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Volume 2, Number 35 | October 21, 2010

Marge Palmer’s tree arrives

Marge Palmer’s gigantic silver maple (shown here) made Colorado’s registry of big trees 10 years ago but next year is the year she’s been looking forward to. That’s because Palmer’s tree is included in the 2011 calendar of Notable Trees of Colorado. For more, please turn to page 13. Photo by Lynn Burton

Police officer plans to rejoin department after losing leg By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Drake Rooks was two months into his tenure with the Carbondale Police Department, and eight days away from being covered by the town’s insurance policy, when his life turned upside down. On Aug. 23, Rooks was involved in a motorcycle accident in Fruita that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Rooks, 34, wants to return to the department as soon as he finishes rehabilitation and is fitted with a prosthetic device. To help make that happen, and to help pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, the Carbondale Police Depart-

ment is holding a community fund-raiser on Oct. 30 that includes a “bike cruz” through town from 11 a.m. to noon, and spaghetti lunch, auction and entertainment at the firehouse from noon to 2 p.m. The entry fee for the bike ride is $20; the entry form/waiver and release is available at town hall. The cost for just the lunch is $10 (kids are free). Rooks, a Pinedale, Wyoming native who played football at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, said he was riding his Honda road bike that day when a car headed in the opposite direction swerved into his lane. Rooks couldn’t avoid the car and hit the vehicle’s bumper.

An ambulance transported Rooks to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, then he was airlifted to a trauma center in Denver. “The guy who hit me had the bare minimum insurance,” Rooks told the Sopris Sun this week. “It covered the ambulance to St. Mary’s and the plane ride to Denver.” After five surgeries, doctors told Rooks they could save his leg but he’d have trouble with it for the rest of his life. The doctors thought it would be best to amputate the leg.“I thought that was the best route as well.” Rooks’s wife, Mandy, helped him make the decision. With five surgeries and two weeks in the ROOKS page 5

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The Birdbrain returns

Curry files a lawsuit

Volleyballers clinch title

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Carbondale Commentary

Just about to opt out “If pro is the opposite of con then the opposite of progress is congress.” – Men’s restroom, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. The library had a nice sale last week and for me it was great timing. I got five paperbacks for a dollar. I plan on spending more time reading during the next couple of weeks than I do watching TV. If I turn on the TV I am going to be bashed with scheming, screaming talking heads. In protest I have decided not to participate in this year’s election. I’m not going to do any surveys or rallies or signs or contribute to any, tea, coffee, birthday or funeral party. I am about to give up on voting. If voting could really change things they would probably make it illegal. These countless campaigns waste more money to bombard us with countless commercials spouting worthless promises or false accusations. Due to recent Supreme Court decisions that allow special interest groups and corporations to donate money, over $80 million has been spent so far this year by special interest groups. They only managed to waste $16 million in the 2006-midterm elections. These millions are spent just for our emotional attention. The end result is we are bombarded by repetitive, slick visuals with loud sound tracks. We could solve this by simply giving all legitimate candidates equal and free time to our national media outlets plus some meaningful debates and all in a four-week window. If they don’t have to raise money they don’t owe By Birdbrain favors, they don’t have to campaign for money and can address issues in meaningful dialog and can address programs that will do the most good for the most number, not special corporate interests and big money contributors. *** This year’s Potato Day parade was a big one, mostly because it’s a midterm election and every politician had a truck or a car or a wagon. It became the candidate parade plus a couple of hundred kids. I got to shake candidate Tom Jankovsky’s hand as I waited in line for my lunch. Along with the handshake I got to hear his take on frac’ing. Frac’ing, for those of you who have been living in a cave, is the process used by the oil and gas industry to obtain these gems from sedimentary rock formations. As a gas guy explained it to me, you don’t need a big hole to get gas out of these formations. Just by injecting fluid into the stratified old seabeds where the decomposing plant life formed, gas and oil pocketing the layers separate just a little bit. By including a little sand or ceramic particles into the mix you can keep the gap open and the gas will seep out and into the bore hole where it can be extracted. Along with the water; up to 1 million gallons for some wells, they add a witches brew of up to 944 chemicals to dissolve, release, buffer, coagulate, concentrate, lubricate, desiccate and BIRDBRAIN page 12

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Brian Keleher glances at the Sopris Sun for more great news about Carbondale at the Potato Day parade on Oct. 2. Behind, the Rams Band mixes in some cool and some school in front of the judges and spectators near the intersection of Fourth and Main. Photo by Allyn Harvey 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • OCTOBER 21, 2010


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Continue the mill levy Dear Editor: We’re asking all voters to please vote yes on Carbondale ballot question 2A to continue the existing 1.5 mill levy for 10 more years that would fund variety of future communitywide projects dealing with life/safety issues and projects dealing with future infrastructure improvements throughout the town’s neighborhoods. A report about capital outlays by classification is on file at town hall. We’re asking each of you to please vote yes on ballot question 2A for an important investment in our town’s future infrastructure vitality. We thank you if you will support us on this matter. Carol Bruno Chris Chacos Co-chairs The Downtown Preservation Association




A view from the students Dear Editor: We, the students of Carbondale Middle School, read the article “CMS expands Outdoor Ed program” and would like to give you a view from the students and further details of the trips. Our fifth grade traveled up the Frying Pan to Chapman Lake. When asked about his trip, fifth grader Joel Barraza flashed a smile saying, “I want to go back there.” On their adventure into nature the dedicated staff and parent volunteers set two goals: to appreciate nature and to see how individual effort can help a group succeed. During their trip to Moab, our sixth graders hiked, went rafting and camped under the stars with their fellow classmates. Their goals were to bond and practice the character traits of our credo including respect and responsibility. As stated by Elle Derby, “My favorite part was the Firery Furnance hike. …” because it was “more like a natural obstacle course that you could explore.”Another student, Aldo Pinela, said the trip was “exciting”and his favorite part was“the rafting because it helped cool me down.” He learned that“hiking long distances and going to new places is fun.” “What to choose?” This was what was going through our seventh graders’ minds. Half the class experienced the Great Sand Dunes and the other half traveled to Mesa Verde. One of her favorite parts of the trip was “climbing the sand dunes and seeing the view. I loved that it made me feel like I was in Egypt; you would never know you were in Colorado,” states Fiona Laird. Another seventh grader, Nedesin Platero, said that his favorite part was “the hot springs and LETTERS page 16

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Curry files suit seeking hand count for each ballot By David Frey Sopris Sun Correspondent In her reelection bid as an independent write-in candidate, state Rep. Kathleen Curry is seeking to have county clerks throughout her district hand count every ballot to make sure no vote for her is missed. Curry filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court against Secretary of State Bernie Buescher last Friday, asking him to rule on the request. On Tuesday, her attorney Robert Zimsky, of Durango, filed a motion seeking an expedited hearing to resolve the issue before Election Day. “We’ve got to get this thing filed,” Zimsky said. “We can’t wait.” The move would mean some 25,000 ballots would have to be counted by hand in Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties. Buescher has determined that voters supporting write-in candidates must not only write in the candidate’s name but also check a box on the ballot. The box alerts ballotcounting machines, which are supposed to separate those ballots for a hand-count. Curry argues that state statutes say nothing about filling in the box, and that Buescher’s rule violates voters’ First Amendment rights because it “dilutes their votes” if they failed to fill in the box. Those votes would be counted only in

the event of a recount. Curry wants every ballot hand counted in the first round to avoid a recount. “The law says that the ballot should count,” she said.“Right now, that’s not how the secretary of state wants the election run.” Buescher defends the requirement as a common-sense solution to write-in candidates across the state. Curry isn’t the only write-in candidate in Colorado, said Buescher spokesman Rich Coolidge, and to treat her differently wouldn’t be fair. Writein candidates are also running for governor and other offices. “We just don’t have the capability to do a statewide hand count,” Coolidge said. “That’s over two-and-a-half million ballots.” Most write-in campaigns are long shots, but Curry, a three-term incumbent with bipartisan support, said polls show she could beat Republican Luke Korkowski of Crested Butte and Roger Wilson of Missouri Heights. If she loses, she said, it may be close enough for either an automatic recount, at state cost, or for Curry to demand a recount, for which she would have to foot the bill. “I am fully prepared to ask for a recount if the margin’s close,” she said. In that case, a resolution board made up of Republicans and Democrats – but no one from Curry’s campaign – would have to eye each ballot to see that voters had intended

Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, shown here during a campaign reception at Crystal River Meats last Saturday, is one of several candidates running for state office as a write in candidate. Photo by Jane Bachrach to cast a vote for Curry. Curry representatives could be present for the proceedings, but it’s unclear how much they could see. Clerks had planned to project the ballots on a screen to allow her representatives to follow the process, but a recent decision by Buescher suggested that projecting the bal-

lots won’t be allowed. “I sympathize with especially Pitkin and Garfield county that are going to have thousands of ballots,” Curry said. “I sympathize with the need to use a machine. But on the other hand, the law says those ballots should be counted, whether or not they fill in the box.” Curry said she could be left with a $22,000 bill if she has to ask for a recount to make sure no votes for her were missed. “Say I lost by 60 (votes) and there were 10 votes out there where they forgot that stupid little box,” Curry said.“The only way to get that counted is for me to pay for it.” In any case, the winner of the District 61 race won’t likely be known until the following day, when election workers in the five counties plan to return to count the writein votes. A former Democrat, Curry left the party in December over conflicts with party leadership in Denver. The decision has left her not only campaigning for reelection but fighting in court over election rules. She previously filed lawsuits challenging the registration date for unaffiliated voters to appear on the ballot and caps on campaign contributions for unaffiliated candidates, which at $200 is half that of affiliated candidates. Curry argued both rules put unaffiliated candidates at a disadvantage.

Trustees discuss homeless panhandlers on Highway 82 By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Carbondale Trustee John Hoffmann has talked to some of the homeless panhandlers out at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133, and he’s done some figuring. At Tuesday night’s trustees meeting, Hoffmann said the homeless people who ask motorists for money work the corner in shifts and say the corner averages about $10 to $13 an hour. “That’s $40,000 a year (total),” Hoffmann said. Some of the panhandlers live “under the bridge” near the intersection while others drive cars up Prince Creek Road and camp, Hoffmann said. In any case, the money made begging for money allows them to live “independently.” Many of the panhandlers have served in the military, and had jobs or a house.“When

you hit rock bottom, it’s really hard to claw your way out of that bottom,” he said. The trustees and representatives from Garfield County, including sheriff Lou Vallario, discussed the homeless panhandlers, and safety issues surrounding them, for more than a half hour. In the end, acting on a suggestion from Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt, trustees indicated they’d form a committee to look into the problem and try to formulate some solutions. “I’ll sit down (with Houpt) and kick it around,” said trustee Frosty Merriott. Through the warm months and even some cold ones, the intersection of Highway 82 and 133 attracts beggers (mostly men) who stand in the median with signs aimed at west bound motorists turning north on Highway 133, or at the southeast corner of the intersection working the upvalley route.

The main issue expressed over and over Tuesday night was for the panhandlers’ and public’s safety. “My number one concern is safety,” Vallario told the trustees. The intersection sits outside the town limits so Carbondale police have no direct authority of it. Earlier in the meeting Vallario said there’s not much he can do about people who stand in the median or congregate on the corners, because the courts have struck down most loitering and vagrancy laws. Many of the panhandlers have drug or alcohol problems and some are loaded when they are soliciting money. “Some are not in the shape they should be when people are going (by) at 50 miles an hour,” Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said. At one point, trustee John Foulkrod referenced Hoffmann’s figure of the corner

generating a total of $40,000 a year and wondered, “ … if we can create a safer place for them to congregate so it’s not so dangerous … .” At least three of the panhandlers attended the meeting and addressed the trustees. All of them said the lack of work has forced them to Highway 82. “We need work, so we drink out of boredom,” said Wesley Bright. “ … what else are we supposed to do?” After the discussion, as folks crowded into the town hall lobby, a man who said his name is Zopher handed out a sheet with nine Biblical scriptures, including Luke 3:11, which quotes the apostle John and states, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” PANHANDLERS page 5




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Chili on Missouri Heights The Missouri Heights Community Association holds a chili-cook-off and square dance at the Missouri Heights schoolhouse from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23. Word has it four-time winner Pat Daley has moved off to Montana, so the field is wide open. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be square dancing. The prize list includes dinners from Russets, Six89, the Village Smithy and Zhengâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. For more info, call Anita Witt at 963-2180.

AVSC starts new race The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club holds its inaugural Ajax Cup on Aspen Mountain on Dec. 30. The aprĂŠs-ski party will be hosted by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and will feature legendary ski stars and celebrities, according to a press release. The invitation ski race will include teams

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of eight. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be competing for the coveted Ajax Cup trophy, on display at the Gorsuch store at Gondola Plaza. A limited number of tickets to the aprèsski party are available and the event is expected to sell out. Interested attendees, race teams or sponsors are asked to call Barbara Frank at 970-205-5102.

Trustee schedule HCC discussion The Carbondale Board of Trustees scheduled a Historic Commercial Core zoning discussion for Nov. 9 on Tuesday night. On Oct. 12, the trustees voted 3-1 to reduce the resident occupancy (RO) requirement from 60 percent and eliminate a 5 percent escalator clause for fee-in-lieu of parking. In an unrelated agenda item, trustees instructed staff to draft an ordinance for a zone text amendment to allow a U-Haul

trailer operation on Village Road just east of Alpine Bank. The applicant is Tim Moffroid/Sunburst Car Care. The trustees also heard an update from the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, which included a sneak preview of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new tourism Web site.

GarCo leads state in drilling Garfield County leads the state in the number of natural gas drilling permits that were issued as of early September. According to a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission reported released by the county commissioners on Monday, the state processed 125 applications in July, 154 in August and 356 in September. A total of 1,472 permits have been issued this year, below record levels recorded a few years ago.

SkiCo plans â&#x20AC;&#x153;sunset skiingâ&#x20AC;? The Aspen Skiing Co. will offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;sunset skiingâ&#x20AC;? at one of its four ski areas starting March 18 next year, according to a press release. The new closing time means some lifts will stay open until 4 or 4:30 p.m. after that date. SkiCo also announced a 12-foot pipe will be built adjacent to Lowdown Park at Snowmass; the interior of Ullrhof restaurant at Snowmass will be remodeled; ambassadors will help skiers negotiating their way up the Highland Bowl every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Mother Puckers hold tryouts The Aspen Mother Puckers hockey team holds tryouts for itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A and B teams at the Aspen Ice Gardens at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. For details, call 379-5581.

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

FRIDAY Oct. 15 Police arrested a juvenile for trespassing on the Rebekahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge roof at 6:17 p.m. SATURDAY Oct. 16 At 12:27 a.m., police arrested a man for getting into a fight in the 300 block of Main Street. SATURDAY Oct. 16 At 12:54 a.m., police responded to a noise complaint on Second Street. It was a birthday party. The partiers said they would turn it down.

SATURDAY Oct. 16 A woman told police sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been egged while driving in the vicinity of Hendrick Drive and Village Loop. Police were unable to locate any eggers.

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SUNDAY Oct. 17 At 2:45 a.m., a citizen on Main Street called police and asked for a ride home. A ride was given.

SUNDAY Oct. 17 At 7:23, a citizen reported losing a Gucci wallet at a Main Street restaurant. The wallet is blue and tan with the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gâ&#x20AC;? covering one side. The wallet contained $800 and the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license.

