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Glenwood Springs school moving toward project-based learning By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent (This article is the second of a two-part series on the transformation process at Glenwood Springs Elementary School). While the Re-1 school district’s visioning process has encouraged community members to begin dreaming about possible changes in our schools, Glenwood Springs Elementary School has already embarked on a path of significant change. GSES is being transformed into an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school — a model of education that aims to incorporate many of the ideals that were given the highest priorities at Carbondale’s visioning meetings, including character development, critical thinking skills, collaboration skills and project-based learning. Last week’s article in The Sopris Sun looked at the initial changes being implemented at GSES. So far staff members have focused on developing the school’s culture and climate. They have worked on developing a sense of belonging, shared purpose and teamwork among students and staff. The next phase of the GSES transformation will delve into learning “expeditions” or projects. According to the initial draft of the report from the district’s visioning process, parents and community members in Carbondale and Basalt expressed particularly strong support for “handson, project-based, experiential learning.”

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Although GSES Principal Audrey Hazleton has never worked in an EL school before, she arrived at GSES this year with extensive experience in project-based learning. She and her husband, Chris Hazleton, founded a project-based charter high school in Duluth, Minnesota in 2000. She also helped develop and taught at the Olander School for Project-Based Learning in Fort Collins from 2008-2013. Hazleton explained that project-based learning connects students to the local community and real community issues, and provides students with authentic audiences for their work. Rather than working to please a teacher or get a good grade, students are motivated by the fact that their writing, for example, will be printed in the local newspaper or they will be presenting their report in public.

One of the reasons project-based learning is so effective, Hazleton told The Sun, is that kids take an active role in terms of defining problems and developing solutions. “We all learn more when we’re actively doing,” Hazleton said. In an interview with The Sun last June, Re-1’s Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Rick Holt, said that project-based learning is widely accepted as a “best practice” in education. Because kids are working with their peers on issues and ideas that they truly care about, projects tend to be highly engaging and full of purpose, Holt told The Sun. Hazleton also noted that project-based learning is very effective when there are a wide range of abilities in one classroom. While working on the same overall project, kids are able to engage at different levels and take on different challenges. She also noted that in her experience, projects can be “so highly engaging that you see kids doing things you never thought they would be capable of doing.” Another benefit of such highly engaging work, according to Holt, is that there is generally much less of a focus on enforcing rules. “When kids are engaged in a project with a real purpose,” Holt said, “you hardly even need rules.” In the EL framework, Holt explained, projects always include three essential elements: academic rigor, character development and contribution to community. Projects can vary in length from less than a month to one year, but they must incorporate a planning process and revising process. Beyond that, Holt said, projects can be “anything you could imagine.” The EL website displays countless examples of actual student projects, including a studentcreated manual on the art and science of keeping chickens and a book on the Great Depression based on interviews, photographs and drawings of community elders. Holt explained that there’s a common misperception that project-based learning stands in opposition to direct instruction. According to Holt, effective instruction includes time for exploration and developing students’ sense of empathy and teamwork, as well as time for explicit instruction. “You can have five minutes of structured, direct instruction,” Holt said, “and then an hour of exploration.” Holt said that if a school or our district as a EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING page 5


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This month’s Ps & Qs was written by my friend Skip Bell, and I think whether you align yourself with Democrats or Republicans, socialists or capitalists, or worse yet — idealists; whether you lean into the conservative curve or you are a straight-laced liberal, I think we can all agree that the people have lost our representation. That “Our democracy, with faux debates between two corporate parties, is meaningless political theater.” — Chris Hedges By Skip Bell This Congress is making a mockery of our system of government. Democrat, Republican, Tea Party or Independent, they hold us hostage to their purposes while they continue to receive their overblown salaries, healthcare and benefits. In the midst of our country’s recovery from the economic downturn, they decide to shut down the government and throw everything into reverse.  Colorado towns, crippled by floods, can’t do business because the attractions that could bring tourists to their areas are closed. Federal employees can’t buy food for their families or pay their bills. Thousands of people out of work and our Congress can’t put aside their political differences By Jeannie Perry and make it work. The rest of the world laughs at us; the fools in Washington don’t care, because their golden parachutes are in place and when they don’t get re-elected, or they resign, they can go to work for big business as a lobbyist. I want legislators to create laws FOR THE PEOPLE that they represent, not for themselves. They have placed themselves above us and I don’t believe that the Founding Fathers planned it that way. Our country was founded in revolution and I think it’s time for another one; at the ballot box. Send them all home. My only regret is that we will still have to pay them. I’m sure everyone noticed how quickly our Congress pulled their heads in and did the right thing by funding death benefits for families of our military who were recently killed in action. The reason was that so many people voiced their outrage.  I believe we need to keep that pressure up on all fronts. Shutting down the government is nothing short of treason. Do we need to cut back on government expenditures? Yes we do. Let’s start by keeping our president in Washington, where he belongs. How much money has been wasted, sending him and his family all over the world to vacation at our expense?  We have every form of modern communication in the world. Make a phone call. Congressional junkets and fact-finding tours; we have ambassadors everywhere. Make a phone call. We spend trillions of dollars arming unfriendly nations only to have those weapons turned against our troops. YOU CAN’T BUY FRIENDS.  I’m all for humanitarian aid, but gun money would go a long way toward solving our own country’s problems. “Charity begins at home.” Our schools are a disaster. Teachers are underpaid, students are uninspired and facilities are in disrepair. Every year it seems, they shorten the school year by another day or two. Kids can’t wait to emulate movie stars and professional athletes with their gold chains and diamond earrings. Where are we going? The United States is 18th in world educational rankings. College and university students buy their way through school. MBA candidates are taught every sleazy way to do business, from how to beat the taxman to how to choke the most work out of their employees for the least amount of money. The top 1 percent owns this country and we keep electing the politicians who do their bidding. I re-read the Declaration of Inde-

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pendence and the Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln referred to a government “OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE and FOR THE PEOPLE.” Nowhere did I find the names of the Koch brothers, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Ted Cruz or Barack Obama. This is OUR country; those men and women in Congress are OUR employees. It’s time we fired all of them.  And now they come riding to the rescue at the last minute, reaching an accord that brings OUR country back from the brink of disaster, patting themselves on the back and congratulating themselves for their selfless act of putting partisanship aside for the good of the country; and it’s probably going to happen again in a few months. Who’s going to be responsible for the billions and billions of dollars that their ridiculous actions have cost so many citizens and OUR country?  I read an article in the paper that stated how Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton put aside his Tea Party beliefs to vote in favor of making a deal to save the economy; REALLY. Such a hero. My message here is that we need to register every eligible voter and send them to the polls. Cast a ballot for our country, not for the best looking, smoothest talker.


