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Volume 5, Number 30 | September 5, 2013

Hot springs chillin’

Remember back in the late 1980s when neighbors tried to destroy the Penny Hot Springs because it attracted naked hippies and their ilk? Well, those neighbors are gone, as are for the most part naked hippies and their kind, leaving behind a pretty good cross-section of local and out-of-town humanity. These days, a beach of sorts has formed at the north end of Penny Hot Springs. Hot springs attenders have placed hundreds of rocks to direct the scorching waters into several pools that line the Crystal River, and bathers often drift 40 or 50 yards downstream to cover their bodies in “marshmallow” mud on the other side of the Crystal River. This photo was taken on Labor Day, when 10-15 cars almost filled the Highway 133 turnout about two miles north of Redstone. Photo by Lynn Burton

CARBONDALE’S A CIRCUS!! Yes, on any given day but especially Friday the 6th. Main Street’s Closed.

Carbondale is Calling!

Glass blowing, face painting, balloon making, and more! 5-9 in Historic Carbondale.

Carbondale Commentary The views and opinions expressed on the Commentary page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sopris Sun. The Sopris Sun invites all members of the community to submit letters to the editor or guest columns. For more information, e-mail editor Lynn Burton at, or call 510-3003.

Zoning 102: Types EDITOR’S NOTE: Carbondale is beginning a 16-month process to update and consolidate its zoning code and other land use regulations into a unified development code. The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission is writing a series of articles explaining the basics of zoning. This is the second installment. After reading Zoning 101, the first column of this series, you understand the basics of a zoning code. (If you missed the first article on Zoning 101, you can find it at Of course, in reality, zoning is more complicated than that. In fact, there are different types of zoning. Types of zoning codes have evolved over time, as attitudes toward development have changed. The most common types of zoning are outlined below, with a short description of each. Euclidean zoning. A key goal of zoning codes is to limit conflicting and incompatible uses. Traditional Euclidean zoning does this by regulating the general size and location of buildings, and especially the land uses allowed on a particular property. This form of zoning is what we traditionally think of when we think of zoning. Named for a town in Ohio and not the Greek mathematician, this form of zoning segregates permitted uses by establishing exclusive districts to reduce any potential impacts from incompatible land uses. There is typically a district hierarchy associated with Euclidean zoning that begins with low-density residential and intensifies to heavy industrial. On the plus side, traditional Euclidean zoning can lead to very predictable results; however, this form of zoning also can be rigid and often does not allow for any flexibility on the part of the developer or the town. Form-based codes. This form of zoning places more emphasis on regulating the form, massing and scale of buildings, and their relationship to the street and the pedestrian, and focuses less on the use of the building. Some of the urban planning goals of form-based codes include curbing sprawl by promoting development in desired contexts, promoting pedestrian safety, and preserving the fabric of stable neighborhoods. Incentive zoning. As its name implies, incentive zoning offers a reward (usually in the form of increased density) to a developer who does something “extra” that is in the community’s interest (such as more open space) or promotes a public goal (such as affordable housing). Incentives are often built into existing codes to encourage desired development patterns. Performance zoning. Performance zoning regulates the effects or impact of land uses through performance standards. Performance standards usually concern traffic flow, density, noise, and access to light and air. Developers can build almost any building that meets the performance standards for that district. Therefore, performance zoning allows a great deal of flexibility. This level of flexibility makes it a very useful tool, but also makes it difficult to administer. Hybrid zoning. This combines aspects of any of the types of zoning outlined above. Different zone districts may utilize different types of zoning. For instance, an industrial area may utilize Euclidean zoning to regulate the types of businesses in the zone district. But the neighboring transitional zone district could be under more form-based controls that regulate the form and scale of buildings to create more amenable public spaces. ZONING 102 page 4

e wild weedy West I’m confused. I thought the one good thing about right-wing conservative Republicans being in office is the free-market capitalism they will take a bullet to protect. I thought that all the de-regulation and social program cuts were in the name of every American’s right to sell his wares in the marketplace to the highest bidder. Big Bird dies for Big Industry’s sins, right? This is what I’ve always been told. This is one of the pillars of our society. I am not exaggerating, this is as sure as death and property tax and the unnamed force that steals a sock out of the dryer. So, why did two of our county commissioners vote against growing and selling marijuana in unincorporated Garfield County? It is now a legal substance in this state, and God knows, it has already proven to be a cash crop. What if I decide I want to sell my wares in Satank, and what if “my wares” just happens to be code for marijuana cupcakes? Sorry, force of habit for those of us who went through our formative years when it was still an illegal substance. And yes, I have been watching a lot of the show “2 Broke Girls” lately. Personally I don’t partake, but I’m in the minority. If you’re reading this in Carbondale, look to your left and then look to your right, one of them and you probably use marijuana. Like I said, I’m no longer in the know, but back in college? Whoo doggie! Of course, that was years ago when a quarter only cost $25. Yes, it’s true, ounces of weed once sold for $100. Oh, how long I’ve By Jeannie Perry waited to be able to shock youngsters with tales of the past, back in the good old days when you could smoke a joint, find your shoes, and go to the grocery store for munchies. Nowadays you practically need a GPS system just to find your own kitchen, and forget about the shoes. “Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that’s what it is.” – Brian Johnson

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Weird Isn’t it weird that a plant that can solve so many of our ailments has been illegal for 75 years? Glaucoma, depression, obesity, diabetes, fibromyalgia, nausea, muscle cramps and/or spasms, arthritis, the list could probably go on and on like a pothead at a party. It clearly is the Gateway Drug if we’re talking about a gateway to mental and physical health. So let’s grow it and sell it and in the name of your favorite Republican, tax it! What are we waiting for? All the studies point to less violent crime, fewer car accident deaths* and mercy for terminally ill patients, with a downside of what, exactly? Renaming the ATF and bad poetry? I think it’s a risk we can afford to take. It seems a lot safer than the gamble we are taking with our clean air and ground water so that the gas companies can frack away. Our commissioners gave away the farm and the county road to get there when Big Oil & Gas came knocking. What’s the difference? They both come out of the ground and they’re both in demand. Commissioner Martin, perhaps you can resolve the confusion, what is required to enter the “free market?” At the end of the day it is just a weed, made by Nature to grow wild with sunlight and a little water (well, for the time being anyway. I suspect it won’t be long until Monsanto produces a GMOnster strain.) And the Baby To inform, inspire and build community. Boomers prefer it to their parents’ prescription pills, so Donations accepted online or by get ready for sales to go through the roof as they enter the mail. For information call 510-3003 ailment years— there’s a good idea for a sitcom; a show Editor/Reporter: about aging hippies who live together in unincorporated Lynn Burton • 970-510-3003 Garfield County and start up their own marijuana cake business all the while trying to stay one step ahead Advertising: of the law. Kind of a “Golden Girls” meets “That 70s Bob Albright • 970-927-2175 Show” meets the “Dukes of Hazard.” And in the pilot episode they’ll kidnap those pesky old commissioners and Linda Fleming • 970-379-5223 take them to a motel room in Utah where they will box the s#*! out of it. Photographer: Jane Bachrach * Ad/Page Production: Terri Ritchie Webmaster: Will Grandbois


The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. 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. The deadline to submit letters to the editor is noon on Monday.

