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VOLUME 1, NUMBER 30 • SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

e dispensary next door Medical marijuana shop causes concern among its neighbors By Terray Sylvester

Photos by Jane Bachrach

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arbondale’s medical marijuana dispensary is sparking concerns in a few of its neighbors. Last week, some of the owners of nearby offices in the building were complaining over the number of customers that the Colorado Mountain Dispensary, which opened in July, has begun to attract. Neighbors also allege that customers have been smoking the product on the premises and in the parking lot. Smoking medical marijuana in public view is prohibited under state law. The dispensary is located in a building on Village Road, amongst a mix of medical and professional offices and retail shops that don’t generate high volumes of foot traffic. The dispensary and its customers are changing the atmosphere of the building, and prompting some neighbors to say it would be better located elsewhere. Last Thursday, the interior of a blueprinting shop located next door to the dispensary smelled faintly, but distinctly, of pot. Diana Quinn, the shop’s owner, assumed the odor was filtering in through the air-conditioning vents – either that or wafting in from the walkway outside, which also smelled of the herb. “You’re actually the fourth person today that commented on the smell. Today was the first time I actually had customers come in and say, ‘What’s that smell?’ My customers are going to think I’m smoking it,” Quinn said, half joking. Quinn said she purchased her unit at a relatively high price a little over a year ago, and has watched her property value sink with the economic downturn. She’s afraid the odors from next door, as well as the shop itself, are dragging down any resale potential even farther. “I wouldn’t buy if I knew something like this was in the complex,” Quinn said. “That’s my own personal feelings.” Debbie Patrick, who owns a marketing agency a few doors down from the dispensary also was concerned for her business. She noted the number of dispensary customers who had been passing her door, and complained about loitering and cigarette smoking occurring in the common area between the businesses. “We just feel they probably need to manage their clientele a little better,” she said. Patrick questioned whether the dispensary is a good fit for the building, which contains a pediatric counseling service, a psychologist’s office and a meeting room for Alcoholics Anonymous, among other businesses. The building is also located near Gianinetti Park. “I think there are more appropriate places to put one,” she said, mentioning that a holistic health center such as the W.I.N Institute in Basalt, where another dispensary is slated to open, seemed to her like a better location. Patrick said that until recently the dispensary and its clientele had been“low-key.”“They were running it under the radar,” she said.“But this week it’s just not been under the radar. This week it has just escalated. “If it’s changed this much this week,” she said. “Where is it going to go next?”

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Carbondale Commentary

Life’s A Picnic

A promising start for e Sun

My mom told me that whenever we went on a picnic when I was a child I never wanted to venture off the picnic blanket. She said I would just sit on the blanket and enjoy my surroundings without exploring the unfamiliar landscape. Obviously I was experiencing comfort zone issues similar to that classic children’s Christmas horror that is an older fat man dressed up like Santa: I was content to be in Nature as long as I didn’t have to sit on her lap. While I still find it challenging to try new things, I have come a long way in exploring the wilderness – both the actual woods and the wilds of societal stereotypes. This summer I shaved my head with a friend who is bravely fighting cancer and to tell the truth, with the champagne toasts, the chatter and all the laughter, it felt more like a celebration than a consequence of disease. Even though my friend warned me, I didn’t realize the extent of the reactions I would receive going out into the world without hair. In the beginning strangers reacted in one of two ways: either they avoided me entirely or they were extremely nice to me (the latter was especially true of people in customer service positions and I went to Target a lot in those first few weeks.) Then I went on a river trip By Jeannie Perry and kind of forgot about my hair; the world didn’t look any different and my friends and the animals in the canyon didn’t treat me any differently. I did notice and enjoy the ease of having no hair while camping though, not to mention the ease of life’s pace without all those machines we buy to make life easier. Now, as my hair has started to grow back I mostly just get wary second glances, as if they’re not quite sure if I’m militant or if I just missed the Demi Moore mark. Life really is all about reaction. Calamities occur every day and how we deal with them is the only aspect we actually have any control over. As Ishmael Borg said,“Hey everybody, there’s a $%&-cloud coming! Run for your lives!” Whatever your knee-jerk reaction – whether, like me, you get all panicky and nervous like Nathan Lane’s character in “The Birdcage” or you’re the picture of strength and serenity like that lead guy on “Lost” – how you react to a situation directly impacts the outcome. As a group we sometimes take situations way too seriously, actually making them worse than they were ever going to be, and other times we make light of things that deserve more respect. Between worry, strategy and speculation we waste more spare time than any of us claim to have, and yet compared to Nature’s ways of getting it done we seem silly and insignificant. Nothing mankind does has a long-lasting effect on the universe, although you’d never hear that from us. Everything we deem important directly involves us. We’re like the Emperor at a picnic: eating, drinking, talking and, all the while, completely ignorant of the fact that we have a chunk of cream cheese on our chin – not to mention that we’re naked. This flash of insight was strong when I got off the river and returned to civilization, but of course each day back I inhale more and more human drama smoke. Back in my twenties and thirties, when I still thought being labeled an idealist was a compliment, I used to feel more than my share of responsibility for our universal tackiness. Fortunately a very wise man, JW, put it into perspective for me. Imagine that your life is a train car and you control every aspect of that train car. It can be any shape or size you like, you can leave the windows open or closed, you can choose the fabric for the curtains THE and decide between cloth and vinyl seats. Every detail in that train car is entirely up to you but you are not in charge of where the The Sopris Sun is an LLC organized train goes. (This analogy also works well under the 501c3 nonprofit structure when trying to get your point across to Jeof the Roaring Fork Community hovah’s Witnesses.) In other words, all you Development Corporation, can do is crash-proof your train car as much P.O. Box 1582, Carbondale, CO 81623. as possible and then go about enjoying the Editor: Terray Sylvester • 618-9112 scenery while picnicking on cucumber sandnews@soprissun.com wiches and cold beer. Advertising: Kristin Algren • 379-0455 Anne Goldberg • 379-5050

Thank you Carbondale. We’re off to a good start. The Sopris Sun has raised more than $6,000 from community members so far in its effort to sustain itself through a challenging start-up period. Thankfully, more and more local businesses are choosing to advertise in The Sun, which says a lot about the quality and growing reach of our product. The Sun now distributes 3,500 copies in more than 100 locations between Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Redstone and Basalt. But, we are far from the finish line in this grand community experiment. It will take a sustained revenue base, through advertising, community donations and grants for The Sun to turn the corner in the next year or so, and become a truly self-sustaining, nonprofit enterprise. There are plenty of reasons to support The Sun, and we hope that those of you who haven’t had a chance to make a donation or take out an ad find one that motivates you to do so. Here are a few: A truly local perspective. The Sun is the place to find out what’s going on in the arts community and the business community, at the dog park and Town Hall, or in the schools and the playing fields. Great ads. All the businesses that advertise in The Sopris Sun get great design and placement. A great way to support The Sun is to support its advertisers. Jobs. The Sopris Sun has so far created one fulltime and several part time jobs in a very uncertain economy. We will create more with your help. Local commentary. A stable full of Sun columnists comment on life in our gardens, our kitchens and our communities around the valley. Letters. Whether you write them or simply read them, the place to find out what friends and foes are thinking is on Page 2 of The Sopris Sun. The Sun has largely been a volunteer effort so far. And we’re learning as we go. The Sun is a nonprofit newspaper. There really aren’t very many examples out there to follow; a monthly in Vermont, a daily in Florida and that’s about it. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation, please mail a check to The Sopris Sun, P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. The Sopris Sun is a 501c(3) nonprofit. We’ve been asking our friends to donate $100 or more, if they can. Hopefully, you can take a look at your budget, then think about our community and donate as much as you can.

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Correction In a photo caption in the Sports Briefs section of the Aug. 6 edition, we misidentified the baseball field near Roaring Fork High School. It is the Bill Hanks Baseball Field, not the North Face Field.