SUNDAY Oct. 17 At 6:52 p.m., police contacted a vehicle at White Hill cemetery. The two occupants said they were watch-

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Voters being asked whether to extend mill levy By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Carbondale voters are being asked whether to extend a 1.5 mill levy (property tax) that is expected to raise approximately $200,000 per year for the next 10 years, according to town officials. Town manager Tom Baker said the trustees have not committed to specific uses of the funds, but high on the list under consideration are:

• Helping the library district with costs associated with building a new library; • Improvements to Highway 133; • Downtown parking improvements. Town of Carbondale Ballot Question 2A reads as follows: “Shall an existing mill levy in the amount of one and five tenths (1.5) mills upon all of the taxable real property within the town of Carbondale, Colorado that would otherwise expire on December 31, 2010 be extended

Rooks’s decision continued om page 1 hospital, Rooks quickly reached the maximum on his $300,000 insurance policy. Besides the outstanding medical bills, Rooks still needs a prosthetic device that costs $13,000. “So that’s just a drop in the bucket.” It’s not uncommon these days for police officers to return to duty after losing a leg. Rooks has talked to a Boulder police officer who suffered a similar injury and returned to work. “So that’s not an issue,” he said. The Boulder cop’s prosthetic works so well, “half the time he doesn’t even know he has it.” Rooks, who played free safety for the Mesa State Mavs, was active before his accident. He skied, camped, hiked, mountain biked and “stuff like that.” He plans to resume those activities after his rehabilitation. Rooks worked in law enforcement in Grand Junction and Mesa County for more than 10 years before moving to Carbondale, which was a town he and his wife had their sights set on for quite some time. The couple now lives between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Members of the Grand Junction Police Department helped Drake and Mandy load up for their move to Carbondale and Carbondale police helped them unload once they arrived. “Everybody really came together to help us move here.”



through December 31, 2020, such that up to $329,585 in revenues collected by 2011 and such amounts received by the town annually thereafter, regardless of amount, will continue to be collected, retained, and spent for the purpose of constructing public street, streetscape, and related improvements within the town, including expanded downtown parking, pedestrian safety, street lights and beautification as a voter-approved revenue

change and an exception to limits which would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20, of the Colorado Constitution or C.R.S. 29-1-201.” At the end of the ballot question, voters are asked to vote yes or no. Mayor Stacey Bernot said the trustees will take input from the public before deciding how to spend the funds if voters approve the mill levy extension. “Nothing is set in stone,” she said.

Panhandlers continued om page 3 Zopher said he met one of the homeless men who lives under the bridge last summer and has befriended him, even helping him to dress a dog bite wound twice a day. “He’s such a gentle spirit,” Zopher said. Zopher, who appeared to be in his mid20s, smiled and nodded when this reporter asked if he were a Jesus freak. He said he hopes to work with the group being formed to address the panhandler issue. “I’m just a local resident who hopes to help,” he said. Wesley Bright was one of three men who addressed the Carbondale trustees on Tuesday night and explained their side of the Highway 82/133 panhandling issue. Photo by Lynn Burton

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KDNK fosters local sound Community access radio station KDNK presents another concert in its Fostering Local Sound series at Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitars from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 23. The performance will feature three local acts playing original music and will be broadcast live on KDNK. The night begins with A Vision Quest. Matt Thomas, a senior at Roaring Fork High School, will follow. The Friendly Dictators finish the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea behind the series is to highlight local writing musicians and feature them live in prime time, with a professional sound system, on stage and on the air,â&#x20AC;? said KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner. Previous programs included John Oates, Matt Johnson, Jimmy Dykann, Jason Russo, Ananda Banc, Nelson Oldham, Big Daddy Lee and others. A Vision Quest started playing jazz, moved into funk/fusion and has started writing their own material. Thomas won the 2010 BMI valley-wide young musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song competition. The Friendly Dictators are a rock duo from Carbondale playing surf-a-billy, cow-punk, space-rock and electro-clash. Doors at Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitars open at 8 p.m. KDNK broadcasts at 88.1 FM, 88.3 FM, 88.5 FM and online at

roes and Heroines at the Make a Difference Celebration of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants next month. These CPAs demonstrate significant involvement with non-profit and community activities, provide local leadership and create a positive impact as they demonstrate core values of integrity, competency and objectivity, according to a town of Carbondale press release. Merriott is Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor pro tem and has served on the board of trustees since 2008. He is also a Carbondale representative to the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Energy Commission and previously served 18 months on the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Roadmap Group. In private life he is a member of the Church at Carbondale, and previously served on the Alpine Christian Academy board and the River Valley Ranch executive board.

Luminance Web site lights up Luminance Photography has put up a new Web site at Go take a peek. On a related note, Luminance Photography will be photographing mini sessions in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs at the end of October in conjunction with Moms for Moms communities. Luminance Photography is located at 269 Main St.

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Bill Rice, Kevin Steuben, Cole Fenton, Daniella Stanley Kline, Kathy Ortiz, Sheila McAtee, Tami Stroud, Jody Ensign, Charlotte Vanderhurst, Rick Borkovec and Carrie Close. Celebrating this week are: Mary Kenyon and Ron Speaker (Oct. 24) and Chip Brotzman (Oct. 27).

Save the date for Picasso The Carbondale Rotary Club presents the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Picassoâ&#x20AC;? at the Church at Carbondale on Oct. 29-30. The two-person play, featuring Bob Moore and Wendy Tennis (directed by Wendy Moore), takes place in Paris during World War II. Pablo Picasso has been summoned from a cafĂŠ by German occupation forces to a storage vault for an interrogation. Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questioner, a beautiful cultural attachĂŠ from Berlin, has been given an assignment to discover which of three Picasso paintings confiscated by the Nazis are real. The German ministry of propaganda has planned an exhibit, and only the great artist himself can attest to the paintingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; authenticity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a cat-and-mouse drama about politics, art and truth,â&#x20AC;? said Wendy Moore. Curtain time for each performance is 7:30 p.m. For the show on Oct. 29, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an appetizer, dessert and drink at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $15 for the reception at all Alpine Banks, Amore Reality, or Rotary members.

Matt Thomas is a loose-cannon rebel with the capability to describe himself in the third person, manifested with a clarity that is unmatched by his peers according to a professional press release. His inďŹ&#x201A;uences include: Creed, Nickel Back, Avril Levine, Limp Bizkit and the Norwegian super-star Gunther. When he is not jamming out to Christian rock, Matt enjoys tetherball, curling, backrubs and dragon hunting (during which he writes most of his songs). He performs Oct. 23 at Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitars. Courtesy photo


V’ballers clinch title; soccer and footballers roll Sopris Sun Staff Report As the season nears a close, Roaring Fork High School’s volleyball, soccer and football teams notched wins over the weekend, with the netters bagging their second straight Western Slope Class 3A league title. The Ram volleyballers took their 16-0 league record to Hotchkiss Friday night and came away with a 3-0 win on counts of 258, 25-15 and 25-14. Senior Landon Garvik recorded 10 kills, followed by sophomore Hattie Gianinetti with six. Savanna Phibbs, a senior, recorded four aces while fellow senior Ixchel Muniz notched three. On Oct. 15, Roaring Fork defeated Gunnison 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-18). In that one, Garvik and sophomore Megan Gianinetti each had 13 kills. Niki Burns had 14 digs and setter Joey Clingan had 31 assists. Roaring Fork will host a district tournament on Oct. 30. On the soccer front, the Rams defeated the visiting Hotchkiss Bulldogs on Saturday by a score of 3-0. The win clinches a third place finish in the Western Slope League, and a playoff berth, by virtue of an 8-4-1 overall record. Scoring goals for the Rams were Antonio Madrigal, Antonio Landa and Saulito Vega. Heading into their regular season finale

RFHS final schedule Volleyball:

Oct. 21 (home), Coal Ridge, 6 p.m.

Oct. 22 (away), Cedaredge, 5:30 p.m.


Oct. 21 (home), Grand Valley, 4 p.m.