Remembering Herb Dear Editor: I just learned of the passing of my dear old friend Herb Weisbard. Herb defined the word "friend." All you had to do was hint that you might need assistance and he was there, with all the dogs! Herb helped me and he taught me. He burned the midnight oil helping to build KDNK's first studio. Herb lived to "play" and he always had his smile on. We shared many great adventures and holidays together, and I am so thankful I got to see him at the fair this

year. A piece of valley folklore has certainly gone down the river and I'll miss him. RIP Herb. Manny

Thanks to PAC3 Dear Editor: I would like to thank PAC3 for the Asleep at the Wheel band that played at the Third Street Center. I had the best time and everybody danced to the great music that this group is famous for. This event was truly enjoyed by a fair-

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sized group of people, on a Thursday night in Carbondale no less. I have enjoyed the music of the Asleep at the Wheel down at Country Jam several times and they didn't disappoint anybody that was at PAC3 on Aug. 29. They set your feet to tapping and for such a small event center, they played like they were playing for thousands of people. It was country western music at its finest. We need more events of this caliber. This was more fun than eating dirt. Thanks again. Jane Spaulding Carbondale

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Bee here now: Xeriscaping teaches enviro lessons By Nicolette Toussaint Sopris Sun Correspondent “That bee is humongous!� The comment comes from my 5-yearold neighbor Sam Stableford. Sam and his sister Annabelle, who is 7, showed up and began lugging rocks into place the day I first started to build my xeriscaped meditation garden in Crystal Village. I was surprised that kids would be interested. I laid out the path in the snow in early 2012. As soon as the ground thawed, a contractor stripped out the lawn – about 800 square feet of it – and I began installing the spiraling flagstone path and berms with help from my two young volunteers. I designed the spiral with four goals in mind: to save fuel, water and bees – and to deliver an environmental message. Most of the plants are drought-resistant natives, including sage, rabbit brush, artemisia, speedwell, salvia and three kinds of ground-covering sedum. Wildflowers add color: orange poppies, golden wallflower, warm-hued Indian blankets; blue, white and red columbines, purple larkspur and pink-andplum lupines. The spiral attracts bees and children. Today, I have tallied at least four different types of bees, and I count that as a victory. My interest in replacing lawns began four years ago when I enlisted in the Great Sunflower Project, a nationwide effort to grow bee-attracting plants to counteract the decline of honeybee and native bee populations. Each year since 2008, the Sunflower Project has conducted a nationwide bee census. I didn’t count officially this year, but I see that Sam’s humongous bumblebee has been joined by three smaller bees. The bees favor lamb’s ears and sunflowers, crawling in and out, their hind legs heavy with pollen. We depend on bees to pollinate about one-third of our food crops, but from 1972 to 2006, the U.S. suffered a dramatic reduction in the number of bees. Personally, I find that terrifying. The reasons for “colony collapse� range from pesticides, mites and urbanization to “mono-culture� – humans’

tendency to replace natural landscapes with sweeping vistas of a single plant, such as lawn grass. We still have some lawn, but I don’t like to grow it to mow it, first dumping on fertilizer and pesticides, then using fossil fuels to cut it down. To my way of thinking, lawns are fine for Scotland where the rain is plentiful and sheep will do the mowing, but they’re not appropriate here.

Lawsuits and secrets The idea of yanking out a lawn in favor of xeriscapes or vegetables has sparked lawsuits in places like Orange County, California, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, but judging from the comments I hear, it’s mostly a hit here in Carbondale. Recently, when a notary checked my address, she said, “Oh, are you the people who pulled out the lawn and put in that amazing garden?� The other day my friend Sue Edelstein remarked, “Nicolette, this has grown more in a year than my garden has grown in five. What did you do?� The secret, I think, lies in the soil. After the lawn was scalped, revealing hard clay and river rocks, we brought in soil that came from Zeigler Reservoir, near the ice-age fossil finds. Along the spiral path, I have placed river rocks painted with pictographs that memorialize Zeigler’s vanished ice-age animals and others that once lived in this valley. On the outskirts are a velociraptor-like othnielia and a plesiosaur that swam in an inland sea here 200 million years ago. Near the garden’s center is a camel that lived upvalley 100,000 years ago, along with Snowy the mammoth. They were part of the spiral of life and death, extinction and evolution that includes us too. Because of all the lush plantings, passersby may miss the pictographs, but the neighborhood kids know where to find them. One Sunday morning, I heard voices in the front yard. I looked out to see a towheaded girl leading a gray-haired woman around the spiral, and was surprised when

“We still have some lawn, but I don’t like to grow it to mow it, first dumping on fertilizer and pesticides, then using fossil fuels to cut it down.�

Nicolette Toussaint (shown here) is often joined in her xeriscape garden at the intersection of Wald Street and Rock Court by Sam (left) and Annabelle Stableford (right). Toussaint ďŹ rst started work on her garden in 2012. Today it is attracting attention and even more kids. Photo by Mason Ingram the girl turned out not to be Annabelle! It was Sophie, another 6-year old neighbor. I hadn’t given Sophie a tour, but she knew all about the spiral; she brought her grandmother “to see the terminator pig.â€? Apparently, I have an environmental teaching tool in my front yard. I have that on the authority of Sam’s mom Megan Currier, who teaches middle school. If so, I’m glad. Bring on the kids and the flowers, as well as the bees. Editor’s note on the “terminator pigâ€?: Nicolette reports that terminator pig is an

extinct animal that lived in this valley about 35 million years ago. He's painted on a rock in Touissant’s garden, along with that date. Other animals painted on the garden’s rocks include the mammoth and sabre tooth tiger. Here’s how Wikipedia describes terminator pig: Entelodonts, sometimes nicknamed hell pigs or terminator pigs, are an extinct family of pig-like omnivores endemic to forests and plains of North America, Europe, and Asia from the middle Eocene to early Miocene epochs (37.2—16.3 million years ago), existing for about 21 million years.