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Letters

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A poem on the president Dear Editor: On Obama I have been disappointed in Obama But democracy is like Christianity They are both sublime Home to true believers And to counterfeiters So I ask myself, “Is the Pres. of the true faith?” And after eight years of the Great Barrator I rest easy in the affirmative Jose Alcantara

Outraged for the oceans Dear Editor: I am seriously mad that the oceans are dying. On Aug. 9 me and my family went to hear an incredible talk by oceanographer Sylvia Earle in Carbondale. It first made me feel so good to see all the beautiful sea creatures, [then] Dr. Earle told us that in the last 50 years we have killed 90 percent of the life in the ocean by eating too much fish and over fishing and by what we throw away and how we poison our land with farming chemicals washing into the ocean. My mom and dad are 50. I wonder if I will see the oceans die when I am their age. When I was little I never knew this. I now will do anything to prevent the death of our oceans, even if it makes seafood restaurants go out of business. We all need to change the way we eat. We should all grow crops in our back yard and on fire escapes in the cities. Even if I die from not eating until people try

to help the oceans come back to life that is the sacrifice I am willing to make. I will never give up until the oceans are safe. I don’t understand why we are destroying the oceans because they keep us alive. Whoever believes in me will help me save the oceans. I am a kid who cares about the earth and will do anything to help it get better. Shepherd Levan, age 10 Carbondale

The blues is a happy number Dear Editor: Thanks to all for making KDNK’s Blues and BBQ a fabulous community event. This could not have happened without our loyal and devoted KDNK volunteers. Thank you to all the KDNK DJs and community members who gave their time and talent to make this event fly. A very special thanks to those volunteers who showed up early, worked multiple shifts and stayed late. We also wish to thank those organizations which helped us make the event more ballistic: Valley View Hospital Foundation, WIN Health Institute, Alpine Bank, the town of Carbondale, Berthod Motors, Bighorn Toyota, Big Mamas Catering, Tommyknocker Brewery, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, Solar Energy International, Carbondale Community School, and of course all of the beautiful people who attended the KDNK Blues and BBQ. Sincerely, The KDNK staff LETTERS page 13


Town of Carbondale Sales Tax History

An unsustainable economy Town leaders take a look at the larger picture

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By Trina Ortega With the recent news that Carbondale’s revenues continue to spiral downward, town leaders have been left speculating about a sustainable economic future for the town. Town Manager Tom Baker and Finance Director Nancy Barnett reported last week that Carbondale’s budget continues on a downward trend. (See related story, below). Sales tax for the first half of 2009 is down 15 percent; building permit fees and use tax are down a whopping 69 percent and 42 percent, respectively; and the General Fund has dropped 18 percent. Yes, the gloomy worldwide recession has sparked the downward spiral, but the numbers also reveal the sobering fact some town officials have made clear: This small mountain community has had a potentially crippling reliance on development. The construction sector has, in the last decade, accounted for more than 30 percent of the town’s total employment. Add the indirect impacts of that industry and there’s no denying that development has been a driving force for this town’s financial survival. “In addition to this direct impact on Carbondale’s economy, construction has a significant indirect impact on the remaining economy,” Baker said, estimating that the indirect impact could be as large as 30 percent. “We deserve to have a conversation about what’s the next economy,” Mayor Michael Hassig said.“It didn’t really get answered when the Economic Roadmap Group did their work [in 2005]. Land use and development is a black hole; everybody gets sucked into it.” With the current glut in the local housing market (the valley has approximately 1,800 residential units listed for sale), Baker doesn’t see the development/construction industry picking up anytime soon.

‘A troubling reality’ The situation begs a number of questions: Some residents, in search of work, have migrated from the area, but will those lucky enough to have bought into the valley’s expensive housing market be able to keep their jobs and stay? Could Carbondale again be falling subject to the legendary “curse of the Utes” and become a boardedup ghost town with rows of vacant commercial and residential units? Hassig says that might be a “little apocalyptic” but perhaps will raise the question in people’s minds. “What really drives the economy here? It’s not exactly tourism, it’s not skiing,” Hassig said, referencing a study by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. “It’s, in fact, development. That’s a troubling reality but it is a reality. And I think we ignore that reality at our peril.” Baker further noted that even prior to breaking ground in River Valley Ranch, which stimulated the economy in the early part of the decade, Carbondale benefitted from construction taking place from Aspen to Basalt. “In the past, if building wasn’t going really strong in Carbondale, that was OK so long as [construction] was OK upvalley. But right now, the whole construction industry is at a halt,” said Baker, who moved here in 1983 when a $97,000 house in Basalt was exorbitantly expensive.

An unusual decade Over the decades, Carbondale has prospered with agriculture and mining, and as a bedroom community to the Aspen resort industry. The dot-com era hit in 2001 and with it, more wealth trickled into Carbondale’s economy. Then the real estate market

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Town sales tax revenue, buoyed by unprecedented development, has ballooned over the last decades. This tax portrays annual sales tax revenue since 1981. Green bars represent annual projected revenue between 2009 and 2014. Image courtesy of town of Carbondale.

and construction trades took off. Numbers began to grow in 2004, with “anomalous” spikes from 2005 to 2008, when sales tax revenues were at a high of about $3.8 million. Five years prior, revenue was a little over $2.3 million, and 10 years ago, it was about $1.8 million. “Although we didn’t realize it at the time, it [the mid-decade boom] was unsustainable,” Baker said. That information is forcing some town leaders to ponder what happens when a town can no longer build at the same rate. “What is the basis of the economy?” they ask. It’s a question that the town’s two-term mayor loses sleep over. “We’re still proceeding on the shared illusion that the party can continue. When somebody calls last call, then what’s next?” Hassig said. Now Barnett and her finance gurus are

“resetting” the economy at a modest growth rate — about 2 percent a year for the next five years. Baker calls it a “structural adjustment,” which may mean land development is no longer the focus, he said. “It isn’t good or bad,” he said.“If we can find our way through the next couple of years, I think we’ll be good.”

Back to the plow? Barnett has seen many ups and downs, having worked with the town’s numbers since 1982. “I think we can weather this,” she said, describing the numerous strong points of Carbondale: the historic Main Street, the new recreation center, quality restaurants and other elements that have come to define the town. A new collective of business owners and residents also has been gathering every TuesOPTIONS page 5

Time for Carbondale to tighten its belt; but how much? By Jeremy Heiman Lacking a crystal ball, Carbondale officials have only this year’s tumultuous revenue picture as a model for next year’s budget. It’s extremely important that Carbondale officials use the correct data for developing the town’s 2010 budget, but apparently, the only way to really get it right is a very good guess. Last year, the town estimated that revenues would be down by 9.6 percent for 2009, but actual revenues are down 18 percent through June, and officials are now projecting a decline of 23.5 percent for the year. “It’s really critical for us to examine the trends,” said Tom Baker, Carbondale’s town manager. “If we say 2010 will be flat with our 2009 estimate, and 2009 isn’t right, 2010 will be even further off.” The town government’s first budget meeting for 2010 will be either at the end of September or the beginning of October. Additional revenue figures available by then, Baker said, will provide a little more guidance for estimates.

“We’ll still have a chance to tweak our estimates,” he said. Baker asked Carbondale’s Board of Trustees, on Aug. 25, whether they thought the town should budget higher for 2010 than the estimates for the remainder of 2009. At least two trustees, Stacey Bernot and Pam Zentmyer, showed concern that a 2010 budget based on 2009 wouldn’t be conservative enough, despite signs that parts of the national economy are turning around. But other board members signaled that they were willing to allow Baker and Finance Director Nancy Barnett to build a 2010 budget based on 2009. The decline in revenue below budget estimates prompted the town to reduce planned spending for the year by $618,000 in March, and by another $226,733 in August. The total budget for 2008 was $6.7 million, contrasted with a $6.1 million budget for 2009. Next year will be down considerably, perhaps to $5.2 million, Baker said. That means that some town employees may receive pay cuts or might be furloughed.

Street, sidewalk and trail projects may be deferred, and services provided by the town may be cut. Baker and Barnett supplied the trustees with a set of simple goals that will guide the development of the 2010 budget: maintaining public health and public safety, protecting money invested in infrastructure, and stimulating the economy. Carbondale’s revenues are down in part because the current economic slowdown has hit the construction and real estate industries harder than other sectors of the economy. Money for mortgages and development loans is scarce. Building permits and use tax (assessed on building materials bought out of town and used here) are the revenue sources directly affected by construction activity. Both are way down – building permits by nearly 70 percent and use tax by 42 percent. Those sources combined provide only 15 to 18 percent of the town’s total revenue, but construction has a bigger overall affect on Carbondale’s revenue picture. Sales tax,

which accounts for 60 percent of Carbondale’s revenue, is very dependent on the fortunes of the construction industry, Baker explained. When a portion of the economy as significant as the construction industry diminishes as severely as it has throughout the valley, that loss of economic activity sends a chill through the rest of the economy, especially the retail sector, Baker said. “That means a lot of people are spending significantly less than they usually do,” he said. That loss of spending reverberates through the economy and hits the retail sector especially hard — if people aren’t working, they aren’t buying new lawnmowers at the hardware store, and they aren’t sitting in restaurants. Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig hopes 2010 doesn’t see revenue declines like those of 2009, because citizens might not be patient with the lack of town services. “If it goes down another 23 percent, that’s pitchforks and flaming [torches] in the street territory,” he said.

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News Briefs Construction to start at Main Street and Snowmass Drive Drivers who use Main Street and County Road 100 east of Carbondale are urged to take an alternate route during the reconstruction of the intersection of Main Street, Snowmass Drive, County Road 100 and RFTA’s Rio Grande Trail, which might start as soon as next week. The contractor, Heyl Construction, will be realigning Main Street to provide a better line of sight, in an attempt to make the intersection safer, said Larry Ballenger, Carbondale’s director of public works. The changes will include a designated stop for bicyclists on the bike path, and possibly a three-way stop for motorists. “Right now, it’s just kind of a sea of pavement, and everybody goes everywhere,” Ballenger said. The contract for the job will go before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for final approval on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will need to be approved by Garfield County and RFTA. But Ballenger said Heyl is ready to start immediately after those hurdles are left behind. The contractor will be required to keep the road open to traffic at all times, with the exception that traffic will be stopped completely at some point, for perhaps four to six hours, for asphalt paving. Ballenger said the project is sure to cause delays and urged people to use alternate routes. “It’s going to be a mess, and we know it,” he said. Heyl will get $248,526 for road construction and paving. Ballenger said a $287,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will cover engineering, project management, bulb outs, pavers and landscaping.

