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Armed invasion of home reported

Volume 2, Number 37 | November 4, 2010

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By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun While police search for suspects in the armed invasion of a medical-marijuana caregiver’s home, town trustees are turning up the heat on themselves to draft medical marijuana regulations. “This (armed invasion) is very disturbing,” said Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot. “We need to do something to take action. … Three people with guns entered a home 20 feet from where kids were sleeping.” Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling reports that on Oct. 28 at about 11 p.m., three males brandishing guns entered a home on Cowen Drive in which at least one and possibly two medical marijuana caregivers live. They entered through unlocked front and back doors. The men kicked one of the home’s occupants in the face, and stole a large amount of cash and a small amount of medical marijuana. The men tried to make off with at least one medical marijuana plant,“But they dropped it in the driveway,”Schilling said. Two of the suspects are described as Latino males, ages 1825, both about 5-foot-7, one about 150 pounds and the other about 200 pounds. The third suspect is described as a “young looking”white male.All were wearing black beanies at the time of the incident. They left the scene in a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry or similar type of vehicle. Schilling asked for anyone with information about the invasion to call the Carbondale Police Department at 963-2675. Carbondale has been a hotbed of medical marijuana action ever since state laws allowed dispensaries and related activities in the summer of 2009. There are 11 medical marijuana dispensaries — operating mostly in retail and office-type locations — in Carbondale where cardholders can legally buy small amounts of marijuana for a variety of medical conditions. Caregivers, some of whom operate in residential neighborhoods, can also provide medical marijuana to buyers. Bernot said the caregiver angle is a particular concern for trustees because so far, the town has no regulations that say where or how they can operate. Some caregivers reportedly grow marijuana in the homes where they operate.“Is this a home occupation?” she said. Bernot speculated that without town regulations, a caregiver operating in a residential neighborhood could have dozens of clients and grow dozens of plants in the house. “I don’t think this is what (town) people envisioned,” Bernot said. Since the summer of 2009, most Roaring Fork Valley towns have put limits on medical marijuana dispensaries or imposed moratoriums on them. Not Carbondale. After the first dispensary opened in Roaring Fork Village, the trustees appointed a citizen committee to make recommendation on regulating the trade.Trustees received the report several months ago and have discussed regulations but have taken no action. Bernot said the town has taken a “softer approach” than other towns in regulating the medical marijuana industry within ts borders and had taken somewhat of a “live and let live” attitude. “But when people with guns show up … this is a pivotal moment.” Schilling said he can’t remember the last time such a home invasion occurred in Carbondale.


This young buck stopped to graze in a field off Prince Creek Road just south of Carbondale late last week. His presence is a reminder that it’s the time of year when deer and elk migrate to the valley floor to find food, so please slow down when driving. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Paying for development

KDNK proposes changes

Rams take district title

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Carbondale Commentary

Are we ready to pay extra for our food? By Allyn Harvey Our town trustees are on the verge of approving a development plan that will raise the cost of your groceries, allow the tallest building in town to be built in the field near Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and abandon hard-fought protections for the downtown business core, including icons like the Crystal Theater. Boiled down, the developer of the proposed Village at Crystal River wants to use a special tax on our groceries to subsidize construction of 125,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 164 units of housing on the west side of town. If built, the Village at Crystal River will roughly double the amount of commercial space available for rent or sale in town, from 125,000 to more than 250,000 square feet, and have profound implications for existing businesses and commercial properties throughout our community. Maybe we have grown tired of this topic and are ready to go with whatever the developer and trustees come up with. But we deserve a chance to think about the effects of this proposal on our daily lives. Here are some of the more impactful aspects about the Village at Crystal River:  A 1.25 percent “public improvement fee” will be added to all goods and services sold in the new mall. That might not be a big deal, except City Market plans to relocate there, so a family that spends $250 a week on groceries will end up paying an extra $162.50 every year. The money will be used to pay for new intersections on Highway 133 — plus roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure located inside the development. The revenues from that fee will not be used for other costs associated with the project, such as added policing and recreational programming for new residents.  Are we ready for the tallest buildings in town to be located in the empty field near CRMS? The trustees have agreed to townhomes along West Main Street with facades up to 42-feet. They’ve also allowed a 42-foot tall, three-story mixed-use building (á la Willits) closer to the school on the west edge of the development. For comparison’s sake, the Dinkel Building downtown, home to the movie theater, Steve’s Guitars and The Lift, is less than 35 feet tall.  The trustees are ready to scrap limits on the types of business allowed at the Village at Crystal River, perhaps at the jeopardy of our beautiful downtown business district. The restrictions originally came from a diverse group of business owners and citizens who worked with the Economic Roadmap group a few years ago. They are designed to protect downtown Carbondale from the ravaging effects that malls typically have on small towns. Certainly the decision to discard them deserves more thought than some trustees are giving it. There are other important issues to consider. The trustees have yet to nail down language that requires the developer to comply with our Green Energy Code. Nor has there been a serious discussion about securing a letter of credit from the developer that allows the town to restore the land if the project can’t be completed. Such letters of credit, or recovery bonds, are becoming standard and should be required here. The last thing we want is another Willits or Base Village marring the entrance to Carbondale for years, or even decades to come. This parcel has a divisive history, with two previous failed proposals that include a 12-screen theater with an El Jebel-like mall, and a big box store that was overturned by voters. This latest proposal would also change Carbondale in significant ways. Given that we are being asked to pay for that change every time we buy a gallon of milk, head of lettuce or carton of eggs, it’s important that the citizens and the trustees consider the implications of this new proposal carefully. If you are interested in this very significant project and its likely effect on our town, the best thing to do is attend the next trustee’s meeting and speak your mind. But if you can’t make it, call a trustee or the mayor and let them know what you think.


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Dear Editor: Shame on Carbondale Subway for placing flyers on cars in the high school parking lot during district volleyball. Not only does Subway not support the kids and the booster program at the high school, they are now taking away funds from the high school booster program by offering a meal at a cut-rate deal. I realize times are hard for everyone but let’s not take away from an already suffering athletic/activities volunteer club. Put your flyer in some other parking lot! Jon Nell Reeds, president Roaring Fork High School Booster Club




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TDC reassesses strategy aer Salazar defeat By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun As mid-term election results rolled in Tuesday night, supporters of the Thompson Divide Coalition witnessed two outcomes that may force them to adjust their strategy to stave off gas drilling on 221,500 acres of federal land just west of Carbondale. Though on Wednesday morning, Coalition members appeared to mostly be taking the election in stride. “[The Thompson Divide Coalition] this morning is probably not hugely different than it was yesterday morning,” said Jock Jacober, its chairman, on Wednesday. “It’s just that we have to talk to different people.” In the most important race for the Thompson Divide Coalition, incumbent 3rd District Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat, lost his bid for re-election against Republican Scott Tipton of Cortez. Before the election, Salazar had vowed to move swiftly to introduce a bill authored by the Coalition to the next session of Congress. That bill would have withdrawn about 116,000 acres of unleased terrain in the Thompson Divide area from future gas leasing. It also would have described mechanisms by which the 11 companies that already hold leases in the area could sell, trade or donate them in the interest of conservation. But with Tipton headed for Washington in January, Jacober said the Coalition will be consulting Salazar to figure out what the best course of action may be.