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Come for Poured Out Dear Editor: A little girl walks four miles from her home village in Haiti in search of water to quench her thirst. And yet, the very water she seeks will wreak havoc on her body. All she wants is a drink. Water, usually a source of life, has become a source of pain and sorrow. Thousands of miles away, where safe drinking water is accessible at the turn of a faucet, a woman stands looking at the devastation a tornado caused in her neighborhood. Hours earlier she was going about her daily routine, only to be interrupted by warning sirens; in 25 years these sirens have never caused her to seek shelter. Today was different. A divine whisper convinced her to hide in her closet. When she emerged following the storm, that closet was the only thing that remained of her home. Two completely different circumstances resulted in the same needs: relief and restoration. Poured Out is non-profit offering relief and restoration in the most broken and thirsty places. They are making a difference in the world by taking water from life-threatening to life-giving in Haiti, and bringing help here in the United States to areas affected by nat-

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ural disasters. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to meet the founders of Poured Out while working with them in Moore, Oklahoma, following the tornado. Along with nine others from the Roaring Fork Valley, I dirtied my hands in the rubble alongside the founders of Poured Out. We were so impressed by their work ethic, and their compassion for the helpless. We have been changed because of their example, and because of the various expressions of service they open to those of us in more comfortable situations. We invite the community to join us in celebrating the work of Poured Out and to partner with them as they continue to do good both near and far. I Heart Clean Water: Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Gathering Center in Carbondale. Appetizers from Allegria, activities for kids, live music, a Haitian gift shop and more! Tickets are available at the door, or by calling 379-4159. Adults/$10, Kids/$5, Families/$30. This event is sponsored by Allegria, Umbrella Roofing, Culligan and Sustainable Settings. Kara Montie Carbondale LETTERS page 9

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Amendment 66 loses big in GarCo, across the state

Would have funded full-day kindergarten By Ed Williams Sopris Sun Correspondent

Colorado voters on Tuesday handily rejected Amendment 66, a tax hike that would have raised an additional $1 billion to fund public schools statewide. The measure, which failed by a 2-1 margin, was a wish-list for educators that included provisions to make full-day kindergarten standard across the state, give more money to schools in low-income areas and increase funding for English Language Learner programs. In Garfield County, Amendment 66 failed 68 percent to 32 percent. The campaign in support Amendment 66 raised over $10 million ahead of Tuesday’s election, drawing millions in donations from the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Opponents of the measure had raised a mere $40,000 ahead of the vote according to Kelly Maher, executive director of the opposition group Compass Colorado. Supporters of Amendment 66 had hoped the tax increase would have scrapped the state’s current tuitionbased system of early education in public schools, which educators say creates an achievement gap between those students who can afford full-day kindergarten and those who cannot.

Re-1 In the Re-1 school district, the measure would have paid for full-day kindergarten for 200 students of low-income families, and given a funding increase of up to $400 per student to pay for individualized instruction for both struggling and gifted and talented students. Shannon Pelland, who oversees the budget for the Re-1district, said money

from Amendment 66 would also have offset the almost $90,000 in federal budget cuts district is facing from sequestration. Pelland said paying for full-day classes for all the districts preschool students — public preschool programs here carry a price tag of around $2 million a year — will likely require another tax increase in the future, if voters will approve one next time around. “We’re just talking about too big a nut to crack through grant opportunities,” Pelland said. At Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale, the school that would have seen the largest proportion of preschool funding in the Re-1 district under Amendment 66 (parents pay $343 each month per student in full-day kindergarten) though many of those parents have gotten help from grant

money won by teachers at the school. Jamie Friday, who has worked to get grant funding for early education at Crystal River Elementary, estimates between 20-30 percent of the students there cannot pay the tuition for full-day kindergarten. Still, Crystal River Elementary Principal Heather Cremeans said she’s confident the defeat of Amendment 66 won’t hurt the school’s ability to meet students’ needs. “We have worked in underfunded schools in this state for years. We know how to stretch our resources,” she said. “We’re going to continue educating kids just as effectively as we have done in the past. We just could have done it better.” Ed Williams is a reporter at KDNK in Carbondale. More stories from KDNK News can be found at

Voters reject fire district mill levy hike (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Carbondale Fire District public hearing on the 2014 budget was scheduled for Nov. 6, after The Sopris Sun went to press this week. The Sun will post an update from the hearing on its website at on Nov. 8). By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Reporter After approving a temporary tax hike two years ago, Carbondale Fire District voters rejected a permanent property tax mill levy hike 57 percent to 43 percent on Tuesday, setting the stage for probable staff cuts and other budget reductions in 2014. “No matter what, we’ll (still) have to dip into our reserves,” fire district board member Michael Kennedy told The Sopris Sun. Property values have declined on average 40 percent since the tax hike two years ago and the district expects a corresponding drop in revenues for 20142015, according to a district fact sheet. “ … (But) we can’t cut 40 percent in

one year, that’s for sure,” Kennedy continued. “People expect a certain level of service. We’re obligated to do that.” There was no organized opposition to the ballot question, which called for the levy to double to 12 mills, but in a letter to the editor, Carbondale Board of Trustee member Allyn Harvey was first to urge residents to consider voting against the hike. Harvey said he supported the temporary tax hike two years ago on the grounds the district said it would draft a plan to meet future economic needs without subsequent hikes. Kennedy countered by saying the district spent extra money in the past two years to lower its ISO rating, which insurance companies use to set premiums. “It (the new ISO) saved people money.” Both Kennedy and fire board member Mark Chain said the ballot question failure came because people are tired of higher taxes. Chain pointed to the ballot, which included the Amendment 66 tax hike and a tax hike for the proposed Crown Mountain Recreation Center and said, “It was a miserable ballot this year.”

