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Volume 5, Number 38 | October 31, 2013

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Ross Montessori Charter School’s first, second and third graders explained to parents and others what they’ve been learning about the history of the universe, galaxy formation, centripetal and centrifugal forces, the solar system, extinct ancient life forms, landforms and more on Oct. 24. Beck Diem (a third grader shown here) focused on galaxies. On a related note, the Carbondale Board of Trustees recently gave its blessing to the school constructing a new school adjacent to River Valley Ranch. The school is waiting word on whether it will receive a grant to move forward on the project. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Carbondale is Calling!

Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico is urging voters to take mailin ballots to drop-off sites on or before Nov. 5 if they were not returned to her office before Oct. 31. “Postmarks do not count and ballots must be received at a drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day,” Alberico said in a press release. Besides the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, the drop-off site for Carbondale residents is town hall at 511 Colorado Avenue. Alberico and other county clerks mailed out ballots the week of Oct. 15-18. On the local front, Carbondale residents are being asked whether to approve a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana products and a 5 percent excise tax on unprocessed marijuana. Carbondale trustees approved the sale of recreational marijuana and related products earlier this year, and have authorized up to five retail outlets in 2014. The hot issue, however, appears to be whether to hike the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District property tax levy to 12 mills in order to raise up to $1.08 million per year, which the board said is needed to maintain existing levels of fire protection and ambulance services. The district board of directors has also said the mill levy hike is needed to offset a decline in property values. The Carbondale Fire District covers portions of Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison counties. Ballot drop off sites for those counties are: • Garfield County residents – Carbondale Town Hall (normal office hours plus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5) and the Garfield County Courthouse; • Pitkin County residents – The Pitkin County Courthouse before or on Election Day; on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Church at Redstone, Grace Church in Basalt and Snowmass Village Town Hall; • Gunnison County (the Marble area) – ballots can be mailed or dropped off to the Gunnison County Elections Division, Blackstock Government Center, 221 N. Wisconsin St., Suite C, Gunnison, CO 81230.

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First Friday is November 1! Day of the Dead procession begins at 6:30pm!

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It’s time to light up your bicycle in Carbondale. As members of the Carbondale Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Committee, one of our charges is to educate the citizens of our wonderful community on bicycle safety. With daylight savings time cutting into our daylight riding hours (beginning Nov. 3), there is an increased chance that cyclists will have to ride their bikes in the dark. Colorado state law requires the following for cyclists riding between the hours of dusk until dawn: A steady-beam white light that must be visible from the front, and at least a reflector on the rear that must be visible from the rear when directly lit from the lawful lower-beam headlamps of a motor vehicle (although a rear flashing red strobe light is highly recommended). The bottom line is if you ride at night, you’ve got to have lights. The town

of Carbondale will also be stepping up enforcement and education efforts to achieve safety on our streets. This may also bring up other questions about power output and pricing, so we have included some additional information for your consideration: • Headlights to see: These are headlights that are powerful enough to allow you to see well ahead of your wheel path (think a few hundred feet ahead). Power output on these lights is usually measured in lumens and will range from 500-1,400 lumens. Price points for these lights will range from $100-$600 depending on the power output. These lights are normally powered by rechargeable lithium or NiCad batteries. • Headlights to be seen: These headlights are less powerful, but do attract the attention of motorists and meet the

Creativity thrives right here

many forms. “Start-Ups” are the new thing in creativity on the West Coast. Virtual worlds where folks can improve the world they live in through simple means such as better transportation systems to food sourcing and sports fashion. Programmers meet with visionaries on Craigs List. Social scenes exist around drinks and the desire to find “the next big thing.” This kind of creativity is making lots of money and creating new superstars, but there is another example of 21st century creativity and that example exists in our

By Amy Kimberly I used to go to cities for inspiration, especially San Francisco. Creativity oozed out of sidewalk cracks, storefronts and warehouses. From street revolutions in art and performance to rock ‘n roll and political protest, San Francisco breathed the vision of a new generation, but times have changed and creativity comes in

requirements of Colorado law. They allow you to see between three to 50 feet in front of your wheel path. Power output is measured in watts and usually ranges from .5 to 2 watts. Price points on these lights range from $30-$75 and they are normally powered by AAA or AA alkaline batteries. • Rear flashing strobe: This light attracts the approaching motorist from the rear of the rider. They can typically be seen from at least one-quarter mile away and since they are only being used to attract attention, they are less expensive, ranging from $10-$30. Most of these lights are powered by AAA or AA alkaline batteries. All of these types of lights can be found and purchased at both Aloha Mountain Cyclery and Ajax Bike and Ski in Carbondale. We hope this helps all of you travel the roads and paths of our area in a safe and efficient manner. Happy trails! – The Carbondale Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Committee own back yard. It involves human contact, collaboration and hard work. It is the essence of Carbondale, whether it be local food production, arts education, healing arts or moonlight cruiser rides, Carbondale embodies 21st century creative thinking. We don’t leave it to anyone else to make our world a better place and we don’t look to the virtual world to fix our real-life issues. We, as a community, move forward together, to insure green building codes, less dependence on oil and gas, and

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Carbondale Middle School that allowed FCD facilitator Mike Connolly to come to our schools the week of Oct. 14. At the Community School, he worked with all the sixth and eighth graders. At Carbondale Middle School, he worked with the

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entire seventh grade and the eighth grade student mentors. Over the course of four days at our two schools, Mike met with over 130 students in two-hour informational sessions. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over 1 million students of all ages. This was the fourth year of this program at CCS and the first year at CMS. Their mission is to encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years; empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use; teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately; educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs; promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and often fatal disease; and provide educational communities with the guidance and training LETTERS page 8

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Teachers jazzed, energized and rejuvenated at GSES (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on the transformation process at Glenwood Springs Elementary School). By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent The Re-1 school district’s visioning meetings earlier this fall opened the door for people to start dreaming. A strong consensus emerged at the Carbondale meetings around the idea of including more real world, project-based learning in schools and putting a greater emphasis on character development. However, given the continued pressure from the state to achieve high-standardized test scores, is it really possible for schools to make these kinds of changes? Are Re-1 teachers feeling too burnt out from all the changes of recent years to even consider yet another change? While many people in Carbondale are feeling skeptical about the possibility of real change, Glenwood Springs Elementary School is undergoing a transformation toward some of the very ideas that emerged at the visioning meetings: project-based learning and character development. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by yet another change at their school, GSES teachers are describing themselves as “energized,” “jazzed” and “rejuvenated.”