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Town Briefs Sales tax revenues up over 2012 Sopris Sun Staff Report Sales tax revenues were up 4.2 percent for August, and 2.5 percent year-to-date,according to Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington’s week report, released on Sept. 5. Other paraphrased items from his report include: • The developers of Block JJ in River Valley Ranch have submitted their application to allow 4-plex units instead of 2-plex units. • The town received several calls about the streetlights at the new library being out. The town electrician found nothing wrong with the lights other than the circuit breaker being thrown. Apparently, someone had been turning the streetlights off. “We have since locked the box,” the report said. • The planning department is work-

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ing on the schedule for the new zoning code kick-off meetings for the week of Sept. 23-27. • Candice Goodwin has resigned from the Environmental Board. • The street crew installed wheel stops on the public right-of-way at a residence on Third Street. “The resident provided the town with concerns about vehicles parking on the sidewalk and even hitting his fence.” • The parks crew will be increasing maintenance at the White Hill Cemetery as staffing permits. • “We are seeing more graffiti than normal. If anyone sees graffiti, please report it to Police Department and/or the Public Works Department.” • The utility underground project will necessitate the removal of the spruce trees at the“Town of Carbondale”sign at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street.The staff is working to have the trees relocated. “Hopefully, the trees will not be

too large to transplant.” • Gateway River Park use for the week of Aug. 24-30 was a total of 27-booked nights. The park closes on Oct. 15. • Carbondale’s ordinance officer has been contacting property owners who may be in violation of the town’s weed ordinance. • The speed signs on Snowmass Drive have been reprogrammed to reflect school times. • School resource officer Michael Zimmerman attended a one week Basic School Resource Officer training. • The Police Department received 247 calls for service this week. • The screw press was scheduled to be demonstrated the week of Sept. 2-6 at the wastewater plant. • The River Valley Ranch water-tank transmitter was repaired Aug. 29. “It was determined that the PLC input card had a problem. Once this was replaced the system became whole.”

Zoning 102 continued om page 2 The current Carbondale zoning code is more along the lines of Euclidean zoning. During the zoning code rewrite, it may be found that hybrid zoning is a better fit for the town.

Planned Unit Developments Sometimes, a proposed development may not fit within the adopted zoning code. A de-

veloper may apply for a planned unit development (PUD). PUDs are typically approved through a negotiated process, allowing for greater input from the town, often leading to a time-intensive process. While a PUD allows greater flexibility, it still requires the plan to meet certain standards. Essentially, a PUD acts as its own zone district. Too many PUDs can demonstrate a lack of flexibility

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in the zoning code. Carbondale has 23 zoning districts and 24 PUDs. This column has briefly explained the different types of zoning. The next column in this series will explain the reasons for rewriting and consolidating the zoning code. — The Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission

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Cop Shop The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. THURSDAY Aug. 22 On Thursday and Friday, Police responded to several reports of vandalism and graffiti at Sopris Park and the North Face skate park. FRIDAY Aug. 23 At 7:16 p.m. on Cowen Drive, a woman called police and told them that she’d been walking through someone’s yard with her dog and had been told, “in a rude tone of voice,”to stay off their property or they would call the police. The woman wished to charge the property owner with harassment. She was informed that the other party had committed no crime. FRIDAY Aug. 23 At 12:38 a.m. police responded to a call in which a husband accused his wife of taking his wallet. He was advised not to call 911 without an emergency. mONDAY Aug. 26 At 3:35 p.m. on Snowmass Drive, officers clocked a Pontiac Aztec at 32 mph in a 15 mph school zone. “The driver explained that she was running late for a meeting, and also appeared to have been talking on her cell phone,” states the police report. She was issued a citation.

P&Z looks at library rezoning application Sept. 12 By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Correspondent The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is considering the rezoning of the old Gordon Cooper Library property at Fourth and Garfield from Residential Low Density (R/LD) to Historic Commercial Core (HCC), in order to accommodate the Surls Center for Visual Art. The P&Z will hold a public hearing on the rezoning application at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at town hall, at which point P&Z can either recommend approval or denial, or continue the public hearing to a later date. The rezoning application is the current step in the establishment of an art center that will showcase the works of James Surls, a prominent sculptor who has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1997 and now lives on Missouri Heights, as well as other local, regional and nationally known artists. According to architect John Baker, the name was changed from "James Surls Museum" to "Surls Center for Visual Art" to reflect intended community involvement, including what the proposal calls “a gathering space for performing arts and a center for art education.” The Carbondale Board of Trustees considered a total of three lease applications for the old library building earlier in the year and voted to begin lease negotiations with the Surls group. A lease has not yet been signed. REZONING page 7

If the old library property is rezoned from R/LD to HCC, the Surls Center will be able to move ahead with an expansion, which would bring the building to the lot line on the north and west, and to within 12 feet on the landscaped east side. The large open area to the south would become a "sculpture park," as well as hosting six new parking spaces in the street right-of-way. Photo by Will Grandbois.

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ROTARY CLUB OF CARBONDALE September with Carbondale Rotary 2013-14 Rotary International Theme

“Engage Rotary… Change Lives” “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

Ron D. Burton, Norman, OK Rotary International President Carbondale Rotary Practicing Service Above Self, at home and around the world …

Rotary District Governor Wally Miller paid a visit to the Carbondale Rotary Club on Aug. 14, speaking to club members about the coming Rotary year. ••• We are pleased to welcome our club’s Rotary Youth Exchange student for the coming year, Anika Klemmer, from Bornheim, Germany. Anika is attending Roaring Fork High School.

The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Carbondale Firehouse. Visitors are welcome to come enjoy our weekly program and learn about the wonderful work Rotary does in the community and around the world. UPCOMING CLUB SPEAKERS: Sept. 11 – Adam McCabe, Update on Purple Star Veterans and Families Sept. 18 – Lauri Rubinstein, “Step Into Great” Sept. 25 – Scott Bolitho, “Obamacare” and what it means for businesses Oct. 2 – Club Assembly Oct. 9 – Update on African Tree Project Oct. 16 – Interview with Mike and Eileen Waski Oct. 23 – Kris Marsh, Basalt Senior/ Assisted Living Project For program suggestions, contact Amy Barr,, or Herb Feinzig,

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 • 10 am to 2 pm Valley View Hospital upper lobby (1906 Blake Avenue) Sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Berthod Motors and Valley View Hospital • Carseat Safety Checks by certified checkers. Bring your car and carseat. A replacement carseat will be given if your current seat does not meet safety guidelines. • Bike Helmet Safety: Helmets will be given out to children without one.

