their kids with farewell hugs and kisses, Odalis talked about how her trip to Mexico was canceled this summer. It made her even more ready to come back to school this week. “I like coming to school because we get to learn new stuff. We get to do fun stuff instead of sitting at home watching TV,” she said. Now she has roughly 177 more days to “not be bored.” The Re-1 2010-2011 school year runs from Aug. 23 to June 1 with a winter break Dec. 20-31 and a spring break March 28 through April 4, among other small respites. The community’s high school athletes were up bright and early this week as practices already had begun. The

Roaring Fork Rams football team is gearing up for its first game on Friday, Sept. 3, against Hotchkiss. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Rams’ field next to Carbondale Middle School on Snowmass Drive. Homecoming (which coincides with Carbondale’s Potato Day) will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 against longtime valley rival Basalt. Parent volunteer groups also were getting back into the routine this week, meeting with teachers and principals to identify important dates for the school year. Carbondale Community School welcomed its students and parents with a Back to School Open House on Aug. 25, and the other Re-1 Back to School events will be: • Carbondale Middle School – 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 180 Snowmass Drive; • Roaring Fork High School – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2270 Highway 133; • Crystal River Elementary School – 6-7:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 2, 160 Snowmass Drive; and • Bridges High School – 6-7:30, Sept. 2, 455 S. Third St. “It’s intended for students and parents but anyone is always welcome. If you haven’t been into our schools, this is a good time to come check them out,” said volunteer Debbie Bruell, a parent of students at both CRES and Carbondale Middle. Bruell said the schools are in need of more parent support and volunteer time. BACK TO SCHOOL page 14 THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 26, 2010 • 3

News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news department team to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK at 6:50 a.m., 7:50 a.m. and at 5:50 p.m. on Thursdays, or online at

Search for Worley suspended The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen have suspended their latest search for Bill Worley, who went missing in the Redstone area in late July. Worley, 61, was last seen hiking at the East Creek trailhead on July 31. His car was found at the trailhead near Redstone on Aug. 3. Authorities suspended their first search in the Redstone area on Aug. 7, and then resumed it over the weekend along a mile-long stretch of the Crystal River. Foul play is not suspected.

Carbondale aims for new tennis courts The town of Carbondale is teaming with the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to build three new tennis courts at the North Face Park. There are only two public tennis courts in Carbondale, both located at River Valley Ranch, after the three courts at the old middle school (now Bridges Center) fell into disrepair and were abandoned. The tennis courts are part of a $184,000 project that includes a beginner skateboard park.

Tiernan takes second in 100 Carbondale’s Zeke Tiernan took second place in last weekend’s Leadville 100 Trail Run with a time of 18:25:30. Ashley Hunter Arnold placed 40th overall and was the third place female with a time of 23:08:17. The Leadville 100 Trail Run is a 100-mile contest, mostly above 10,000 feet, and includes more than 14,000 feet of elevation gain. Duncan Callahan of Gunnison won the race with a time of 17:43:25. Aspen’s Dylan Bowman finished third. More than 800 runners entered the race, which is considered one of the toughest in the United States.

Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. SATURDAY Aug. 14 You’ve heard of passing the buck, but now comes passing the skunk. This one took place in the 800 block of Colorado Avenue when someone called police to say a skunk had fallen into their basement window well and couldn’t get out. So, Carbondale police referred the caller to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, who in turn suggested the caller get in touch with a rodent/animal control company. SATURDAY Aug. 14 Police slapped a ticket on an underage driver at Hendrick and Barber Drive. The driver brought attention to himself by the “thumping� of his stereo, which the officer could hear from 300 feet away. SATURDAY Aug. 14 A citizen called police at 8:34 p.m. to report a person in a wheelchair was hitchhiking on Highway 133 in front of City Market. A police officer responded and took the man to the Church at Redstone. SUNDAY Aug. 15 At 8:29 a.m., a 2001 Dodge Ram was reported stolen in the 200 block of Garfield Avenue. The truck was found about 30 minutes later, overturned in a ravine on Red Hill. SUNDAY Aug. 15 Someone reported kids playing in the street near Second Street and Euclid. Police contacted the kids and their parents and explained the concept of playing safely to them.

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Town to consider two-hour parking on Fourth Street By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Picture some old guys walking around downtown handing out parking tickets, but also serving as ambassadors for the town. That’s the image Chris Chacos conjured up for the Carbondale Board of Trustees Tuesday night, when he brought up the topic of business owners parking all day on Fourth Street, because there’s no two-hour limit like in other parts of downtown. “The town could have a gray group of guys who volunteer to monitor (parking),” said Chacos, a member of the Downtown Preservation Association. “They could be deputized to issue tickets … and also serve as ambassadors for the town … like the Aspen Skiing Co. (has).” Chacos’ solution calls for two-hour parking from Fourth and Main streets to Colorado Avenue (one block north). Chacos said he understands the town doesn’t have the money to pay police to monitor two-hour parking on Fourth Street, so that’s why he’s suggesting the job be turned over to a “gray team.” The idea sparked a brief discussion about downtown parking, although not specifically Fourth Street related. Trustee John Foulkrod said that recently a farmer’s market vendor was ticketed for parking all day on Main Street. “He got mad,” Foulkrod said. Without much further discussion, Mayor Stacey Bernot told Chacos the town can pur-