School culture Last spring the Re-1 school district approved the transformation of GSES into an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school (see sidebar description of EL). First-year principal Audrey Hazleton explained that the EL “roll out” is a three-year process and GSES is in Phase 1 of their transformation, which means they’re focusing on the school “culture and climate.” Hazleton appreciates the EL approach of building a strong school culture before the project-based learning, or “expeditions,” even begin. “If people have a sense of belonging to a community,” she told The Sopris Sun, “if everyone feels welcome and connected, if adults and children want to be here at the school ... then you can tackle a whole lot more.” GSES has implemented two key elements of EL so far: “crew” and “habits of scholarship.”

Expeditionary Learning “Expeditionary Learning is an approach to education that makes information and skills come alive for students by connecting learning to the real world.” (GSES website,www. Expeditionary Learning: Energizes student motivation and engagement through high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. Uses case studies and projects to connect students to real-world audiences and compels them to care and contribute.

Every classroom begins each day with a 30-minute “crew” meeting: students and teachers greet each other individually, listen and respond to readings, do teambuilding exercises, share personal stories and take time for personal reflections. According to the EL website, students are expected to act as “crew members, responsible for getting jobs done in order for the entire ship (class) to move forward.” Students are considered “crew, not passengers.” Last week, the fourth graders in Ms. Allen’s class spent part of their crew meeting giving directions to a blindfolded classmate to help her walk successfully through a paper maze. The students then reflected on why their communication efforts were so much more effective this time compared to the first time they attempted this activity weeks ago. The second element of EL that has been implemented so far is the creation of “habits of scholarship.” GSES staff decided upon five key goals, or “habits,” for the whole school: teamwork, compassion, determination, responsibility and wonder. Hazleton explained that these goals are not just words that they post on the wall and hope to find time to address. Instead, these five goals are actively embedded into all aspects of the school program — from morning crew meetings to the academic lessons. Eventually students will be assessing their progress on each of these goals. This focus on developing students’ sense of teamwork, belonging, compassion, wonder and other characteristics is clearly a shift from previous years’ focus on maximizing time for direct academic instruction. Nevertheless, staff does not seem concerned that this shift in focus will lead to lower scores on standardized tests. They point to recent research indicating that a strong school culture is just as important as strong academics in terms of raising test scores.

the school feel more friendly ... more like a family.” She noted that it’s fostering a greater sense of trust among students and between teachers and students. Dillard told The Sun that the welcoming environment they’re creating not only helps kids feel happier at school, it actually seems to be helping them learn more. Students are more willing to take on challenges and less fearful of making mistakes. Teachers are also feeling stronger connections with their students this year. Kindergarten teacher Cathy Spence said that in previous years, when students moved around to various classrooms throughout the day, many of the younger students couldn’t even remember all of their teachers’ names. Now, Spence said, “if they leave for 20 minutes I get big hugs from them and they call to me as they leave, ‘Bye, we’ll be back soon!’” Spence has found that her improved relationships with her students is motivating them to take more ownership of their learning and put forth their best effort each day. Fifteen-year veteran teacher Paul Ferguson said that his fifth graders are getting along better this year and seem much more accepting of each other.

Teacher culture Another essential aspect of EL is that the work teachers do with their students is modeled by the teachers themselves. The staff as a whole is also considered a “crew.” Staff meetings now begin as crew meetings with readings, discussions, personal stories, reflections and team-building exercises. Teachers are also expected to model the five habits of teamwork, compassion, determination, responsibility and wonder. Ferguson said that staff this year is “seeing each other in a different light and understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses ... We are more focused and more cohesive.” He notes that there’s a “buzz” in the school that wasn’t there before. Hazleton agrees with the EL philosophy that a strong and positive professional climate is essential for success. She said she is committed to seeking out teachers’ professional opinions, providing plenty of time for reflection and always allowing for multiple viewpoints at the table. Referring to the school’s transformation to EL, Hazleton said, “We’re not expecting things to be perfect. We’re saying, CHANGES page 13

The impact Just 10 weeks into the school year teachers are noting that the school culture at GSES is changing and the impact on kids is apparent. According to Vida Dillard, who transferred to GSES this year after teaching for four years at Crystal River Elementary School, crew is “making

Connects schools to community issues through project-based learning and service. Employs professional development that is active and immediately useful in instruction. Respects teachers as professionals and develops their growth as leaders. Understands that the most important assessment practices occur daily in the classroom. – Expeditionary Learning website,

Spiderman dropped in at Bridges High School last Friday to investigate reports that short people in all manner of disguises were running around, shrieking, laughing, playing games, chomping on pizza and generally having a great time. Word has it Spiderman determined that the Crystal River Elementary School PTO was the brains behind the Halloween Happening, and then melted into the crowd. Photo by Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • October 31, 2013 • 3

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Town extends zoning code survey deadline to Nov. 15 Sopris Sun Staff Report Carbondale has extended the deadline to take the unified development code (UDC) survey to Nov. 15, according to town manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report. The public is invited to fill out any or all of the 17-question survey at Carbondale is in the process of writing a new zoning code that is expected to implement provisions in the town’s new comprehensive plan, which trustees approved in 2012. The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is in the process of discussing the UDC and then send it to the trustees in 2014. The town hired Denver-based Clarion Associates to help write the new code.

In other paraphrased news from Harrington’s weekly report: • Installation of new lights at the Gus Darien arena has started. The town is also considering whether to hire a structural engineer to assess the arena’s announcer’s booth. • Tony Coia has started placing the holiday lights in trees in the downtown corridor. “Light Up Carbondale” takes place on Dec. 6. • The town’s streets and parks crews joined forces to replace the pea gravel in Hendricks’s and Gianinetti parks with engineered wood chips. This will provide much better fall protection in the playgrounds. • Shara Kees of DHM presented the conceptual landscape plan for Highway 133 to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 24. Overall, the P&Z was pleased with the landscaping concept but had several suggestions which that will be passed on to the public works director. • The Ross Montessori Agreement and First Amendment to the Thompson Park Annexation and Development Agreement

were signed after the Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 22. The documents are ready to be recorded if and when Parcel 1 is sold to Ross Montessori School. • The Red Hill SRMA Alternative Transportation Feasibility Study has been completed and submitted to both the town and Garfield County. The study examined and evaluated the cost and environmental feasibility of a pedestrian crossing of Highway 82, a safe pedestrian connection between the CDOT parking lot to the Red Hill trailhead along County Road 107, and how best to create safe connections between Red Hill and other Carbondale pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities. • The utility underground project started off with a water failure on Oct. 21. The problem was an eight-inch water valve that broke. Gould Construction and town staff worked until 1 a.m. to replace the valve and get everyone’s water service back on. • A contractor was scheduled to begin work on the bulbouts at the intersection of Sopris Avenue and Fourth Street on Oct. 28. • Recreation Center rentals for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3 were scheduled to include the climbing wall by Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Yampa High School. • Police received a report of a stolen iPhone from Roaring Fork High School. Three male juvenile suspects were located and issued summons for the stolen phone, which was recovered. During the investigation a stolen iPod was also recovered. Follow-up is continuing to determine who stole the iPod. Town staff is working with GARCO 911 on mapping updates for the EMS system and hopes the joint work will provide more data for the town.