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Stevie Awards not handed out The first annual Stevie Awards for the music year 2012-13 have not been physically handed out but they are posted on Steve’s Guitars website. The list includes: Touring band: Diego’s Umbrella, who played to a packed house on Mountain Fair Saturday. There was dancing in the streets and the band’s bass player played outside in the back of a pickup truck. Honorable mentions include: Blue Canyon Boys, Shannon McNally, Carrie Rodriquez, Laurie Morvan, Finnders and Youngberg, Melody Walker, Fruition and the Caleb Hawley Band. Touring Duo/Trio: Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch. It was a packed house and “magical night with two supreme musicians.” Honorable mentions go to: The Honey Dewdrops, Meklit & Quinn, David Francey & Mark Westberg, Smythe & Taylor, and Rory Cloud & Maria Quiles Touring Solo: Willy Porter. “He has been coming to the shop for years and every show has been hypnotic, magical and highly entertaining on all levels. Willy did it again this visit. Don’t miss his next show,” says Steve Standiford. Honorable mentions go to: Tony Furtado, Dan Bern and Casey Driessen. Local band: All the Pretty Horses. Honorable mentions go to: Spore Favore; Steve Skinner, Louie Girardot and Capt. X; the Starlettes; North Y Sur; The Milemarkers; Slightly White; and the Conglomerate.

Local Duo/Trio: The Half-Milemarkers. “I actually made up this name for Nelson Oldham and Hap Harriman who front the full Milemarkers,” says Standiford. “Great guitar work and excellent harmonies make for a sweet night with these guys.” Honorable mentions go to: Pat Winger and John Ramo, the Tippetts, and Riley Skinner and Adam McCabe. Local Solo: John Oates for a show that raised some $5,000 for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School scholarship fund. Honorable mentions go to: Matt Johnson, Matt Haslett, Jackson Emmer, Dan Sheridan, Bobby Mason and Obadiah Jones. For more info, go to

TRTC in rehearsals for 2013-14 season Thunder River Theatre Company is in rehearsals for its season opener “Something Intangible.” The play, by Bruce Graham, “hums with humor and brims with humanity,” said a TRTC press release. “Something Intangible” is a thinly veiled play about the genius of Walt Disney, and reveals the remarkable ways brothers support each other, and the underlying theme of commerce vs. art. It runs Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 10-12. The production is being directed and designed by Lon Winston, and features David Pulliam, Chris Wheatley, Valerie Haugen, Richard Lyon and Zeke Eagan. Other productions for the 2013-14 sea-

son are: The Tony award-winning comedy “The Fourposter,” Arthur Miller’s drama “All My Sons” and David Mamet’s drama “American Buffalo.” Season tickets are available now at For more information, call 963-8200.

Not that anyone is asking The new Carbondale Branch Library has a display of astronaut Gordon Cooper artifacts, because for many years the town’s library was named after one of the United States’ original seven astronauts. If you want to see a Cooper-related item that is not included in the display, check it out the next time you’re at the Red Rock Diner. Hung on the wall at the far northwest booth is a Life magazine cover from Sept. 14, 1959; in the lower left corner is Cooper himself.

Keeping thinking 125th The Sopris Sun is planning stories to mark Carbondale’s 125th anniversary as a town and we’re specifically looking for important/interesting/noteworthy/quirky events from the past 25 years. These items can be just about anything, ranging from the town trustees voting to make the Carbondale Nature Park an official dog park, to building the new town hall, the North Face fiasco, or the Trish Bader-led Ram girls basketball team chalking up a threepeat at the state tourney. Please send your

thoughts to Photos are also welcome.

beth Slater joins buddy Program The Buddy Program announced that Beth Slater has joined the team as the non-profit’s development manager, according to a press release. She will work closely executive director David Houggy and the program board’s development committee. Slater is a member of the Roaring Fork Leadership class of 2011.

EAb meets in Rifle The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets at the Rifle Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. The Middle Colorado Watershed Council will present information regarding water quality planning efforts in Garfield County. New EAB members are AJ Hobbs (Carbondale), Jack Castle (Parachute), Tom Vondette (Rifle) and Kimberly Bullen (Rifle).

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Don Ensign and Janelle Johnson (Sept. 5); Nancy Taylor, Linda Bishop, Randy Lowenthal, Jesse Payne and Lora Meraz (Sept. 6); Richard Hart and Mario Tarin (Sept. 7); Jane Bachrach, Hailey Thompson, Marian Perregaux, Gayla Tippett Auten and Janet Boyle (Sept. 8); Ben Bohmfalk (Sept. 9); John Colson (Sept. 10); Brian and Brent Perkins (Sept. 10); and Debbie Crawford (Sept. 11).

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Rezoning om page 5 Proponents of the Surls Center have said they believe it will become a major tourist draw for Carbondale. According to town manager Jay Harrington, there is no plan to use public money for the structure itself, although he said the town might be involved in upkeep of the grounds. The property is currently bordered by the HCC zone district on the north and east, which allows for nearly 100 percent lot coverage (aka “lot line to lot line”) and up to three stories in height. The Surls proposal calls for a two-story (35-foot) addition to the north and east of the existing building, as well as a single story expansion on the west. This would leave 30 feet of open space for a “sculpture park” on the south side of the building and a 12.5foot setback from the residential property on the east. The proposal also includes a variance that would allow for the six off-street parking spaces typically required by the town of Carbondale to be accommodated by headin parking on Garfield Avenue to the south. That town right-of-way is landscaped and occasionally used by the public for parallel parking. There are also several on-street parking spaces on Fourth Street in front of the building, as well as a privately owned vacant lot across the street that the town leases for use as a parking lot. Property owners within 300 feet of the old library have been notified of next Thursday’s public hearing, and home and business owners in the area have already

This rendering by Baker Design Group, Inc. and Bldg Seed Architects illustrates the potential design for additions to the existing building at Fourth and Garfield, as seen from the northern end of the Fourth Street Plaza. attended a presentation about the new building by architect John Baker and other involved parties. The Sept. 12 public hearing will provide a chance for community feedback before the P&Z makes its recommendation, and the trustees make their decision. A packet with the application and associated diagrams is available at town hall during

regular business hours, as well as the Sopris Sun’s website: Garfield County built the former Gordon Cooper Library building on town-owned property in the mid-1980s and leased the property from the town for a nominal annual sum. Under an agreement between the town and Garfield County, the building would revert to the town should the library

ever move, which it did to a new building at Third and Sopris earlier this summer.

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The Carbondale P&Z holds a public hearing on a rezoning application for the old Gordon Cooper Library building at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. The application is available at town hall or at

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“I had a definite advantage. I felt so much more prepared academically than a lot of my peers.” While in high school, Melissa Bard took concurrent enrollment classes at CMC. She graduated from Battle Mountain High School with enough credits to enter the University of San Diego as a sophomore. CMC prepared her to excel academically –– Melissa was one of the top four students in the junior class at USD.