Volunteer board appointments roll in The Carbondale Board of Trustees appointed several members to open positions on four of the town’s volunteer boards and

commissions on Aug. 25. Planning and Zoning commissioner Charlie Kees was appointed to a full term on the P&Z Commission. Kees previously filled a position vacated by the resignation of Carol Farris. Carol Klein was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission as a full member, and Dana Ganssle was appointed first alternate for the same commission. Brad Sherman was appointed to the Public Arts Commission, and Noah Davis was appointed as an alternate commissioner. Becky Moller, Chris Harrison and Tracy Wilson were reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Todd Chamberlin and Robert Comey were appointed as new commissioners and Kelby Krajcar was appointed as a student member. Appointments to the Tree Board, the Environmental Board and the Board of Adjustment will be made in September.

School board elections cancelled Two open seats on the school board will be filled this year, but not through elections. The final deadline for candidates to enter the election passed Aug. 31, with only one candidate in the running for each seat. Both will be automatically elected and the school district will not participate in the Nov. 3 general election. Bob Johnson will remain on as trustee for District E of the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. District E encompasses El Jebel, Missouri Heights and portions of Basalt north of Fryingpan Road. Matt Flinkis will be elected to the District A seat, which spans old town Basalt, Basalt south, and terrain as far west as Catherine Store.

Sprinkler vandalism costs Carbondale $1,000 Vandals have been breaking off plastic pop-up sprinkler heads in the town of Carbondale’s parks and athletic fields and along trails. This destructive behavior has taken place all over town, said Larry Ballenger, Carbondale director of public works. The sprinkler

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Emma Danciger’s hat, created by artist Janet Nelson, was a smash hit at The Sopris Sun fundraiser last Thursday evening at the Village Smithy. Photo by Jane Bachrach

heads cost about $30 each, and it takes a public works employee about one hour to replace each one. The total expense to taxpayers has been over $1,000 this summer alone, according to a public works report. Please report vandalism to the Carbondale Police Department.

Cattlemen, others fighting gas leasing call community meeting The Thompson Divide Coalition, a group of ranchers, landowners, local governments and others with a stake in the federal lands above Carbondale, is convening a community meeting to discuss their efforts to protect the Thompson and Divide Creek drainages from energy development. The Coalition is working to eliminate future gas and oil leasing in the area, and minimize the effects of the leasing that has already occurred. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Carbondale Fire House, on Highway 133 across from the entrance to River Valley Ranch. It is a chance for community members to learn about the work of the coalition, meet steering committee members and get involved if that makes sense for them. All are invited. There are currently 81 gas leases in the Thompson Divide area. They encompass more than 100,000 acres in the Thompson Creek and Divide Creek drainages above Carbondale and on the other side of McClure Pass. Most of the leases are undeveloped. The coalition is exploring ways to retire those undeveloped leases and protect the area from further leasing. For more information call Jock Jacober, at 319-8962.

Xcel offers added rebates for energy efficiency Xcel Energy is offering bonus rebates for home cooling, home insulation and other energy efficiency improvements to its customers in Garfield County. Electricity customers in Carbondale and elsewhere are being offered two rebates for high efficiency evaporative coolers and central air conditioning systems. Those who buy a high-efficiency cooler between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7 are eligible for $50 or $100 bonus rebates, on top of the $200 or $500 standard rebates. The cooler must be installed by Sept. 30. Rebate applications must be mailed by Sept. 30 as well. Be sure to buy a cooler from Xcel Energy’s list of qualifying units. Xcel is also offering a new $50 rebate for electric customers who buy a central air conditioning system that meets minimum code standards (13 SEER). The system must be purchased by Oct. 15, and the rebate application must be mailed by Nov. 15. Higher rebates are available for higher-efficiency AC units purchased and installed by Dec. 31. For more information, log on to Xcel’s website on energy savings, ResponsibleByNature.com/change, and click on “Rebates and Programs,” or call Xcel Energy at 1800-895-4999. For a complete description of all home energy efficiency rebates offered to residents throughout Garfield County, log on to GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.

Cop Shop Saturday, Aug. 22 A woman reported that a woman broke into her house on Main Street and assaulted her. Carbondale police issued an arrest warrant for the alleged perpetrator. Sunday, Aug. 23 At 12:25 a.m., police assisted an ambulance crew with an unresponsive man in Miner’s Park, whose blood alcohol level was .313. Sunday, Aug. 23 At 8:56 p.m., an officer responded to a complaint from South Second Street that a child wouldn’t go to sleep. Upon arrival, the officer found that the problem, between a parent and the child, had been resolved. Sunday, Aug. 23 At 10 p.m., a woman living on North 6th Street reported that when she arrived home in her car a man attempted to open the rear, passenger-side door of her car. She drove away to escape him. Monday, Aug. 24 At 1:14 p.m., a mother bear and her cub were breaking into a trashcan on Maroon Place. The responding officer said that they were the same bears previously spotted on Euclid Avenue. DOW declined to respond. Monday, Aug. 24 At 8:45 p.m., a man called from his house on Highway 133 to report that construction under way on his neighbor’s property was disturbing the neighborhood. Police contacted the neighbor, who said she would stop working on her shed for the night. Monday, Aug. 24 Police received a report that someone was scratching graffiti onto North 4th Street with a stick or pinecone. The responding officer judged that no real damage had been done, and snapped a couple pictures. The graffiti consisted of a big, “Hi!” and something incomprehensible that included a heart. Tuesday, Aug. 25 At 2:15 p.m., police found graffiti that read “F$%k the police” on a bunker at the Tiny Nightingale Baseball Park. The responding officer took a photo of the graffiti, and notified the public works department. The report included no estimate of the amount of damage done – emotional or otherwise. Tuesday, Aug. 25 At 3:37 p.m., a woman on Colorado Ave. reported that she was hearing strange noises in her apartment, apparently generated by her neighbors. Tuesday, Aug. 25 At 4:22 p.m., an officer found a child’s red Specialized bike on 8th Street. He put it in a bike rack. Tuesday, Aug. 25 At 6 p.m., a man reported that his new, black Raleigh mountain bike had been stolen from the Park ‘n Ride on Highway 133. Tuesday, Aug. 25 At 11:15 p.m., at the intersection of Highways 133 and 82, Carbondale police assisted Colorado State Patrol with a person who was hypothermic and disoriented.


Education Foundation aims to inflate school tech funding By Terray Sylvester The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation is planning to fill the soccer field behind Carbondale Middle School with an inflatable festival next weekend. The attractions will include giant inflatable rides – such as a three-story slide, a kidfriendly boxing ring, and a midway jammed with games and contests – as well as food vendors and live music. There will also be a dunk tank, “which, of course, will be wonderful because I think there are going to be many principals there,” said Nancy Ball, a board member with the foundation. The family-oriented carnival, dubbed, “Bounce into Education,” is the foundation’s first fundraiser in a year, and an attempt to drum up funding for educational technology in the 12 downvalley schools. It is also the outgrowth of a new focus for the foundation, which for the last six

years has awarded grants for professional enrichment and innovative teaching to individual educators. The foundation decided to shift its focus to technology last fall, because all of the schools in the district stand to benefit from technology improvements, explained Carol Carnish, president of the foundation. The money raised at the carnival will be handed out in school-wide grants to every school in the district, instead of to individual teachers, said Roaring Fork Re-1 School District Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, who is also a trustee for the foundation. The foundation will ask that the money be put directly toward educational purposes – as opposed to technology that might ease a teacher’s workload – and that the grant requests tie into multi-year technology plans at each of the school sites. But apart from those caveats, the terms

of the grants will be wide open. From iPods to basic mathematics software, grant proposals might include requests for just about anything a school committee “wants to dream up,” Haptonstall explained. The foundation began planning for the festival this spring, and has partnered closely with the school district to organize it, much like the Aspen Public Education Foundation has historically done, said Haptonstall. In the past, she explained, the “foundation has been a fairly independent arm,” and has not worked so closely with the district to drum up money. “This is a new thing, we haven’t typically done that,” Haptonstall said. Each school site is responsible for gathering volunteers to help at the carnival. “Everybody is working on this carnival: the secretaries, the teachers, the maintenance people.” said Nancy Ball. “That’s really fun. We’ll get the kids out, the teachers

out, the parents out.” Revenue at the carnival will come from ticket and food sales. “If we make $20,000 or $30,000 we’ll be pretty darn happy, but we’ll see,” Haptonstall said.

Bouncing Into Education

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation will host the Bounce into Education fundraising carnival on Saturday, Sept. 12, on the soccer field at Carbondale Middle School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attractions will include giant inflatable rides and games, live music and food. All proceeds will go to educational technology grants for the 12 schools of the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. For more information, call 384-6400.