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One of the 20 finalists plucks his duck from a Crystal River Spa hot tub at Sopris Liquor & Wine’s Customer Appreciation Day on Oct. 26. Each of the 20 ducks had a symbol on it for prizes, including gift certificates from SL&W, Isberian Rug Company, High Tone Auto Body and Mi Casita. Kristine Mace was the grand prize winner and received the actual hot tub that floated the ducks. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Roaring Fork Outdoor VolThe Mt. Sopris Rotary like to share your story with readers, please send it to The unteers has given Carbondale Club’s 2014 “Seasons of Mt. Sopris Sun at We’ll print as many Middle School students its new Sopris” calendar is now on remembrances and related stories as possible on Nov. 21. Youth Group Partner Award for sale for $20 at the Village Lost your robe? their involvement in a four-day Smithy, European Antiques, Delaney dog parkers are scratching their head over a trail project along the Crystal the Carbondale Chamber of green bath robe that was first discovered on one of the River this summer. At RFOV cerCommerce, Red Rock Diner entrance boulders, and then moved to one of the picnic emonies on Oct. 24, the group and Rotary club members. tables before someone hung it on the turd-bag dispenser also recognized Susan Cross, Proceeds benefit the Purple rack earlier this week. If you recently lost a bathrobe in the Charlie Eckart, Helen Carlsen, Star Veterans program. vicinity of the park, you might drop by and check it out. Michael Pritchard, Carl Moak, On a related Purple the Pullman restaurant and AsAAR features Lindsay Jones Bonfire Coffee and Defiant Bean Roasters recently pen Skiing Company. merged. Charlie Chacos (right) opened Bonfire’s Star note Anderson Art Ranch in Snowmass Village is featurKula Yoga on Main Street ing the work of Carbondale artist Lindsay Jones through Denver Post inks Boxtel doors in the Dinkel Building in 2011; Jeff HollenOn Oct. 28, the Denver Post baugh (left) founded Defiant Bean five years ago. is donating all contributions Nov. 29. There’ll be an opening reception from 5 to 7 featured Basalt resident Aman- Together, they are becoming a full-service coffee from its tension-release class p.m. on Nov. 5. Jones teaches art at CMC and works as at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays to a freelance illustrator and textile designer. da Boxtel in a multi-part series company. Courtesy photo the Purple Star Veterans on spinal cord injury treatprogram. The class, usually taught by Purple Heart Handmakery update ment. “Boxtel is one of the most high-profile advocates recipient Adam McCabe, shows how to neutralize Sixth grade students from Handmakof movement theories that include locomotor therapy,” ery Art Studio recently created wool the article by Michael Booth says. While some patients anxiety, fear, anger and depression, and overcome foxes (aka soft sculptures) and donated “sweat and grunt” in locomotor gyms, “Boxtel jets sleep difficulties. For details, call Marilyn Cook at them to the Carbondale Branch Library around the world as an ambassador of new technology 379-8839 or 963-0124. for kids to read to. and positive thinking.” Boxtel broke her back in a skiing Calling all chili chefs accident in Snowmass in the 1990s and was paralyzed They say it’s your birthday Contestants are invited to enter the inaugural from the waist down. These days, her main method in Folks celebrating their birthday this her quest to walk is a bionic exoskeleton “a computer- Third Street Center State Fair chili cook-off, slated controlled walking suit that senses her intention and for 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. The fair itself will feature Niki Burns turns 21 week include: Kaleigh Wisroth and Tess a carnival atmosphere with performances by local on Nov. 5. She’s a Freenan (Oct. 31); Justin Marshall and completes each step.” artists and kids, games and more. To enter the chili student at Colorado Jay Riley (Nov. 1); Marge  Palmer and Cat news Mesa University in Dave Weimer (Nov. 2); AJ Waski and cook-off, e-mail Grand Junction. Aunt Pansy, the sewing room kitty at Martin’s Central Zack Jones  (Nov. 3); David Cappa and Vacuum on Highway 133, has helped Margie make doz- Remember Nov. 22, 1963? Jeff Achey (Nov. 4); Niki Burns, George ens of new catnip mats “for your cat’s happiness.” Drop This year marks the 50th year since president John Stranahan and Trina Ortega (Nov. 5); and Murry Daniels in and check them out. F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Where were you and Beth Broome (Nov. 6).

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Dia de los Muertos procession returns for First Friday Sopris Sun Staff Report The annual Dia de los Muertos procession and performances return to Carbondale for First Friday on Nov. 1, as the Crystal Theatre brings in Woody Allen’s new film and the Main Street Gallery and Framer shows new paintings by Virginia Broyles. On the film front in the historic Dinkel Building, “Blue Jasmine” features Cate Blanchett as a socialite divorcee after her marriage to a wealthy businessman (Alec Baldwin) collapses. Deeply troubled and in denial, she dates a series of men, attempts to build a life and slowly learns how to count on herself to survive. “Blanchett’s bravura performance is tinged with haughtiness, dry humor and madness,” wrote Claudia Puig in USA Today. “It’s one of the year’s finest, most complex portrayals, in one of Allen’s best films in years.” The film starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs for 1 hour, 40 minutes. At 5:30 p.m., the Crystal Theatre also presents the documentary “Inequality for All,” which looks at Robert Reich and his theories about the effect of the growing divide between America’s rich and poor. The Main Street Gallery and the Framer, at Fourth and Main, hosts a reception for Broyles from 5 to 8 p.m. Her new show is titled “Earth and Sky” and features paintings from around Western Colorado. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities teams up with Thunder River Theatre from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for a celebra-

performers will present ritual and performance as well. At 6:30 p.m., a procession from Thunder River Theater to the Third Street Center will commence. “Everyone is welcome to be part of the procession to honor the dead,” said a CCAH spokeswoman. Costumes, candles, lights, puppets and people will end up at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities to feast on tamales and traditional food and enjoy the art and altars created by folks around the valley. For more information go to:

Elsewhere around town: First Friday includes the annual Dia de los Muertos procession from Thunder River Theatre to the Third Street Center. At the TSC, CCAH will be serving up tamales and traditional food, and show Day of the Dead art and altars created by local artists. Sopris Sun file photo tion of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The evening begins at Thunder River Theater for performance, poetry and puppetry. Out of the Mud Puppet Theater will perform a story around Dia de los Muertos with students from the Waldorf School. La Gata Negra, from Mexico will perform a piece around a South American legend, La Llorona (the weeping woman) as well as songs and Mayan poems. TRTC

• Also at the Third Street Center, The Shops of First Friday will be offering their wares from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The lineup includes the Floral Boutique, Killer Cakes and seven other businesses. Lisa’s Hot Mess stays open until 7 p.m. • The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street opens its Holiday Invitational from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 30 local and national artists will offer functional pottery and small ceramic sculptures. • American Legion Post 100 serves dinner at $7 per plate starting at 6 p.m. • Marcel (Majid) Kahhak will paint live at his studio/gallery in the Dinkel Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. • Other Carbondale businesses will also be open late and offering specials.

First Friday happenings Crystal Theatre featuring Woody Allen’s new movie “Blue Jasmine” in the historic Dinkel Building. The Main Street Gallery and the Framer hosts a reception for Virginia Broyles from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fourth and Main. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities teams up with Thunder River Theatre from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Shops of First Friday at the Third Street Center will be showing and offering their wares from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Carbondale Clay Center at the east end of Main Street opens its Holiday Invitational from 6 to 8 p.m. American Legion Post 100 serves dinner at 6 p.m. Marcel (Majid) Kahhak will paint live at his studio/gallery in the Dinkel Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Harmony Scott shows her new fall designs at 199 Main St.

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necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention. In an evening meeting for interested parents, Mike also offered support and guidance in helping their children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Topics addressed included effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use; up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends; what to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation; and how to spot early warning signs of trouble; and effective ways to respond. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks our children face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe. Thanks again to the Aspen Thrift Shop and their support of our schools! It is appreciated. Tom Penzel Principal, Carbondale Community School Jennifer Lamont Principal, Carbondale Middle School

No on 66 Dear Editor: The Pitkin County Republicans support excellence in education. However, we have concluded that Amendment 66, a $1 billion income-tax increase for school financing: is poorly linked to improving student outcomes;

would penalize the Aspen School District by eliminating the cost of living factor from the school base funding formula, with a disproportionate share of state funding allocated to urban school districts; is an open ended tax increase that would immediately increase all Colorado taxpayers’ income taxes (8 percent increase for taxpayers with annual incomes under $75,000, 27 percent increase for taxpayers with annual incomes of $75,000 or higher); would authorize the legislature to enact further tax increases for school funding without a vote of the electorate; and would inflict unnecessary pain on Colorado taxpayers during a period of continued economic fragility. We urge a no vote on Amendment 66. Questions 4C and 4D in the Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District, affects the midvalley areas of Old Snowmass, Emma and Basalt, contemplating a $25 million bond issue to pay for a new recreational facility and significantly higher property taxes to build and maintain the new facility. The proposed tax increase would more than quadruple the mill levy in the district. We urge a no vote on Questions 4C and 4D. The Pitkin County Republicans urge a yes vote on Question 2B in the town of Basalt, which would authorize approximately $5 million in bonds to rehabilitate the Roaring Fork River as it passes through the town, without new taxes. A yes vote is warranted on Question 2B. Frieda Wallison Chair, Pitkin County Republicans

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clean water and healthy food. We have turned upcycled buildings into bastions of nonprofit/forprofit models, empty fields into vibrant gardens and old warehouses into thriving art studios. Twenty-first century creative thinking is now ours to utilize as we head towards 2014. At this point you might be saying, “wait a minute, we’ve had our battles here and we still don’t know how the town is going to keep its coffers full enough” and that is certainly one way to look at it but as long as I’ve lived here, that’s been the fear and still here we are. Not only are we here but we are an example for other towns to model after. The Carbondale Creative Plan is just another piece of the puzzle to keep us thriving. This plan allows us to create a common vision around community connectivity, strengthen business, attract new businesses, work with surrounding communities to support each other in creative ways, define and implement signage and information as to the rich resources that reside here and, eventually, have a document that works with the collective wisdom of the economic plan and our recently finished comprehensive plan. I can’t promise huge increases in sales tax or insure economic prosperity forever, but I can promise an exciting journey into 21st century thinking and I believe that thinking will only strengthen what already exists. The Carbondale Creative Plan is in the beginning stages. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is gathering information on all “creative” businesses that reside in Carbondale, Satank and the Highway 133 corridor. If you believe your business should be included in this inventory, please email Include all contact information including email and web address and a short description of what you do. Amy Kimberly is executive director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.

Inspiring Future

Scientists. “The CMC/Chevron partnership gives my students a better chance .” at


Scott Sandblom is an eighth-grade science teacher. Corrie Harris is an engineer for Chevron. Scott enjoys seeing the light bulb go on in students’ heads. Through a grant from Chevron to CMC, Scott and other science teachers are learning fresh ways to teach. So more students will succeed in science-based careers like Corrie did.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Oct. 31

LIVE MUSIC • The Black Nugget on Main Street presents Potcheen (Celtic pirate rock) at 9 p.m. There’s a $500 costume prize. No cover. TAI CHI • Martin Finklestein teaches an ongoing class in Yang style tai chi and qigong at Senior Matters in the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Info: 948-7379. ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS • CCAH’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration starts at Thunder River Theatre at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at the Third Street Center. In between, there’ll be a performance by Out of the Mud puppet theatre, followed by a procession down Main Street and on to the Third Street Center where tamales, chips and salsa will be served. To volunteer, call 963-1680. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Blue Jasmine” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-7; “Inequality For All” (PG) at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and “20 Feet from Stardom” (PG13) at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 2-3. CLAY CENTER • The Carbondale Clay Center’s Holiday Invitational starts with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 30 local and national potters are showing their work. The invitational runs through

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

Dec. 23. CCC is located at the east end of Main Street. FIRST FRIDAY • First Friday takes place at various venues around town. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents Sarah McQuaid. She was born in Madrid, raised in Chicago and now lives with her husband and two kids in Cornwall, England. She plays genres from around the world and BBC Radio 2 said of her, “A great songwriter and traditional singer and a wonderful guitarist. Info: 963-3340. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works on Main Street presents All the Pretty Corpses at 9 p.m. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents Fifty/50 (classic and contemporary rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover


LIVE MUSIC • The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue comes to PAC3 in the Third Street Center. They’ll perform the Dead’s 1971 Halloween show so costumes are encouraged. The band features Dark Star Orchestra’s Jim Allard and Rob Eaton, along with Dave Kochmann and Jake Wolf. Info: TASTE OF BASALT • The Roaring Fork Club hosts Taste of Basalt from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person or $160 per couple at Midland Shoe or Pro-

ceeds benefit the Basalt Education Foundation. BENEFIT SALE • The Rifle Animal Shelter’s holiday arts, crafts and bake sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rifle Middle School (753 Railroad Ave.) Info: 625-8808 or 876-0768.