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Obituary Frank A. Smotherman 1943-2013 Frank A. Smotherman, 69, passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2013 with his daughter and wife by his side as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident at home. He was born on Sept. 13, 1943, in Hazel, Kentucky to J.P. and Lottie Smotherman. He was one of seven children. His family relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where he fell in love with the music of Motown and carried that love of music with him for the rest of his life. He excelled through high school as president of his class, a leader in varsity football and was a state-ranked wrestler. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in business and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After a brief stint living in San Francisco (working a “suit and tie” job) he knew he hadn’t found what he was searching for. In 1969 he borrowed a car from a friend who told him “If it makes it there, you owe me $50. If not, let’s call it even.” As the story goes, the car died just after he arrived in Aspen Colorado. Fate it seems had brought him to his rightful home. Frank lived a big and bold life, and quickly found his niche in the vibrant community of Aspen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He waited tables, cleaned rooms and built homes to fund his skiing and other adventures. He

briefly opened Frank’s Playschool, which allowed him to share his love of life and all Aspen had to offer with the next generation. In 1976, Frank Smotherman and Cindy Sadlowski were married and moved downvalley to settle in Carbondale. Together they opened a local laundromat but found their calling selling real estate all over the Roaring Fork Valley. Through his work, he took pride in helping people find their homes and built many lifelong friendships. Particularly, he held a strong connection with Grace Cowen, a local since the early 1900s, who he helped care for until the day she passed away in 2006. Frank spent almost 44 years living in the Roaring Fork Valley, and was a well-known man about town. He lived a bright, happy and colorful existence. He hosted a radio show on KDNK, served as a Carbondale trustee and once ran for county commissioner. In 1986, Frank and Cindy welcomed their only child – Chesca. He was the proudest and most loving father anyone could ever ask for. He shared his great joys in life with her and they had countless adventures together throughout his life. He loved to read and attend live music events, and spent countless days at the Glenwood Springs pool. Above all, he loved people. He never forgot a face and took great joy in connecting with friends from all walks of life, both old and new. He was not a traditional man, and his family feels strongly that a traditional funeral is not the right way to say goodbye. Rather, friends and acquaintances are invited to a celebration of life, which will be held Friday, Sept. 13 (his 70th birthday) in Carbondale at the Third Street Center in the Round Room from 6 to 9 p.m. Please come with stories and memories to share. Please contact Chesca Smotherman as needed at 970-618-5909.

MSHS releases 125th anniversary celebration schedule Sopris Sun Staff Report

The Mt. Sopris Historical Society is partnering with other organizations to produce a series of events celebrating Carbondale’s 125th anniversary through the rest of the year. Highlights include: The second annual Community Photo Archive Slideshow outside at the Pour House. The show features more than 200 historical photos and documents. Members of the historical society will be on hand to answer questions. Cowboy Up across the street will be indirectly providing musical accompaniment.

Early Northern Ute History with Elder Roland McCook at Thunder River Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. White River National Forest Public Affairs Officer Bill Kight will moderate the special talk in collaboration with the Roaring Fork Cultural Council. Advanced tickets are available at

Darrell Munsell PhD presents “Early Carbondale History” at the Carbondale Library at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. Munsell – professor emeritus, West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas – will give a power point presentation on what he says are the three most important factors in the founding of Carbondale: ranches, mines and railroads. “Your Story is Our History” includes video interviews with Emma Natal, Wally DeBeque, Guido Bagett, Margaret McCann, Clifford Cerise, Ditty Perry, Chuck Harris, Clifford Duncan and others. This one takes place at the Third Street Center at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. The second annual Jail House Rock Christmas Party is slated for the old jail on Weant Boulevard at dusk on Dec. 13. There’ll be caroling, cider and holiday treats, centered on the old jail and its wood burning stove. For more information, go to

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Benge, T. Nieslanik score in win over Basalt By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Correspondent Roy Benge didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see much varsity action as a freshman in 2011, but after a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence he returned with a vengeance on Aug. 30, receiving a pass for Roaring Fork High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst touchdown of the football season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was deďŹ nitely exciting. There was lot of adrenaline,â&#x20AC;? he said of his ďŹ rst-quarter reception in the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13-0 season opening win at Basalt. The play came in a defensive battle played mostly on Basaltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end of the ďŹ eld. Bengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touchdown reception held through the half, with no further points scored on either side until Tanner Nieslanik took a punt at his own 35 yard line and returned it 65 yards for the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second touchdown of the night. The Longhorns blocked the extra point try. It was second straight year that Roaring Fork came out on top in their season-opening game against Basalt. Last year, the Rams managed a come-from-behind 30-27 victory on their home turf, though the Longhorns posted a better record for the season. Last Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game was a non-league affair.

Promising start The win is a promising start to the season for Roaring Fork, which has struggled to attract players in recent years and were knocked down to 1A competition last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have our biggest turnout in years and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showing,â&#x20AC;? head coach Tory Jensen told The Sopris Sun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like the direction football in Carbondale is going. We have strong showing in seventh and eighth grades, and the Pee Wee teams are full with 25 players per third, fourth, ďŹ fth and sixth grade. This team is working to change the football culture and create the winning program we are all working to have in Carbondale.â&#x20AC;? The Rams are gearing up for their ďŹ rst home game against yet another Roaring Fork Valley rival.The Aspen Skiers travel

to Carbondale for a 7:30 p.m. contest this Friday, Sept. 6. When asked how he feels about going head to head with a team that has defeated the Rams in every football game since 2006, Benge seems positive.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to it. We have a lot to do, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of good players. The whole teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited and I think everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to it. If we can execute and play it to our full potential, it should be a good game.â&#x20AC;? Coach Jensen is more cautious in his optimism: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a tough week ahead of us to try and get that monkey off our back.â&#x20AC;? Roaring Fork must be successful on both offense and defense to compete with Aspen, who already showed an ability to put points on the board in their 39-12 season-opening victory over Ignacio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defense is usually ahead of the offense at this stage for us, especially with so many young guys. It takes a bit trying to ďŹ nd what works best on offense when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of returners,â&#x20AC;? admits Jensen. Seniors Tanner and Nate Nieslanik put in a strong showing against Basalt, and will have to step it up again to shut down the Skiers. Tanner had 14 tackles against Basalt, plus two interceptions and his touchdown-producing punt return. As quarterback for the young season, he is six for nine passing for 74 yards and one touchdown. Tanner also rushed the ball eight times for 38 yards (a 4.7 yard average). Nate contributed eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble on Aug. 30. He rushed for 57 yards and had 29 yards receiving. Basalt, meanwhile, will have to pick itself up from two consecutive defeats. According to Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs, four starters were out for disciplinary reasons or were lost to injury for last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, following the Longhorns 30-8 loss to Paonia the week before. Whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have some of those players back on the ďŹ eld when they travel to BayďŹ eld on the Sept. 13 remains to be seen.