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Friends and supporters crowded into the River Valley Ranch sales barn on Nov. 3 for a fund-raiser to send slopestyle skier Megan Olenick to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February. Olenick, a U.S. freesking team member, explained that 14 female skiers are vying for four spots in slopestyle and that six competitions between now and early 2014 will determine who gets to go. This will be the first time the Olympics have included slopestyle, which consists of jumps and rail maneuvers. Photo by Lynn Burton

On Thursday, November 7th, paving will occur on Main St. and the east side of Hwy. 133, including a portion of the pedestrian trail. RFTA buses will access Colorado Ave. with pick up and drop off at the Pool only, from 7 am – 6 pm. The bike and pedestrian trail will be closed on Hwy. 133 from Carbondale Car Care to the Sopris Shopping Center. Please use alternative routes. Visit the Town of Carbondale website or on Facebook for updates. The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • November 7, 2013 • 3

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Life is a carnival at Third Street Center on Nov. 8 Sopris Sun Staff Report

The Third Street Center throws a free carnival for kids of all ages from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Billed as a carnival “friend raiser,” the evening will include a cakewalk, face painting, art demonstration and more from Third Street Center tenants. Folks will also get to meet the non-profits and businesses that do their thing in the former Carbondale Elementary School. “This is a chance for all members of the community to get to know the folks that make up the Third Street Center, learn what we are about, and celebrate the center as a community,” said volunteer event coordinator Kat Rich. Tenants will be staging games and other activities in their respective rooms. The lineup includes:

• Lisa’s Hot Mess – balloons • Spellbinders – storytelling (in the Board Room) • Valley Life – face painting • Senior Matters – nachos • Jane Gottleib – a play preview • ASFB Folklorico – dancing • AMP – a performance • Jill Scher – children’s crafts • Round Room tenants – a cakewalk • Sopris Sun – trivia • Wilderness Workshop – bob for apples • Chamber of Commerce – fishing • Davi Nikent – children’s music with Barry Chapman • TRUU – Tree of Thanksgiving • Extreme Sports Camp – plinko • TSC – a tile-making project. Sopris Sun board member Debbie Bruell said the newspaper will debut Sun-

ny the Pocket Lady, whose skirt pockets will be filled with prizes for kids, and for adults who correctly answer Carbondale trivia questions. Beyond all that, the carnival will also feature entertainers and musicians up and down the halls plus a chili cook-off. Rich said the Third Street Center’s mission is to promote community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice. “By providing longterm, affordable rental space, the center brings together nonprofit organizations under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths.” The Third Street Center is located at 520 S. Third St. Learn more about this eco-friendly facility at www.

CCAH and North Fork Coalition explains the business of art Sopris Sun Staff Report

The Carbondale Council for Arts & Humanities (CCAH), The North Fork Creative Coalition, and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts are joining forces to host “Creative Ventures: Workshops on the Business of Art in the New Creative Economy” at the Third Street Center from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. Creative Ventures is a two-part series

of workshops for established and emerging artists seeking professional development in business and marketing skills, according to a press release. The second workshop will take place next spring in Paonia. “CCAH wants to offer more resources and opportunities for professional development to the wealth of local artists,” said CCAH Executive Director Amy

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Kimberly. “We also want to make stronger connections with art organizations of the North Fork Valley in order to broaden artists reach in the region.” The first Creative Ventures series offers three workshops on practical skills required for presentation as well as fresh ideas for managing one’s art business in the current economic and digital climate. WORKSHOPS page 8

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

SATURDAY Oct. 26 At 3:36 p.m. police responded to a burglary on Crystal Road. A computer and jewelry were taken. SUNDAY Oct. 27 At 2:55 a.m. a woman came to the police station and reported she got into a fight in a downtown bar and a woman “grabbed her by the hair dragged her across the bar.” Police are investigating. SUNDAY Oct. 27 At 7:21 p.m. police responded to a report of shots fired at Staircase Park. Upon arrival police did not see anyone but did find what appeared to be an “exploded” Gatorade bottle. MONDAY Oct. 28 At 11:05 a.m. an officer observed a 22-year-old male running across Miner’s Park with a green and white skateboard. The man said he was borrowing the skateboard from a friend.

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Powering Up Colorado gets down on energy economics

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whole decided to move toward project-based learning, we could develop our own unique project-based learning framework or we could hook into an existing project-based learning network, such as Expeditionary Learning.

CORE, CLEER and others present the interactive workshop “Powering Up” at Carbondale Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. “Powering Up Colorado is a participatory workshop designed to share information and inspiring ideas,” said a CORE spokesman. “Join in the discussion on how Colorado can join the ranks of the top energy efficient states.”

First steps While the shift to project-based learning at GSES will be initiated later this year, some teachers are already beginning to incorporate some of the practices. Kindergartners who would have been reading books or watching videos last year are now holding chicks in their hands after watching them peck out of their shells, and measuring worms that are squirming around on their desks. Kindergarten teacher Cathy Spence told The Sun that when they do these kinds of activities her Spanish-speaking students have been incredibly motivated to learn the English vocabulary. Spence said that in previous years teachers felt that there was little time for these kinds of hands-on experiences. Now these kinds of experiences are being encouraged and recognized as powerful learning opportunities. Hazleton noted that many teachers this year and in past years have done projects with their kids. However, when a whole school is centered around project-based learning, Hazleton said, the impact is much more dramatic. While GSES is making changes in its approach to education, it is not being exempted from any of the district- or state-mandated assessments. Holt told The Sun that no matter what approach a school uses, we need to continuously evaluate its effectiveness through assessment; we need to be able to “benchmark” students’ progress in relation to other students in the state and the nation. Holt said that there is extensive research demonstrating that EL schools “rock those assessments.” (To read both installments of this two-part series, please visit The Sopris Sun website archives at

Discussion items include: • Colorado’s progress on energy efficiency programs; • Programs underway in Massachusetts and other states that are accelerating energy efficiency; • Strategies for achieving higher rates of energy efficiency and stronger economic benefits across the state of Colorado.