“Salazar is a lame duck. We haven’t measured the value of that or the consequences of any of this,” he said. “I don’t think any of us are that sophisticated. So what we really need to do is to have a conversation with John Salazar.” Members of the Coalition say they haven’t spoken to Tipton, and were unsure whether he was aware of the Coalition’s campaign. Tipton did not return calls before The Sopris Sun’s press deadline Wednesday morning. The coalition also lost a supporter closer to home on Tuesday night when incumbent Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt, a Democrat, yielded her seat to Republican Tom Jankovsky. Jankovsky, who is general manager and part owner of Sunlight Mountain Resort, said that since the beginning of his campaign he has openly opposed the Coalition’s efforts. “I’ve come out and stated that I don’t feel that Forest Service land should be locked up [out of reach of the gas industry],” Jankovsky said.“I just feel very strongly that the Forest Service has the ability to be stewards of those lands and oversee [them]. If there were to be drilling there that they have the ability to oversee and regulate it.” Jankovsky said he thinks gas development can coexist with recreation, which is one of the values the Coalition is working to protect in the Thompson Divide area. “When I first came to Sunlight there was a gas well within 300 feet of our ski area STRATEGY page 7

Tom Turnbull (left) and Democratic candidate for state representative Roger Wilson (right) share the corner in front of town hall on Election Day. Turnbull was campaigning for one of Wilson’s opponents, write-in candidate Kathleen Curry. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Annual meeting

KDNK elects board members Nov. 18 By Terray Sylvester The Sopris Sun

The mid-term election frenzy may be wrapping up, but election season is just getting under way at KDNK. OK, “frenzy” and “season” may be overstating it, but the non-profit radio station’s approximately 900 voting members will nonetheless have a few choices to make when they cast their ballots on Nov. 18. Six candidates are in the running for spots on the station’s nine-person board of directors. The top three vote getters will serve full three-year terms. The other three candidates will fill partial terms – a two-year term and two one-year terms. The candidates include Art Ackerman, a KDNK DJ of 22 years who, in his written candidate statement, professes a great love for KDNK and the funky volunteer spirit it has inspired since it started in a humble studio in the Dinkel Building; Barry Cryer, who donates the services of his telecommunications company to KDNK and has volunteered for a handful of local non-profits; Susie Darrow, who has DJ’d for KDNK for about a quarter of a century and has previously served on both the KDNK board and the Carbondale Board of Trustees; Laura McCormick, who has just finished a two-year term on the KDNK board, works as a fundraiser for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, sits on the board of The Sopris Sun, and has volunteered at KDNK since she was in grade school; Mark McLain, a local architect who compares KDNK’s eclectic offerings to a

burst of biodiversity, crediting the station for awakening him to a “Cambrian explosion of new artists and music;”and Andrea Richardson, who currently sits on the board and says that, as a recent transplant to Western Colorado, she’s looking for ways to get to know the place better. KDNK members are also being asked to decide on a set of proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws. In addition to typographical and organizational fixes, the amendments would allow the station to announce its elections and membership meetings –– and any future bylaws changes –– electronically. According to its current bylaws the station must announce its special meetings and elections on the air and by sending out press releases to local newspapers, purchasing at least one ad in a local paper and mailing meeting announcements and election materials to its membership at least 21 days in advance. The proposed bylaws changes would nix the newspaper ad and mail requirements, allowing the station to make materials available to its members via email and its Web sites instead. Station Manager Steve Skinner said the emphasis on electronic communication would save “hundreds of dollars” annually spent on postage, printing and advertising fees. He said the station would be spared the onerous task of preparing the mailings and, by getting rid of the requirement to prepare election materials nearly a month in advance, potential candidates would have more time to get on the ticket.

In response to concerns that the amendments will make the station’s operations more opaque and will leave its less tech-savvy members in the dark Skinner stated that members will be able to obtain hardcopies of election and meeting materials at the station or by contacting him. “If you need help I’m going to print it and send it to you,” Skinner said. “Same with the ballot. If anyone wants a ballot I’ll make it available to them.” During their meeting Monday night, KDNK’s board of directors said it would also give individual members the option to receive their meeting and election material via snail mail. In other news from radio land:  KDNK is gearing up for its annual Labor of Love Auction, which kicks off Nov. 29 and climaxes with a live auction at The Village Smithy during Carbondale’s First Friday festivities on Dec. 3. Skinner said he hopes KDNK will raise $30,000 during the event.  KDNK is exploring a variety of ways to collaborate with Aspen Public Radio, including a potential new transmitting tower to broadcast to New Castle, and various news projects.  KDNK’s board of directors approved the station’s 2010 and 2011 budgets at its meeting Monday night. For 2010, KDNK cautiously expects a total income of roughly $492,100, and total expenses in the range of $500,325. The station predicts revenue will drop to about $475,000 in 2011 while expenses increase to roughly $503,000. How-

KDNK’s annual membership meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the conference room at Mason & Morse Real Estate, 290 Highway 133. To cast a ballot, mail it to P.O. Box 1388, Carbondale, CO, or drop it off at the station at 76 S. Second St. before 5 p.m. on Nov. 18. Members can also vote at the membership meeting. KDNK is seeking donations for its annual Labor of Love Auction, which kicks off Nov. 29 with daily on-air auctions and also includes a live auction of art, crafts and jewelry items (which bidders may want to take a look at) at The Village Smithy on Dec. 3. On Dec. 4, KDNK will sell any items that didn’t move during the auction. To donate an auction item, visit or call the station at 963-0139. The next meeting of KDNK’s board of directors takes place Dec. 13. Meetings are open to the public. For more information call the station at 963-0139.

ever, with $35,000 left in the bank from 2009, the station hopes to carry over that money to meet expenses in the future. The board is also planning to redouble its efforts to attract new memberships.  KDNK is looking for community members to offer their input and guidance to the station by attending its Community Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Mason & Morse Real Estate before the membership meeting.


News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Fire district budget hearing The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District public hearing for its 2011 budget will be held at the main fire station on Meadowood at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. The budget projects 2011 revenues at $3.06 million and expenditures of $2.74 million. Capital expenditures of $51,000 include $20,000 for firefighter bunker gear, $10,000 for an extrication tool for the No. 4 fire station at West Bank, money for a self contained breathing apparatus and equipment needed to maintain or improve the district’s ISO (insurance) rating in the next year or two.