P&Z discusses teacher housing; latest Village at Crystal River changes By Trina Ortega Due to the changing economy, the Roaring Fork School District and its developer want to add more residential units to the teacher housing project located at the former Carbondale Elementary School (CES) site. RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall and school board member Bill Lamont, along with designer Chuck Perry of Perry Rose LLC, went before the Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission on Aug. 27 to present an amendment to the CES Partnership Village Planned Unit Development at Third Street and Sopris Avenue. The 15.8-acre project, located between Bridges High School and the Third Street Center, is intended to provide affordable

housing for school district employees. The original proposal called for 89 dwelling units, but school district officials are seeking to increase that number to 120 to make the project financially viable. The new conceptual plan also includes a new library on the site, which could help offset some of the cost for the project. To open up more land for development, RFSD is proposing that a regulation-size soccer field originally slated at the site be located on another piece of school district property. In its place would be a smaller youth (U8) soccer field. The town and school district are looking into potential locations for a larger field, possibly near the new Roaring Fork High School.

A public hearing on the CES proposal continues Sept. 24. Based on feedback from previous public hearings, Village at Crystal River developer Rich Schierburg returned to Thursday night’s P&Z meeting with a revamped proposal for his 24-acre site along Highway 133 and Main Street. Schierburg’s latest proposal for the mixed-used project calls for 268 total residential units instead of 302, and a lower maximum building height (49 feet compared to 65 feet). Another significant change is the amount of open space, which is now at 28 percent. Dedicated park space is now 14.5 percent of the site. “Every place I took out a building, I

added green,” Schierburg said. Generally, the P&Z members commended the progress but several members still do not approve of the “sea of parking” south of the proposed 59,000-square-foot grocery store. Schierburg said he is in negotiations with a potential grocer that is well aware of Carbondale’s desire to retain its character. But the grocer has demands, as well, he said, and he needs that tenant to make the project work. Schierburg wouldn’t reveal the potential grocer but hopes to have it locked in before the end of the year. P&Z continues the public hearing for the Village at Crystal River on Oct. 15. The meeting will be televised on Channel 12.

Options other than building? continued om page 3 day, brainstorming ideas to ensure Carbondale businesses can pull through. Along those lines, residents can make a habit of buying locally, now and in the future, Baker says. Roadmap Group studies showed in 2005 that more than 70 cents of ever retail dollar spent by Carbondale residents was spent outside of Carbondale, or what Baker described as “leakage.” “If we all examine where we spend our money and attempt to make just a minor adjustment and, where possible, spend a little more of those expenditures in town, then we may make it possible for our merchants and their employees to weather this period better,” he said. More consumers worldwide also are coming to terms with the fact that oil is a finite resource. With a shifting emphasis to eat locally, another question stands: Could Carbondale become an agricultural community again? Baker said farming and ranching could be a larger piece of the economy in the future, and Barnett added that there could be additional employment via indirect industries, such as farm equipment sales and maintenance.

SPEC HOME LANE: The mid-decade boom, rooted in the construction and building trades, pushed Carbondale’s economy to an unsustainable level. Photo by Trina Ortega

The invaluable ‘human resource’ According to Baker and Barnett, tourism, the visual arts, and the clean energy industry additionally have merits. However, Baker believes the answer may not lie solely in any one industry. Rather, he says, it’s about Carbondale’s “human resource.” “The Clay Center, CCAH, Mountain Fair, Crystal Theatre, KDNK, The Sopris Sun … the people that are here decided to make those things happen. Whatever the

reason, we have a collection of civic activists here. And that’s what I believe is the foundation of our economy – the human resource.” Echoing that sentiment, Barnett mentioned the upcoming 100th Potato Day celebration. The tradition would have died had a group of hard-working volunteers not put the heat on and kept it baking year after year. Carbondalians step up to the plate in times of need. She summed it up by saying:“I think there

are a lot of people with vision.” Projects like the up-and-coming Third Street Center, they agree, reflect that visionary ethic. But can pitching in and warm-and-fuzzy community fellowship really help through a recession? It doesn’t pay the mortgage, after all. “I’d rather be here than in Chicago,” Baker stated. “There’s something intangible here; it’s hard to quantify. People really do rally around community members here when there’s a need.”

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Most people think they’re dead, but we know they’re posing as residents of senior housing, and that they write detective novels with some noteworthy characters by the names of “Holmes” and “Marlowe.” If you want to do some local sightseeing, “Gregory” Chandler and “Dorothy” Doyle have told us there is “a handsome vessel” docked in the yard of Carrie and Keith Brand over by senior housing. Chandler has been helping Doyle recover from knee replacement surgery by accompanying her on morning walks around the neighborhood, and one morning they unexpectedly happened upon this interesting sight. Chandler said that it appears as if the Brands are giving it “a complete overhaul” and that they are doing a “nice job” on the restoration. Chandler and Doyle also told us that the raised garden beds in the Brand’s front yard are available to the seniors at no cost, not even for irrigation. They told us that they wanted us to thank the Brands and they’re hoping the “idea catches on and can be a simple alternative solution to the overcrowding currently being experienced by the Carbondale Community garden.” Good work, Chandler and Doyle.

A Raleigh update We’re talking Burleigh, not Carolina. Raleigh Burleigh, son of Joe and Debra, arrived in La Ligua, Chile a few weeks ago and will stay there for a year as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, via the Carbondale Rotary Club. Here are a couple excerpts from his blog: “I had no idea that my name was so hard to pronounce. I am‘Ralir,’‘Riley,’‘Ralo,’‘Gringo,’ ‘Realie,’‘Wall-e,’‘Reyley,’ and so much more.” “Mi familia estan amazingly kind. Mami y Papi y yo don’t understand much of each other, but we’re trying.” To find out more about Raleigh’s experience in Chile, here is a link to his blog: raleighinchile.wordpress.com.

Chandler and Doyle: Assignment 1 Chandler and Doyle, we realize that you haven’t even agreed to be our “official investigators” but your names alone qualify you for the job. So… your first assignment is to keep your eyes peeled for a stolen bike, described by owner Laura Vogel as “a white Kona Blast mountain bike with cages on the pedals and a coffee holder mounted on the handlebars.” The lock was cut last Tuesday at the Carbondale Park ‘n Ride. We would also like all ‘Bonedalians to be on the lookout for Laura’s bike. So we’re offering this likely clue to everyone: “Look for possible coffee stains on the handlebars.” Please notify us here at The Sopris Sun if you find the stolen article or discover evidence we can hand over to Chandler and Doyle for further investigation. We believe the perpetrator had an accomplice that distracted possible witnesses while he or she cut the lock.

Chandler and Doyle: Assignment 2 Aug. 28, a 15-week old, miniature Australian shephErd was outside in the yard when she either escaped, or was stolen. She is unique because she has two blue eyes instead of only one. Her owners are offering a reward for her return and say, “we just want her back with us.” Look for fliers with her picture around North 10th Street, where the owner lives. We know Chandler and Doyle can pull it off, but if you find the pooch first, call 970-589-2858 or 970-361-4906.

Speaking of bicycles… According to one of our most reliable sources, J.R. Ackerman put the pedal to the metal and left his home in Carbondale two Mondays ago on his bicycle to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango. The ride is over 200 miles long and crosses four mountain passes. It was later confirmed by Steve Standiford (of Steve’s Guitars) that J.R. completed the trip on two wheels and was feeling good enough to have dinner with 6 • THE SOPRIS SUN • SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

Steve and Steve’s daughter, Shannon, in Durango. Shannon is also attending college at Fort Lewis. They both started their freshman year on Aug 31. Congrats to J.R. on completing the trip.

What weighs 9 pounds, 2 ounces? Yes! You are correct. The answer is Ramona Clara who was born on July 29, 2009. Her proud parents, Heidi Ahrens and Erik Skeaff, and big sister, Coralie, of Carbondale, are delighted to announce her birth. She has many aunts, uncles and cousins who are also excited. They include aunts Marika, Tristan, Nicholas and Anais; uncles Ian (Chris) and David (Sarah); grandparents Marie Cadieux and Martin Ahrens, and Jette and Jim Skeaff of Ottawa; and cousins Ryan, Abby and Marcus.

Happy belated birthday Happy belated birthday to our editor, Terray Sylvester, Heather Craven, Lynn Kirchner and Main Street. flower girls, Lori Hartounian and Wenonah Recio.

Congratulations… …to Kendra Kelly Crawford and Christopher Edward Rippe. Graduates of Roaring Fork High School in the classes of 2000 and 2001, they will be married on Sept. 6, in Glenwood Springs. After the wedding, the couple will live in Denver. Kendra is the daughter of Alex and Karen Crawford of Carbondale. Christopher is the son of Gail Updgraph – who once lived in Carbondale but now lives in St. Louis – and David Rippe, of St. Louis.