Oct. 22 (away), Cedaredge, 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 (home), Grand Valley, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 (away), Aspen, 7 p.m. Sophomore Caitlin Kinney zeros in during the Rams’ 3-0 win against Gunnison on Oct. 15. Roaring Fork ends its regular season at Cedaredge on Oct. 22. Photo by Lynn Burton at home against Grand Valley on Thursday, the Rams have won six of their last eight games. On their home turf last Friday night, the Rams lassoed the Gunnison Cowboys

Why am I’m voting for Tom Because he understands

40-6. Trae Moxley gave the Rams their first score on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Class Gross. Roaring Fork racked up two more scores in the first half, including a 60-yard TD toss from Gross to

Trent Reeds. Roaring Fork scored three more times in the second half. The win gave the Rams a 2-5 record overall and a 1-3 standing in league play.


Jobs, Economic Gardening, Providing the TOOLS to grow the Economy

Diversity, Knowing the Issues, taking the appropriate action

Environment, Experienced in Environmental Business, he has ALWAYS protected OUR environment

Tom Jankovsky for Garfield County Commissioner Take a moment to speak to Tom about what is important to you in Garfield County, contact him at www. Paid for by The Committee to Elect Tom Jankovsky Commissioner. THE SOPRIS SUN • OCTOBER 21, 2010 • 7

Salazar-Tipton rematch fueled by voter anger By David Frey Sopris Sun Correspondent Four years ago when Scott Tipton challenged Rep. John Salazar for his seat in Congress, Salazar, an incumbent Democrat, trounced him easily. It’s a different political climate this time around, and a different economic climate. This time, Tipton, a Republican with backing from Tea Party supporters and lots of GOP spending, is running neck-and-neck with Salazar in a race that could help determine the balance of Congress. Over $2 million in outside money has been spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks money in politics. Both Republican and Democratic congressional campaign committees have lined up to support their candidate or bash the opponent. Groups like the conservative Eagle Forum and industry groups representing bankers, builders and energy companies are rallying behind Tipton. More Republican money is flowing into Colorado than any other state, according to Liberal groups like America’s Families First Action Fund and Majority Action have lined up behind Salazar. The result has been blistering attacks on the two candidates and on the eardrums of TV viewers subjected to a barrage of negative campaign ads against “No-Show Salazar” and “Two-Way Tipton.”

Tipton, of Cortez, who owns a pottery shop and trading post near Mesa Verde, has enjoyed Tea Party support and an endorsement from Sarah Palin. He has rallied supporters with calls for smaller government. He’s blasted Salazar for voting for health care reform and for what he says was a failed stimulus package. He’s sought to tie Salazar to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration, casting him as a liberal Washington insider out of touch with his constituents. “We do have a very clear choice in this election,” Tipton said. “John Salazar is standing for bigger government, higher taxes and more regulation.” Salazar, a potato farmer from Manassa, has defended his reputation as a conservative, so-called Blue Dog Democrat. He’s accusing Tipton of backing away from more extreme statements he made before the primary in which he called for cutting the federal government in half and abolishing the Education Department. “In this political climate, I could walk on water and still be criticized,” Salazar said. Polls have shown the two running in a dead heat. Salazar said internal polling shows him pulling ahead. It’s a critical race in a pivotal election year. It’s one of about 100 races that could go either way at a time when Republicans need to win 39 races to gain the House majority. Salazar defended his vote on health


care, which he said will lower the deficit, and on the stimulus, which he defends as saving jobs. “I’m proud of my record,” Salazar said. “I’m proud of the things we’ve done. I wouldn’t change a single vote.” On local Carbondale issues, the two also seem distant. Salazar recently announced he would support Thompson Divide Coalition legislation that would bar gas drilling in the Thompson Creek area southwest of Carbondale. “I figured as long as we could get Democrats, Republicans and the community together to support it, then it goes a long way,” he said. “I’ve never felt a member of Congress should push wilderness or conservation down someone’s throat.” He said he might also support the proposed Hidden Gems wilderness protection if organizers are able to reach a similar level of support. Tipton said he was less familiar with both issues, but voiced skepticism about barring gas drilling. He said he supported “responsible development of resources. We’ve seen the energy industry on the Western Slope of Colorado decimated over the last two years.” Tipton said he supported holding hearings for a Hidden Gems wilderness but was skeptical. He criticized Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Boulder, for backing wilderness protections outside her district, “coming over and telling us what to do. She needs to pay at-

tention to her own district.” Tipton accuses Salazar of voting with Pelosi 97 percent of the time. Salazar has emphasized his willingness to buck the party. “I’ve always been an independent voice,” Salazar said, pointing to a National Journal review that found he voted with Democrats 57.7 percent of the time on critical issues, making him one of the more moderate members of Congress. Even Rep. John Boehner, the leading Republican in the House, votes with Pelosi more than 88 percent of the time, Salazar said. But for Tipton, Salazar is still too much of a party loyalist. “He lined up with the Obama agenda, the Pelosi agenda, the liberal agenda,” he said. “They know they have his vote when they need it.” Tipton promotes what he calls the “three tens.” He wants to slash non-military government spending by 10 percent and set capital gains taxes and the corporate tax rate at a flat 10 percent. “Washington has been building and growing on the backs of the American people,” he said. “Washington is the only place in the country, maybe in the world, that hasn’t experienced a recession.” Salazar points to the stimulus package for lessening the blow of the recession. “Frankly, the economy is in a ditch now and they’re complaining about the size of the tow truck,” he said.

Valley View Hospital CANCER CENTER

Groundbreaking October 13, 2010

A host of local citizens gathered to mark the groundbreaking for Valley View Hospital's new Cancer Center last week. At the ceremonies, it was announced that the new Cancer Center will be named the Calaway & Young Cancer Center, to honor the $4 million in lead gifts from Connie and Jim Calaway and Bob Young. The Valley View Hospital Foundation has raised $6.2 million during the silent phase of a $7 million fundraising campaign to support the new facility. The community campaign now underway will work to raise the final $800,000.

Clockwise from above: Stacey Gavrell, Director of the Valley View Hospital Foundations, presents a rendering of the future Cancer Center. Lead donors Jim Calaway, Connie Calaway and Bob Young dig in for the groundbreaking, with rendering of new facility as background. Valley View nurses attending the event. Cancer Center Director Judy Pendas, Nursing Administrator Jean-Marie Hegarty and Cancer Center Medical Director D. Douglas Rovira celebrate at the festivities.

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FRIDAY Oct. 22

LIVE MUSIC • The Last Minute String Band will perform at the Bluebird Cafe, at 730 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs from 7 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Info: 945-0350.

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Social Network” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-28 and “Cyrus”(R) at 5:30 p.m. Oct 23.

RIVER TALK • Ken Neubecker presents “Flowing Uphill: Diversions, Rivers and the Future of Water in Colorado” at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at 5:30 p.m. ORGAN DONATIONS EXPLAINED • Valley View Hospital will host a presentation by Catherine Bradham, of the Donor Alliance in Grand Junction, to explain organ donations from 6 to 7 p.m. in the third floor conference room.

FRI.-SUN. Oct. 22-23 GHOST WALK CONTINUES • The Frontier Historical Society in Glenwood Springs holds its 11th annual Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood (Pioneer) Cemetery Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31. Tours are at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sundays. Participants need to carry lanterns or flashlights for the moderately strenuous 1/2 mile hike up to the cemetery Tickets are $15 at 945-4448. DAY OF THE DEAD • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities offers a Day of the Dead workshop with Susan Obermeyer Strauss. The cost is $85 for members/$110 for non-members (scholarships are available). Info: 963-1680.

LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern presents Fire in the Asylum at 9 p.m. There’s a $5 cover charge. REDSTONE • The Beaux Arts Ball at the Redstone Inn features dinner, dancing and Big Daddy Lee and the King Bees. Tickets are $55 each/$100 per couple. It’s organized by the Redstone Art Foundation and the Redstone Community Association. Info: 963-2526.

LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern presents Pineapple Crackers (beach rock). LIVE MUSIC • Stubbies in Basalt presents Fire in the Asylum at 9 p.m. No cover

YOGA WORKSHOP • Creative Spark Studio offers a creative yoga workshop titled “When the Veils are the Thinnest” which illuminates the relevance of hallowness, through the practice of Kundalini yoga and art making. Bring a yoga mat and art supplies. It’s from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 704-6377.

LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents The Missing Link (rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. LIVE MUSIC • Country music star Suzy Boggus plays the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. In her most recent CD “Sweet Danger” she works with producer Jason Miles, who has worked with jazz legend Miles Davis, R&B star Luther Vandross and rock star Sting. CRUISERS RIDE • The Full Moon Cruisers ride again at 8 p.m. Meet at Sopris Park. Costumers are encouraged. MCBRIDE OPENING • In conjunction with the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Colorado River Month, Peter McBride opens a photo exhibit at the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt at 6 p.m. DO IT YOURSELF DIVORCE • Alpine Legal Services offers its Do it Yourself Divorce Clinic at the Garfield County Courthouse at 5 p.m.

MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA • KDNK presents another concert in the Fostering Local Sound series from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Steve's Guitars. The performance will feature three local original acts and will be broadcast live on KDNK. The lineup begins with A Vision Quest, followed by Roaring Fork High School senior Matt Thomas and the Friendly Dictators will finish the program. They’ll all be playing original music. KDNK broadcasts at 88.1 FM, 88.3 FM, 88.5 FM and online at

POTLUCK BONFIRE • Sustainable Settings at 6107 Highway 133 hosts a community potluck and bonfire from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish and an instrument to play for an evening of family fun. Info: 963-6107.

SUNDAY Oct. 24 CELEBRATION OF LIFE • A celebration of Ed Perregaux’s life will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Carbondale firehouse, located on Meadowood Drive (off CALENDAR page 11

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It has to do with the fact that the price of natural gas is so low that it is not profitable for companies to be actively drilling right now. Abnormally low gas prices are the real reason Garfield County’s energy economy has slowed down. As a Garfield County Commissioner and member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which helps regulate the industry, Tresi has been very fair with energy companies. I’m a real fan and supporter of Tresi Houpt.” —Jim Calaway, Oilman for 55 years

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Community Calendar continuedfrompage10 Further Out Highway 133). All are welcome. Info. 963-4754. PARKINSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FUNDRAISER â&#x20AC;˘ Pancakes for Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a fundraiser organized by Redstone resident Olivia Savard, will be held at the Church at Carbondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gathering Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served, and donations accepted. Proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease research. Info: 963-9616 (click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Find a memberâ&#x20AC;? and type in Olivia Savardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name).

MONDAY Oct. 25 RIVER TALK â&#x20AC;˘ Peter McBride presents

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflictâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. at Basalt Regional Library. COLLEGE ADMISSION TIPS â&#x20AC;˘ Carolyn Williams presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parenting Through the College Admission Processâ&#x20AC;? at the Third Street Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. Info: 970-274-6298.

WEDNESDAY Oct.27 LIVE MUSIC â&#x20AC;˘ White House pizza presents Barry Chapman & Friends (world beat) from 7 to 10 p.m. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cover.

S.A.W. SHOW CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ S.A.W. presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collaborationsâ&#x20AC;? with Angus Graham and Stanley Bell through Nov. 4. S.A.W. (Studio for Arts + Works) is located at 978 Euclid Ave. Info: 963-0102.

LARGE AND FUN SELECTION OF FURNITURE, RUGS, HOUSEWARES, & LINENS. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-5:30pm Sun. 12-5pm 623 East Hopkins Ave, Aspen 970.920.2376

FAMILY EVENT â&#x20AC;˘ Roaring Fork Family Resources presents a family event for preschool and elementary children at Bridges Center in Glenwood Springs from 4 to 7 p.m. Info: 384-5689.

ZYZDA SHOW CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ Cynthia Zyzda shows her mixed media exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Migrationsâ&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery, 831 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs through Nov. 1.

ACOUSTIC CARNAHANS â&#x20AC;˘ Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern. Info: 963-4498.

KOROLOGOS SHOW CONTINUES â&#x20AC;˘ The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Western Colorâ&#x20AC;? with artists Andy Taylor, Elizabeth Sandia and Gregory Stocks through Nov. 1.

GROUP RUN â&#x20AC;˘ Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. More info: 704-0909.

MAYORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COFFEE HOUR â&#x20AC;˘ Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St.

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THE DANCE INITIATIVE â&#x20AC;˘ The Dance Initiative presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance for Us,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting local choreographers working in contemporary ballet, jazz, tango and clogging, at Thunder River Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Info: 963-8681.

OPEN MIC â&#x20AC;˘ Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs holds an open mic night with Jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jim every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m. through November.

Ongoing LOESCHEN SHOW CLOSES â&#x20AC;˘ The Main Street Gallery and the Framer in Glenwood Springs presents a new-works show by Colorado artist Linda Loeschen titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cowboys and Horses and Bears, Oh My!â&#x20AC;? through Oct. 23. Loeschenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings can be viewed at The gallery itself is located at 817 Grand Ave. Info: 945-4817.

Oct. 29-30

FALL CONCERT â&#x20AC;˘ The Aspen and Glenwood Choral Society presents a fall concert at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 7: 30 p.m. The Mesa State College faculty brass quintet will perform Baroque music and the

SUICIDE SURVIVORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SUPPORT â&#x20AC;˘ A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood

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Oct. 30-31

HAUNTED HAY RIDES â&#x20AC;˘ The Redstone Inn, Avalanche Outfitters, Redstone Stables and the Aspen Carriage and Sleight Co. are offering haunted hay rides during Halloween weekend. Info: 948-8606 or 963-1144.

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LEGAL SERVICES â&#x20AC;˘ Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Info: 945-8858, 920-2828.

ROTARY MEETING â&#x20AC;˘ The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club holds its weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at the Aspen Glen Club featuring a local speaker. Info: 948-0693.

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Women’s suffrage celebrated A free screening of the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” is presented in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment at Dos Gringos Oct. 24 at 7:30. This historical drama stars Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston, Margo Martindale and Frances O’Connor. The biopic depicts defiant young female activists who took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote in the early part of the 19th century. Elected officials Tresi Houpt, Georgia Chamberlain and Jean Alberico are expected to attend the screening and take the soapbox, along with Garfield County Assessor John Gorman. There will also be a bluegrass jam session at Dos Gringos at 6 p.m.

name. The event will be marketed through newspapers and radio, with posters distributed in the Roaring Fork Valley. “This is a great chance to get a lot of exposure for your business,” said a chamber spokeswoman. The conference will be held at the Church at Carbondale from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 5. For details, call 963-1890.

C’dale seeks commission members The town of Carbondale is seeking citizens to serve on its new Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission. Terms are for two years, and members may live up to three miles outside the town limits. The commission’s purpose is to help analyse recommendations on bike and pedestrian paths. The deadline is Nov. 4 and applications are available at town hall or the Web site

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Space at the 2010 Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Business Conference is still available for $250. The fee includes the price of admission for two, a 6-foot table (with table cloth), and a sign with the business

Valley View Hospital offers free breast exams for women and men at Mountain Family Health Center, located across from the hospital, on Oct. 23. For details, call 945-2840.

Birdbrain continued om page 2 generally make it more profitable to get the oil or gas out. Seventy-three of these chemicals have been identified as carcinogens or at least carry health concerns. Now some of this fluid that is injected seems to be showing up in water supplies and underground aquifers. There are lots of stories of people getting sick and flames coming out of faucets, and there is even a movie about it called “Gaslands.” This film was made about us out here being impacted by gas drilling by a guy from Pennsylvania who was about to be impacted. Now our government, who is supposed to look after things like this, is hamstrung by a little penmanship by George W. Bush and Dickey Cheney. Their energy bill exempted the oil and gas industry from the Clean Water and Air Act. The industry probably knows it can’t get the gas out without polluting the underground water table so they got the laws changed so they could do it. Now one of those Thompson Creek Coalition radical ranchers asks candidate Jankowski What he thought of Frac’ing. Mr. Jankowski went on about how we needed the gas and it meant a lot of jobs.The radical rancher said yes but what about the water? Mr. Jankowski said Frac’ing should be allowed because it was legal.“It’s what the law allows”were his exact words. Well sorry, but frac’ing could end up ruining our water supplies and everyone else’s from here to Los Angeles and the only reason it is legal is because we have sold our political system to the highest bidder, which right now is the oil companies.