Speakers include: • Skip Laitner (an economist and expert on the economic benefits of energy efficiency);

• Colorado state Sen. Gail Schwartz; • Colorado state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush; • Mark Sylvia (commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources); • Meg Lusardi (director of Massachusetts Green Communities); • John Kloster-Prew (executive director of the Colorado Energy Efficiency Business Coalition) • Tom Binet (the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade); Colorado state Rep. Bob Rankin and state Sen. Randy Baumgardner have been invited, according to a press release. Michael Kinsley of the Rocky Mountain Institute will serve as moderator. The workshop will be hosted by Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot and Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative Vice Chairman Allyn Harvey. The $20 registration fee includes lunch. The registration deadline is Nov. 8 at 704-9200 or info@

Workshops continued from page 4 The workshops will include “The Do’s & Don’ts of Framing” with professional framer Mikeeta Bennett, “The Business of Art” with award-winning artist Wewer Keohane, and “Alternative Ways to Get Your Work Out There” with Michael Coniff of the Isaacson School of New Media and CCAH Director of Design and Marketing Laura Stover. “We hope artists, experienced and emerging, participate in these workshops to garner some fresh inspiration,” said Stover. “In a technologically savvy age where information is so accessible, our audience has become impatient and more difficult

to impress, making it more important than ever to take a unique approach in your brand’s consumer touch-points.” Following these workshops, CCAH staff will give a brief presentation on the resources and opportunities available for artists in the region followed by a meet-and-greet with gallery owners from up and down the valley. The workshops are free for members of CCAH and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, and $20 for non-members. For more information or to register visit or call 963-1680.

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Where were you that day? Leroy and Janice (Diemoz) Duroux were the first to respond to last week’s Scuttlebutt question asking where readers were when they first heard of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963. The Durouxes report they were both students at Basalt High School when teachers came into classrooms to report the news – Leroy was in math class and Janice in typing class. They say they remember the day as being one “of unknown and unanswered questions with limited news reports.” If you’d like to share your memories of that day with Sopris Sun readers, send them to

Speaking of which The current Art aRound Town exhibit, with 13 sculptures placed around Carbondale, will be up until well into 2014 but if you’re wondering who created the one at Fourth and Colorado, it was Chris Rench of Hood, Oregon. The stainless steel sculpture looks sort of like an hour glass and is titled “Caught Up II.” The Sun will feature each sculpture in Scuttlebutt in the weeks to come. You can also pick up a map with related information at town hall.

Alter your routine for altars

While we’re at it Do you have an opinion on the Carbondale Branch Library being closed the day after Thanksgiving as it has been in recent years? If so, visit The Sopris Sun website and check out the poll. We’ll report the results before turkey day.

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“Yesterday we went back in time, ten years of time, to the beginning of Ralph’s extensive hair growing career,” Roaring Fork High School Principal Drew Adams reports in a recent blog. Adams updated everyone about Young’s pledge to cut his hair if people donated enough money to the Ivone Munoz Benefit Fund. It turns out the folks who donated money to cut Young’s locks outnumbered his “hair preservation fund” by $24, so off it came. Overall, Young raised about $1,300 in a month-long effort, which brought total pledges from the Community Buzz fund-raiser to more than $3,400. Proceeds will help Munoz, a RFHS teacher, pay on-going medical expenses. Find more “buzz” photos on our website. Courtesy photo

Hands sculpture, which dates to the late 1980s, might have been the first public art in Carbondale.

There are reports that someone placed candy, cookies and other goodies on headstones at White Hill Cemetery on or about Halloween or Día de los Muertos. Some folks whose relatives are buried at the cemetery scurried up there to clean up the liter and remove the candy, some of which had melted in place. The general consensus seems to be that while the act was not malicious, folks wanting to mark Halloween or Día de lost Muertos should do it in ways that respect the deceased.

The altars created for the recent Día de los Muertos celebration will remain in place in the Third Street Center Round Room through Nov. 15. Drop by and check them out.

You won’t believe this A certain Sopris Sun staffer who admits to thinking Ragu brand sauce is great on spaghetti, and once relied on ravioli cooked in-can on an electric skillet while staying in an Aspen Highlands basement dorm in 1970, reports he had his first confirmed taste of pozole last week and loves it. “It’s better than chili,” he exclaimed between slurps. Why the mention of pozole? It’ll be a featured menu item at The Sopris Sun’s fund-raiser party at Mi Casita on Nov. 14.

This just in Independence Pass is closed for the season.

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They say it’s your birthday

This week’s Hardy Pickers award goes to the acoustic trio that was plucking and strumming among whirling leaves in front of the Helping Hands sculpture at the corner of Third and Main last weekend. FYI – it’s believed the Helping

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Brett Nelson, Lee Beck and Virgil Leeman (Nov. 7); Rick Carlson (Nov. 8); Kelsey Freeman and Estefania Montoya (Nov. 12); and Maria Flores and Riley Skinner (Nov. 13).