There’s no time limit for parking during the day on Fourth Street between Main Street and Colorado Avenue. Carbondale’s trustees will discuss whether to limit parking to two hours at an upcoming meeting. Photo by Lynn Burton sue his two-hour parking suggestion, and put in on a future agenda. In other business from the Aug. 24 board of trustees meeting: • Trustees approved an ordinance that will put a 1.5 mill levy extension for downtown improvements on the November ballot. The levy is set to expire on Dec. 31. If approved, the mill levy, which will be assessed on all property within the town, would extend to Dec. 31, 2020. The levy has been used in the past for

numerous Main Street projects, such as the bulb-outs at Fourth and Main, plus the new parking configuration on Colorado Avenue. If approved, Carbondale expects to collect a little more than $320,000 from the mill levy in 2011, according to the ballot question’s language. • Trustees approved a special event liquor license for the town’s Oktoberfest/Celtic Fest, but not without some concerns. Trustee John Hoffmann said there were complaints from some downtown business owners about the

band playing too loudly last year. He suggested putting the band on the east side of the Qwest building so sound is not directed to the west, although he admitted the sound would then be directed at someone else. Trustees also approved liquor license renewals for Main Street Spirits, City Market (3.2 beer) and El Pollo Rico. • Trustees continued the public hearing for Thompson Park to Oct. 12. In the trustee comments part of the meeting, trustee Elizabeth Murphy said the recreation center didn’t open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, which meant that some runners in the Colorado Relay (a 174-mile race that concludes in Carbondale) were not able to get in for showers. Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Jackel said he’d look into it. The recreation center did finally open at about 9:45 a.m., Murphy said. • Mayor Bernot noted that the Parks and Recreation Commission hasn’t met in two months, and asked Jackel whether they were “ever going to meet again?” Jackel said the committee hasn’t been able to get a quorum for the past two monthly meetings, because so many members are busy with summer activities. The public part of Tuesday night’s trustees meeting lasted about an hour. Trustees then held a two-and-one-half hour closed door, executive session to discuss a personnel issue. Following the executive session, the trustees took no action or made any comments.

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A buyer picks through peaches at last week’s Farmer’s Market at Fourth and Main streets. The market continues into September. Photo by Trina Ortega THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 26, 2010 • 5


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Go Broncos Kendall Bernot, a fourth-grader at Crystal River Elementary School, made quite the fashion statement the first day of school on Monday. Her statement? “Go Broncos!” The statement of support comes via Kendall’s new back-to-school shoes, which are bright blue high-top Converse All Stars with orange shoelaces. If anyone out there isn’t acquainted with Kendall or the Broncos, blue and orange are the Denver professional football team’s colors. Go Broncos! Go Kendall!

Robin sells outs The Robin Sutherland piano concert in the Third Street Center’s Round Room was a sell out, according to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Director Ro Mead. “All 118 seats were filled,” she said. Mead reports the room’s acoustics are “out of this world” and the new wood floor by Terry Skogen is a work of art in its own right. She said the design repeats the geometry of the beams above. If you haven’t seen the floor yet, come on over.

Where’s Terray? Some folks have been wondering where Terray Sylvester is these days. It used to be easy to find him behind his desk as editor of The Sopris Sun, or out and about covering the news, biking around town or climbing a rock. A few folks theorize that when the Sun relocated from its previous office in the basement of Amore Reality to the Third Street Center, nobody told Terray. This theory is

Public radio station KAJX in Aspen is also conducting a membership drive. And speaking of drive, a Carbondale resident reports that KAJX (with Pastor Mustard and his Church of the Nifty Blue Chrysler) came in good and clear all the way up to Marble for MarbleFest over the weekend. For more info, go to

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not true. In fact, it’s false. Terray is taking a three-month leave of absence so he can go trekking about in Nepal. He says he’ll return in early November. In the meantime, longtime Roaring Fork Valley newspaperman Lynn Burton is serving as interim editor.

urday for the medical marijuana dispensaries. Folks could drift around from store to store, take a hit and a taste, and them move on to the next. Second Saturday would also help the restaurants, what with all those tokers who’d get the munchies.

Sales tax collections “higher?”

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It was recently reported that Carbondale’s sales tax collections in June were almost 2 percent higher than in June 2009. This is the first sales tax increase in more than a year. So what’s the deal? Why are sales tax collections up? Some folks are figuring that the town’s numerous medical marijuana dispensaries are selling so much pot, they are putting Carbondale back in the black. These same theorizers say the town should capitalize on this new economic engine and promote pot stores like CCAH promotes art. That’s right. If CCAH sponsors First Friday to boost sales in the galleries, how about someone sponsoring Second Sat-

Here’s something that happened last Saturday morning. A guy named Larry left his place in Meredith up above Ruedi, made his way to the local pay phone, stuck in a couple of quarters and called KDNK to become a member of the non-profit radio station. DJ Nina reported this incident on her “Smokin’ Grass” bluegrass radio show right after it happened on Saturday morning and said Larry was a first-time member. She then urged other non-members to “jump off the fence,” call 963-0139 and become a member. The membership drive festivities include Captain Hook’s Gong-A-Thon from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Third Street Center.


with Special Guests Frank Martin, David Harding, Jeff Reynold, Randy Utterback, Amy Hawes and Larry Thompson Friday August 27, 2010 • 7:30 pm • Tickets: $10 on sale at 7:00 pm at the door

Church at Carbondale • 110 Snowmass Drive Carbondale, Colorado Please join me as I embrace this landmark year of teaching and performing

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Speaking of membership drives

From left to right: Bailey Haines, Jennifer Gee and Stephanie Kobald accept a check from the Downtown Preservation Association for winning the citizen category in the association’s recent flower project. The ladies’ winning entry is in the planter in front of Miser’s Mercantile at Third and Main.