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The circumference of Marge Palmer’s silver maple tree is 219 inches, which comes out to about 18 feet. Her tree is Colorado’s third largest silver maple. Photo by Lynn Burton

Satank maple makes 2011 big-tree calendar By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Marge Palmer can’t be sure, but she thinks the silver maple tree in her backyard might have been planted in the mid-1880s by Cooperton namesake Sarah Cooper. A Victorian house, which might have been Cooper’s, stood where Palmer’s 35-year-old house now sits. “She probably planted the (nearby) blue spruce, too,” Palmer said this week. Residents later changed the name of Cooperton to Satank, just west of Carbondale. During the ensuing 125 years or so, the silver maple tree on Pine Street sucked up copious amounts of water from the area’s alluvial soils. About 10 years ago, Palmer got her silver maple entered into the Colorado Tree Coalition’s registry of big trees. At 84-feet tall, a crown spread of 104 feet and circumference of 219 inches, it’s ranked as the third largest silver maple in the state. Palmer has been waiting for the subsequent honor ever since but earlier this year she received word her tree will be included in the Colorado Tree Coalition’s Notable Trees of Colorado 2011 calendar. “Marge’s tree is February,” said Colorado State Forest Service forester Vince Urbina. Urbina is a tree verifier and also helps the

tree coalition with its calendar each year. Palmer said it was obvious her tree had been well cared for when she first moved into her house in the late 1970s. Still, one of the first things she did was to hire an arborist to prune the tree. Since then she’s had the tree pruned three more times, at a cost of $600 to $1,000 each time. Mother Nature did some pruning herself two years ago, when a windstorm broke off a limb so large it seemed to fill up half her backyard. Aside from having bragging rights to the largest silver maple in Satank (although one of Palmer’s neighbors claims his tree is bigger), there are other perks to owning a really big tree. The tree throws a lot of shade, and the temperature has to hit 100 for about three days straight for Palmer to feel it.“The house stays cool.” Urbina said the silver maple isn’t a longlived tree but can reach 200 years old. “It’s a good tree,” he said. Other trees included in the 2011 calendar are a European ash, Cornelian cherry, columnar hornbeam, globe willow, European beech, plains cottonwood, saucer magnolia, white spruce, American elm, bristlecone pine and silver popular. For more on Colorado’s champion tree program, go to

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The Sun’s Day in the Sun The Sopris Sun shined on itself and the community at large during its second annual fund-raising party at the Village Smithy on Friday. The home-grown, shoe-string, volunteer-aided, non-profit newspaper used the party to kick off a $50,000 campaign to raise money to fund purchases like a fax machine, police scanner, computer upgrades and more, Sun board member Frank Zlogar told the gathering.



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CCAH fulfills long-awaited goal with classes By Trina Ortega From playing with fibers to playing with words to playing with the dead, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is living up to its promise to offer a variety of arts classes in its new space at the Third Street Center. CCAH moved into the Third Street Center in June and by the end of summer was offering classes in its new Carol Rothrock Classroom. Local pianist Laurel Karlick Sheehan offered music composition for youth and bestselling author Pam Houston led a fiction-writing group before summer was out. The classroom space has been a long-awaited dream of the arts council and will enable CCAH to reach different segments of the community, says CCAH Executive Director Ro Mead. “I’m more excited about this room than anything else we have,” Mead said. “We have never had a classroom of our own … but it’s part of our mission, to offer classes and workshops.” On a personal level, CCAH program assistant Holly Gressett said she has been looking forward to the arts council’s ability to offer art classes in town. In the past, she has driven her child to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts for art offerings. Now — like other Carbondale-area parents who want their kids to explore the arts — she is able to stay closer to home. The CCAH workshops and classes kicked into high gear this month with a full slate of offerings. Next on the schedule is this weekend’s workshop with visual artist Susan Obermeyer Strauss, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23. The workshop will offer students a chance to create work that will be exhibited in CCAH’s November exhibition celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Nationally recognized artist Susan Obermeyer Strauss will help students explore different mixed-media techniques like those she uses in her own work, such as this piece titled “Transformation 2,” in the Building Altars Workshop on Oct. 23. Submitted image

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday when families pray for, remember and celebrate friends and family members who have died. One tradition of the holiday is to build a private altar or shrine honoring the deceased. Obermeyer Strauss, an internationally collected artist, will be joined by local teacher Diana Alcantara for this work-

shop that will include a brief historical understanding of Dia de los Muertos. Students then create their own piece of art, playing with a range of techniques, including Xerox transfers, assemblage, collage, montage and simple construction. The workshop costs $45 for CCAH members and $55 for non-members, with some scholarships available. It is open to artists of all levels. Students from the workshop can choose to exhibit with valley-wide artists in CCAH’s annual Dia de los Muertos art show, which opens Nov. 5. Other upcoming CCAH workshops include: • Fiber Explorations for ages 8 and up, 3:45 p.m. Mondays — This class will be devoted to exploring a different project for each class. Students will do a project in each of the following areas: wet felting, a braided wristband, an origami project, and a small sewn felt animal. • Dyed, Batiked Scarves with Jill Scher, Nov. 6-7 — For this class, each participant will design and batik at least one scarf using natural dyes. The class will take place on Nov. 6 and students can continue working on Nov. 7. • Felted Slippers with Jill Scher, Nov. 13-15 — Students will start by making a pattern from their own foot, then use carded merino wool to encase the pattern. Students will embellish and design the slippers at different stages, before cutting and sewing leather soles to the bottom to ensure long wear. • Rose Windows and Window Stars, 3:45 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 — In this timely class, participants will make seasonal decorations to hang in windows or give as gifts. Rose windows are layered colored tissue paper that have been folded and cut in precise patterns that mimic the large round stained glass windows in gothic cathedrals. For full details and more information, visit or call 963-1680.

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We support Trési Houpt because she brings balance, experience and thoughtful leadership to the Board. David Devanney Richard Buchan Thomas Sisneros Richard & Sandy Getter John & Lori Sweers Paul Helman Tom Hall Elaine Hanak-Hall Bob & Ann Arrington Dana & Barbara Barker Marla Haschks Mark Gould Clare Bastable Mary Russell Sloan Shoemaker Nathan Stowe Warren & Jeanette Humble Ed Sands Frank & Kim Breslin Craig & Jill Rathbun Sue Bacon Alice Laird Amy Barr Worth Carroll Sheri Scruby Ann Hopkinson Carmen Iacino John & Maurine Taufer Susan Cashel Russ Arensman John Hoffman Susan & Robert Hess William Lando Judy Fox-Perry John Foulkrod Nancy Kyner Beth & Michael Mulry Lee Beck John Stickney Kathryn (Kat) Camp Rich & Holly Glasier Randi Lavelle Garry & Bettie Evenson Ivo & Betty Jo Lindauer Judith A. Topol Bernita Grove Cheri Brandon John & Mary Ann Keller Robert & Elaine Warehime Bruce & Kat Neumann Ralph Fruetel Suzanne & Jeff Stephens John Evans Anne Goldberg Larry Dragon Mark & Christine Stevens Bruce Stolbach Michael & Barbara Larime Steven O’Brien, M.D. Elaine Cloninger Steve & Georgia Carter Linda Jenks David & Shannon Meyer Philip & Anne Freedman Ken Jones Jo & Steve Bershenyi Jeff Houpt Lloyd & Marlene Manown Cyndi & Peter Fleming James O’Donnell