Marijuana Dispensary continued om page 1 A budding business Joey Jones, owner of Colorado Mountain Dispensary, says his business is going places. If there weren’t many medical marijuana patients in the valley when he opened, he thinks there are now. “Now there’s at least 300, I’d say. And I have a big part to do with that,” he said. When he opened, Jones took customers only by appointment, but he has since begun opening his door to walk-ins as long as they have medical marijuana licenses. The storefront is inconspicuous, but he thinks people will find him if they want to. “It’s not really an underground community,” Jones said. “But people know where dispensaries are in different towns.” He declined to state the exact size of his clientele, joking that it has grown to roughly 100 – “give or take 75” – patients of various ages, drawn from in and around the Roaring Fork Valley. And his life has changed outside the office as well. “This has been a crazy past couple months,” he said. “You have no idea; it’s a crazy change. Everybody wants to be your friend.” If the increased traffic to his business has been bothering his neighbors, Jones said that none of them have spoken to him directly. “Our landlord contacted us the other day for the first time about all this. For the most part nobody has actually approached us yet,” Jones said. “There’s been other complaints like loitering and late hours – we just opened

rules for dispensaries. At the moment, Carbondale has no special permitting or zoning rules in place for a business there’s going to be late hours.” dispensaries and, said Carbondale Police Jones said he also received a letter from his Chief Gene Schilling, has no plans to put any landlord, Gary Barr, stating that other tenants in place. feel he is selling to people who aren’t patients. “We haven’t had issues, and so as long as “Which is very, very, very ridiculous, espewe don’t have issues at this cially since we’re the first point I don’t see the police one in the valley. We’re department or the town recprobably being watched, ommending any changes to you know?” Jones said. the rules,” Schilling said. Jones said some of the But Schilling said he very aspects of the building wouldn’t be opposed to ordithat his business may be nances limiting the location threatening led him to of dispensaries. choose the location in the “I’d say it would be kind first place: other medical ofof nice if it wasn’t next to a fices are nearby, and the park, and I know some building is a “very calm, towns have regulations like very quiet, low-traffic that, but we don't,” he said. place.” “So we, at this point, don't “I kind of figured we’d have any reason to say that fit in here,” he said. [the dispensary shouldn’t be Jones said he has purthere].” chased “no smoking” signs The lack of regulations to hang outside. has prompted a number of And as for the park next Colorado towns to develop door? Police Chief Gene Schilling rules of their own. “It’s actually really conIn Basalt, where a dispenvenient for me; I love to play sary was recently approved for the W.I.N. InFrisbee golf,” he quipped. “I don’t see it as stitute, town council members have decided being a problem.” to do so. At a meeting on Aug. 21, trustees put a hold on new dispensaries, though as yet, Hazy regulations “we haven't received any applications or letIn 2000, Colorado voters approved ters or intent from other ones," said assistant Amendment 20 to legalize medical marijuana planning director James Lindt. Basalt’s Planning and Zoning Commission in the state. But that legislation is largely silent on the has discussed requiring dispensary owners to

We haven’t had issues, and so as long as we don’t have issues at this point I don’t see the police department or the town recommending any changes to the rules.

obtain a license similar to a liquor license, Lindt said. He explained that such licenses might require background checks of owners, ensure that proprietors are familiar with the laws that pertain to medical marijuana, and ensure that security systems are in place. Lindt said Basalt P&Z commissioners also discussed suitable locations for dispensaries, tossing around the idea of mirroring the zoning rules that apply to liquor stores, which are required to be a certain minimum distance from parks and schools where children congregate. But Lindt said that the commissioners shied away from that option, asserting instead that, if marijuana is a legitimate medical product, it should be dispensed in a medical context. But the Colorado Mountain Dispensary doesn’t appear to be just like any other medical facility – at least not in the eyes of its neighbors. They have brought their complaints to the building’s landlord, as well as to the property management company. But Gary Barr said that so far nothing has convinced him that the situation is exceptional. “I don’t consider them any different from any other business,” Barr said. “I've been a landlord for 40 years and hundreds of properties. I’ve had much worse tenants.” For his part, Joey Jones says he feels that many of the complaints from his neighbors stem not from his actions, but from stigma against his business. “Everything is good, the town has no problem with us and [we’re] trying to do everything perfect,” Jones said. “The only people who have a problem with us are the neighbors.”

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A kiln-fired feast: SAW features the artful dinnerware of Anne Goldberg By Jessi Rochel In September, Studio for Art + Works will showcase the inspired dishware of Anne Goldberg. Goldberg is a longtime ceramicist at the studio who works with distinctive soda ash and wood-fired glazes. Her plates and bowls, mugs and pitchers are the product of a passion for art that is both beautiful and practical. Goldberg’s show is titled “The Artful Table: Handmade Dinnerware and Other Work.” It will open from 6-9 p.m. at SAW tomorrow, Sept. 4, during the First Friday art walk. The show will run through the rest of the month. Speaking of her work, Goldberg says, “There’s something really special about eating from a handmade plate.” In fact, there is something so special about it that Goldberg was recently asked to create an entire 10-person dinner set for the wedding registry of a local Roaring Fork couple. Goldberg works mostly with white stoneware and fires her work with soda ash. This process works to self-glaze the clayware in the kiln. Goldberg explained that when the temperature hits about 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, she sprays a solution of soda ash and water into the kiln. The soda ash then reacts with the silica in the clay to produce some truly spectacular results, including dramatic

variations as the ash moves with the flames inside the kiln. Some of Goldberg’s recent work is also wood-fired, and the product of a recent workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center. Like the soda ash process, wood-firing produces certain distinctive traits in the final product. One of the themes at the workshop was sets, so Goldberg’s show will include Chinese-style teapots and tea cups, as well as oil and vinegar ewers. “I really want to make things people use. I don’t want it just sitting in a cabinet and only used for special occasions,” Goldberg says. “I want it to be practical, sturdy but light, stackable, and able to fit in a dishwasher.” All of Goldberg’s dinnerware is safe for dishwashers and microwaves. Most of Goldberg’s work is thrown on a potter’s wheel, though she does some handbuilding as well. “Most of my work is started on the wheel, and finished off of it,” she says. Her specialty is pots, but she is a sculptor, too. When asked about her start in art, Goldberg explained that she has been involved with clay “off and on since I was a kid.” As a child in Brookline, Massachusetts, Goldberg took classes at a place much like the Carbondale Clay Center. “I’ve been a parttime potter with other jobs. But since 2003,

Anne Goldberg’s pottery is practical as well. Her work will be featured at SAW during the First Friday art walk on Friday. Photo courtesy of Anne Goldberg

I’ve been devoted mostly to my art.” A native of the East Coast, Goldberg discovered Carbondale when she attended a workshop at Anderson Ranch in the fall of 2003. Following that, she spent four years traveling back and forth between her two homes. She spent half the year here, and for the other half worked as the head ceramics studio manager at the Truro Center for the Arts in Cape Cod. While she enjoyed what she was doing, Goldberg explained how it was “disruptive to my life – and disruptive to my art.” This prompted her to relocate to Carbondale. Goldberg has been with SAW since the beginning, and this will be her third solo show. SAW is a studio of working artists, and each is offered one solo show each year if he or she so chooses, in addition to the group shows.

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Currently, nine artists work at SAW: five ceramics artists, three painters and a jeweler. “That’s a nice thing about opening here,” Goldberg says. “You see the show in the gallery, but then the other artists are here, usually with work set up, so you can speak with all the artists.” In addition to her ceramics, Goldberg works in ad sales for The Sopris Sun, and as a snowboard instructor in Snowmass. On top of those two jobs, Goldberg teaches kids’ classes at the Carbondale Clay Center and the Aspen campus of Colorado Mountain College, and leads workshops around the country. You can also see Goldberg’s work at the Aspen and Basalt weekend markets. For more information on the artist and her creations log on to annegoldberg.com.