Fall back Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 7 at 2 a.m., so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour.

Recycle your political posters Solar Energy International is accepting corrugated plastic election signs to be turned into model wind turbine blades in local school competitions. “As it turns out, custom-trimmed election signs make great blades,” said an SEI spokesman. “Could it have something to do with the hot air behind

the signs?” For more information on SEI’s Solar In the Schools program and recycling the signs, e-mail

Shortsfest holds digital competition Aspen Film, in association with Anderson Ranch Arts Center, is holding a digital postcard competition as part of Aspen Shortsfest 2011, scheduled for April 5-10. Short films of four minutes or less that have been created in Colorado or about Colorado will be considered. Shorts should tell a story, profile a person, explore a place, express a quality or essence, capture a memory or, in some way, convey the filmmaker’s connection to the state, according to a press release. The entry deadline for Digital Postcards is Jan. 14. For details, go to

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

SUNDAY Oct. 21 At 6:11 p.m. a woman called from Wheel Circle and asked for help locating her 6-year-old son. TUESDAY Oct. 23 At 9:17 p.m. officers responded to an ambulance call on Main Street. The patient, who was complaining of a spider bite, was taken to Valley View Hospital. THURSDAY Oct. 25 At 12:29 p.m. two men got in a fight at the Gordon Cooper Library. One was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. FRIDAY Oct. 26 At 4:06 a.m. an officer spotted a vehicle driving around “very suspiciously” before stopping outside the library. The driver explained he was planning to use the library’s wireless internet. FRIDAY Oct. 26 At 7:20 a.m. officers responded to a fire alarm at senior

Terrorism expert speaks The Roaring Fork Cultural Council hosts a dialogue on terrorism and jihad in America with author Steven Emerson at the Thunder River Theatre on Nov. 13. Richard Clarke, former chief counter-terrorism advisor on the National Security Council, has called Emerson the“Paul Revere of terrorism,” according to a press release. In 1994, Emerson produced an award-

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ing-winning documentary, “Jihad in America.” In it, he stands in front of the twin towers asking if the 1993 World Trade Center explosion was “a spectacular event that are over” or a warning of future attacks. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and seating is limited. For more information and tickets, go to

housing on Hendrick Drive. It was a false alarm. FRIDAY Oct. 26 At 10:31 a.m. a woman called to report a sweater stolen from the Carbondale recreation center. FRIDAY Oct. 26 At 5:18 p.m. an attempted theft was reported at Family Dollar. The suspect allegedly left the scene in a red Jeep Cherokee. SATURDAY Oct. 27 A woman reported she had lost her wallet at a store somewhere between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. It contained her ID and $50. SUNDAY Oct. 28 At 2:41 a.m. officers were dispatched to Carnahan’s on Main Street for a noise complaint. It turned out it wasn’t the patrons but the owners, who were doing some renovations and agreed to call it quits for the night.

Hunting opportunities near Meeker Thanks to two private landowners, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering as many as six hunters the opportunity to hunt deer and elk on private land near Meeker this fall. Applicants for the hunt must be between the ages of 12 and 18, according to a press release. The hunt will take place Nov. 17-21. For details call 970-878-6090.

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In late summer of 1999 The Valley Journal ran a cover photo of a rancher cutting hay in the CRMS pasture on Highway 133 and predicted that in 2000, bulldozers working on the Crystal River Marketplace would have replaced tractors. Tractors and cows (as seen here over the weekend) still claim the CRMS pasture though, as Village at Crystal River debate continues. Photo by Lynn Burton


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Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Valley View Hospital. Trained stylists and cosmetologists work with cancer survivors in a small, supportive group setting to provide tips and free products for the appearance-related side effects of cancer treament, including wigs, head-wear acessories and makeup. Contact Jan Bean at 618-9224.

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Mark your calendars for the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary’s annual event. Great bargains on Christmas gifts and unique items. The gift shop is located in the second floor lobby of the hospital and free valet parking is provided. The drawing for the annual quilt raffle will take place at noon. All proceeds benefit local health occupations scholarships and the Connie Delaney Medical Library.

Construction crews think pink October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the real men on the construction crews at Valley View Hospital did their part by sporting hot pink t-shirts proclaiming “Real Men Dig Pink.”

CPR Classes Online CPR and Skills Check-off Thursday, November 11, 4-6 pm Valley View 3rd Floor Conference Rm

Valley View Hospital offers the requisite skills check session for the American Heart Association’s online CPR class. The online portion of the training is at Participants must bring the certificate from the online portion of the class. $25. Health Care Provider Renewal Monday, November 15, 6-10 pm $46 + $14.12 for book if needed. Call 945-2324, Ext. 100 to register for either.


Health and Wellness Classes Valley View dietitian Lisa Paige offers weekly sessions on eating for wellness. Free to Valley View’s Cardiac Wellness members, $7 for non-members. Classes are 10:3011:15 am in the Cardiac Rehab & Wellness Center, using a comfortable lecture and discussion format. Preregister: 384-7159. Reading Food Labels • November 5 Just when you thought you understood food labeling, it changes! Understand the facts behind food labeling and be in control of your portions.

Supermarket Savvy • November 12 Don’t let the supermarket outsmart you. Learn to avoid grocery store traps to get you to buy expensive processed foods. What’s a Superfood? • November 19 Does eating superfoods make you super healthy? Understand the discussion behind superfoods and functional/ therapeutic foods.


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Yoga can provide benefits for patients undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy, patients in remission or in hospice or palliative care. Taught by Nova LoverroSprick, yoga therapist and cancer survivor.

Meditation/Relaxation Yoga provides deep relaxation and breathing to help the body heal from cancer treatment. Supports healthy immune system and heart function, and lymphatic drainage. For those currently or recently in treatment. Vibrant Health Yoga helps those not currently receiving cancer treatment to regain strength, flexibility and stamina without overtaxing the body.

For information, call Nova Loverro-Sprick at 9459515 or Integrated Therapies at 384-6954.




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“Free Dan Daveforthâ€? (sic) posters plastered all over Aspen made their way downvalley to Carbondale this week. The posters ďŹ rst appeared after Aspen Daily News owner Dave Danforth sent his lawyer to a court hearing in regard to trespassing allegations at a convenience store. According to police reports, Danforth refused to leave the store at 2 a.m. on Oct. 9 after getting into a discussion with the sales clerk over whether he was being charged sales tax on a newspaper. Nobody has taken responsibility for the posters but the poster prankster (or pranksters) did leave behind at least two clues in Carbondale. First, the posters were attached to ďŹ xtures with the same kind of tape as in Aspen (wide packing tape). They were also placed high off the ground, which indicates the culprit(s) had access to a ladder and knew how to use it. Photo by Lynn Burton

If you were a kid, Thompson Corner was the place to be on Halloween night. With 55 houses packed close together, a fast kid can whip through that section of River Valley Ranch in five or 10 minutes, leaving the rest of the night to fan out for a diluted swarm through town. One Thompson Corner resident said she saw “hundreds� of gremlins, goblins and other scary creatures.“It was outrageous,� she continued. Other parts of town saw less action. Georgia Chamberlain’s house, in Crystal Acres, attracted “less than 50� trick-or-treaters. That figure compares to the 300-plus Halloweeners she and husband John Foulkrod attracted when they lived in Crystal Village in the 1980s. Some Crystal Village residents report having candy left over after making sure there was plenty to go around (to Halloweeners and family members both). One Halloween candy connoisseur said this year’s mini-Hershey bars were especially tasty. He theorized the smaller bars are also thicker than a full-size Hershey, delivering a more powerful chocolate punch.