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Community Calendar THURSDAY Sept. 5 SAW TAKES OVER • Artists from SAW (Studio for Arts & Works) present their work at CCAH’s R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center starting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The installations will be designed specifically for the R2 Gallery space. “There have been some challenges sharing the vision and process of certain projects with a group of independent artists, but we are learning a lot and are really excited about the work we are putting together,” said co-curator Amy Butowicz. Each piece will reflect the influence of multiple minds and hands of artists who work in a wide variety of mediums, according to a press release. The show continues through Sept. 27. Info: 963-1680 or ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRIDAY Sept. 6 mOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Way Way Back” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-12. AO AT TRT • Singer/songwriter AO Forbes performs selections from his recently released CD “Simple Magic” at 7:30 p.m. at Thunder River Theatre, located west of the Dinkel Building in downtown Carbondale. The long-time CRMS teacher will be backed by a band that includes: JD Martin, Jan Garrett, Chris Bank, George Weber, Sarah Graf (cello) and Beth Ansel. Tickets are $15 at and at the door.

To list your event, email information to Deadline is noon on Monday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at View events online at

COWbOY UP • Celebrating Carbondale’s western heritage, Cowboy Up takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. on the Fourth Street plaza. There’ll be food from Smoke, western dancing to Adam Ashley, a live auction, door prizes and more. General admission tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit Access Roaring Fork. HISTORIC SLIDE SHOW • The Mt. Sopris Historical Society presents its second annual Community Archive slide show at dusk on the Pour House’s west side exterior wall.

closed from 5 to 9 p.m. CCC OPENING • The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street opens its September exhibition “Behind the Scenes” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show continues through Sept. 27. Info: 963-2529. LIVE mUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents live music every Friday. Info: 963-3340. LIVE mUSIC • The Black Nugget presents the ’67’s (featuring Ananda Banc) at 9 p.m. No cover. Brought to you by R2 Productions. REDSTONE • The Redstone Art Center hosts an opening reception for Cecy Turner (oils and watercolors) from 5 to 7 p.m.


GONG SINGING • True Nature Healing Arts on Third Street presents “Gong & Singing Bowl,” a meditation with David Avalos and Pam Davis, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This collective vibration encourages deep, transcendent meditation. FIRST FRIDAY • “Carbondale’s a Circus.” That’s the theme of this month’s First Friday in various downtown venues and other locations. There’ll be glass blowing, face painting, balloon making, clowns and more. Main Street will be

LAND DANCE • The Aspen Valley Land Trust holds its annual Land Dance at 5:30 p.m. at Tybar Ranch south of Carbondale. Entertainment will be provided by Anita Witt, her horses Trigger and Jose Cuervo, and Spanky the dog. The Derringers will also perform. Tickets are $100 and $50 for those under 40. Info: or 963-8440. AmERICAN LEGION GOLF TOURNAmENT • The Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion of Carbondale hosts its Roaring Fork Scholarship Golf Tourna-

ment at 8 a.m. (shotgun start). It’s $40 per player; four clubs per team; 18 holes; awards and BBQ to follow at the Legion. Info: Julie at 309-5417 or the Legion after 3 p.m. at 963-2381.

SUNDAY Sept. 8 ASC • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Rev. Dia Lynn (“Ego, Death and Spiritual Rebirth”) at 10 a.m. The rest of the September schedule is: Matt Haslett (inspirational live spiritual music) on Sept. 15; Mary Riley (spiritual astrology) on Sept. 22; and Cynthia Kersey (CD giving and receiving) on Sept. 29. Info: 9635516.

MONDAY Sept. 9 LIVE mUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m. LIVE mUSIC • The Hotel Colorado hosts a Monday night jazz jam on its patio at 7 p.m. The sessions are open to jazz musicians of all levels, although shoes, dress pants and a collared shirt are required. For more information visit the Roaring Fork Valley Musicians Facebook page or contact Zack Ritchie at 987-9277. WRITERS GROUP • The Carbondale Library Writers’ Group meets at the Carbondale Library at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. Info: 963-2889.

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Community Calendar at the Third Street Center at 7:45 p.m. through Sept. 30. The cost is $7. Info: 3794956. PAWS TO READ • The Carbondale Library presents Paws to Read for kids in grades K-5 at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Dogs from Heeling Partners help kids learn to read. Call 963-2889 to reserve a 15-minute slot. GW mARKET • Glenwood’s Downtown Market takes place on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. There’s live music starting at 5:30 p.m., plus locally grown produce, honey, artisan wares and more. Credit and debit cards accepted, along with EBTs. Info: 6183650. ART DEmO • The Glenwood Springs Art Guild presents a free art demonstration with Mary Pilon (faux painting and paint saving ideas) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue at 7 p.m. Info: 404-1208.

WEDNESDAY Sept. 11 FARmERS’ mARKET • The Carbondale Farmers’ Market takes place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 2. ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at 7 a.m. at the Carbondale fire station. Info: CULTURE CLUb • The Carbondale Culture Club at the Third Street Center continues its lunchtime presentations with music, poems and quotes on “interspirituality” via Davi Nikent’s Rita Marsh and

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SATURDAY Sept. 14 K9 FASHION SHOW • CARE presents its annual Dressed to the K9s 2013 fashion show starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Orchard on Snowmass Drive. Proceeds benefit Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE); “adorable adoptables” will be on hand to meet and lick potential adoptors. The night includes wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 at, or at 831 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Info: 947-9173.

Ongoing mAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy on Third Street.

bondale Library at 320 Sopris Ave. offers a bilingual storytime with Alejandra at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. It’s for kids 1-5. Info: 963-2889.

HASSIG CONTINUES • The Nugget Gallery in Aspen presents the work of Chris Hassig through Sept. 25. Info:

mOVIE DAY • The Carbondale Library hosts Movie Day for kids in grades K-5 at 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. There’ll be popcorn. Info: 963-2889.

bEER RUN • Independence Run & Hike stages a four-mile beer run Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and a group run Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Info: 704-0909. GRIEF AND LOSS • Hospice of the Valley, in partnership with Grand River Hospital, is offers an ongoing Grief and Loss Support Group that meets the first and third Monday of every month. Info: Sean Jeung at 544-1574 or bILINGUAL bOOK CLUb • The Carbondale Branch Library holds a bilingual book club every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info: Alejandra at 963-2889. bILINGUAL STORYTImE • The Car-

STORYTImE • The Carbondale Library at 320 Sopris Ave. holds a storytime for toddlers and infants Thursdays at 10 a.m. Info: 963-2889. LIbRARY • The Carbondale Library hosts Musical Storytime with Sue Schnitzer every Monday at 4 p.m. Kids must be accompanied by adults at all times. TEEN ZONE • The Carbondale Library presents Teen Zone from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Teens are invited to study, surf the Net, read, write, draw or hangout. Bring a laptop or borrow one from the library. Info: 963-2889.