Congrats to independence Run & Hike, which is celebrating its four-year anniversary. For this week only, all clothing is 20 to 75 percent off; most footwear is 10 to 75 percent off. The store is located on Highway 133, across from the Red Rock Diner.

Earning their Black Belt Nine locals recently earned their Black Belt in karate. They are: Joni Fenske, Janet Lapin, Kat Bernat, Flora Fischbacher, Nicholas Hunsaker, Robert Thompson, Matthew Wampler, Dylan Fenske and David Malehorn (3rd Dan Black Belt).

Welcome to the world Sophia Josephine Warner was born on May 22 to Stephanie and Kevin Warner of Carbondale. She was 9 pounds, 20 inches. Her grandparents are TJ and Terry Hayes of Carbondale, and Steve and Cindy Warner of Great Bend, Kansas. Sophia’s great-grandparents are Bob and Elsie Fadely, also longtime Carbondale residents.




CNN features Project Pearlington on Anderson Cooper’s “360” By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun CNN’s Anderson Cooper features the Carbondale-based Project Pearlington relief effort for Hurricane Katrina victims at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26. The segment, on Cooper’s “360,” focuses on how the volunteer project built a new house for one specific family in Pearlington, Miss., as well as building and rebuilding dozens of other homes, schools and buildings, said Project Pearlington Director Tom Dalessandri. “CNN called and asked me if I was going to be down there (last week), so I went on down,” Dalessandri said. Aug. 29 marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities, including Pearlington, which is 40 miles to the east. Project Pearlington received a lot of local and national media attention after Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Fire Chief Ron Leach proposed an effort to help Pearlington residents rebuild their town in Katrina’s wake. Pitkin County, Carbondale, Aspen and other Roaring Fork Valley entities quickly responded with money and volunteers. Over the next three years, more than 2,500 volunteers (many from outside the Roaring Fork Valley) traveled to Pearlington to help residents rebuild. “We had as many as 100 (volunteers) at times,” Dalessandri told The Sopris Sun. Dalessandri said he, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and a camera crew toured Pearlington for three days interviewing residents last week. One family, which CNN featured five years ago, was living in a shed, using shelves for beds when Project Pearlington first came to town. That family is now living in a new home. “It’s quite a moving story,” he said. While many homes have been rebuilt, other parts of town sit just as they were after Katrina hit. Dalessandri said Project Pearlington started winding down about 18 months ago, although three volunteer crews have put in time this year. The Greenwald Foundation of Aspen even donated funds to build a completely new house for a family. “The valley made a real statement about their generosity and caring (through the Pearlington Project),” Dalessandri said. When asked whom he’s going to watch the CNN segment with, Dalessandri said he probably won’t see it because he’ll be out of town,“But CNN said they’d send me a copy.”





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Dan Sadowsky joined Bob Schultz and Jeff Dickinson for a live remote at the Village Smithy as part of KDNK’s fall membership drive on Wednesday morning. The station is shooting for $60,000 in new and renewing memberships. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Duck Man rides again in Spokane A bank officer in Washington who has earned the title “Duck Man” did it again for the third year in a row in Spokane: He saved the day by helping ducks fly away. Joel Armstrong watched a nest outside his office window until he realized that the ducklings were itching to take off. But the little birds were 15 feet from the ground, so he “rushed down to the pavement to catch them as they fell from their ledge.” Then Duck Man carried them through traffic to the river, reports The Week magazine. Acting as guardian angel, Armstrong has caught 26 birds “and hasn’t dropped one yet.” • Ducklings in urban settings may be charming, but pigeons? In Carson City, Nev., “pigeons have gotten the best of the state Division of Insurance that oversees a multimillion dollar industry.” Once pigeons took up residence in the building’s ventilation system, 75 employees began getting sick with sore throats and breathing problems, reports the Las Vegas Sun. The heating and air conditioning systems were replaced and a variety of lethal chemicals were sprayed, but nothing helped, so workers are moving to a new office, costing the state $1.4 million for a fiveyear lease.