SKIER FUND-RASIER • River Valley Ranch hosts a fund-raiser for U.S. ski team member Megan Olenick at its sales barn from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The silent auction includes more than 60 items. Olenick is vying for a place in slopestyle for the 2014 Olympics at Sochi, Russia and must raise money to pay her expenses. Olenick grew up in Carbondale and is a five-time Xgames competitor.


LIBRARY • The Carbondale Branch Library presents Story Art for kids at 3:45 p.m. An instructor from the Aspen Art Museum will lead an activity. It’s for kids K-5. Please RSVP at 963-2889. Info: TWO STEP • Two Step Tuesday continues at the Third Street Center at 7:45 p.m. through Nov. 28. Admission is $7. Info: 379-4956.


ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale holds a club assembly at the fire station at 7 a.m. and presents Matt Cudmore

(Meier skis) on Nov. 13. Info: eagleriver@ CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club at the Third Street Center continues its lunchtime presentations at noon. NETWORKING • The Valley Divas women’s networking group meets at Konnyaku from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, which includes appetizers, house drink and tip. Info: 704-1711.

Save the date FRIDAY Nov. 8

CARNIVAL TIME • The inaugural Third Street State Fair takes place at the Third Street Center from 4 to 7 p.m. This carnivalthemed event is family oriented and is open to all members of the community. Events presented by Third Street Center tenants are expected to include a cakewalk, musical chairs, fortune telling, live performances and more. There’ll also be a chili cook-off. Info:


MARGARITAVILLE RETURNS • Think twice before boxing up your flip-flops, Haiwaian shirt and shorts. The Sopris Sun’s Margaritaville on Main Street fund-raiser returns to Mi Casita from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 14 and a good time will be had by all. Guilty Pleasure will provide the tunes. Proceeds benefit Carbondale’s non-profit community newspaper (that’s us). CALENDAR continued on page 11


Gong & Singing Bowl Meditation NOVEMBER 1 7:30 – 9 pm

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Further Out


LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Reckless Kelly at 8 p.m. Open act will be the Matt Skinner Band. Info:


CULTURAL COUNCIL • Roaring Fork Cultural Council, in collaboration with Glenwood Medical Associates, presents Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. Esselstyn wrote “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” which challenges conventional cardiology by introducing the idea that heart disease can be abolished through plant-based, oilfree diets. Dr. Esselstyn also won an Olympic gold medal in rowing and was awarded the Bronze Star as an Army surgeon in Vietnam. In 2005 he became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He and his wife, Ann Crile, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years. The talk takes place at Thunder River Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at Info: 379-0114. THEATRE • Aspen Community Theatre presents “The Producers” at the Aspen School District Theatre through Nov. 17. Tickets are available at Info:


SPORTS SALE • The Mount Sopris Nordic Council’s annual Sports Sale takes place

Ongoing from 9 a.m. to noon at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School gym. Sellers may drop off equipment from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Unsold merchandise and sale fee collection takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sellers keep 75 percent and commercial vendors keep 80 percent. Info:

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.

CLEAN WATER BENEFIT • The Gathering Center on Snowmass Drive hosts a fund-raiser for Poured Out from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening includes appetizers from Allegria, live music, shopping in a Haitian gift store, kids activities to raise awareness of clean water issues and the opportunity to learn more about Poured Out. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $30 per family. Info: 379-4159.

LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY Nov. 10

HISTORY • The Mount Sopris Historical Society presents the video “Valley Elders Remember” with Walter Gallacher at the Carbondale Library starting at 3 p.m. The video includes interviews Gallacher conducted with Ruth “Ditty” Perry, Rusty Burtard, Bill Fender, Pat Fender, Doug Farris, Guido Bagett and Margaret McCann. After the video there’ll be a Q&A session with the interviewees. Info: 963-7041.

MONDAY Nov. 11

VETS DINNER • American Legion Post 100 on Third Street offers free dinner for veterans and $7 for others from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call 963-2381.

MUSIC TOGETHER • All Valley Music Together classes are under way. For details, go to or call 963-1482.

LIVE MUSIC • The Hotel Colorado hosts a Monday night jazz jam 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 Monday Night Jazz Facebook page or contact Zack Ritchie at 987-9277. 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. TNHA CLASSES • True Nature Healing Arts offers classes in chakras, metta, tantra, meditation with a sweat lodge, and more. Info: 963-9900. TAI CHI • Senior Matters offers tai chi classes with John Norton at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Third Street Center. The cost is $48 per month or $8 per class. Info: 274-1010. CARBONDALE LIBRARY • The following programs and events take place at the Carbondale Library at 320 Sopris Ave.: – Bilingual Book Club • Held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info: Alejandra at 963-2889. – Bilingual Storytime • With Alejandra at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. It’s for kids 1-5. Info: 963-2889.

Hold the Presses ROTARY GRANT DEADLINE IS NOV. 1 • The deadline to apply for Carbondale Rotary Club fall-cycle grants is Nov. 1. For details, go to LIFT-UP FOOD BASKETS • The last day to register for Lift-Up holiday food baskets at the Third Street Center is Oct. 31. The hours are 5 to 7 p.m. For details, call 963-1778. CMS PRESENTS VETS CONCERT • Carbondale Middle School present its annual Veteran’s Day Concert at the school at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11. The CMS Gulo Gulo Band, under the direction of Mean Old Mr. Gray, will perform “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America, the Beautiful,” “My Country, tis of Thee,” “Hymn for the Fallen” by John Williams and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The public, especially veterans, is invited. The school is located at 180 Snowmass Drive.