FOOTBALL Sept. 6 – Aspen (home), 7 p.m. Sept. 13 – Monte Vista (away), 7 p.m. Sept. 21 – Ridgeview Academy (home), 1 p.m. Sept. 27 – Paonia (home), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 4 – Cedaredge (away), 7 p.m. Oct. 11 – Hotchkiss (home), 7 p.m. Oct. 18 – Meeker (home), 7 p.m. Oct. 25 – Lake County (away), 7 p.m. Nov. 1 – Playoffs VOLLEYBALL Sept. 5 – Basalt (away), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 – Hotchkiss (home), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 – Olathe (home), 3 p.m. Sept. 17 – Aspen (home), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 – Gunnison (away), 3 p.m. Sept. 24 – Moffat (away), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 – Eagle (home), 5 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 1 – Basalt (home), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 – Cedaredge (home), 3 p.m. Oct. 8 – Olathe (away), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 – Rifle (home), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 – Grand Valley (away), 3 p.m. Oct. 17 – Aspen (away), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 – Coal Ridge (away), 1 p.m. Oct. 25-26 – Districts Nov. 1-2 – Regionals SOCCER Sept. 5 – Moffat (home), 4 p.m. Sept. 7 – Durango (home), 11 a.m. Sept. 10 – Aspen (home), 4 p.m. Sept. 12 – Delta (home), 4 p.m. Sept. 17 – Vail Mtn. (away), 4 p.m. Sept. 19 – Coal Ridge (away), 4 p.m. Sept. 26 – Basalt (home), 4 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 1 – Aspen (away), 4 p.m. Oct. 3 – Glenwood (away), 4 p.m. Oct. 8 – Vail Mtn. (home), 4 p.m. Oct. 10 – Grand Valley (home), 4 p.m. Oct. 12 – CRMS (home), 11 a.m. Oct. 14 – Moffat (away), 4 p.m. Oct. 15 – CRMS (away), 4 p.m.

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the CMC/Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association visitor center at 802 Grand Ave. The 900 Grand Ave. location will reopen in February, 2014, according to a press release, following a HVAC renovation. For more information, call 319-2670.

The Roaring Fork Conservancy’s always-popular bicycle ditch tour returns on Sept. 11, but registration is required at There’s a $10 fee for non-RFC members. The tour, led by Carbondale Water Department staff members, sets out from town hall at 5 p.m., with the first stop at the ditch head gate on the Crystal River near the fish hatchery. Helmets are required and the ride is appropriate for ages 12 and older. The tour will take place rain or shine. For details, call 927-1290.

Camp for a cause Wilderness Workshop partners with the Colorado Mountain Club on a restoration project above Crater Lake near Aspen. The first outing is Sept. 7-8 and the next one on Sept. 21. For details, go to

Parenting class offered Sept. 7

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A Parenting Through Divorce class will be offered in Carbondale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 7. To register call Tammy Perry at 379-5124.

Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel opens its new BMX park with a race on Sept. 7. Registration is at 11 a.m. with the race start at 1:30 p.m. There’ll be free food and live music throughout the day, plus a “huge” raffle that includes a SE Ripper bike. For more information, call 963-6030.

Literacy Outreach reaching out Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to teach basic literacy, writing and math skills to non-Englishspeaking adults. Volunteers need not speak a foreign language or have prior teaching experience. For more information, call 945-5282.

Reserve a place at the table Reservations are being taken for Sustainable Setting’s 10th annual Harvest Festival, scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 15. The chef lineup includes: Mark Fischer (Town., Phat Thai and the Pullman), Chris Lanter (Cache Cache), Jamie Theriot (Smoke) and Will Nolan (the Viceroy). There’ll also be farm tours, live music, the Mud Puppet Theatre and more. Tickets are $135 per person (kids under 12 are free) at or 963-6107. Sustainable Settings is located on Highway 133, about five miles south of Carbondale.

WRNF reminder The White River National Forest supervisor’s office is no longer located at 900 Grand Ave. Since July 1, the WRNF has offered limited visitor information services at

Nurturing parenting program starts This picture doesn’t indicate as such, but Brad Walston says he rarely wears a suit. “Only for special occasions,” Walston told The Sopris Sun. Walston is the new pastor at Carbondale Community United Methodist Church on Second Street. He joked about finishing his bachelor’s degree on the “45-year plan” and finally found his vocation in the church. He quotes theologian Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation as “ … the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Continuing, he said, “I believe we are all children of God. I love sharing my experience, strength, and hope with children of all ages.” Courtesy photo

A 15-week Nurturing Parenting program class starts at Basalt Elementary School on Sept. 13. The fee is $150 for two parents and $100 for one parent. Pre-registration is required. For details, call 384-5692.

River district holds annual seminar The Colorado River District’s annual water seminar — this year titled “Shrinking in Supply, Growing in Demand” — takes place at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction on Sept. 13. The cost is $30 ($10 for students). For details, call 945-8522.

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Wyly rolls out “Dancing Hands;” reception on Sept. 12


Sopris Sun Staff Report Folks get a sneak preview of Rita Blitt’s “Dancing Hands” exhibit at the Wyly Community Art Center on Sept. 5 but will have to wait until an opening reception on Sept. 12 to actually meet the artist. “My work celebrates nature, my love of music, dance and the spontaneous flow of movement captured in the drawn gesture,” Blitt said. Blitt is an internationally-known painter/sculptor/filmmaker whose works are included in museums, and public and private collections, according to a press release. As a child, Blitt won scholarships to the Kansas City Art Institute and returned there for further studies after attending the University of Illinois. She graduated from the University of Missouri (Kansas City) and was awarded the 2010 Alumnus Spotlight Award. She also won the National Sculpture Competition at the Midwest Woman’s Center (Chicago) Illinois, 1987. Later her sculpture was awarded fifth place at the 2005 Biennale in Florence, Italy. In 2011, her work was featured on the Aspen Music Festival’s program book; in 2012 she was honored by the Red Brick Art Some of Rita Blitt’s sculptures soar to 60 feet in height. Her work is included in museums, as Center in Aspen. Blitt has been featured in more than 70 solo exhibitions in the well as public and private collections, around United States, Israel and at the Sin- the world. Courtesy photo gapore National Museum. Her work was selected for the opening of the Brandeis University Women’s Center in 2000. The Hudgens Art Center in Duluth, Georgia presented a retrospective in 2006. Blitt’s sculpture, up to 60 feet in height, is inspired by her spontaneous drawings. “When I draw and paint, I feel like I am dancing, says Blitt. Her films, which are an outgrowth of her drawings and paintings, have been seen in more than 130 festivals and have won many awards. “Caught in Paint,” collaboration with the Parsons Dance Company and photographer Lois Greenfield was shown at the Cannes Film festival 2008. Her newest film, “Abyss of Time,” is a collaboration with composer Michael Udow and premiered in China and Japan. “Dancing Hands” continues through Oct. 31. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The Wyly Community Art Center is located in downtown Basalt.