Baker’s a finalist Carbondale Town Manager Tom Baker is one of five finalists for the Pitkin County manager gig. Other candidates are: Frank Lancaster (currently Larimer County manager), Phyllis Mattice (interim Pitkin County manager and internal services director), John Peacock (Mesa County administrator) and Scott Margo (assistant county manager for Summit County). The Pitkin County com-

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missioners expect to choose a new county manager later this month. The county advertised the job at a base salary of $135,000 per year. Baker has also served as executive director for the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority, assistant city manager for Aspen, and town manager of Basalt.

Historical society scans the papers The Aspen Historical Society recently scanned 1920s copies of the Carbondale Headlight and Crystal River Empire newspapers for the Mt. Sopris Historical Society. The scanning came about after the Aspen Historical Society leased a large-format digital scanner for its own big maps and other documents, including a 1951 aerial survey of Aspen.

Getting a kick out of Carbondale Members of the U.S. Army Taekwondo team are in Carbondale to train at the ProTKD Martial Arts Center and other locations, in preparation for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team tryouts later this month.

Kahhak makes Red Brick show Painter Majid Kahhak is included in the Red Brick Biennial juried show at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. An opening reception, at 110 E. Hallam St., will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. There are 50 artists in the show. Jurors Choice winners are: Dasa Basouva, Barbara Conviser, Elizabeth Farson, Marcia Fusaro, Mary Frances Griffith, Aaron Kleidon, Virginia Morrow, Jocelyn Murray,Tracy Nichols, Elliot Norquist, Mike Otte, Carrie Trippe, Betty Weiss.

Scott offers discount for Lift-Up Harmony Scott Jewelry Design at 199 Main St. in Carbondale and 411 Hyman Ave. in Aspen is offering a 10 percent discount coupon for a future purchase when you bring in a non-perishable food item for Lift-Up through Nov. 30. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Every year, Harmony Scott Jewelry Design contributes 5 percent of after-tax profits to the Harmony Scott Angel Fund, which is designated to give back to charities, non-profits and local concerns.

Pradier appointed to board The board of Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates has recently welcomed Jerry Pradier to serve as a member.As a board member, Pradier will work with other members and CASA offices throughout the state to accomplish the group’s mission of advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children across the state. He has published several articles on various aspects of child abuse prevention and has been interviewed on the topic by media around the country.“It is a great honor to meet and work with the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of children who have no voice of their own in the legal system,�Pradier said. “This honor gives me the opportunity to spread the word of CASA achievements across the Western Slope and to work with interested parties who want to start a CASA program in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.�


Lacy Grice (as Emily Bronte) sits perfectly still while waiting for her next visitor at Ross Montessori School’s annual Halloween Wax Museum project at town hall on Friday. Starting in September, students in Wendy Williams’s upper elementary class choose which historically significant people they’d like to portray. When the big day arrives, students sit still until a visitor pushes their “on button” then they spring to life, telling their stories. Other students in this year’s Wax Museum included: Kajsa Sutro as Betsy Ross, Colin Daniels as C. S. Lewis, Levi Gavette as John F. Kennedy, Topher Blachly as J.R.R. Tolkien, Alex Sloan as Alexander Graham Bell, Dillon Leasure as Thomas Edison and others. Photo by Cindy Blachly

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boundary,” he said. “As long as you work together and follow all the laws it can become compatible.” Members of the Coalition’s board of directors say they have not spoken with Jankovsky. With Jankovsky’s win, there’s an outside chance Garfield County’s crucial endorsement of the Coalition’s legislation could be withdrawn. Salazar agreed to carry the Coalition’s legislation only after Garfield County joined Pitkin and Gunnison counties in endorsing it. About 80 percent of the Coalition’s focus area lies within those three counties. Jankovsky, however, said he does not intend to revisit the commission’s endorsement. If the mid-term election has stirred up any uncertainty for the Coalition, he said, it was Tipton’s victory that did so, not his own. “The board of commissioners, they have already endorsed the North Thompson bid unanimously,” Jankovsky said. “So when I come to office that will be already done. So I don’t see myself having an effect on that decision. … You still have two other commissioners that voted in favor of it. So I don’t think that’s an issue.” Houpt speculated that the Coalition’s legislation would meet its toughest test in Washington. Locally, she said, the legislation has enjoyed bipartisan backing. But in the polarized politics of the nation’s capitol the bill will likely need a strong advocate. But as yet, it’s unclear whether it will find that in Tipton. “He may not understand the whole discussion,” Houpt said. “Because the [Coalition] has been very careful not to come across as anti-industry. What they really want to do is work with the industry to retire certain leases. They understand the importance of the property rights and they understand the impetus of working closely with the industry on this.”

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Patrick Hayes Patrick Hayes, a longtime resident of Carbondale, Colorado, passed away in Naples, Florida on Oct. 31, 2010. He was a loving husband to Samantha “Sam” Hayes and a wonderful friend to

many in the Roaring Fork Valley. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Pat’s life will take place in Carbondale at a future date. Prayers and loving thoughts are greatly appreciated by Sam. A full obituary will follow.

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Carbondale voters approved a 10-year extension on the town’s 1.5 property tax mill levy by a margin of more than 60 percent, according to unofficial results from the Garfield County clerk. The ballot question did not list specific projects for the funds, which are expected to be about $250,000 per year, but discussions earlier this year included sidewalk and curb/gutter work at Third and Sopris where the library district plans to build a new library, buying property downtown for parking, and improvements to Highway 133.

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ROTARY HELPS YOU CLEAN OUT THE HOUSE On November 19 and 20 Carbondale Rotary will host a Holiday Garage Sale at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store at Hwy 82 and Cattle Creek Rd (CR 113). The theme for the garage sale is “HOLIDAY” so if you have any Holiday Decorations that you no longer want/ need please donate them to Carbondale Rotary for their sale. In addition to the Holiday themed items, Carbondale Rotary is also accepting furniture and all other household items in good and working condition to sell. Toys, games, fun stuff of all kinds will be welcome! Twenty-five percent of the proceeds are donated back to Habitat for Humanity. The remaining 75 percent helps Rotary help others in our community. As we approach the time of the year where we reflect on our bounties and give thanks, Carbondale Rotary is gearing up to help those in need. Help us help others.