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END OF SEASON SALE 15% off Storewide GetYour Christmas Shopping Done Early. Saturday, Nov. 2 & Sunday, Nov. 3 Enjoy some holiday tastings while you shop. Featuring Morning Light Emporium with a collection of fine jewelry. Celebrate with us and our neighbors on Garvin Mesa for a unique and exciting holiday bazaar. 970-527-6838 • 15836 Black Bridge Rd., Paonia, CO

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Pumpkin Body Wrap Private Mineral Bath Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage Day pass to Our Historic Vapor Caves It’s a “Day at the Spa” $115 For Information & Reservations call 970-945-0667 • Spa Open 9-9 Salon Open 9-7 • One Block East of the Hot Springs Pool The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • October 31, 2013 • 11

Community Briefs

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Students looking for veterans

Kids led a Halloween parade through the Carbondale Branch Library on Oct. 29 then retreated to the community room for related activities. This photo shows most of the paraders but not all … a pint-sized tiger prowled the room but his handlers were unable to corner him for this picture, while a ballerina in pink sneakers and black tights apparently had better things to do. Photo by Lynn Burton

Students and staff at Crystal River Elementary School are searching for local veterans for their annual Veteran’s Day celebration. Each year CRES students create and send special invitations to veterans inviting them to be honored at the assembly. If you know a veteran, please send their mailing address to AmberBate@rfsd.k12. or call 384-5637. The Veterans Day program will take place at the Orchard at 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Colorado Ave. closed at Hwy. 133 Colorado Avenue will be closed at Highway 133 for the undergrounding project on Oct. 29 and Nov. 4.

at’s the big deal? Carbondale Card now on sale

The Carbondale Card is now on sale for $25 and will be valid from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014. The chamber of accepted irradiated food, perchanges is substantially than the same types changes Criteria less includes businesses thatofexemplify commerce card features specials, discounts eand is more reassuringly called that result from cooking or heat pasteurization. coupons from participating business- a combination of quality products and/or nology is routinely used in thestocking Detractors that irradiation destroys vitamins and nuservices, exceptional customer satisfaction, es. “Cards are an ideal stuffer, claim and products. After trients in food, but testing consistently shows the nutritional community service, a meaningful employee or household holiday gift for teachers, employees, was used to sterilize mail. said value irradiated food to be essentially benefits program, and unchanged. recognition Irradiaof emclients, friends orour family,” a of chammported to the UnitedThe States tion does cause taste changes some foods, such milkethic and ployees for in dedication and a as work ber spokeswoman. Carbondale Card available at the chamber ofother dairy products, making them less suitable for this commerce above expectations. The awards will be presoffice from food poisoning during process, although they are entirely safe and nutritionally in the Third Street Center and retail sented at the chamber’s quarterly luncheon iating spacelisted foodat the early sound after being atirradiated. the Orchard on Dec. 3. To nominate a locations o immune-compromised hosbusiness, e-mail Chamber nominations mum protectionaccepting against infecThe deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. Indistinguishable g bone transplants, Themarrow Carbondale Chamber of Commerce To the consumer, most irradiated foods are indistinguishSpecialsamples. events Because task force forming up AIDS. is accepting nominations for able its for-profit from non-treated irradiation delays lies are irradiated in special faVolunteer members are needed for the and non-profit business member of the year. spoilage, participants in blind tastings have consistently choys, the same type of radiation sen irradiated fruit as tasting fresher and better than non-irare placed on large conveyor radiated controls. obalt source, similar to “passAppealing to the skeptic in us, the same detractors charge mburger grills. In addition to that irradiation is nothing more than an economical cover-up nisms, the radiation also kills for substandard sanitation conditions in food processing Please call or visit our website which slows the spoiling of plants. Complete elimination of all food-borne illness risk in to requestbutanunattainable appointment processing plants is a desirable goal. Numerous pressures, from government oversight to threats of recalls and lawsuits, prompt companies to improve their plant ation because they fear their sanitation constantly. or that irradiated foods may Irradiation is not a substitute for proper food handling at ther public health initiatives, any stage in its preparation. As a complementary measure ation, some people are suspi- rather than a short cut, irradiation offers tremendous addiMyriad Web sites are devoted tional public safety at a small cost. For an informative Web site spiracies. on food irradiation produced by Idaho State University, see ake it radioactive, just as radi- t, and airport X-rays do not Let your grocer know that you’re ready for irradiated radioactive. Irradiation does food. Besides lowering your risk of food-borne illness, your foods, but these are related to strawberries will stay fresh longer, your potatoes won’t sprout rbed by the food, not any ra- in the pantry, and that chicken you didn’t get around to cookrradiation-induced chemical ing one night will be safely waiting for you the next.

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TOWN OF CARBONDALE Business Revolving Loan Fund ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Loans available for new or expanding businesses located within Carbondale town limits For more information: Roaring Fork Business Resource Center 945-5158 12 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • October 31, 2013

Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission special events task force, according to a press release. The group will discuss and recommend policies and procedures for community events at Sopris Park and Fourth Street Plaza. The task force will meet twice and make its presentation to the town trustees in January. For details, call recreation director Jeff Jackel at 510-1214 or e-mail him at

Library offers eReading workshop On Nov. 7, the Carbondale Branch Library offers an eReading workshop for

adults to learn how to check out books and audiobooks through Overdrive on the library district’s website. Other free digital reading resources available through the website, such as Zinio, Tumblebooks, will also be explored. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. For details, call 625-4270 or go to

Handmakery offers workshop Handmakery: A Children’s Art Studio starts a holiday related workshop for kids 6-8 years old on Nov. 7 and continues it at 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 19. For details, go to


November Schedule November 6 “CONVERSE,” a dialogue of sorts Jane Shaffer, reading her original, prize-winning poetry TIMOTHY MARQUAND, offering improvisational “footnotes” on the piano November 13 THE WAY OF HARMONY – Aiki Principles for Daily Living with Ellen Stapenhorst An offering of the martial and musical arts of aikido and song November 20 EXPLORE AVATAR® the relationship between the beliefs you hold and your life experiences with licensed Avatar Master, Donna Fell. November 27 – Thanksgiving Week NO CULTURE CLUB THIS WEEK

Carbondale Culture Club CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY WITH EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT & ENLIGHTENMENT We ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible speak a few reasonable words.” – GOETHE Bring your lunch or buy one at Lisa’s Café and relax in a “Chautauqua-like” atmosphere hosted by Lisa Dancing-Light.

The Culture Club meets every Wednesday from noon – 1:00 pm in the Calaway Room

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Mount Sopris Sale: 28 andto counting The Sopris SunSports invites you

Margaritaville on Main Street from page 3

‘Let’s give it a go and we’ll learn along the way.’”