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A reception for Rita Blitt takes place at the Wyly Community Art Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Blitt also gives a free demonstration during the Advanced Art Club I from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. Her exhibit opens on Sept. 5.

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Carbondale’s founders: Robinson, Rockwell and Johnson (Editor’s note: This is the first of a two part series).

rian Len Shoemaker puts their ranch about a mile north of the 1883 toll road (Main Street Carbondale can trace its founding to in Carbondale and County Road 100 east to James K. Robinson, J.E. Rockwell and the Catherine bridge) and states it was later William E. Johnson, agents of the Colorado owned by a man named Tom Turpin. U.S. Coal and Iron Company, Land Office records show who incorporated the CarTurpin filed on (homebondale Town and Land steaded) land approxiCompany in 1887. But they mately bordered on the were actually inheriting a west by present-day Highthriving community that had way 133, on the north by By Ray Sauvey occupied the site for several the Roaring Fork River, on years, although the real ‘founders’ of Car- the south by Village Road and extending east bondale didn’t seem to have establishing a to the flats below Cowen Drive/Eighth Street. town on their minds when they settled in the Like many couples of the period, the TanRoaring Fork Valley. neys developed a variety of business interA few years prior to 1887, however, early ests. On their ranch they ran stock and Carbondale area settlers Harvey and Ottawa raised crops, probably hay and potatoes. Tanney arrived in Aspen. Little is known Harvey was known as a horse breeder, havabout Harvey and Ottawa Tanney prior to ing stallions named Rocky and Young their arrival in Aspen except that both were Rocky in addition to Johnnie. Harvey and originally from the province of Ontario, a partner, Frank Malins, managed 4,500 Canada. Harvey’s name first appears in print acres of land on Elk Creek (near New Casas part of Aspen’s Fourth of July celebration tle), which they advertised as winter range in 1881 where a match race up Mill Street for stock from Aspen. The Tanneys also was the featured event of the day. He and his owned a quarter interest in the Gertrude S. horse Johnnie were beaten by Sam Creston lode in Ophir Gulch and had a cabin and riding Bonanza. house in the Ute City section of Aspen that According to Carbondale’s bicentennial was probably rented out. historian Charles Lilly, the Tanneys settled on On June 27, 1882, Harvey Tanney re160 acres of land near Rock Creek (now ceived permission from the U.S. government called the Crystal River) in early 1882, which to operate a post office under the name Samakes them among the earliest settlers in this tank. A number of local historians (as well part of the valley. In fact, pioneer historian as this author in an earlier Sopris Sun article) Emma Sweet states that Ottawa was the first give the date as 1883, but according to Colwhite woman in the Rock Creek area. Histo- orado Postal History and several references

Looking back

In the 1880s, Harvey and Ottawa Tanney operated a hotel at the approximate location of what is now the Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street. Photo by Lynn Burton to “Postmaster Tanney” in the Aspen newspapers during the last half of 1882 it is clear the earlier date is the correct one. Len Shoemaker states that Tanney first operated the post office from his ranch and implies that it was an awkward arrangement for people wanting to get their mail (there was no delivery service) since it was so far from the road. But in 1882 there was no formal road, merely a series of dirt tracks connecting the various ranches. In 1883 Tanney made arrangements to lease a parcel of land along Jerome Wheeler’s new toll road from a man named Delbert Brown and built a hotel/restaurant which, ac-

cording to Charles Lilly, was located approximately on the site of the present-day Clay Center on Main Street. He relocated the post office there as well and the establishment was open for business by February, 1884, named the Tanney House. One source says the structure was of log construction, two stories tall and, if laid out typically, would have had the dining room, kitchen, post office and perhaps an office on the first floor, with hotel rooms on the second. Although not specifically stated, Mrs. Tanney probably operated the hotel and post office while her husband took care of the ranch and other enterprises. FOUNDERS page 16

WHAT: Mt. Sopris Historical Society 2nd Annual Photo Archive Slide Show WHERE: Exterior of the Pour House, Main Street in Carbondale WHEN: First Friday, September 6th beginning at dusk Come by with your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy this one of a kind presentation of our community’s rich cultural heritage and shared memories!

DISCRETIONARY GRANT FUND Grant application for the year 2014 from the Town Discretionary Fund are available at Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621. Applications may be requested by non-profit organizations. The Grant form can be found on our website at: Grant deadline is 5:00 p.m., September 27, 2013. For additional information call 927-9851

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Founders continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 15 It was a strategic location, at the intersection of Wheelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toll road and the road coming down Rock Creek (roughly present-day Snowmass Drive). TrafďŹ c over the toll road between Aspen and the newly established town of Glenwood Springs, Aspen and the coal mines in Jerome Park, the ranches up Rock Creek, and the communities of Marble and Crystal City made the crossroads a hub of the mid-valley in the early to mid-1880s. Although all these endeavors must have kept them very busy, the Tanneys were regular visitors to Aspen and Harvey participated in the Fourth of July horse races for several years. In 1883 he proposed a $100 dollar for younger girls, an attempt to generate a race for their daughter Gertie, described as: â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very pretty young lady of 15â&#x20AC;?. According to the Rocky Mountain Sun, there were no takers. The couple was also well known for the menagerie of animals maintained on the ranch: deer, black and cinnamon bear cubs, a young beaver and a brace of owls, which Harvey presented to Aspenite Dan Kraft. All in all they were a fairly typical frontier family, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the newly opened lands on the Western Slope. Then tragedy struck.

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NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of

(Next week: Mrs. Tanney moves on). Sources: Colorado Postal History, by Bauer et. al. The Roaring Fork Valley, by Len Shoemaker Pioneers of the Roaring Fork Valley, by Len Shoemaker Carbondale Pioneers, by Emma Sweet A Bicentennial History of Carbondale, by Charles Lilly Aspen Daily Times Aspen Weekly Times Rocky Mountain Sun Bureau of Land Management, General Land OfďŹ ce Records Articles of Incorporation, Carbondale Town and Land Company

Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on August 27, 2013

This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE _________________________ By: s/s Stacey Bernot, Mayor

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On January 7, 1885 Harvey was riding his stallion, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Young Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, near Emma when the horse threw him, then rolled over him. The pommel of the saddle caused severe internal injuries. Doctor Teller was summoned from Aspen but there was nothing to be done and he died the next day. The Aspen Times states he was buried at Satank (Carbondale), but it appears there is no longer a headstone to mark his ďŹ nal resting place in either local cemetery.


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