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Exhibit moves art teachers from the classroom to the gallery By Trina Ortega From the industrial arts to the culinary arts, no medium is out of the question for Carbondale teacher and artist Rose Mehlhaff. Her work varies from oil painting to a working Stirling engine, and from performing arts to the written word. Mehlhaff will display her artistic talent in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ valley art teachers’ show, opening Friday, Sept. 4. An artists’ reception will be from 6-8 p.m. at the CCAH Gallery at 645 Main St. In its second year, the show features a range of artwork and mediums by teachers throughout the valley. It’s a rare opportunity for dedicated educators — who are usually focusing on how to get their kids’ creative juices flowing — to shine. Mehlhaff is among the sizable handful of artists exhibiting their work in the show. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in fine arts, Mehlhaff focused on oil on canvas. Since then, she has experimented with many artistic endeavors: performance art, fiber arts and knitting, woodworking, and food while continuing to paint. “I’ve really gone from the fine arts to just experimenting to see what I can make,” said the Carbondale resident. “I really remain open to different things, and I really try to just take my love for making things out of paint and canvas and try to apply it to wherever I am.” No medium has been out of the question for Mehlhaff, either. For example, she considers baking an art and once created a 3-foot-by-5-foot cake of Oregon for an office baking contest.The state’s points of interest — Crater Lake, Portland, the Snake River and the like — were made of chocolate, pleasing to both the eye and palate. “I just decided to make something really spectacular. I hadn’t baked that much at all,” Mehlhaff said, describing how she bought a bunch of cake mixes and just kept“making them

and making them.” Mountain Fair bakers, look out, Mehlhaff said she was wondering about a Colorado version. Another baking endeavor of the Carbondale Middle School teacher involved creating a French rolling pin, slender on the ends and thicker in the middle, which enables her to roll pastries accurately. Despite all of her experimenting, she has found only one stand-by medium to stick with. She keeps returning to her photographs, arranging them in various compositions. And there is always a Rose Mehlhaff: an artist of many mediums. Her work will be featured at CCAH “background” photography project in during the September First Friday festivities. Photo by Jane Bachrach the works while she dives deep into and Mehlhaff adds that she can “become enthusiastic about something new like the industrial arts. Look for a Stirling engine in the September exhibit that any idea I get.” “I’m, in general, pretty curious about the way things are in was designed and built by Mehlhaff and her father, Bruce Chandler. That project also inspired a children’s book, which the world and the way things work. I ask a lot of questions,” she said. Mehlhaff has written and is in the process of illustrating. Originally from Big Arm, Mont., Mehlhaff and her husThe story, designed for middle school students, is about the first engine model fabricated by a Scottish man. While the band, Aaron Mehlhaff, moved to Carbondale three years ago. storyline is factual, the illustrations have “something of a She taught at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork before moving on to Carbondale Middle School, where she taught whimsical feel to them,” she said. In addition to her art, Mehlhaff has recently been pouring language arts. Only two weeks in, Mehlhaff is teaching art at her time into a second master’s degree in education from Sun- CMS, temporarily taking the place of art teacher Ami Maes, bridge College in New York. Calm and collected for her in- who is on maternity leave. Working with children is inspiring for Mehlhaff. She says terview with The Sun, Mehlhaff was due to mail off her thesis she loves their spontaneity. in just under two hours. “I just love the natural vitality they have and their natural The soft-spoken and articulate artist is thoughtful about word choice and, as a language arts teacher, even more so interest they have in creating things. I feel really privileged. about enunciation. Friends and family describe her as creative, I’m thrilled to be there.”

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To list your event, email information to news@soprissun.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted.

THURSDAY, Sept. 3

FRIDAY, Sept. 4

OIL AND GAS ACTIVISM • The Thompson Divide Coalition will host a town hall meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District meeting room on Highway 133 across from River Valley Ranch. For information call Jock Jacober, 319-8962.

REDSTONE CASTLE TOURS • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle are at 1:30 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. For group tours or more information call 9639656 or go to redstonecastle.us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED • Volunteers are needed to help organize and hold the “Potato Bake Off” at the 100th Potato Day scheduled for Sept. 18-20. Farmer’s market vendors also are needed. For more information, call 963-3744. ECO-GODDESS TUNES • Eco-Goddess at 335 Main St. presents Seattle songstress Jill Cohn playing acoustic guitar and piano originals. Music is from 7-9 p.m. with no cover. For more info, call 963-7316, visit www.eco-goddess.com or email goddess@eco-goddess.com. LIBRARY BOARD MEETING • The Garfield County Libraries Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. at the Gordon Cooper Library, 76 S. 4th Street. The finance committee will meet at 5 p.m. For ADA needs, contact Wilma at 625-4270 in advance. STRESS RELIEF • Patricia Kerschner will lead a Release Stress workshop from 6-8 p.m., at Splendor Mountain Spa, 506 Maple St., Glenwood Springs. $15 suggested donation. Call Patricia at 720-3826900 for more information and to sign up.

LIVE PAINTING • Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 (First Friday) at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St. The painting will be inspired by Indian summer. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For further information, call 704-0622. FIRST FRIDAYS • The First Fridays art walk takes place Sept. 4 with galleries and businesses hosting artist receptions and extended hours. MOVIES • Showing at 8 p.m. Sept. 4-10 at the Crystal Theatre “Julie & Julia” (PG-13). Closed Monday and Tues., Sept 7-8.

DANCE CLUB • Deejay Deeogee spins for the under 21 crowd from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday at The Lift on Main St. in Carbondale.

SAT. – MON., Sept. 4-7 REDSTONE ART SHOW • The Redstone Art Foundation’s 14th annual Labor Day Weekend Art Show will be Sept. 4-7 on the grounds of the Redstone Inn, Redstone Boulevard. Artists from Crystal River Valley, the region and across the country participate in this invitation-only, four-day

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exhibit. For more information, call 9632310 or go to www.redstoneartfoundation.org.

FLY FISHING CLINICS • Crystal Fly Shop offers free beginner's fly fishing clinics every Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in September at 208 Main St. Classes consist of detailed casting lessons and other instruction. Equipment provided. Call 9635741 to reserve a space.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9

GROUP RUN • Independence Run & Hike holds its regular Saturday group run at 7:30 a.m. rain, snow or sun. Tuesday night trail runs are at 5:45 p.m. Call 704-0909, email independencerun@sopris.net, or stop by 995 Cowen Drive for details.

FARMER’S MARKET • The Carbondale Farmer’s Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 30 at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. Fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, bread, coffee, wine, flowers, prepared foods, crafts and more. Free entertainment.

SUNDAY, Sept. 6 CONCERT SERIES • The “Magical Moments” Summer Concert Series in Redstone continues with Heart of the Rockies (Twirp Anderson, Cash Cashman, John Sommers and Randy Utterback) playing country rock and bluegrass from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Labor Day Art Show. INTUITIVE PAINTING • Artist and author Sheri Gaynor will help you rediscover and re-connect with the playful child within through the art of intuitive painting, journaling and ecstatic dance at Kahaak Fine Arts, 411 Main Street. Space is limited. To register, call 948-7213.

TUESDAY, Sept. 8 TRUSTEES MEET • The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Town Hall. SURVIVOR SUPPORT • A new chapter of HEARTBEAT – Support for Survivors After Suicide – for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call or email Pam Szedelyi at 945-1398 or pamsz@sopris.net. LIVE JAZZ • A live jazz jam session will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 8. Come to listen or join in. For more details, visit www.stevesguitars.net.

MEETING • A potluck and organizational meeting for the proposed Carbondale Community Wood-Fired Oven will be held at 6 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Learn about the proposal, watch an oven-building slide show, and share ideas. For more information call Linda, at 963-9371 or log on to carbondalecommunityoven.weebly.com. STORYTELLERS NEEDED • Spellbinders’ next three-day storytelling workshop for interested volunteers will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 and 15 at the Eagle Valley Community Center in El Jebel. For more information, visit www.spellbinders.org. LIVE MUSIC • White House Pizza presents live music from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. This week: Tony Rosario “Americana Rock and Blues” For more information, call 7049400.

THURSDAY, Sept. 10 WATER QUALITY MEETING • The Roaring Fork Conservancy will present a meeting to discuss water quality and flow issues in the Crystal River at 6:30 p.m. at the Church at Redstone. It will be the second of five meetings about the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan. For more information visit www.roaringfork.org/watershedplan. P&Z MEETS • Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Town Hall.

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Community Briefs Health care orientations for Immigrants The Community Integration Initiative will present the “Living in the U.S.” workshop series to offer immigrants information about the U.S. health care system and help them orient themselves in their new home. To successfully adapt to a place it’s essential immigrants to learn about local health care systems, states a press release. Family wellbeing depends on it. The second workshop of the series, titled, “Health Education and Disease Prevention,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church at 397 White Hill Road in Carbondale. The event will include presentations from Garfield County Public Health, Mountain Family Health Centers, Planned Parenthood, Comfort Dental, and Pathfinders for Cancer. They will discuss topics such as tobacco prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, dental health, mental health, drug abuse prevention, cancer prevention and treatment, and also focus on where people can find help. Free blood screenings – including cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, body mass index and blood sugar tests – will be offered for free at 5 p.m. by Mountain Family Health Center. For more information, call the Community Integration Initiative at 319-1677.

Alpine Bank employs nearly 600 people in western Colorado. While that may be a small number compared to other companies, the loyalty of our employee-owners speaks volumes.

Senior matters to help seniors tell “stories from the heart” Mary Peace Finley, noted Carbondale author and recipient of the Colorado Book Award, will present an introductory class to help seniors evoke “stories from the heart.” A press release states, “surprise yourself with vignettes of your life that lie waiting to be rediscovered. No preparation is needed.” Participants should bring writing materials, snacks, pillows, comfy clothes and anything else that will enhance their experience. They should also bring an eagerness to call up memories they might later share with loved ones as a unique and exceptional holiday gift. The class is hosted by Senior Matters and will be held at 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Senior Center in the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The course is free, but donations will be appreciated. Subsequent session will likely be scheduled. For more information, call Randy Vanderhurst at 963-2379 or randyvan@comcast.net.