Heard around the west

By Betsy Marston High Country News • Then there are European starlings, those noisy black birds that love North America so much they’ve grown from a mere 100, when they were introduced to New York City’s Central Park in the early 1890s, to 200 million today. It’s truly a success story, albeit an unfortunate one for native birds, air travel and agriculture. Now one of the most common birds in the United States, “starlings breed like crazy, eat almost anything, are highly mobile and operate in overwhelming numbers,” reports the Associated Press. They also make an “intimidating statement as they swirl in vast clouds called murmurations.” Nationally, the federal Wildlife Service spends millions of dollars trying to kill or harass starlings, which take an

estimated yearly toll of $800 million on agriculture. Despite spending more on poisoning starlings than any other state, Washington remains a favorite hangout for the birds. At one feedlot, 200,000 starlings gather each day, “lining fence tops, wires, water troughs and even perching on top of cows.” Then when the cows get fed, the birds descend to snatch the best bits. Yet their biggest threat to people occurs at airports, where they sometimes collide with planes. At Salt Lake City International airport, where there have been 19 reported starling-plane strikes in the last 20 years, wildlife biologist Mike Smith has been trapping and poisoning the birds, once netting 800 in one day. But it’s clear that starlings are tough to control, much less eliminate. Says Greg Butcher of the National Audubon Society, “They’re great survivors and quite the biological machine.” • Ouch: A fierce thunderstorm in Vivian, S.D., dropped the fattest hailstone ever recorded — l pound 15 ounces — fortunately not on the head of the ranch worker who found it. Other ice balls left craters in the ground six inches deep, reports the Washington Post.

Betsy Marston is the editor of Writers on the Range, an op ed syndication service of High Country News ( Tips of Western weirdness can be sent to

Blocks of marble are stacked three high in some places at Colorado Yule’s storage yard in Marble these days. Photo by Lynn Burton

Continued Public Hearing for Proposed Changes to the

Historic Commercial Core Zone District Downtown Carbondale

The Roaring Fork Rams Cheerleaders would like to thank everyone who supported and made possible their Wednesday evening Farmer’s Market booth.

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Rodeo season concludes on a wet but enthusiastic note By Kayla Henley Sopris Sun Correspondent


The sun set on the final Wild West Rodeo of the season and its mud-splattered fans and riders Thursday evening as people meandered about the grounds for the last time this summer. Teens sipped sodas, adults conversed leisurely and kids watched wide-eyed as John Payne (a.k.a. The OneArmed Bandit) made his annual appearance. Due to heavy rains, the usual dusty grounds were a sloppy mud pit, but it didn’t stop spectators or competitors from attending. An ambiance of contentment settled on the crowd as close friends and family reflected upon the 2010 rodeo season. “I think they’re great because they keep the west alive in Carbondale,” said 15-year-old barrel racer Caitlin Kinney who also earned the alternate position in the rodeo royalty this summer. Kinney’s friend, 14-year-old Mia Wedemeyer from Redstone, said she loves coming to the rodeos to watch Kinney ride, adding: “It’s a good socializing event.” Now that the season has come to an end, the rodeo board will review the positives and negatives of the season and begin preparation for next year, explained Dave Weimer, president of the Carbondale Rodeo Board. Ideas will be brainstormed for roughly a month and work for next season will start in January. One idea being tossed around is building a cover for the stands. This would provide spectators dry seats after rainfalls such as the ones experienced last week as well as shade from the sun. One aspect that will not change is the number of rodeos, which will remain at approximately 12, the board having agreed that by the end of the season,“We’re all pooped out,” as Weimer put it. Twelve is also a good number for those preparing for the new school year. “It’s a good thing (it ends when it does) because if school were in session now, how many people would bring their kids out to the rodeo on a school night?”Weimer asked.“It’s just not going to happen.”

The kids’ excitement and happiness could be seen plainly Thursday evening.A small group of friends from Carbondale, all 11 of them, reminisced on the great times they’d shared and some of their favorite parts about the rodeo. “I love watching the little kids get dunked in the mud during the mutton bustin’,” said Maeve O’Donnell Pax. Pax has gone to nearly every rodeo with her close friend Emily Henley. Henley recalled the time she had been chasing a friend and had slipped on a patch of mud and fallen on her back. Lyndsay Hansen and Ashley Hall enjoy watching the bronco riding. Corey Johnson had a chilling story from that night.“I was looking at the buffalo and one of them charged me!” But the enjoyment was not only seen in the midst of the “tweens.”Adults were also smiling broadly last Thursday night while conversing in the backs of trucks or next to the arena. Joe Meade and his daughters Ruby, 10, and Lucy, 8, had only been to the rodeo a few times this season but have enjoyed the experience. “I love the spirit that’s here,”Meade said.“Everyone’s here and happy, even the competitors. It’s a lot of fun.” Ten-yearold Ruby said she simply enjoys being with her friends. Kathy Small, the marketing director for the Carbondale rodeo who has been volunteering for the last four seasons, commented on the fun she has at the rodeo each week as well. “I get to sit on the back of the truck and do all my work and have fun with my friends, who are also volunteers.”

History The Wild West Rodeo began in 2005 after Weimer moved to Carbondale in 2003. At the time, the rodeo had been under management of someone else. Upon moving to Carbondale, Weimer read in the local paper that the manager would cease to continue the rodeo in Carbondale due to lack of sponsors. Wanting to keep the rodeo alive, Weimer RODEO ROUNDUP page 15

Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo was held in a muddy arena on Aug. 19 but the performance went on as planned. The rodeo was the last of the season. Photo by Lynn Burton

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Community Calendar THURS.-SUN. Aug.26-30 MOUNTAIN SUMMIT HELD • Mountainfilm in Telluride and the Wheeler Opera House in Apsen present Mountain Summit. There’ll be four days of films, symposiums on the extinction crisis and more. Speakers include Steve Winter, Stuart Pimm, Jeffrey Parrish, Louie Psihoyos and Eric Sanderson. For details, go to or call 920-5770.