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Letters continued om page 2 end-of-the-trip BBQ.” Mesa Verde students climbed the cave dwellings of Spruce Tree House and Balcony House, learning why and how the Ancestral Pueblo people chose those spaces as homes. And lastly, the eighth graders journeyed to Leadville tackling, or attempting to summit, Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado. Fourteen of the 73 students reached the summit, two of which were Erik Carrillo and Emma Crane, while the rest completed their personal goals. According to Emma,“It took me four hours and 25 minutes. It was tiring and freezing but I’m glad I made it.” Erik remarked,“My favorite part of the trip was camping.” Without the hard work and dedication of the CMS staff and parent volunteers, these trips would not be possible. Thank you to all who helped make our outdoor education experience a success. Please visit to view more photos and our Web site. Ms. Paulone’s Level 9 LA Class Emily Bruell, Jackson Hardin, Kayla Derby, Jessica Hardin, Rorey Freeman, Abril Mendoza, Emily Fuller, Lesley Platero and Alice Furlong

Tater Trot thanks Dear Editor: The organizers of the 2010 Tater Trot and its beneficiary, the Carbondale Soccer Club, wish to thank all who made the event a success. We would like to thank our sponsors: Ackerman Log and Timber, Red Rock Diner, Crystal Springs Builders, Handcrafted Carpets, Mountain Roll Offs, Inc., Roaring Fork Family Physicians, Roaring Fork Transit Authority, Umbrella Roofing, Mountain Pest Control, MRI and TJ Concrete Construction. Next, we’d like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions and prizes for our post-race raffle: Carbondale Recreation Center, Independence Run & Hike, Roaring Fork Valley Co-op,Aspen Skiing Company, Aria Salon, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, City Market, Corkey Woods, Cowen Center, Crystal Theatre, Dancing Colours, Glenwood Brew Pub, Glenwood Community Center, Heidi’s Deli, Joy Blong, Main Street Spirits, Mi Casita, Miser’s Mercantile, Peppino’s Pizza, PostNet, Pour House, Salon Sublime, Smiling Moose

Deli, Sunburst, Taipei Tokyo, Thunder River Theatre Company, Train off Main, Village Smithy and VIP Wash. A special thanks to Bob Olenik who set the groundwork for this great race over the past several years and entrusted our committee to keep it rolling. We are grateful for the many volunteers who make the event happen: race marshals, sign-up crew, refreshment crew, timers, organizers and Jenny Tempest for her spectacular T-shirt illustration. Lastly, thanks to the 149 participants, ages 4-73, who made up the field of the 1-mile and 5K runs. Congrats to our winners: Alex Tiernan and Amy Lund for the 5K, Craig Plizga and Lina Sutro for the 1-mile. We had a beautiful fall day for the event and a great showing of community support. 2010 Tater Trot Committee Carbondale

Thompson Divide update Dear Editor: Recently, Congressman John Salazar met with members of the Thompson Divide Coalition to receive an update on activities of the coalition and to accept a proposal for the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2010. Representative Salazar and his staff have worked with the directors of the coalition for the past two years, and the congressman’s commitment to public service led him to respond positively to the request of the TDC board of directors, those who have signed the petitions, the organizations and the jurisdictions who have supported the proposal. Representative Salazar has set a plan in motion to address the next steps in the process of obtaining this important legislation. The goal is to retire oil and gas leases for exploration and development on federal lands in the Thompson Divide area in a fair manner while protecting the existing uses, including agricultural leases, identified recreational uses, natural values, water and air quality, wildlife habitat and needs, scenic beauty and solitude. The work of the coalition is, in many ways, just beginning. Much work lies ahead. Your continued interest, commitment, and support are needed. We must remain unified for Thompson Divide. My heartfelt thanks to all who helped to make this happen. Dorothea Farris, vice chair Thompson Divide Coalition Carbondale LETTERS page 17

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Letters continued om page 16 Thanks to Salazar Dear Editor: I want to thank Rep. John Salazar for listening to the people of our community and taking a stand to protect the Thompson Divide from oil and gas development. This is a matter of great importance to us in Carbondale, as the Thompson Divide landscape lies both upwind and upstream of us. Rep. Salazar did exactly what I would expect a responsible elected official to do. He met with the Thompson Divide Coalition early on, and he encouraged them to get buyin from all the concerned parties and support from the affected counties.Then, when they’d done that, he kept his promise and committed to introduce legislation. Incidentally, Rep. Salazar is also advancing legislation to protect several other public lands parcels elsewhere in his district. His opponent, Scott Tipton, is of the “drill baby drill” school of politics, and has staked out extreme Tea Party positions on most other issues. For common sense, for fairness, and above all for his conservation ethic, I will be voting for John Salazar on Nov. 2. Dave Reed Carbondale

Recreation thanks Dear Editor: Carbondale Recreation would like to thank everyone who came out to support the 2010 Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 8-9 at the Fourth Street plaza in downtown Carbondale. I owe a huge thank you to Alyssa and Dave Reindel and EverGreen Events for making this the first ever green Oktoberfest in Carbondale. Thank you to the following Green Team Volunteers: Dan Whitney, Karen Oliva, Becky Gallardo, Emelie Piper, Vanessa Vega, Guillermo Soto, Monica Crijalva-Ruiz, Adriana Perez, Kaleigh Wisroth, Michelle Lopez-Rochin, Stephanie Ayala, Cynthia Ayala, Kasey Bullerman, Lisa Ellena and Katie Houchin. Thank you to Cheryl Pitout and Premier Party Rental for our tent, tables, and chairs. And a big thank you to Premier’s tent guys who helped out immensely during cleanup. Thank you to the following recreation staff: Rebecca “Becklesworth” Wagner, Eric Brendlinger, Justin Perdue, Tony Kern, Olive Tampol and Bryan Kentfield. Couldn’t have done it without you Beckles! Thank you to all the beer-pouring, gate-

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LOU VALLARIO For Garfield County Sheriff I can honestly tell you that Lou has been fiscally conservative and he has given money back to the county. He has answered the demands of the citizens, and most of all, both budgets, his and his predecessor’s were approved by the County Commissioners. - Larry McCown, former Garfield County Commissioner

Lou is focused on the mission of the office. He works hard to protect the citizens of this county and keep us safe. That’s what a Sheriff should be doing. That’s what I want from my Sheriff, both as a parent and as a prosecutor. - Martin Beeson, Ninth Judicial District Attorney

Lou Vallario took a mediocre sheriff’s department to a well-respected, well run and well trained law enforcement agency. He has demonstrated superior leadership in forming county-wide programs that includes law enforcement agencies, all-hazard response teams, fire departments, police chiefs, paramedics and other county services. - Jim Sears, Undersheriff to Tom Dalessandri, Emergency, Operations Commander to Sheriff Vallario

A native speaks Dear Editor: Dear Editor: I’m writing to express my support for Trési Houpt. As a native of this valley and now a bona fide resident of Satank (unincorporated Garfield County) I can assure you that I am very familiar with the local GOB network. Hell, I’m related to some of those good ol’ boys, and sometimes I think I’ve gone so far left that I’m now back around to the right, and swing your partner, do-si-do. Anyway, Trési is necessary to keep the scales balanced. She is fair minded and calm, and her hard work to represent the people of this county is proven. Please a) take the time to vote on Nov. 2 and b) vote for Trési Houpt for Garfield County commissioner. Jeannie Perry Satank

I think Lou is a great man. He’s good for the county. He works well with the Municipalities and other law enforcement officers in our area. His priority is always on the citizens and always on his officers and our safety. - Walt Stowe, former Garfield County Commissioner

Because of my past interests, I reviewed the agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue, Inc. Not only do they receive some funding from the Sheriff, but for the purpose of liability protection and the protection of the rescuers, in my view the SAR team is in far better shape legally speaking than they ever have been. -Scott Balcomb, Attorney and founder of Search and Rescue, Inc.