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Your donations can be dropped off at the re-sale location starting on Friday, November 12. For more details contact Laurie at 970-930-5465. For more information about Rotary, Contact Carbondale Rotary President Lynn Kirchner, 379-4766 or visit us at An invitation to join us at Rotary: We meet every Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. at the Carbondale Fire Station Training Facility.



Community Briefs Senior shopping trip slated The deadline to sign up for the Carbondale Recreation Department’s senior shopping day in Grand Junction is Nov. 12. The fee is $10. The shopping day itself is Nov. 19. For details, call 704-4116.

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Speaking of shopping The Mt. Sopris Nordic Council holds its annual Sports Sale at the CRMS gym from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13. Equipment drop off is Nov. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

AVSC fees go up after Nov. 12 Fees for Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club programs go up after Nov. 12. Scholarships are available. For details, call Madeine Hawken 205-5160.

Helping the troops American Legion Post 100 is collecting non-perishable items as well as money to send troops for Christmas. A list of items needed and collection boxes are located at the Post (located at 97 N. Third St.) The donation deadline is Nov. 15. For details, call 963-2381.

Glenwood seeks nominations The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting nominations for its Citizen of the Year award. Past honorees include: John Haines, William Slattery, Steve and Jeanne Beckley, Jim and Mary Nelson, Bob Young, Mary Steinbrecher, Bob Zanella, Don Vanderhoof, Tillie Fischer, Hank Bosco, John Martin, Emmy Neil, Gen Doak, and Dr. Carter and Mrs. Louise Jackson, and Bob and Mary Noone. For details, call 945-6589.

Carbondale girls take first place The Carbondale Runnin’ Kokopelli’s middle school cross country team concluded its season at the Oct. 9 Chris Severy Invitational, held at Aspen High School, where the Carbondale girls team took the first place team title. Evelina Sutro took second place overall, just barely getting beat out at the tape by Ruthie Boyd of Summit Middle School. Sutro completed the 2-mile course in a time of 14 minutes, 18 seconds. Rounding out the Carbondale scoring were Emily Fisher in fifth place with a time of 14:42 and Hailey Swirbul in sixth place, finishing in 14:52. Carbondale’s Brittany Bruder was 19th with a time of 16:13, and Tavia Teitler finished in 44th with a time of 20:07. Competing in the boys race for Carbondale at the Aspen meet were Trevor Stroud (48th, 18:22), Robbie Thompson (49th, 18:34), and Colin O’Gorman (54th, 20:07). The Carbondale team is made up of students from Carbondale Middle, Carbondale Community and Ross Montessori schools, and is part of the Access Roaring Fork after-school programs. The team was coached this year by John Stroud and Hadley Hentschel. Shown here are Hailey Swirbul (front) and Emily Fisher. Photo by Tami Stroud

Shooting from the hip Connolly sees the world from a perspective few can share By David Frey Sopris Sun Correspondent Author and photographer Kevin Michael Connolly is used to being the center of attention. A young man who was born without legs and uses a skateboard to tool around the world, Connolly, 25, has transformed the stares he gets into art. In his Rolling Exhibition, Connolly secretly captured more than 33,000 stares he received traveling around the planet, from Reykjavik to Romania. His memoir “Double Take,” published last year, chronicled his life and passions, from adaptive skiing to the photography project that sent him around the world. In his latest project, Connolly directs the focus to others. He’s traveling around the world again, but this time he’s documenting the curious contraptions that people with similar hardships have devised to help them get around. “It’s the inverse of the Rolling Exhibition,” said Connolly, who was in the Kevin Michael Connolly — an author, pho- Roaring Fork Valley this week speaking tographer and adventurer — was born with- at Colorado Mountain College camout legs. His memoir is titled “Double Take.” puses as part of its Common Reader program. This is familiar territory for Connolly, who has passed through here for ski races and six X Games competitions (he took a bronze last year). The November issue of Outside magazine calls him the “baddest 3-foot guy on the planet.” Despite only what he calls “buttons” for legs, the rest of Connolly’s body is muscular and fit – the body of a Montana man with a love for the outdoors who uses his arms and calloused hands for locomotion. Connolly resists the word “disabled.” In some circumstances, like stairs, he admits, not having legs puts him at a disadvantage. But on pavement, the skateboard zips past passersby like their standing still. And on snow, his sit-ski leaves even a seasoned Outside writer gasping to keep up. “Technology is making the idea of being disabled a much more fluid phenomenon than what we traditionally looked at in the past,” Connolly said. And to be sure, not having legs has opened up doors professionally he would not have had otherwise. His Rolling Exhibition has appeared in museums and institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, and paved the way first for his memoir and now for his latest project. “The ability to walk into a building in New York and say ‘I have this idea,’ and then have someone cut you a check to go explore said idea is really a rare opportunity,” he said. He also resists being called an inspiration. Being born without legs, he said, he grew naturally into his situation. “When people approach you and say that you’ve overcome a lot, I’m so amazed at what you’ve been able to achieve, you’re kind of like, well, I haven’t lost anything either. So thank you, but I don’t know if I’m deserving of that level of praise.” His Rolling Exhibition photos capture a universal reaction to people faced with a man with no legs on a skateboard. Whether it’s a New York cop or a Croatian in gladiator garb, they stare. Annoyed by this constant reaction, Connolly started his photo project as a vindictive strike back at those stares and the secret photos they took of him. So he shot back. Taking their picture from a camera at his hip while he looked the other way, he caught them staring, unsuspecting that they had been caught in the act. The photos look up at the world from the sidewalk capturing people shaken out of their world, wherever it may be, for a moment, as they see Connolly on his longboard. “Everybody stares, and everybody is going to have that knee-jerk reaction,” said Connolly, who says the stares no longer anger him as they once did. “Regardless of all of that, the second you see something that’s going to spark your curiosity that much, generally you’re going to try to build a narrative as to why that happened.” In Montana, people asked him if he still wore his dog tags, assuming he lost his legs at war. In Sarajevo, some assumed he had lost his legs in the ethnic fighting there. In New Zealand, people suspected a shark attack. “I really don’t think it has anything to do with a guy not having legs,” Connolly said. “When we people watch, when we stare at anybody – short, fat, tall, thin, attractive, unattractive, whatever – we tend to wonder to ourselves how they came to be.”