THURSDAY Aug. 26 “GASLAND” SHOWN • The Thompson Divide Coalition and Mountain Film Aspen presents “Gasland” at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen at 5:15 p.m. There will be a discussion with director Josh Fox after the film. Info: SURLES TALKS • Sculptor James Surles, a Missouri Heights resident, gives a free talk at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village at 12:30 p.m. PORCHLIGHT PLAYS • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Porchlights (rock/folk/bluegrass) from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. ACT HOLDS WORKSHOP • Aspen Community Theatre gives a free audition vocal workshop for its production “1776” from 7 to 9 p.m. The musical runs Sept. 10-11. Info: 923-3327.

FRI.-SUN Aug. 27-29 CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS CULTURES • A celebration of indigenous cultures, with members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmoth-

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ers and honored guests, takes place at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Friday’s program is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and includes a slide show from the Native Gatherings XI and XII, plus a book signing with Charlotte Graham (“History of a River.”) Info:

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MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents“Restrepo” (R) at 8 p.m. Aug. 27- Sept. 2; “Winter’s Bone” (R) at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 28 and “The Kids Are All Right” (R) at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 29. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern on Main Street presents the Carbondale All Stars (Geoffrey Morris, Dave Johnson and Lee Dudley) at 10 p.m. There’s a $5 cover. LIVE MUSIC • Konnyaku restaurant, on Highway 133, presents Bobby Mason every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 704-0889. DANCING-LIGHT CELEBRATES • Singer/songwriter/pianist/ educator Lisa DancingLight celebrates 30 years of performance and teaching with a special concert at the Church at Carbondale at 7:30 p.m. Special guests include Frank Martin, Amy Hawes and others. Tickets are $10 at the door. Info: 963-1680. LIVE MUSIC • Bad Willie (electric blues) appears at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood

PHOBIC DOG SEMINAR PRESENTED • High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters in Glenwood Springs brings in Dr. Rhea Dodd for a seminar on noise phobic dogs from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $75 with a dog and $35 without. Info: 947-0014. LIVE MUSIC • Twirp Anderson plays the Pour House on Main Street starting at 7:30 p.m. Info: 963-3553. LIVE MUSIC • Derringer plays Glenwood’s Adventure Park from 6 to 10 p.m. as part of its Music on the Mountain series. Bring a can of food for LiftUp and the tram ride to park is free. Info: 945-4228. BLOCK PARTY • The Big Aspen Barbecue Block Party in downtown Aspen features Big Daddy Lee & the King Bees from noon to 1:15 p.m.; Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.; and the Otis Taylor Band from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The music’s free at the base of Aspen Mountain. FILM SCREENED • The film “For the Next Seven Generations” is screened at Carbondale Middle School at 7 p.m. as part of this weekend’s indigenous cultures event. A panel discussion follows. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 through the Web site CELEBRATING G’WOOD’S FOUNDERS

• The Frontier Historical Society hosts Founder’s Day from 4 to 8 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Live music includes the Last Minute String Band. It’s free. GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. More info: 704-0909. NATURAL DYE • Sustainable Settings offers a workshop in natural dyes. Learn to recognize and harvest local herbs traditionally used for dying fabrics. More info: 963-6107 or TRAIL WORK • Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers holds a trail and conservation workday on Smuggler Mountain near Aspen. Registration:, calling 927-8241. NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts an interpretive walk among the hot springs, orchids, bighorn sheep and beaver ponds of the Filoha Meadows Open Space in the Crystal River Valley from 9 to 11:30 a.m., rain or shine. Free. Registration:, 927-1290.

SUNDAY Aug. 29 FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS • The eighth annual Festival of the Americas takes place in Sopris Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring live music (northern Mexican, salsa, mariachi), a beer garden, food and childrens’ area. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local CMC students and the Rotary Club’s global fight against polio. For information on becoming a vendor or volunteer, go to The festival is sponsored by CALENDAR page 11


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Community Calendar Roaring Fork Rotary/Club Rotario #66015. For details, call Don or Diana Kaufman at 947-1776. CESARK/MEADOWS SPEAK • The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village features K. Rhynus Cesark and Alleghany Meadows during its Evening with the Artists series at 7 p.m. Info: 923-3181. BUDDY PROGRAM SHOWS FILM • The Buddy Program and the Wheeler Opera

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ART SHOW IN REDSTONE • The annual Redstone Labor Day Art Show takes place on the grounds of the historic Redstone Inn Sept. 3-6. There’ll be paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wearable art, jewelry, quilts, glass and more, with some demonstrations. Info: 963-0665 or

Sept. 3-5 WILCO PLAYS ASPEN • Wilco headlines the JazzAspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in Snowmass Village. Other bands include Glenn Frey & Joe Walsh, Lynard Skynard, the Black Crowes, DeVotchKa, Calexico and more. Info:

Sept. 11 NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts an interpretive walk among the hot springs, orchids, bighorn sheep and beaver ponds of Filoha Meadows

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House present the film “Somewhere Near Tapachula” along with a post-film discussion with Jonno Durrant at 3 p.m. Tickets: $12. Info: 920-5770.