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Carbondale Rotary Practicing Service Above Self, at home and around the world …

Meet this year’s Carbondale Rotary Youth Exchange Student: My name is Anika Klemmer. I’m 16 years old and I’m the exchange student from Germany this year in Carbondale. I’m from a small town called Walberberg. It’s between Cologne and Bonn. In my town are living about 5,000 people, but we have train and bus stations everywhere so we can go really quick to bigger cities. I live in an old mill from 1889 with my parents and my 20 year old brother. My sister (21) already moved out to study in Berlin. We have four horses and a donkey, four cats, one dog, a parrot, 17 chickens and a big pond full of fish in our garden. In my free time I do horseback riding with my horses, play soccer, meet my friends, and I love baking. My family and I went on a trip in 2007 to Canada and we went to the U.S., too. A year later my sister went on a Rotary Exchange to Australia. This was when I decided to make an exchange year. I’m here for over two months already and I love to meet people and learn new cultures. The time goes by so fast but I really enjoy living here. I’m going to the Roaring Fork High

School, and even if it’s a different school system I love going to it. I enjoy learning new things and being part of this community. I will start basketball in school, as soon as the season begins. I’m excited to meet many new people and make a lot of experiences during this year. I think Rotary gives us a great opportunity to make friends all over the world and have a time that lasts a lifetime. The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Carbondale Firehouse. Visitors are welcome to come enjoy our weekly program and learn about the wonderful work Rotary does in the community and around the world. UPCOMING CLUB SPEAKERS: Nov. 13 – “What Can Kids Teach Themselves?” A provocative video featuring internationally renowned educator and researcher Sugata Mitra Nov. 20 – Gretchen O’Byrne Garfield County PREP Nov. 27 – Amy Barr “What Really Happened to the Pilgrims” For program suggestions, contact Amy Barr,, or Herb Feinzig,

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Lisa’s Hot Mess constantly evolving Sopris Sun Staff Report “The bar is open!” declares the nattily dressed gorilla, togged out in coat and tie and reflective sunglasses. This gorilla, name unknown, is featured in all the ads for Lisa’s Hot Mess at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, as well as on the restaurant’s wall. The bar he is referring to is the latest addition to the restaurant, which has been owned by Lisa Hook for about two years. She does all the cooking and creates the menus, which are “constantly evolving.” Lisa says she has been in the restaurant business for 30 years and was manager at The Brickyard in Rifle before coming to Carbondale. She offers daily specials in addition to the menu, which features the categories “Greens, Hot Soup, Snackage and Feast.” Under “Feast,” a diner might find such items as salmon burgers, quesadillas and grilled tuna tostadas, to name a few. “Everything is home-made,” said Lisa. She also serves up a mean breakfast, including huevos rancheros, omelets and breakfast burritos, as well as coffee, tea and pastries. “It’s a small kitchen,” she said, “but huge flaLisa Hook vors come out of it.” Lisa’s Hot Mess caters not only to the tenants of the Third Street Center, but also to the community at large. It’s a popular place to conduct small meetings over coffee or lunch. The restaurant is open on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the newly instituted Happy Hour taking place from 4-7, Wednesday through Friday. As if all this work weren’t enough, Lisa also is available for catering and frequently provides a breakfast or lunch buffet for larger meetings at the Third Street Center. So what’s with the gorilla? She shrugs and says “It was George’s idea,” referring to her friend and fellow tenant, George Stranahan.

“Everything is home-made.”


Trotting with the turkeys up Red Hill. This fall, sightings of both mule deer and wild turkeys have been common but elk have not been seen. Photo by Jane Bachrach











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On not returning; Oregon and slouching toward Bethlehem Even though I have not returned to teach creative hearts. You are teenagers. You are dry-land farming writing you still return to me. In the rattling of as- and closed store fronts. Dust and manure. Busted. pen leaves. In phone messages. In writing. In what Busted out. Busting. has been left unwritten. You scour the Roaring Fork Your high school students, the ones who stick Valley with your antipodal hands. You packs of powdered doughnuts against are failing. You are the failure of humy back like a gun, won’t need to conman relationships. You find me running tend with an outsider. Your adminpast the trailhead at dusk. You find me istrators and teachers will have their By Cameron Scott drinking beer and tying flies. classrooms all to themselves to meet In the mornings when I wake up with the last of Oregon state standards. There will be no more inmy guided fishing trips, and the snow has set in, and terloper, interloping, generative writing exercises that the blue sky has been smeared to an Oregon grey, I put cracks in the world for the light to get in. Adults should be waking up and opening the doors to the will no longer need to contend with kids who’ve got school to teach, to ask you to the guts to tell the truth. tell your stories, to let myself No. Instead I’m going to “There will be no more shatter in your hands, but I am be write a story about you. no longer a balm to be broken Me and the Power Lung interloper, interloping, open, broken into, broken. Kid. Me and Gabby Moon I’m no longer a should. I’m a Brown. Ray Dartannon generative writing exercises not. A no. I’m standing in a Cole and her beasts. river fly fishing for steelhead. And we are going to that put cracks I’m cooking oatmeal to warm return, and return, and in the world for the my hands. I’m flaking alfalfa return in a way we don’t for Corriente beef. I’m sitting even know yet, as the glory light to get in.” down at my writing desk. of light and space. We’ll Chiloquin, Oregon, I’ve be that thing slouching toknown you. You are rivers ward Bethlehem. We will and ponderosa, tee-pee burgers, barred windows, be the falcon who cannot hear the falconer. Without drunken and stoned men who watch me drive by and returning, I’m going to return as a blaze of fiction. turn around and continue to watch me drive. You And you will see me as something undeniable. And are seven churches, 700 residents, a casino that never I will not return to you, but I will return, seeking, throws 777’s. among the predators and prey, holy rollers and drum You are mean-family incomes of $20,000. You are beaters, domestics and domesticators. Not resolufinger marks left on skin, dark eye shadow, broken tion. Not return. Not rerun. But something to carry fenders, fists ready to fly. You are boredom and bars. both of us out of the past into a future where things You are methamphetamine fluttering through chalky get better.


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Walking into Winter Tell me everything you know about bones as the snow accumulates and the tops of mountains disappear from this steep sided valley where aspen rise like coral, black ravens, yellow leaves, and hunters slowly drive by in 4WD trailers empty of meat, this road where tires have churned a thick mud and left a mohawk of white, which smells of cows, each step I walk over hoofmarks in an ocean of sagebrush and scrub oak my sacraments of love and fallen leaves my sacraments of moving, moving slowly, as slowly into the breath of snow and wind in my red coat as one who moves among both predators and prey.