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Nov. 4 AAM OPENING • An opening reception for Wewer Keohane and Ellenmarie Zagoras will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aspen Art Museum as part of a four-person show also featuring Noemi and Kristof Kosmowski. The show continues through Nov. 7. OPENING • The Red Brick Gallery in Aspen presents the exhibition Red Brick Biennial, Nov. 4-24 opening tonight from 5-7 pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Info: 429-2777. FREE FOOD • The Red Onion in Aspen is serving up free food and drinks at the World Cup volunteers sign up event from 5 to 7 p.m. Info: 300-7034. HPC MEETS • Carbondale’s Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at town hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY Nov. 5 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Waiting for Superman” (PG) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-11 and 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 7; “The Social Network” (PG-13) at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (PG-13) at 5:15 p.m. Nov 7. FIRST FRIDAY • Galleries in Carbondale take part in the monthly First Friday gallery tour sponsored by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Info: your favorite gallery. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars, located in the old part of the historic Dinkel Building,presents

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at

California singer/ songwriter Rain Perry. Her song “Beautiful Tree” is the theme song for the show “Life Unexpected” on the CW network. She has also been a finalist in theTellurideTroubadour contest.Tickets are $15.Info: 963-3304. CHAMBER EXPO • The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Expo and Conference features Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan (1 p.m.) and R.J. Gallagher Jr. (a partner at Forte International Profiles at 4 p.m.) from noon to 6 p.m. at the Church at Carbondale’s Gathering Center. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. Info: 963-1890. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs presents the Missing Link (Motown rock) from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover.

SATURDAY Nov. 6. LUNAFEST • The Advocate Safehouse Project presents “LUNAFEST: Short films by, for, about women” at Roaring Fork High School at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door ($10/$15 for students). Info: 945-2632, ext. 104. BOULDERING • The Carbondale Recreation Center hosts a bouldering competition with registration starting at 3 p.m.Adults and advanced climbers go at it from 7 to 10 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for ABS members and $25 for non-members. Info: 704-4190.

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TUESDAY Nov. 9 LIVE MUSIC • Kelly Joe Phelps and Corinne West play Steve’s Guitars at 8: 30 p.m. Info: 963-3304. TRUNK SHOW • A Spiritual Center at the Third Street Center hosts a trunk show featuring handmade jewelry and gifts. The items

come from Earth Spirit of Moab. Info: 435630-1496.

WEDNESDAY Nov. 10 LIVE MUSIC • White House pizza presents Olivia Pevec and All the Pretty Horses (puting the “O” back in country) from 7 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover. MATINEE BINGO • It’s Matinee BINGO time in the Rominger Room at Crystal Meadows senior housing after lunch every Wednesday. It’s five cents per card, and large print cards are available. Info: 704-1579. OPEN MIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs holds an open mic night with Jammin’ Jim every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m. through November.

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Nov. 11

VETERANS DAY • The Carbondale Middle School Band will perform a Veteran’s Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. in the Carbondale Middle School auditorium, located at 180 Snowmass Rd. The band will play “America the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America” and “My Country tis of Thee.”The Star Spangled Banner is scheduled to be sung by four or five vocalists and Scout Troop 235 will handle the flag ceremony. Readings are also planned. The public, including veterans, is welcome to attend. VETERANS DAY DINNER • American

Legion Post 100 is hosting a Veteran’s Day diner that is free for veterans and $7 for everyone else at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to troop care packages. Info: 963-2381. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern in the Dinkel Building presents The Peace Officer (hip hop/reggae) at 10 a.m. There’s a cover.

Nov. 12-13

NORDIC COUNCIL SALE • The Mt. Sopris Nordic Council holds its annual Sports Sale at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School gym from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13. Equipment drop off is Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m.


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CONTRA DANCE • The Last Minute String Band plays a community contra dance at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Beginners should arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a half-hour walk-through (partners are not necessary). This month’s caller is John Unger. The cost is $8 and the school is located at 915 School Street (two blocks west of the post office). Info: 945-0350.

AT THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES: 1. THE ROAD & BRIDGE CATTLE CREEK FACILITY - Glenwood Springs ON THE 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 1:00 - 3:00 ONLY In observance of Veterans Day, November E-waste collection day will be November 18, 2010! (Use CR 114, the CMC turnoff, make an immediate right turn, go to end of frontage road to facility)

2. AT THE WEST GARFIELD COUNTY LANDFILL - Between Rifle & Rulison DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS (0075 CR 246, I-70 West to the West Rifle Exit go west on frontage road and follow signs, I-70 East to Rulison Exit go east on frontage road and follow signs)

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Ongoing HARPIST PLAYS • Russets restaurant presents classical harpist Elise Helmke every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. S.A.W. SHOW CONCLUDES • S.A.W. presents “Collaborations” 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. MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tues-

First Friday Happenings CCAH installation focuses on Haiti relief tent Sopris Sun Staff Report

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and Feed Them With Music, are collaborating on an installation at the Third Street Center to bring art, awareness and involvement to the plight in Haiti since the devastating earthquake a year ago. The installation is part of CCAH’s Dia de los Muertos show, which honors the dead through altars and art, according to a CCAH press release. The Haiti installation features a relief tent from Lion's Club International where 1.5 million Haitians are currently living in more than 700 tent cities in and around Port Au Prince. The Lion’s Club tent will be constructed in the Round Room at the Third Street Center from Nov. 5-12.

days from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St. ACOUSTIC CARNAHANS • Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern. Info: 963-4498. GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine.

“The tent is a shelter that is used in many areas around the world in times of devastation and home loss,” said CCAH spokeswoman Amy Kimberly. Inside the tent will be drawings and words gathered from children living in Port Au Prince, along with photographs by Ashley Naegele gathered from a recent trip with Feed Them With Music. “We saw this as a perfect collaboration where art locally can help globally,” Kimberly said. “Before the Third Street Center it was harder to find a place to create an installation like this. Now so many things are possible.” CCAH will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a scintillating show of personal altars and shrines. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday, which is also celebrated by many Mexican-Americans, that focuses on gathering family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is also a day of

More info: 704-0909. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. Info: 945-1398 or LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30

celebrating those lives; partying and eating are common during the celebration. Dia de los Muertos traditionally occurs on Nov. 2. The CCAH celebration is somewhat different. “We try to honor the idea of Day of the Dead, but many of our altars and shrines are more personal statements,” Kimberly said. “There will be some traditional (ofrendas) but many are the artists own interpretation. As always, there is a wide variety of art, from established artists to many local schools contributing to the show.” Feed Them With Music (FTWM) is a Carbondale based non-profit dedicated to feeding the malnourished globally, and locally, through all things music. The organization combines philanthropy with enjoyment, Kimberly said. It is a new model that takes a small percentage of ticket sales or music downloads from participating artists and funnels it to a portfolio of food distributors who partner with FTWM.

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 • 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.

In July, Paul Franzich (FTWM founder) and artist/photographer Ashley Naegle followed to Haiti the money raised at a Steve’s Guitars concert they produced. The Haiti installation shows what they found. The grand opening for the installation and Dia de los Muertos show happens on First Friday, Nov. 5, at the CCAH Center for the Arts at Third Street in Carbondale. The gallery show will hang through Thanksgiving. For more information go to

Elsewhere around town during First Friday: Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6-8 p.m. at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St. The painting will be inspired by Thanksgiving. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 704-0622.

NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District will be discussing the proposed 2011 budget at their regular monthly meeting, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on November 10 2010, at the Carbondale Fire Headquarters Building located at 301 Meadowood Dr. in Carbondale, Colorado. THE SOPRIS SUN • NOVEMBER 4, 2010 • 11

A huntin’ we will go … Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal By Charlotte Graham Sponsored by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society This time of year around Carbondale, the bull’s-eye is on … no, not midterm elections. Although by now, I’m surprised if most television viewers haven’t tossed even the priciest plasma screens into the dump, what with nothing but multi-million-dollar negative campaign commercials every 15 seconds. That’s another thing. A recent article noted that 30-second television commercials are now way too long, hence the 15-second model. Can anyone even recall a one-minute commercial? Did we sleep through them? We’re an Alzheimers society in the making. Frankly, I’m not even a hunter but it seems to me it’s no coincidence that hunting season starts about the same time as the election cycle. It’s so frustrating, even I want to take aim at something. Especially if its mouth is moving.

If it’s orange Beginning mid-October, muzzle-loader and archery season opened in our surrounding White River National Forest. One can mostly tell by all the out-of-state pickup truck license plates at City Market and all the orange hats standing over the big sale on beef steaks in the meat department. Already this season, the National Guard joined Garfield, Eagle and Mesa county rescue crews. Three Denver men got separated from their group up in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. After four overnights in blizzard conditions, the men were found alive and well.

The first forest plan Forest plans, and hunting laws, were not a consideration in the late 1880s. Miners farmers and ranchers flowed into these freefor-all fertile lands. Soon, there were many more mouths to feed. After the removal of the Utes in the early 1880s, it took barely 20 years before the last native bull elk, an 8-pointer, was reportedly killed in 1895 on the Frying Pan River, by one Nelson Downey.

The report I found in “Garfield County, Colorado, the First Hundred Years 18831983” by Andrew Gulliford tells how early settlers hunted at any time of the year, or in what they called “farmer’s season,” which was anytime someone needed fresh venison. “It was an accepted fact of frontier life,” wrote Gulliford. By 1903, professional elk hunting was closed in four Colorado counties until 1929 to stop wholesale decimation from over-hunting. Turns out that if it hadn’t been for President Theodore Roosevelt having his own three-week hunting expedition in Garfield County in 1905 and seeing for himself the effects of overhunting and over-[cattle] grazing, hunters coming here today would have a totally different experience.

“The Oldest Residents” The rescue of the three hunters this season made me think of the stories I ran across while researching recent history of hunting in our neck of the woods. Also at the Mt. Sopris Historical Society museum are volumes of columns in old Valley Journal newspapers by Carbondale resident John Seidel, now a retired Division of Wildlife supervisor and statewide biologist. He worked in both local DOW offices: 19711976 in Carbondale and from the early 1980s until 1991 in Glenwood Springs. I had to giggle when I read this in his “Oldest Residents” column of Oct. 28, 1976: “Generally about this time of year I’m getting just a little bit snappish and sometimes downright mean. I’ll try to place myself in a better frame of mind by relating some of the more humorous incidents that have occurred.” The beauty of the small-town world we live in, I looked up John’s name in the phone book. Sure’nuf, he was still there. When I mentioned the above excerpt, John told me he had written a number of local outdoor columns over 20-some years. He gave me permission to share a couple of chuckles here. “Ran into the first five-legged, 9-foot-long elk I’ve seen the other day. We stopped an Oklahoma vehicle with feet and hides sticking out all over. “We started digging through the mess of meat that looked like it had been cut up with a chain saw. It got so complicated we had to lay out a tarp and started piecing the


The Redstone Inn advertised for hunters in years gone by (above). Professional hunting (below) was banned in Colorado at one time in order to replenish deer and elk herds. Courtesy photos animal back together. Finally when we had it all laid out, we had a 5-legged elk with two backbones.” Later, John writes,“I was sitting in a park the other morning waiting for the sun to come up and warm my cold bones when a group of three cows and a spike elk ran

across the park. I could see another hunter sitting on the other side and I watched him sight through his scoped rifle at the elk. No shot. A little later I wandered over, introduced myself, and asked why he had not fired. He said that those were four of the biggest deer he had ever seen.”

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Rams take district title, look to regionals By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun Roaring Fork goes into this weekend’s home-court regional action peaking at just the right time. “With each game we’re getting more aggressive,” said volleyball coach Carrie Shultz. The Rams plowed through last weekend’s six-team district tournament pretty much like they did all season long, winning their matches against Salida, Coal Ridge and Lamar 3-0, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.The only tense moments came in the last round against Lamar. After taking a 1-0 game lead, Roaring Fork led 24-19 in the second game, only to see the Savages roar back for a 29-27 overtime win. “We lost our focus at the end,” Shultz said. One point in an early game drew smiles from Ram players. Niki Burns jumped up at the net as if to spike the ball with her right hand to the right side of the opposing court, only to tap the ball with her left hand to the left side of the court to score the point. Shultz said such a shot is a little like a change-up in baseball, where the pitcher delivers a slow ball rather than a fast one to catch batter off balance. “We work on that (kind of hit) in practice,” Shultz said. “We work on a lot of types of shots … cross court, down the line, tip … .” The senior-laden Rams regrouped in the third game against Lamar for a 25-11 win, then put the district title on ice with a 25-15 victory. Roaring Fork takes a 21-1 record into Saturday’s four-team tournament here in Carbondale. Roaring Fork is led by returning Western Slope 3A player of the year Landon Garvik, who has 494 kills for the season. Joey Clingan leads the team in assists with 422. Besides Burns, the other starters are seniors Ixchel Muniz and Savanna Phibbs, and sophomore Taylor Adams. Roaring Fork has dropped only seven games total this season, with three of those coming from highly ranked 4A Eagle Valley in a 3-2 loss.They chalked up 3-0 wins 18 times. The Rams are seeded No. 1 in the regional round robin tournament and No. 3 statewide. The other teams in this weekend’s action are: St. Mary’s (19-3), Colorado Academy (17-5) and Jefferson Academy (17-5). If Roaring Fork advances this weekend, they’ll head to Denver for the eight-team 3A state tournament at Denver Coliseum on Nov. 12-13. RAM SPORTS UPDATE page 14

Niki Burns scores a point for Roaring Fork in their match against Lamar last weekend (above). The Rams show off their district championship plaque (below). Front row (left to right): Taylor Adams, Kenya Pinela, Madison Handy, Ixchel Muniz, Joey Clingan and Savanna Phibbs. Back row (left to right): Hattie Gianinetti, Caitlin Kinney, Landon Garvik, Megan Gianinetti, Georgia Ackerman and Niki Burns. Photos by Lynn Burton