Watershed plan meetings continue Low summer flows, Coal Creek water quality, and the Placita Dam are among the issues to be discussed at a meeting on the Crystal River watershed portion of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan. The public meeting will be held a 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Church at Redstone. “These meetings will involve the public in a meaningful way in discussions about the future of local water resources,” said Mark Fuller, Director of the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, the sponsor of the plan. “It is important that people voice their concerns, priorities and ideas about how we can best preserve the quality and quantity of local waters.” This will be the second of five meetings on Phase II of the Watershed Plan. Staff of Roaring Fork Conservancy, the plan’s lead consultant, will present a summary of the Phase I findings for the relevant part of the watershed and attendees will work in groups to address the issues identified by Phase I. Participants will help craft the action plan for the Roaring Fork watershed. The ideas generated from the meetings will be reviewed and analyzed by local experts and will potentially be added to the final plan. Phase I of the Plan began in 2006 and was completed in December of 2008. Phase II of the plan is currently under way and is expected to be completed in late 2010. For more information, and for information on future meetings, which will focus on other subwatersheds in the area, visit roaringfork.org/watershedplan.

Tour the Northstar Preserve The Roaring Fork Conservancy will host a tour through the wetlands and riparian habitat on the backside of the Northstar Preserve in Aspen from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. To register log on to roaringfork.org/events or call 927-1290.

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Obituary Edward M. Smith Edward M. Smith, son of Dean and Ellen Smith, was born in Carbondale on Feb. 10, 1948. He passed away on Aug. 10 at 61 years of age. Edward graduated from Roaring Fork High School and received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He was employed by Colorado Mountain College and most recently by Aurora Community College. Edward enjoyed traveling, as well as his many collections and his friends and family. He is survived by brothers Bill Dean (Bonnie) Smith of Boulder, Jerry (Sharlene) Smith of Paonia, George (Cindy) Smith of Littleton; sister Martha (Bill) Moulton of New Castle; niece Jo Ellen Maynard; and many other nieces and nephews in Colorado. A family graveside service was held on Aug. 25 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carbondale.

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Carbondale: Becoming one town, one book at a time By Marilyn Murphy Branch Manager, Gordon Cooper Library The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library are hosting author Kent Haruf for their sixth annual One Book, One Town event on Oct. 15. Mr. Haruf’s award winning novel, “Plainsong,” is Carbondale’s featured book this year. The whole town has been reading to prepare for Mr. Haruf’s lecture and book signing. Kent Haruf is a Colorado native. He has had a diverse range of jobs including: chicken farmer in Colorado, pest controller in Kansas, rehabilitation hospital worker in Denver, and an alternative high school teacher in Wisconsin. He has worked in an orphanage in Montana and a presidential library in Iowa. He has taught English in Turkey as a member of the Peace Corp and taught writing at University of Illinois. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied with John Irving. “Plainsong” weaves together the lives of several characters in the fictional high plains town of Holt, Colorado. Haruf’s representation of small town America is sparse and quirky. His dialogue is part of the text, unframed by quotation marks. Haruf is concerned with exposing emotional truths. He does an exceptional job of balancing inner strength and fragility in his characters. The men in his book take on a nurturing role in the community. The children are struggling to discover the adults they will become.

In an interview with the Kansas City Star in 2000, Kent Haruf said, “What I really want to suggest at the end of the book is that at this point, at least this day and this point in their lives, all these people have found a place in a small community – it may even be an extended family – in which they can connect with other people and find solace and communion.” The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library have made One Book, One Town: Everybody Reads an annual event. Six years ago the Friends thought it would be fun to encourage everyone in town to read the same book. “Get to Know Your Neighbor Though a Book” was the theme of One Book, One Town. They envisioned the citizens of Carbondale finding themselves in line at the grocery store or post office and everyone breaking into spontaneous discussion about the book they had all read. The first book, “The Eagle Catcher,” by Colorado mystery writer Margaret Coel, was a huge success. Coel came to town and gave a lecture at the library, an afternoon program for high school students and a writer’s workshop in the library the next day. There was a lot of enthusiasm and people started looking forward to the next years’ event. Carbondale read “Sight Hound” by Pam Houston next. That year we had a potluck on the library lawn and the town packed the library. A downpour forced us inside, but everyone had a wonderful evening.

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The third selection was a non-fiction adventure story, “Polar Dreams,” by Helen Thayer, about her solo walk to the North Pole. The One Book, One Town committee wanted to choose a book that would appeal to more people, and Thayer ended up speaking to high school and middle school students as well as the community at large. The community event took place at the Thunder River Theater in order to accommodate the large audience. One Book, One Town expanded further the fourth year when author Greg Mortenson agreed to talk about his best-selling book, “Three Cups of Tea.” The book details his climbing adventure on K-2, and his efforts to build schools for girls in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan. The book inspired donations from around the world to Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute. Last year, Grand Junction author Aryn Kyle shared her book, “God of Animals.” This year, Carbondale is looking forward to a visit from Haruf, another Colorado native – partly because his visit might help us chit chat with the president. “Plainsong” was in the news recently for being one of the five books that President Barack Obama brought with him on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Carbondale is looking forward to a presidential visit because now, after all, we’ll all have something to talk about.

“Plainsong” author to speak

Kent Haruf, author of “Plainsong” will visit the Roaring Fork High School Cafetorium at 7 p.m on Oct. 15. “Plainsong” has been chosen by the friends of the Gordon Cooper Branch Library as the featured book of this year’s One Book, One Town, event. For more information contact the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at 963-2068.


Letters continued om page 2 An enlightened renovation Dear Editor: My family owns the property next to the 7-11 store at Main Street and Highway 133. 7-11 has always used lights to attract customers to their store. These lights in the past have been so bright that we would have to close our window shades at dusk to keep the light out. It was like sitting in a basketball stadium and hard to see past the lights to the outside world. On Aug. 25, a 7-11 crew came in and replaced all the outside lights with an LED system that shines down and

not out, greatly reducing the light pollution by 75 percent. I would like to say thank you to 7-11 for allowing darkness to filter into our homes again and reducing energy needs. Paul Luttrell Carbondale

A lively summer at the library Dear Editor: The Gordon Cooper Branch Library was a busy place this summer: more than 634 children, teens and adults signed up for our

annual Summer Reading Programs. We also had our special Visions of the Universe exhibit, which included great programs such as the Star Party at Sopris Park and a visiting NASA ambassador. Special thanks to all those who helped make our programs successful: the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library, Carbondale Town Hall, John Busscher of Dye-namics, Yvette Maceachen, Alayne Tetor, Amber Sparkles, Elizabeth Ritchie, Dara Chase, Emilio Alcala, Frank Naddell and the Three Rivers Astronomy Club, 20/20 EyeCare,

CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts, Jimmy Westlake, NASA Education Outreach Project at Johnson Space Center, Mountain Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Bob Koper, Cheryl Borchardt of the NASA Ambassadors, and KDNK. Don’t miss the sixth annual One Book, One Town with Plainsong by Kent Haruf and our Fall Book Sale this October. We look forward to another great year in Carbondale. The Staff at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library

rich, deputy director and curator of modern and contemporary art for the Denver Art Museum, will also be part of this year’s selection process. Art works in a variety of media are welcome, however due to space limitations and the number of participants, submissions should not exceed 48 inches in any dimension — 84 inches in height for sculpture. Space is limited, and no late entries can be accommodated. Each artist must be present for their interview/review process. For further details, go to AAM online: www.aspenartmuseum.org.

Street Center titled, “Acting Up: An introductory acting class for seniors of all ages.” Participants will explore and share theatre games and acting experiences that will awaken their imaginations. Through a series of safe and entertaining exercises, they will discover their personal resources for theatrical creation and performance. The group will grow in its trust and freedom, and develop a foundation for dramatic interpretation, portrayal and performance. The class will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 9 through Oct. 28. No experience needed. All are welcome. Classes are free but donations are accepted. For more information, call Randy Vanderhurst at 963-2379 or randyvan@comcast.net.

Art Briefs Y’Art Sale: The Carbondale Clay Center’s annual Y'Art Sale will take place from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. All proceeds from this fun, funky flea-market support the Clay Center’s year-round programming. Discover affordably-priced treasures including new and gently-used art supplies, pottery ‘seconds,’ garden sculptures, framed artwork, scrapbooking paraphernalia and more! Donations accepted through Friday, Sept. 18th. Call 963-CLAY for more information.

AAM show open to area artists The Aspen Art Museum invites all Roaring Fork Valley artists to participate in the 2009 Roaring Fork Open, on view at the AAM from Oct. 29 through Nov. 29. An opening

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When Chuck met Bobbie By Jane Bachrach and Terray Sylvester “I say it was at a dance in Basalt, and he said we met at a dance in Glenwood and the only one who knows for sure… well that person is dead. There are three other girl friends that know, but they’re all dead too,” Bobbie Harris said with conviction. “I know it was Glenwood cause I remember goin’ up those stairs to the dance,” Chuck replied. “He’s probably right,” Bobbie admitted. They’ll never know for sure. Like Bobbie said, they’re all dead. It is a fact, however, that Chuck Harris and his wife Bobbie met at a dance, and after three or four more dance dates Chuck knew that Bobbie was the one. “We got along pretty good,” he said. They dated for four or five years, and married in 1941. They’ve now been married for 68 years. Chuck and Bobbie Harris were born and raised right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Charles H. Harris, Chuck’s grandfather, homesteaded the Cerise Ranch (before it was called that) in 1880. Both Chuck and his father, Vern Harris, were born there. The Utes were the only other inhabitants in the valley at the time. Bobbie says that her father and grandfather came to the valley from Italy in 1889. “My grandfather settled in Woody Creek in 1889.” Her father settled in Emma where he homesteaded at the bottom of the Crown. Bobbie was born on that ranch, on the south side of the river near Hook Spur.