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Muertos thanks Dear Editor: Carbondale’s celebration of Día de Los Muertos was truly a collective effort of several cultures, organizations and students. It embodied the spirit of collaboration and cultural integration that we strive for. At CCAH we want to share our gratitude to all who helped make it happen. First and foremost, we need to thank Diana Alcantara, who has been the visionary behind the CCAH Dia celebration. She brings together many of our Latin and Anglo cultures to create this experience, as well as works with students to educate and include them on this holiday. Our partners, Thunder River Theater, produce a lovely show that kicks off the evening with poetry, music and a true honoring of the deceased. It is a wonderful collaboration that takes the celebration up a notch. A special thanks to Soozie Lindbloom, OM Puppet Theater and students from the Waldorf school for an awesome puppet show. We have many teachers participating, from Rifle to Carbondale, that take the time to involve their students in this night. Big kudos to Liz Waters from Rifle High School and Gayle Mason and Rochelle Norwood from our Carbondale schools. Traditional food is an important part of the evening and many women and businesses came together to insure we had a taste of Mexico. Thank you to Deb Colley, El Pollo Rico, El Horizonte, Mi Casita,

Laura Stover, Diana Alcantara, Marisol, Alma Guzman, Maridahlia and Erika Galindo for the yummy tastes. Eloisa Duarte helped put together an altar with the Valley Settlement’s Mother Mentoring program, which is breathtaking. Liz Ensminger and Sondie Reiff helped keep the evening running smoothly. We had a special performance, thanks to Alejandra Rico, by two wonderful musicians from Chihuahua (Ana and Luis) otherwise known as La Gata Negra. Their rendition of a classic Mexican folk song “La Llorona” was breathtaking. There are beautiful altars and Dia art in the Round Room at the Third Street Center through Nov. 15. Please take time to check them out. It is a wonderfully moving experience. Last but not least, a great shout-out to the First Fridays Committee and the Carbondale Chamber for all the support. Thanks again for all the community support. We can’t create these kind of experiences without you! Amy Kimberly CCAH Executive Director

would be defeated from within, by the lack of the following: patriotism-love of country, worship and morals. All are the backbone of America and is what made America great and free. Unfortunately, Stalin was right. Teddy Roosevelt said, “When you educate a man in mind and not in morals, you educate a menace to society.” We are now faced with self-centered young — do what you want, no integrity, no honesty, no decency, no respect. Look

at our TV, movies, magazines, schools, colleges: cheating, shooting and killing. We no longer have freedom of speech, (which does away with any mention of God who gave us the 10 Commandments so we would have character and morals), American history, love of country/patriotism that are of prime importance. Wake up America before we lose ALL our freedoms inch by inch. Ruth Brown Perry Carbondale

Wake up Dear Editor: There was an article in the paper several weeks ago with a school board member from RE1 asking what do we really want our kids to learn in school. The following is my late response. Russia told us long ago, that America

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Nov. 7

LIBRARY • 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 and Tumblebooks will also be explored. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. Info: 625-4270 or LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Reckless Kelly at 8 p.m. Opening act will be the Matt Skinner Band. Info: LIVE MUSIC • The Black Nugget presents Johnny Kongo & Slim (the Cowboy Dope Show) at 8 p.m. No cover. ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.


MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Enough Said” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-14; “Inequality For All” (PG) at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and “20 Feet from Stardom” (PG-13) at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9-10. CARNIVAL TIME • The inaugural Third Street State Fair takes place at the Third Street Center from 4 to 7 p.m. This carnival-themed 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 cake-

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walk, musical chairs, fortune telling, live performances and more. There’ll also be a chili cook-off. Info: The fair is sponsored by the Third Street Center, KDNK, The Sopris Sun, Alpine Bank and Wells Fargo. 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. WYLY SHOW OPENS • The Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt opens the show “The Art of Winifred: A retrospective” from 5 to 7 p.m. The show continues through Dec. 19. Info: CLASSY MUSIC • The Basalt Regional Library presents “Brass Music from Reniassance to Rock” with the Lamont Brass Quintet at 5:30 p.m.

THEATRE • Aspen Community Theatre presents “The Producers” at the Aspen School District Theatre through Nov. 17. Tickets are available at aspenshowtix. com. Info: LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340. LIVE MUSIC • The Black Nugget presents Shotgun Hodown with Dead Orchids at 9 p.m. No cover.


SPORTS SALE • The Mount Sopris Nordic Council’s annual Sports Sale takes place 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: springgulch. org. Proceeds benefit the Spring Gulch Nordic trails system southwest of town. 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.




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DAVI NIKENT • True Nature Healing Arts presents “Your Sacred Soul: An Immersion” at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9-10. The event is supported by Davi Nikent. Info: 379-7767.

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. REDSTONE SERIES • Roaring Fork High School senior Abriah Wofford shows photos and reports on her summer trip to the Lewa Wildlife Refuge in Kenya at the Church at Redstone starting at 7 p.m. The presentation kicks off the monthly Redstone Winter Series. Info: 963-0326.

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. VETS CONCERT • Carbondale Middle School present its annual Veteran’s Day Concert at the school at 1 p.m. The CMS Gulo Gulo Band, under the direction of Mean Old Mr. Gray, will perform “The CALENDAR continued on page 11

Community Calendar 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 Dr.


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. LIBRARY • Kids in grades K-5 are invited to the Carbondale Branch Library the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. to read to a dog from Heeling Partners of the


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.

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Roaring Fork Valley. Please call 963-2889 to register for a 15-minute slot. ART DEMO • The Glenwood Springs Art Guild presents “Portrait Drawing” with Staci Dickerson at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1630 Grand Ave.) at 7 p.m. It’s free. Info: 404-1208.


Resources), John Kloster-Prew (director of the Colorado Energy Efficiency Business Coalition) and others. The cost is $20, which includes lunch, and the registration deadline is Nov. 8. Info: 704-9200. 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:

POWERING UP • CORE, CLEER and others present the half-day interactive work-shop Powering Up from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at town hall. Speakers include economist Skip Laitner, state Sen. Gail Schwartz, Mark Sylvia (commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Energy

CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club at the Third Street Center continues its lunchtime presentations with “The Way of Harmony: Aki Principles for Daily Living” from Ellen Stapenhorst. On Nov. 20, it’s “Explore Avatar” with licensed master Donna Fell.