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Letters continued om page 17 Houpt deserves it Dear Editor: Trési Houpt deserves your vote for Garfield County Commissioner. Here are three reasons why: One, Trési is the kind of commissioner who makes it safe, even welcoming, for people to participate in their local government. That’s a big deal in these divisive times. If you have business before the commissioners, it doesn’t matter to Trési whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Unaffiliated. She has proven again and again that she will listen carefully to your point of view and factor it into her decision-making. Two, Trési is a strong supporter of the entire business community. Garfield County has an incredibly diverse economy, one that is built on tourism, professional services, agriculture, energy development, real estate development, construction and retail.Trési has demonstrated that she is capable of supporting the needs of hunting and fishing guides and the interests of energy companies at the same time. And her work as a commissioner to develop the Garfield County Airport is forward thinking and shows the savvy and sense necessary to sustain our local economies long into the future. Her balanced vision for business growth and development serves us all well. Three, Trési has shown she will always fight hardest for the people who live here. In western Garfield County, she has worked tire-

lessly and effectively to protect the health and safety of people whose homes and drinking water supplies are affected by energy development. She is right when she says we can have a strong energy industry, healthy communities and a clean environment. In eastern Garfield County, Trési has been a strong supporter of the Thompson Divide Coalition. The TDC is a group of ranchers, business owners, residents and conservationists who have come together to keep a large swath of public lands from being developed for natural gas drilling. The Thompson Divide folks are looking for market-based solutions to retire existing gas leases in the area in order to protect the land and ensure that grazing and recreational activities that are important to the local economy continue into the future. They are willing to raise funds to buy those leases if necessary. This coalition is truly representative of the different values and types of people who live here, and Trési has been a big supporter from the get-go. Please vote to reelect Trési Houpt to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners. Allyn Harvey Carbondale

been effective in trying to move the pro-family and pro-woman agenda forward. His opponent is out of touch with mainstream women’s rights thinking. Michael supports equal pay for women and women’s right to control her body. Ken Buck opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest, asserts that fetus’ should be granted rights as persons, and has stated that he would sponsor a constitutional amendment banning abortion. This is no laughing matter of an extreme politician either. There are 78 Republican candidates for congress, including five sen-

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering a Final Subdivision Plat of the Third Street Center Correction Plat, which seeks approval of the following specific matters: (a) a boundary line adjustment of Parcel B, Community Subdivision Exemption Plat, to conform said parcel (the Third Street Center), owned by the Town of Carbondale with the boundaries of the area depicted on the map attached to the revised P.U.D. Development Plan as Parcel 4A; (b) the dedication of at least 1.46 acres including the area depicted as Parcel 4B on the revised P.U.D. Plan to the Town for public, recreational use; (c) creates Parcel 5 as the depicted on the map attached to the revised P.U.D. Development Plan as a separate legal parcel and establishes a public access easement across the easterly portion of said Parcel 5 to allow public pedestrian and vehicular access from Capitol Avenue to Parcel 4; (d) designates all portions of the subject property north of the proposed south boundary line of Parcel 3E as â&#x20AC;&#x153;reservedâ&#x20AC;? for future development; (e) creates two lots on Sopris Avenue between Third Street and Fourth Street identified as Lots 2A and 2B on the P.U.D. Plan; and (f) vacates excess

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The site is the Community Partnership Planned Unit Development which includes the former Carbondale Elementary School property, 600 South Third Street, and the former Carbondale Middle School property, 455 South Third Street. The applicant and owner is the Roaring Fork RE-1 School District. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:30 p.m. on November 9, 2010.

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

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WHEREAS, the Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission enacted Resolution No. 2, Series of 2009, approving the condominium exemption application for Off Main Condominiums; and WHEREAS, said resolution requires that the condominium plat be recorded by October 15, 2010; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees finds and determines that it is appropriate to extend said recordation deadline to October 15, 2011;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO, that the deadline for recording the condominium plat for Off Main Condominiums shall be extended to October 15, 2011, or prior to the date the developer enters into a contract for sale of any unit; whichever occurs first. All other conditions of the Resolution approving Condominiumization of said property shall remain unchanged and in full force and effect. INTRODUCED, READ, AND PASSED this 12th day of October, 2010.




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Published October 21, 2010 in The Sopris Sun. NOTICE OF BUDGET

Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Town of Carbondale Board of Trustees for the ensuing year of 2011; that a copy of such proposed budget has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, where same is open for public inspection; that such proposed budget will be considered for adoption at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to be held at Carbondale Town Hall on November 23, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Any interested elector within the Town of Carbondale may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget. Town of Carbondale

By:______________________ Date:_____________ Tom Baker, Town Manager Published in the Sopris Sun on October 21, 2010.


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Pass it around: it’s posole time My wife and I divide our year between here and with our other son’s family in Charlotte, North Carolina. I love the food in both regions. There, I’ve learned about pho, the quintessential Vietnamese soup. It’s fundamentally a rich chicken stock with noodles and a variable lot of Asian ingredients. Here, I’ve learned about posole. It’s conceptually a similar soup — rich chicken stock with hominy (swollen corn kernels) in lieu of noodles and a host of other enrichments. Many of the Hispanic restaurants in the valley offer it, if only on weekends. I began making my own after seeing how easy it is. You should, too. Now that there is snow on Sopris and the nights are cooler, a hot, spicy bowl of posole will reliably nourish both body and soul. Two of posole’s many attractions are that it’s a onestep, one-pot concoction and By Chef George Bohmfalk that it reaches perfection in less than an hour of unattended simmering. You can assemble the ingredients ahead of time, put them on heat when you get home from work, play with the kids, spouse or dog for a while, and your luscious, hearty dinner will be ready. The traditional posole meat is pork, but feel free to use chicken, beef or tofu. I make my own chicken stock, but low-sodium canned broth will taste almost as good. To prep for four generous servings, peel and cut up a large onion, one garlic clove and a carrot. Trim off fat and

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gristle and cut some form of pork — country-style ribs, thick chops, or other inexpensive piece — into around inch-size cubes. If there are bones, I include them for added flavor. Whack about half a head of cabbage to about the same size. Once I didn’t have cabbage and substituted a chayote squash lurking in my bin. The last restaurant batch I had was missing cabbage and carrot.

You can assemble the ingredients ahead of time, put them on heat when you get home from work, play with the kids, spouse or dog for a while, and your luscious, hearty dinner will be ready. Both versions were still delicious, demonstrating that you can freely substitute among these ingredients. Put all that in a pan with a can of hominy and cover generously with stock and/or some water. Add just a small amount of diced tomatoes — fresh or maybe half of the standard 14.5-ounce can. Then add about a teaspoon of my favorite new ingredient, achiote, most commonly available as a paste at Hispanic food stores.

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Ingredients: hominy, pork, onion, garlic, carrot, cabbage, chicken stock, and tomatoes. Optional ingredients: achiote, chili pepper, cilantro and tortilla chips. Add other herbs and spices to your taste. I include a bay leaf, salt and pepper, and a generous dose of ground cumin. I like a small amount of chili heat, in the form of chipotle puree, some crumbled dried chilies, or a fresh jalapeno or poblano, depending on what I happen to have at hand. You’ll be garnishing the stew later with chopped cilantro leaves; you can cut up the stems and include them in the cooking. All of this can sit in your pan in the refrigerator ahead of time. When you’re ready, put it over high heat until it begins to simmer, then turn down to very low. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface, and adjust heat to barely simmer for the next hour or so. Pork and chicken will be completely tender in that time; beef may need another hour or more. That’s it! Ladle up big servings and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and a squirt of lime juice. If you want to include another form and texture of corn, break up and stir in some fried tortilla chips for a little crunch. As you enjoy your posole, ponder its ancient origins. In pre-Columbian Mexico, corn was a sacred plant, as the gods were believed to form humans from corn meal dough. Posole, with corn and meat combined, was eaten only on special occasions. Those occasions were often to celebrate battle victories, and the meat was the defeated warriors. According to the writings of a contemporary Spanish priest, when the Christian god replaced the pagan ones and cannibalism was banned, pork replaced people, reportedly because it tasted very similar. What do you think?

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