MONDAY Aug. 30

DEALING WITH THE GYM • The Third Street Center holds a discussion on how its old gym should be utilized from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For details, call Third Street Center Director Jody Ensign at 963-3221.

Open Space in the Crystal River Valley from 9 to 11:30 a.m.. Free. Info and registration 927-1290 or KIDS GO HUNTING • The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach program is offering 25 youth hunters between the ages of 11 and 15 the opportunity to participate in a free upland bird hunt at the Basalt State Wildlife Area on Sept. 11. Info: 947-2920.

Sept. 16 RED BRICK TAKING ART • The Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen is accepting art for its Red Brick Biennial show. Art must be delivered on Sept. 30, notification is Oct. 4 and the opening reception is Nov. 4. Info: 429-2777. BIRD WATCHING WALK • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offers a morning bird watching walk with Rebecca Weiss from 7 a.m. to noon. BYOB (binoculars). Info: 925-5756.

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WEDNESDAY Sept. 1 FARMERS MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Fourth and Main streets.Fruits,veggies,meats,cheeses, bread, prepared food, live music and more. PIZZA TUNES • White House Pizza’s Wednesday night music series continues from 7 to 10 p.m. with Corey Madeson playing coffee house folk.


MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St. CLASSICAL HARP • Elise Helmke plays classical harp from 6 to 9 p.m. at Russets, 225 Main St. through September. CASTLE TOURS • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle run Friday thru Monday at 1:30 p.m.Tickets: Tiffany of Redstone, The Crystal Club Café and the Redstone General Store. Adults, $15; seniors, $10. More info: 963-9656 or FARMERS MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Fourth and Main streets. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, bread, prepared food, live music and more. MAIN STREET BAZAAR • The Main Street Market and Artist Bazaar runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Main Street. Vin-


KATIE LEE RETURNS • KDNK presents folk singer/river rat/environmental activist Katie Lee at the Wheeler Opera in Aspen at 7:30 p.m. Aspen writer Bruce Berger opens with a reading from his book “There was a River.” Lee will share her river stories, slides and a film she shot on her last river trip down Glen Canyon. Tickets are $15 and are available at Proceeds benefit KDNK.

tage retro-wares, books, music, veggies, preserves, clothing, live music and more. Info: 704-4190. ACOUSTIC CARNAHANS • Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern (formerly the Black Nugget). Info: 963-4496. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. Info: 945-1398 or LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Info: 945-8858, 920-2828.

2011 Community Service Requests Town of Carbondale, CO The Town of Carbondale is soliciting requests from community non-profits, the arts and health and human service organizations for funding from the 2011 budget. The grant application is available at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623 or the Town’s website at

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Going out on a high note The summer is winding down, but the music scene kept picking up with major bashes in Carbondale and Marble over the weekend. In Carbondale, KDNK held its annual Blues & BBQ at Fourth and Main on Aug. 21. This year, bands set up on a stage in the park-like vacant lot on Main Street, while food and drinks were served in the Fourth Street plaza. The bands were George Kilby Jr. (from Alabama), Eef (from Amsterdam) and headliners Big Daddy Lee and the King Bees (from the Roaring Fork Valley). The event’s theme this year was “pirates.” Up the Crystal, hard-working folks resurrected MarbleFest after a year’s layoff. The mostly musical festival was held under towering spruce and pine in Town Park. The two-day event featured numerous bands, including Sweet Sunny South, the Tippetts, T Ray Becker, and the Last Minute String Band. Woody’s BBQ set up its grill and filled the air with good smellin’ smoke. Shown on this page (clockwise from upper left): Esti Shay of Colorado Springs and Stephen Jackson of Austin, Texas, get into a swing dance groove at Blues & BBQ. Eef belts it out. Carbondale’s Captain Hook (aka Tiernan Pittz) gets into the pirate spirit. Folks in Marble had plenty of room to spread their blankets and kick back. Bass player Doug Whitney helped back up Larry Good at MarbleFest, and this mysterious wood sculpture greeted folks as they turned off onto County Road 3 from Highway 133. Photos by Trina Ortega and Lynn Burton

Community Briefs town and ends at Sopris Park, is a benefit for Outward Bound. And if you’re wondering about the word “fartlek,” team captain Stroud claims that it is a rather antiquated term for a type of training run, which is now referred to as a tempo run where you run up tempo for a while then back off, then run up tempo again.

Season ski pass news The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is offering season ski passes for Aspen. The chamber says the 2010-2011 season will run 22 weeks, which is one of the longest ever. For details, call 963-1890.

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“Roman Soldier” by Abby Kruse, grade 7, and other student artwork from the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is being shown at Alpine Bank until Labor Day. This painting is a prime example.

First Friday is second to some The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities holds a Second Friday instead of a First Friday in September. There was no official word of whether other galleries around town are doing a First or Second Friday. In any case, the next First Friday is Sept. 3, which makes the first-ever Second Friday Sept. 10.