The invitational runs through Dec. 23. CCC is located at the east end of Main Street.

its tension-release class at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays to the Purple Star Veterans program. The class is usually taught by Purple Heart recipient Adam McCabe. Info: 963-0124.

PURPLE STAR BENEFITS • Kula Yoga on Main Street is donating all contributions from

HIGHWAY 133 TRAIL CLOSED NOV. 7 • The bike and pedestrian trail from Carbondale Car Care to the Sopris Shopping Center will be closed on Nov. 7. Also on Nov. 7, paving will occur on Main Street east of Highway 133; from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., RFTA buses will enter and exit on Colorado Avenue (drop off is only at the swimming pool). ZANCA TRAINING SLATED • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program’s next youth radio training takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at KDNK. Space is limited. For details, call Stacy at 963-0139. VALLEY VIEW HOSTS VIGIL • Valley View Hospital hosts a lighted vigil in the Calaway*Young Cancer Center as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of lung cancer at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. The vigil will be led by Dr. Akrum Al-Zubaidi and include lung cancer survivors. CHURCH HOSTS CHRISTMAS ART SALE • First United Methodist Church hosts a Christmas art and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. The church is located at Ninth and Cooper.

Save the date THURSDAY Nov. 14

MARGARITAVILLE RETURNS • Think twice before boxing up your flip-flops, Hawaiian 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). AVALANCHE BENEFIT • Phat Thai restaurant, and Cripple Creek Backcountry, host a fund-raiser for the Colorado Avalanache Information Center starting at 6 p.m. There’ll be a social hour, music and “bonus epic raffle.” The family style dinner is $35 with free beer from New Belguim. For reservations, call 963-7001.


CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE • Local articans present the 37th annual Christmas Boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carbondale fire station. A percentage of the proceeds benefit the fire district.

FRIDAY Nov. 22

LABOR OF LOVE • KDNK holds its annual Labor of Love Auction at the Carbondale Recreation center starting at 4 p.m. There’ll be music from Walt Smith & Friends, libations from Sopris Liquor & Wine, food from the Goat and hundreds of spectacular auction items. Info: 963-0139.

The Sopris Sun invites you to

Margaritaville on Main Street • Thursday, November 14th from 6-9pm • Mi Casita in Carbondale • Join your friends and neighbors in supporting Carbondale’s independent community newspaper! • Enjoy live music by Guilty Pleasures • $5 margaritas for all Sopris Sun “Sunscribers” NEW THIS YEAR: All-You-Can-Eat Pozole and Taco Bar $15 (just $5 for kids under 12) The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • November 7, 2013 • 11

Community Briefs

Please submit your communty briefs to by noon on Monday. other CCAH notes: • Registration is under way for Penelope Greenwell’s adult collage workshop, which is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 16. For details, call 963-1680 or go to • Get your pecha kucha on at Dos Gringos at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. The topic is “water” and presenters will share stories, thoughts and observations on it. Presenters are still needed. For details, call 963-1680 or e-mail

Edward Jones supports Lift-Up Dave Weimer, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Carbondale, is using his office as a drop-off location for Lift-Up’s canned food drive. Residents and businesses can drop off items at 0326, Highway 133, Suite 110, during regular business hours through Dec. 15.

Library writers’ group meets

Donna Phelps (left) and Jeri Alberts (right) dropped in for pickleball at the Carbondale Recreation Center a week or two ago. One end of the gym is tapped off in green and open for drop-in pickleball Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The game is similar to tennis and played with a Whiffle ball. For details, call 510-1290. Photo by Lynn Burton

CMC cuts tuition for military, vets Active-duty military, veterans, and their spouses and dependents now receive Colorado Mountain College’s low in-district tuition — no matter where they live. “The college offers the discounted rate as a show of gratitude for military service and sacrifice,” said a CMC spokeswoman. In-district tuition rates are $56-$95 per credit hour, depending on the level of courses taken. Many classes are available online, making it easier for working students to earn an occupational certificate or take classes toward an associate or

bachelor’s degree, without sacrificing needed income. Veterans or active-duty military can visit CMC’s veteran admissions website at The spring semester begins the week of Jan. 13.

The Carbondale Library Writers’ Group meets at the library at 6:30 p.m. The monthly group offers a supportive environment for writers of all genres and ages, from the novice to the experienced. It’s free. For details, call 963-2889 or go to

Libraries closed on Nov. 11 All six Garfield County Libraries (Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Parachute, Rifle and Silt) will be closed for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. Regular hours resume at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.

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The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities opens it’s Deck the Walls sale at its R2 Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14. There’ll be artisan gift items such as jewelry, soaps, lotions, scarves, hats, as well as handmade holiday items like ornaments and gift cards. In

The Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission continues discussing the unified development code (UDC) at 7 p.m. The town trustees are expected to approve a new UDC, to take the place of the existing zoning code, sometime next year.

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Día de los Muertos Carbondale celebrated Día de los Muertos in style on Nov. 1. The Mexican holiday is celebrated by many cultures around the world and is a day to pray, celebrate and remember family and friends that have departed. A common symbol at Día de los Muertos celebrations is a skull, with participants expressing themselves artistically by creating masks, dabbing on face paint and more. Many readers would no doubt recognize the faces behind the paint shown here. As for the masked-paddlers in the photo (upper right), they are seventh graders at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, who worked with the Out of the Mud Puppet Theatre for their performance at Thunder River Theatre.