Chuck Harris started riding horses when he was very young. “I’ve tried to figure it and it must have been when I was about four years old,” Chuck said. The earliest thing he remembers was a little horse called Chub that belonged to a neighbor. “Well he was a little pony and I used to lead him up alongside of the corral. I’d go up the corral and he’d put his head down and I’d put the bridle on him, and then I’d lead him outside the corral there and I’d go along the inside and climb up on top of the corral and get on him,” Chuck recounted. “Well he’d play with me, and I’d get up there just about set and he’d move over a little bit,” Chuck said, explaining that each time the horse moved he would have to climb down from the corral and lead Chub back beside it. “He’d do that three or four times and then finally he’d let me get on, and then we would go ride up the hill onto Missouri Heights.” When questioned if he really rode by himself when he was 4 years old, Chuck said “Yes, what the hell’s wrong with that?” Chuck went to high school in Carbondale, where Bridges High School is currently located. He would ride his horse to school with his friend and neighbor at the time, Tony Sutey. “Usually in the wintertime the roads were too bad and in the

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Top left, Chuck Harris, 92, has been riding since he was four. Here he is about to feed his horse, Patches, an apple. Below, Bobbie Harris proudly stands in her “jungle-like” veggie garden, as she calls it. Photo by Jane Bachrach

spring time they were impassable. So, the first year, year and a half, we rode horseback all together and then, Tony’s dad and my dad got together and they bought an old Model T Ford in Glenwood.” After that, some of the rides turned to car rides. Bobbie doesn’t remember how old she was when she started riding. “Sure, we were on a horse when my youngest brother and I – we’d go get the cows up in the Crown [where they pastured the family dairy cows]. I don’t know that I could even hardly get on the horse but we got on this horse and we went and many times I fell off,” she said with a laugh. Bobbie went to high school in Basalt roughly five months out of the school year. Her mother died when she was nine years old so Bobbie had to take care of her three brothers. “I didn’t get to go to school as much, and you know, it’s pretty tough to catch up when you miss out.” Bobbie would go to school in October after the harvest, after the hay and potatoes had come in. In May she was off again, helping with the farm.

Chuck graduated in the spring of 1934 and Bobbie graduated in 1935. When asked why Bobbie graduated a year later than Chuck, even though she was older, Chuck joked: “Because she’s two years dumber.” “I wasn’t any dumber than he was,” Bobbie objected. Today, despite the fact that they’re both in their nineties, Chuck and Bobbie are quite active and have memories like elephants. Chuck still has three horses, and still rides. He learned to make western saddles by hand in his late seventies, and has since made three. Bobbie got her first computer in her early eighties and currently sends emails and pictures to her friends and family on a daily basis, his son Glen said. She also keeps a large garden with daughter-in-law Susan that she waters every day. The garden includes lettuce, chard, beets carrots, brussel sprouts, artichoke, buttercup squash, cucumber, kale, zucchini and green beans, one of which is about 9 inches long. “It’s a jungle,” Bobbie said, and then whispered, “I have a sweet potato too.”

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors It’s what we do. Fall Schedule at the Church Sunday Morning Worship – 10:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School – 10:30 a.m. Centering Prayer – Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Bell Choir rehearsals – Thursdays 4:30 p.m. Adult Choir rehearsals – Thursdays 7:00 p.m. Extended Table Service Project – 1st Mondays Carbondale Community United Methodist Church 385 So. 2nd Street – PO Box 793 Rev. Wallace D. (Wally) Finley, Pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Lyons, Pastor ccumc@rof.net Church: 963-4461

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Editing the garden: A solution when the whimsical turns weedy Often times, as I weed or garden, I make half-conscious decisions to leave be a freewheeling seedling, or a sapling that has sprung up from a bird turd. Or I plant an unlikely species, hoping I can get away with it; perhaps it’s a Zone 5, or likes a bit more water, wants better drainage. After a while of this though, things begin to look a bit ragged and chaotic. Plants aren’t performing, escapees have gone wild or the rhythm is marred by impulsive additions. But this week in the garden, I will be ruthless. You see, it’s like this: we just spent a few days by Geneviève JoÍlle hanging out at the RoarVillamizar ing Fork Club. Usually, when I view grounds, it’s with a hopeful heart and a hairy eyeball. I want a designer to blow my mind and often, outside of

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books and magazines, they don’t. The RF Club though, was incredible. That’s all I’ll say. I won’t get into social commentary or thump a pulpit. The grounds were atout amazing. Upon return, coming up our own driveway was quite humbling for this hairy-eyeballed critic. After two months of playing at summer, our place is in shambles: the gravel drive is smothered in weeds; our lawns are 6 inches tall; I still have weeds the size of small dogs and skateboards romping and cruising the gardens; and nothing has been dead headed. What would critics think of my grand masterpiece? As we continued up our path, I noticed again that group of crocosmia that never really bloomed again. The newest explosion of orange coneowers ďŹ zzles more than sizzles. They’re still the spindly specimens I planted two summers ago, despite ďŹ sh and seaweed emulsion, amended soil, mulch and watering. These plants are headed for sunnier digs come autumn. Some of my garden mistakes are just wishful, romantic notions I never should’ve fallen prey to, like our ligularia. We used to ood irrigate, so I thought we could get away with this thirsty character along a feeder ditch at the back of the Dining Garden. It performed fabulously – until we

switched to more efďŹ cient sprinkler irrigation. That feeder ditch dries out now and the ligularia were grotesquely limp this summer. But now, no more panic watering for me; this busy gal is off to the new garden – alongside the original ditch inlet it’s always wet. As for of all the patience I pretended to have, waiting for plants to ďŹ ll in? Gone. This week, I’m ordering ats and ats of ďŹ ller species to cover my mulch: more lady’s mantle, more asters, more orange carpet! More, more! (Oh, my goodness, I’m getting all ushed and excited right now). This will also be an autumn of bulbs. I’ve been dreading digging all those dinky holes amongst dense root zones – avoiding the claustrophobia of tiptoeing amongst established plants – in my size 9 Red Wings. Now I’m going for it because‌ wow: bulbs in early spring are a sight. After three months of at light and snow, the vision of sunlight sliding through petals and illuminating fresh, new leaves will be a beacon. Like any gardener, I have much to do. But to start, rather than go nuts on a shovel like in the old days (the bod’s getting creaky) I’ll wield naught but a pen. I will take the time to note every single “If I could, what would I?â€? I will remove old transgressions, add new possibilities and transplant currently struggling hopefuls.

rakes and shovels if possible. Workers will meet at the Spring Gulch parking lot at 2 p.m. Following the workday, the Nordic council will host its annual meeting and potluck picnic. So the council is asking attendees to bring a side dish to share, and something to grill as well. The location of the potluck has yet to be announced. For more information, email springgulch@sopris.net.

open teams of up to eight riders. For more information and to register log on to 12hoursofsnowmass.com or call the Pro Bike Center at 390-9730. Two kids courses will also be open to ride from noon-3pm.

Sports Briefs 6th annual Lead King Loop Charity races Join in on Sunday, Sept. 20 for an all inclusive run/hike and kids race to beneďŹ t the Marble Charter School. The races were voted both "Most scenic in Colorado" and "Best Weekend Getaway" by Colorado Runner magazine. Participants get a great cool max T, pint glass, poster, barbecue lunch, breakfast and are entered in a great rafe. Reserve your spot today. Get more info at www.leadkingloop25k.com or call Craig at 704-1275.

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The 12-hour mountain bike race will be held for a second time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Snowmass Mountain. The race is an intermediate event for solo and endurance teams and beneďŹ ts two local non-proďŹ ts. Riders can choose to ride solo, in teams of two, three, or in

The annual Tater Trot running race is a chance to start off Potato Days right by getting ready to load up on those 'taters. This year, the race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19. The 5-kilometer and 1-mile events start at 8 a.m. on Holland Drive between the soccer ďŹ eld at Hendrick Ranch and the Carbondale community garden. Proceeds beneďŹ t the Carbondale Soccer Club. Registration forms are available at the Red Rock Diner and at the race from 7:15-7:45 a.m.

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Nordic trail workday The Mount Sopris Nordic Council will hold a trail workday on Saturday, Sept. 19. The council suggests participants wear durable working clothes, bring suitable rain gear and heavy-duty pruners, tree saws, wheelbarrows,

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