Fartleks fare well in Colorado Relay Independence Run & Hike’s Old Fartleks team performed pretty well in last weekend’s 174-mile Colorado Relay. The Fartleks took fourth place overall and second in the Master’s Division (over age 40). “We ran in honor of our fallen teammate, David Clark, who took a tumble on his bike a couple of weeks ago and broke his collarbone,” said the Fartlek’s official spokesman. Team members included Bentley Henderson, Pete Heck, Peter Heitzman, Jim Korpela, Ben Dodge, Charlie Wertheim, Jim Harris, Brad Palmer, Andie Bauer and team captain John Stroud. The Colorado Relay, which starts in George-

All Valley Music Together fall classes are starting up soon. The classes are for parents and young children (infants, toddlers and preschoolers). The fall term is Sept. 14 through Nov. 20. For details, call Annie Flynn at 963-1438.

DOW discusses game management The Colorado Division of Wildlife holds a public discussion about managing the Maroon Bells deer herd at the Carbondale fire station at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. The Maroon Bells herd ranges from Independence Pass to Carbondale. Written comments are due by Sept. 24.

Spellbinders holds workshop Spellbinders holds a beginners storytelling workshop for volunteers at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 31. Spellbinders trains people for storytelling in school classrooms, libraries and other venues from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. For details, call 970-1230 or go to

Clean Energy Collective cranks up The Clean Energy Collective’s first community-owned solar array, located in El Jebel, is now generating power, according to a press release. The array sits on unusable land owned by the Midvalley Metropolitan District and will generate 77.7kW of energy. For more information, go to

Dancing-Light continued om page 3 like having a baby; I would hear these pieces and have to go to the piano to figure them out and write them down,” she said. “There’s just something that speaks to me; call it my muse.” With such a strict classical background, she had never thought her music could grow in such a direction but, with the encouragement of Glenwood Springs pianist Annig Agemian-Raley, she rolled with it and started writing as much as she could. Also during this pivotal time, a blind spot formed in her retina, and she was told that she could go blind. “I said, ‘I’m not ready to be Stevie Wonder.’ It opened a whole other aspect of my life,” she said, explaining that she began to learn about the healing aspects of sound. A deep interest in sound therapy took her into the world of science, psychotherapy and the music of native cultures. “I began to grasp what my music was about. I developed a sweeter connection

with the gifts I was given,” she explains. “With that appreciation came a more spiritual approach to my life.” Music has allowed for individual exploration, says Dancing-Light, and she has been grateful to open doors for students over the years, as well as discover new sounds herself. Her favorite quote: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Her new goal is to learn to play the guitar. Friday’s concert will recognize her musical explorations and what Dancing-Light considers a “landmark year” and a harvesting of sorts.“I have been lucky enough to be growing in this very fertile soil” of a musically rich valley, she said. “I really feel like the seeds have been planted. I am seeing a colorful garden.” Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission at the door after 7 p.m. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is sponsoring this event. For more information, visit THE SOPRIS SUN • AUGUST 26, 2010 • 13

September in the Roaring Fork Valley: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a homecoming If August, with its no-days-off-since-June work schedOf course in the end it was Tucson, Ariz., with its six ule, and strange dream-like boredom is my least favorite lane, mile-long blocks that extended forever, spiny jumping month, then September marks a return cholla flicking up from shoe laces, rattlesnake to the Colorado that I love. There is a and scorpion infested dry washes, monsoons condensing and orderliness to September. that would sweep through like freight trains, It becomes a month of preparation and the smells of mesquite, rosemary and citrus canning. Trailers and motor homes begin blossoming instantaneously along Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their great migrations south. The backback streets. This sent me on a bee-line country empties during the workweek. straight back to Colorado and my sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Solitude, like a tide, seeps back in holplace, where I showed up for a week-long lows and haunts. The dust settles. The fishing vacation and never left. light sharpens. Like my own homecoming, like homecomSeptember also marks the anniversary ings all across the country that will take place of my return to Colorado. There were a in September, I wonder what it is that leads us string of places I lived between leaving to a place, eventually brings us back, or makes Colorado as a kid and returning as a 25us stay. Why, for some of us, will Colorado year-old. Walla Walla, Wash., with its skit- By Cameron Scott mark a temporary holding, a second home, or tering quail and exploding pheasants, a stop in a greater migration elsewhere? For long-faced wheat fields washing up against the Blue Moun- others it represents a reinvention of who we always wanted tains, and sulky bull trout being the best. Battle Ground, to be, which of course, is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been all along. Most Wash., with its explosion of clapboard housing on the bor- of all, after many of the Roaring Fork Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents der between vanishing dairy farms and heavily logged have spent almost all of their time and energy bolstering mountains, long rainy winters, and blackberry vines thick the tourism industry all summer, September, in and of itself, as thumbs, thin as floss, being the worst. is a homecoming.


Money in My Pocket Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather have a poem in my pocket because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell a poem. This poem in my pocket is like money in the bank and a small stream, way, way back in the mountains with fish the size of my palm, fish the size of my arm, fish swimming behind the lids of my eyes as I dream the dreamless sleep of August. And still, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather have a poem in my pocket than a fish. This poem in my pocket to remind me, that when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got no money and rivers full of fish to take clients to, who put money in my pocket, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to put my clients on the fish. We all need a little money in our pockets, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have this poem because I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have when the moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone.