By Greg Fitzpatrick Special to The Sopris Sun

Making the change

The 28th annual Mount Sopris Sports Sale is set for Saturday, Nov. 9. The sale is an important fundraiser for the Mount Sopris Nordic Council and has historically provided valley residents with a wide variety of sporting gear. Everything from used and new Nordic, alpine and telemark equipment to gloves, hats, jackets and a miscellaneous assortment of outdoor gear will be available.

Ferguson acknowledged that change is always a challenge. “It’s like deciding to have a kid,” Ferguson said. “There’s never a completely right time when you feel completely prepared. You just have to jump in and go for it.” Teachers emphasized that the support they have received from the EL network has been critical to the smooth transition. EL has provided staff with extensive training and guidance, including a designated “EL school designer” who comes to the school a few times each month to coach the teachers. Ferguson noted that becoming an EL school has not felt like an added layer of work: “It’s more like a philosophical change in how we approach our work.” Similarly, Hazleton said that becoming an EL school has not felt like “one more thing” on top of all the other pressures on teachers these days. Instead, EL is “the one thing” that’s inspiring teachers to handle everything else; it keeps them continuously “circling back” to what they love about teaching and what they see as their true purpose as educators. “Our district has gone through a lot of changes,” Spence said, “but when you’re excited about the change it’s different. You can go from feeling burnt out to feeling psyched.”

an old Dodge Power Wagon pick-up truck with a track setter mounted between the tires. These were likely the first ski tracks ever set on the trail that is now known as Finlandia. The Rocky Mountain Shuffle was the first citizen’s cross-country ski race held in the area in the early 1980s. The course ran between Will and Robin Perry’s ranches, a short distance from where Spring Gulch is today.

• Thursday, November 14th from Ranch 6-9pm family generosity Some history

It was around that time that CRMS

alum Chris Landry approached Perry • Mi Casita in Carbondale family patriarch, Bob Perry, with the

The first sports sale in 1985 was intended to offer an outlet for avid Nordic skiers to unload their used equipment and supply those new to the sport an opportunity to gear up and take advantage of the newly cut ski trails at Spring Gulch southwest of Carbondale. The sale has evolved over the years into a full-fledged outdoor equipment sale. “Not only has the sports sale evolved, but the Spring Gulch ski area has transformed into a world class facility over the years,” said Berit Daniels, resident of the Mount Sopris Nordic Council. Before the Spring Gulch ski area was conceived in the early 1980s, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s Nordic and alpine ski teams trained nearby. CRMS teachers Dave Powers and Elliot Nordquist used to set track between Marion Gulch and Spring Gulch using

concept of Nordic skiing on the then-

• Join your friends and neighbors in Park area. The concept called Jerome received the blessings of the many ranching families in the North Thompson Four supporting Carbondale’s independent Mile Mineral and Land Corporation. The consortium of ranchers allowed the community newspaper!

property, now known as Spring Gulch, to be used in the wintertime by Nordic ski enthusiasts.

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Mission unchanged • $5 margaritas for all Sopris Sun “Sunscribers” The founding MSNC board members set in motion the mission to “promote cross-country skiing in the lower Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys on a system of ski trails that would be open to the public free of charge.” The original board members’ mission and one that successive boards have strived to maintain was

to promote cross-country skiing in the lower Roaring Fork and Crystal Valleys by providing cross-country ski trails that are open to the public free of charge. The concept then, that remains to this day, was to raise money to maintain the ski area and trails with memberships and fund-raising events. The Mount Sopris Sports Sale — along with the Ski for Sisu event, Mountain Fair paid parking and paid memberships — raises approximately $10,000 per year that is used to pay the track setting crew and maintain equipment. Occasional grants also help provide funding for trail building and maintenance.

The sale The public is encouraged to sell and purchase items at the upcoming sale. Sellers receive 75 percent with the remaining 25 percent donated to MSNC. Commercial vendors keep 80 percent and donate 20 percent to MSNC. An average of $2,000 a year is raised from the sale and covers a portion of MSNC’s insurance and trail grooming expenses. Sellers may drop off equipment beginning Friday, Nov. 8 between 4:30 and 7 p.m. at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School gym. The sale itself will be held at the gym on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until noon. Unsold merchandise and sale fee collection occurs from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, check out the MSNC website:

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DISCRETIONARY By S. Michael Jundt Wyman, 82, is the of the Will” that her son, John avoid Her the press. We even helped a tionery,” saysheroine Amy, “and arenovel often“Against Howard Wyman, wrote about his mother. Born a coal miner’s daughter in Illinois in GRANT FUND The Wyly Community Art Center in downtown Basalt opens “The Artbehind Ex- told we write the best thank you gentleman rent a tux so he could surTheythe areshow the duo force

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1931, shenotes. married at the age 18 andfit! had children before taking ceramics of Winifred: A retrospective work by Winifred Carol Wyman” 5 to located 7 p.m. on his girlfriend with up a mountain It seemed like of a perfect Wefiveprise press from Yourself, on Midland Entirely switched to stained glass in her 50s and Grant application Nov. 8. top proposal.” Avenue in downtown Basalt. in the mid-1960s. have loved being aself-taught, part of so she many in that Their business is really two parts: life cient occasions formedium hundredsasofwell. people Sisters Erin Jones and Amy became Forsey profi for the year 2014 from the the age of 77 sheand was putand into for stationery gifts, cus-a were raised on the Front Range in in the Roaring Fork Valley and be-At retail nursing home in Illinois against her will. Town Discretionary Fund are Evergreen and are now completing yond. We’ve had a tremendous fol- tom paper goods’ design and services. She later made her escape to Colorado their first decade as business owners lowing and have watched many of “We have seen a huge increase in the available at Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland wherecustom she haspart resided with her son John of our business,” says in the Roaring Fork Valley. our customers grow up, from their Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621. for the last“We foureven years. At the atime she Erin. launched custom “We bought the business in De- birth announcements to birthday took up painting, hadn’tforused thearea mewelcome bagshe product Aspen cember 2003,” says Amy. “Erin was parties to graduations and first jobs.” Applications may be requested by non-profit destination events and weddings (theWith just the one store frontdium in before. looking for an opportunity to be her “ age 82 Winifred doesn’t speak which keeps us exBasalt they are still able to assist cusown boss.” organizations. The Grant form can be found much, but she speaks through her work,” The stationery business appealed tomers internationally. They work tremely busy during wedding season.” on our website at: said a Wyly spokeswoman. “To her While Erin moved out of date the area to Erin, as did Basalt. Prior to own- with brides all over the United States portfolio contains nearly 300 paintings. ing the business she worked for non- and are beginning to map countries several years ago, she still operates all Privatethe collectors have begun take noGrant deadline is back office details fortothe store. profits in both California and Denver. they’ve shipped to: Canada, Austice and areruns snatching up heroperations work.” in Amy day-to-day tralia, New Zealand, England and Amy joined the business right out of 5 p.m., September 27, 2013. “The Art and of isWinifred” the store the designer.continues college in 2003 and together they’ve France thus far. through Dec. 19. Gallery hours Mon“Together we have theareperfect The girls have some rather faseen their business grow by leaps and For additional information call 927-9851. day through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wyly Community Art Center is located on 99 bounds. In fact, earlier this year they mous customers of the Hollywood combination of left-brain, right-brain Midland Spur in downtown Basalt. For more information visit, call were able to double their floor space variety too. “It’s always fun to turn for a small, creative business,” says 927-4123 or e-mail and see them browsing in the Amy. “And . . . we’re sisters.” with a move up the street to a spot lo- around

“At age 82 Winifred doesn’t speak much, but she speaks through her work.”