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8 a.m. St. Mary’s (2) vs. Colorado Academy (3)

9:30 a.m. Roaring Fork (1) vs. Jefferson Academy (4) 11 a.m. St. Mary’s (2) vs. Jefferson Academy (4)

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3:30 p.m. Roaring Fork (1) vs. St. Mary’s (2)


Ram sports update continued om page 13 SOCCER The Roaring Fork boys’ soccer team ended their season in the second round of the 3A state playoffs with a 4-0 loss to Colorado Springs Christian on Oct. 30. The loss followed a 1-0 win over Pagosa Springs the previous week. The Rams finished 10-5-1 for the season and made the state playoffs for the second year. “It was a very good season,� coach John Ackerman told the Sopris Sun this week. “(and the Oct. 30 loss) was a good learning experience�. We took some lessons away from it, both the players and coaches.� Sam Carpenter, a junior, led the team with 13 goals. Dalton Handy had seven assists and goal-keeper Frank Adgate recorded 64 saves. Ackerman said the team loses a quartet of four-year starters.Besides Handy,they are Saulito Vega, Neiby Vargas and Roberto Ramirez. Next year, besides Carpenter, the Rams

also return freshman starter Jack Fisher. As for the coaching staff, Ackerman said he is stepping down as boy’s coach but will coach the girls this spring.Taking over next season will be assistant coach Aaron Anderson. Volunteer coach Will Casey will move up to assistant. Ackerman, who came on board four years ago, says the program has gotten “better and better� in recent years. When he started, the team had“maybe�20 players. Now, there are enough players to field two complete teams. “Interest has grown as the program has developed,� Ackerman said. “The players have enjoyed success year by year.�

FOOTBALL The Ram football squad defeated GrandValley 30-7 last weekend and wrap up the season on the road against Aspen on Nov. 5. Look for a season-ending story in next week’s Sopris Sun.


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Roaring Fork’s Dalton Handy (center) reacts after the Rams defeated Pagosa Springs 1-0 in the ďŹ rst round of the state 3A soccer playoffs. From left to right are: Willy Salinas, Tony Landa, Abraham Garcia, Domingo Levya, Tony Madrigal, Sam Carpenter (captain), Israel Levya and Enrique Abarca. Photo by Karen Adams


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Buck wrangling in Utah; minimum wage in Phoenix Legal Notices There he was, an eight-point buck, stranded on a narrow ledge five feet above Lake Powell. What could two law enforcement officers — one from Utah, the other from the Glen Canyon National Monument — do? They didn’t want to tranquilize the mule deer, so after making it leap into the water, the two men threw two lassos over its head and wrestled the animal into a boat. “We kind of piled on him until I could finally get him hog-tied and get a blindfold on him,� Sean Spencer told the Salt Lake Tribune. Their “fishing for a buck� was successful; the deer was set free in an area without steep cliffs.

News.What renders the new dinosaurs peculiar is their seemingly useless display of head horns: “Kosmoceratops is especially bizarre, its head crowned by an array of 15 horns.� But maybe the usefulness of horns is in the eye of the beholder; they probably looked cute to the female of the species.

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*** It just seems so unfair: For years, environmentalists urged the dismantling of four dams on the Rogue River in Oregon so that salmon and steelhead could swim upriver to spawn and rafters could run more miles of unobstructed river. But what happened after the dams came down? Gold miners rushed in, blasting the riverbed with their noisy dredges. Bob Hunter, a lawyer with WaterWatch, told The New York Times that the river should be“about rafting and hiking and fishing. It’s not about industrial mining.� Prospectors tried to pooh-pooh concerns about disrupting the river’s ecology, with one pointing out that “fish come and swim around him, eating the insect life dislodged by his dredging hose.� Ken Kriege, a resident of California, which is where most of the gold miners come from, added that prospecting should actually be considered an environmental boon: He likened the impact of dredging to “fluffing a pillow.�

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*** You know times are tough in Phoenix when more than 15,000 people cram into McDonald’s restaurants to apply for one of 800 to 1,000 jobs, all of them part-time and most of them minimum wage. The Arizona Republic says the success of McDonald’s new McCafe line of smoothies and frappÊs has spurred the restaurant chain’s growth.

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*** To the surprise and outrage of some readers of Utah’s Mormon-owned paper The Deseret News, the tenor of its coverage of the illegal immigration debate has been reasoned, or maybe even downright liberal, reports The New York Times. But as Mark H. Willes, who runs Deseret Media for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, put it,

*** Two paleontologists appeared to be in hog heaven when they announced their recent discovery of two “weird and wonderful� new species of horned dinosaurs“related to Triceratops.� Scott Sampson and Mark Loewen found the 75-million-year-old bones in Utah’s largely unexplored Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, reports The Deseret

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Pay Congress members with commissions This country is for sale. We might as well put up big “For Sale by Owner” signs at the ports. It’s so obvious they don’t even bother to remove the price tag anymore. I miss the good old days when we blamed it on the “crooked’ politicians,” as if they were the minority. Back then, at least they still made a puppet show effort to present what we all wanted to see, now it’s like we’re sitting in the auditorium staring at an empty stage wondering if we got the date wrong. Sure, I’d like to believe and spew what’s always been and is undoubtedly still going into our history textbooks, who wouldn’t? But you can only swallow so much BS before your breath betrays your words. Democrat or Republican, I think we can all agree that our system is not working to capacity (not for average tax-paying citizens, that is).We’re talking duct-tape stage in my opinion and when the Baby Boomers hit Social Security full on, that should just about do it — that’ll be the equivalent of the elephant sitting on the cardboard box. As you may have heard me say once or twice before, Generation X is small, even for an average generation and it is not going to work for us to support them. (There simply isn’t a way to do the math, even though we’re still trying by pushing their retirement back, and taking more money from our paychecks.) I’ve resigned myself to the fact that despite paying into Social Security since I was 16, I won’t receive the benefits it would take By Jeannie Perry to feed a cat in 2040. If I can come to terms with simply giving away a percentage of every paycheck, so can our salesmen — excuse me, elected officials. Hey, there’s an idea: Since they’re already making a nice little income on the side by selling out us and future generations, how about if Congress works only on commission? The average congressman makes $174,000 a year, times 535 “that’s a lot of chedda, yo.” – MM. What if we gave that money to teachers and firemen, and let Congress live on their take from the corporations? I’m not the first one to think of this, during the Constitution Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing elected officials not get paid for their services. See, even in the beginning he could see the potential for corruption. What really drives me nuckin futs is that while we’re inundated by the media swarm of Tea Baggers and mosque builders, the money’s just rolling in, year after year — more than enough to feed and clothe and bandage every American. For the amount we spent on the war in Iraq we could each have had a physical, spent a day in the hospital watching our TV shows, and

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