Back to school continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 3 Carbondale Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parent Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the school. The elementary school parent-teacher organization meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Bruell added that members of the greater Carbondale community are invited to volunteer at local schools. Volunteers are needed to play math games, read books with children, or help younger students in the lunchroom. (Call

CRES at 384-5620 for more information.) The middle school needs volunteers to help in the school library. (The middle school phone number is 384-5700.) The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation will hold its district-wide fundraiser, a carnival, on Sept. 25, near the Carbondale Middle School at 180 Snowmass Drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great family event, and we all want



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to support our schools. As the economy is having trouble, schools are definitely feeling the pinch,â&#x20AC;? said Bruell, who also serves on the Re-1 school board. Among the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other schools, Ross Montessori classes began this week; Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork resumes Monday, Aug. 30; and Colorado Rocky Mountain School begins the academic semester on Sept. 3.

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Rodeo roundup continued om page 9 gave the man a call offering his help. “I called him and said, ‘What do you need?’ because really, why I moved my family here to Colorado, was partly for the Western heritage,” Weimer said. After working with the man for a couple of years, in 2005 Weimer and volunteer Mike Kennedy steered the rodeo in a new direction. “For a number of reasons, we decided to take the reins by ourselves and that’s when we formed the Wild West Rodeo association,” Weimer explained. The Wild West Rodeo originally held many of the traditional events such as bull riding, team roping and steer riding. Over the years, the board has added and taken away events, keeping the number around nine. Another aspect that has grown is the attendance. In the past, a crowd of 200 people was uncommon; today it’s more like 700 to 1,000, Weimer said. It also took a lot of manual labor to fix up

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering a zone text amendment to the Commercial / Retail / Wholesale (CRW) Zone District within the Roaring Fork Village Planned Unit Development (P.U.D.). The purpose of the amendment is to allow “outdoor storage of rental vehicles and trailers” for temporary (up to 2 years) storage of up to 10 U-Haul vehicles within a screened area as a Special Use under certain circumstances within the CRW Zone District in the Roaring Fork Village P.U.D. The applicant is Sunburst Holdings, LLC. The property is owned by Sunburst Holdings, LLC. The property is a vacant lot located east of

the rusty, old arena that had stood on the grounds five years ago. At the time, there was a man on the board named Trey Fonner who put an abundance of effort into refurbishing the arena, having been provided with funds from the town. “He single-handedly took the bull by the horns and got a bunch of people out there to actually do all the labor necessary to build a new arena. He helped our facility take a dramatic step up,” Weimer said. Kathy Small stated that the rodeo has grown on many fronts. Improvements have been made to the Web site and they have recently started a group on Facebook. Liability waivers have been simplified as well as the process of electing rodeo royalty. Small believes that the infrastructure of the Wild West Rodeo has evolved greatly over the last few years. “You can’t move one lever and not move the others in parallel,” she said.

Alpine Bank and north of Village Road, also described as: Tract A-2, Lot Line Vacation Plat of Tracts A-2A and A-2B, Alpine Bank Lot Line Adjustment according to the Plat recorded September 26, 2008 as Reception No. 756419. County of Garfield, State of Colorado

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on September 14, 2010.

Copies of the proposed application are on file in The Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours,

Bull riding: Tarren Calhoun Jr. Barrel racing: Josey Morford Breakaway roping: Nate Nieslanik Open barrel racing: Dani Brownell Steer riding: Colt Rohrig #11 Header: Tyler Farris #11 Heeler: Ted Nieslanik #8 Header: Ted Nieslanik #8 Heeler: Matt Nieslanik Dally ribbon roper: Dusty Flohr Dally ribbon runner: Alicia Fraser Small also acknowledged the numerous hours the volunteers put in to make the rodeo possible. She explained that if the board were to hire workers, it would be forced to increase admission prices and possibly charge for parking to compensate, which the board doesn’t want to have to do. The volunteers have played a major role in keeping the rodeo alive. Weimer summarized the motivation: “It’s a real positive sense of doing something right, otherwise it wouldn’t make sense to do it.”

8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Janet Buck Town Planner

Published 1x August 26, 2010 in The Sopris Sun. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering a special use permit under Section 18.55.015 of the Town of Carbondale Municipal Code for the purposes of allowing a specific use including “outdoor storage of rental vehicles

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Perry Will warms up his horse before team roping at the Aug. 19 rodeo. Photo by Lynn Burton.

and trailers” on a vacant lot located east of Alpine Bank and north of Village Road. The special use is subject to a concurrent review and approval of a text amendment to the Municipal Code that would allow “outdoor storage of rental vehicles and trailers” for temporary (up to 2 years) storage of up to 10 U-Haul vehicles within a screened area as a special use in the CRW Zone District of the Roaring Fork Village P.U.D. The applicant is Sunburst Holdings, LLC. The property is owned by Sunburst Holdings, LLC. The property is a vacant lot located east of Alpine Bank and north of Village Road, also described as: Tract A-2, Lot Line Vacation Plat of Tracts A-2A and A2B, Alpine Bank Lot Line Adjustment according to the Plat recorded September 26, 2008 as Reception No.

756419. County of Garfield, State of Colorado

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on September 14, 2010.

Copies of the proposed application are on file in The Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado 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

Published 1x August 26, 2010 in The Sopris Sun.

Neighborhood and Community Meeting @ Monday, August 30 from 6:30-7:30pm Join us for a discussion of how the old gym could be transformed into a venue for presentations of music, dance, events like CCAH’s Fashion Show, and other gatherings Questions? Contact Jody Ensign Executive Director 963-3221 •

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