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William Dinkel William M. Dinkel was another of the early settlers of the Carbondale area who ventured into Ute territory before it was opened for settlement. His story is a fascinating one of ingenuity and endurance. Dinkel left his home in Virginia in pursuit of gold in Colorado. After a short stint in a mine in Leadville, he and Robert (Bob) Zimmerman in the spring of 1881 packed 800 pounds of flour on sleighs pulled by mules and horses from Buena Vista over Cottonwood and Taylor passes to Aspen. One can imagine the hardships they endured, but the profit made from a flour-starved Aspen populous justified their ordeal. For them, however, staying in Aspen was out of the question. Greatly disappointed in the town, Dinkel and Zimmerman headed for Montana. They were barely on the way when they were stopped by a party of four or five Ute Indians and ordered to get off the PIONEER ADVENTURES page 16 William Dinkel left his home in Virginia in the 1880s to chase dreams of gold in Colorado. Instead of gold, however, he made his first big profit by hauling flour from Leadville to Aspen. Photo courtesy the Mount Sopris Historical Society

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In her 1947 study entitled “Carbondale Pioneers,” Edna Sweet noted that all roads led to Leadville, Colorado, after the discovery of gold in Bonanza Gulch in 1876. A few months after the town’s founding, Sweet wrote, “a tract of dense pioneers all seemed to head for Leadville, but not everyone found gold, and the town was so overcrowded that many started for another Utopia and so pushed on thru the wilderness to the Ute Reservation which had been opened to settlers in 1881.” Their first destination was usually Aspen, where, as in Leadville earlier, most of them prospected, worked in mines, or freighted (hauled goods). Sweet stated that many, if not most, of the homesteaders of this region were participants in this migration from Leadville over the divide to Aspen and then to the Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys after the expulsion of the Ute Indians. A few of the early settlers, however, arrived in the valleys near present day Carbondale before the land was cleared of Indians. This was true of Myron P. Thompson and his son Alexander (Alex) J. Thompson. Considered the “first white settler in the Crystal River Valley,” Myron, a widower, arrived in 1879, and Alex a short time later. Both homesteaded near the confluence of Thompson Creek (named after them) and the Crystal River. In 1882, Myron’s three other sons and two of his four daughters — Hattie and Clara — joined him and Alex. Hattie’s marriage to Oscar Holland and Clara’s marriage to Charles Sewell began the Holland and Sewell ranching dynasties in the Crystal River Valley. The descendants of Alex’s brother Lyman established the Thompson Ranch, which would include a large portion of the Holland Pleasant View Ranch, including the Holland-Thompson House, after Hattie’s death in 1944.

George Thomas and his son John explored the lower Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys as early as 1878 and in 1881 filed on land along Thomas Creek in the Crystal River Valley. Eugene Prince settled on Prince Creek, named after him. In early 1881, Samuel Bowles settled on 160 acres along the Crystal River at what is now the River Valley Ranch development south of Carbondale. Previously, he was in the freighting business that operated between Fort Leavenworth and Denver and later in Leadville after he arrived there in 1879. He built a small cabin on his homestead and planted vegetables and potatoes. His potato crop was the first harvested in the area.

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Pioneer Adventures

Myron P. Thompson was among a handful of settlers who arrived in the Carbondale area before the federal government expelled the Ute Indians in the early 1880s following the Meeker Massacre of 1879. Photo courtesy the Mount Sopris Historical Society

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reservation. The two adventurers, relieved of their possessions, except for some bread and a little flour, returned to the Rock Creek (Crystal River) and Roaring Fork River area, where they settled on land a short distance east of the future Carbondale town site. With a team of mules and a plow, Dinkel became the first agriculturalist in the area. In 1882 he plowed and planted 12 acres of oats, potatoes, beans, peas and other truck (produce), and cut hay with a butcher knife for the Aspen market. He was the originator of commercial agriculture in the Carbondale area in 1891 when he shipped the first carload of potatoes by rail out of the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition to his agricultural pursuits, he established “Dinkel’s Place,” an inn, store, and stables on the stage line between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. For a time his was the only store between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. In 1887, Dinkel moved his store, building and all, to the newly incorporated town of Carbondale and added a bank and located the town’s post office in the building. Business was brisk. Railway survey and construction crews, miners from the nearby Jerome Park coal mines, and an increasingly prosperous clientele of ranchers and farmers kept the store, as well as the saloons, busy. After the fire of 1891 that destroyed his store and many of the other log and frame buildings in town, Dinkel built the two-story brick building that today is a

historic landmark in the center of Carbondale. Besides a store, the building contained a bank and the town’s post office. Dinkel formed a partnership with William Lafayette (Fate) Girdner and Frank Sweet to establish the Dinkel Mercantile Company. The company later secured title to a large tract of land on East Mesa that included Lon and Frank Sweet’s Crystal River Land Company Ranch and began a large ranching venture known as the Big Four Ranch. With the removal of the Ute Indians from Western Colorado, the land rush to the Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys began. Hundreds of pioneers arrived to settle on and purchase 160 acres at $1.25 per acre or to find employment in the new enterprises that sprang up as the land was settled. Large ranches soon dotted the landscape as an agricultural economy developed. Coal mines and railroads were the other major factors in the founding of Carbondale and the development of the surrounding area. These subjects will be discussed in later installments of this study. Darrell Munsell is the author of “From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America.” He is a retired history professor who has resided in the Crystal River Valley since 1997. 

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meeting of the Board of Directors to be held at the Carbondale Headquarters/Training Building, 301 Meadowood Drive, Carbondale, Colorado on November 6, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Any interested elector of such Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget. Published in The Sopris Sun on October 31, 2013.


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