Photos and text by Jane Bachrach

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He part of our business,” saysa in the Roaring Fork Valley. our customers grow up, from their custom Avenue, Basalt, CO 81621. key Erin. lesson“We in Jamie’s mind asa he comRichard, grew up in Framingeven launched custom birthwho announcements to birthday “We bought the business met in Depareswelcome his timebag at product Le Cordon Bleu area with ham, in 2004 when they for Aspen parties to graduations and first jobs.” cember 2003,” says Amy. “Erin wasMassachusetts, actual performance. “Although I found worked together at Shlomo’s on the Applications may be requested by non-profit With just the one store front in destination events and weddings (the-it looking for an opportunity to be her rewarding and eye-opening I found you Green at the Aspen Course. led which keeps us exBasalt theyGolf are still able This to assist own boss.” organizations. The Grant form can be found learn by doing and gained much more to their opening the Red Mountain Grill The stationery business appealed tomers internationally. They work tremely busy during wedding season.” the golf The Grill, experience onErin the job thanout in of school.” on our website at: withcourse bridesin all 2008. over the United States While moved the area to Erin, as did Basalt. Prior toonownBut back to the question of, are they now six years old, is known for its excepall ing the business she worked for non- and are beginning to map countries several years ago, she still operates related? been a customer tional food and atmosphere gathersAusGrant deadline is the This back has office details for the conunstore. they’ve shipped to:and Canada, profits in both California and Denver. drumAmy for runs someday-to-day time. “Most people are more justNew golfers off the course. operations in tralia, Zealand, England and Amy joined the business rightinout of than 5 p.m., September 27, 2013. shocked when they learn we’re Even though they own two eatery’s the store and is the designer.not,” says college in 2003 and together they’ve France thus far. Jamie, “and there we are have some the whoperfect are so now, in thesome restaurant “Together The girls have rather faseen their business grow by leaps andtheir beginnings ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS adamant that they insist we must be lying.” world were a bit more humble and coinFor additional informationWINTER call 927-9851. bounds. In fact, earlier this year they mous customers of the Hollywood combination of left-brain, right-brain 970-927-4384 • 144 Midland Avenue You can come and make your cidentally similar. says were able to double their floor space variety too. “It’s always fun to turn for a small, creative business,” mind up for yourself, while you’re there us started outthem as dishwashers Basalt, Colorado 81621 with a move up the street to a spot“Both Amy. “And . .and . we’re sisters.” around and see browsing in the lo- of dive into of their sensational and prep guys in says our fiErin, rst restaurant jobssecret Foronemore information gomeat, to: store,” “We’ve had cated on the river. poultry or seafood dishes. And don’t in  our home states,” says Jamie,  “and “We have always loved sta- back office meetings with clients to forfound ourselves in instances that the res- get Sunday for a superb brunch.



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son in 1888, Charles bought his father-in-law Myron Thompson’s homestead, and developed with his son Robert a large sheep ranch. With the urging of his uncle By Darrell Munsell Samuel Bowles, the tubercular Oscar Holland came to Special to The Sopris Sun Colorado to regain his health. In 1886 he married MyAlthough mining was the initial lure for Carbondale’s ron Thompson’s daughter Hattie. The couple moved into early settlers, agriculture provided the staying power. In a new brick ranch house on the southern edge of Carthe spring of 1882, after the opening of the former Ute bondale that Myron built for them as a wedding gift. Territory to settlement, Aspen was inundated with men Today, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society operates the ready to claim ranches or farms downHolland-Thompson House as a historical valley. Settlers rushed to the Roaring museum. Oscar and Hattie established the Fork and Crystal River valleys to proPleasant View Ranch, one of the largest vide the hay and fresh food Aspen miners ranches in the Crystal River Valley during and freighters needed. By the summer of their lifetimes. Although others had planted 1882, about 100 ranches were established By Darrell Munsell and harvested potatoes before, Oscar was by preemption in the Roaring Fork Valley. credited with being the originator of potato Before the railroads expanded the aggrowing in the area. ricultural economy beyond the local area, truck farming Many others left mining in Leadville or Aspen to set(growing produce for the local market) was the primary tle on or purchase existing homesteads in the two river form of farming and ranching in the two river valleys. valleys. Thomas McClure came from Ireland to work in A typical settler located 160 acres and eventually filed a the mines at Georgetown and Leadville before buying preemption claim with the government for the parcel. He a ranch just east of Catherine. Like other truck famers, built a simple log cabin with a dirt floor as his home. Any he grew vegetables and grain and cut hay for the local additional buildings were added later. If he had the right market. His specialty crop, however, was potatoes. He location, he dug a ditch to irrigate his land and planted experimented with the Early Rose potato to develop a a variety of crops. W. F. Corhead’s farm on the Crystal new variety known as the “Red McClure,” which quickly River was a good example of a truck farm of this period. gained widespread popularity throughout the state. AlIn 1882, he planted turnips, potatoes, cabbage, oats, rye, though he farmed for 10 years, mining was still in his and buckwheat. He also cut 15 tons of hay. blood. Consequently, he returned to Leadville to mine for several more years. Opportunity Harvey Tanney and his wife Ottawa passed through The opportunity for profitable farming and ranch- Aspen to settle on a ranch near the Crystal River in 1882. ing brought many more settlers to the Carbondale area Called the “pioneer woman of the Rock Creek (Crysbetween 1882 and 1885. Mentioned previously, Charles tal) valley,” Ottawa was reported to be the first white Sewell and Oscar Holland arrived in the Crystal River woman in the area. In 1884, the Tanneys established a Valley in 1882 and 1883. After marring Clara Thomp- hotel known as the Tanney House at the east end of what (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three part series titled “Ranches, Mines and Railroads.”)

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would become Main Street in Carbondale. For a time, the area’s first post office was located in the hotel building. After Harvey’s death in 1885, Ottawa enlarged and changed the name of the hotel to the Ottawa House. There were many other early pioneers to the area who originally had been lured to Colorado by mining or related activities. William “Yank” Walden established a ranch along Yank Creek (named for him) west of Carbondale and was joined by his nephew Frank Sweet in 1882; Henry Beecher Brown and his brother Delbert homesteaded what would become the Frank and Lou Sweet ranch on East Mesa; Daniel Edgerton settled on a ranch near Spring Gulch in Jerome Park and established a dairy business; James Needham homesteaded what is today the Mike and Kit Strang Ranch; George Banning established a ranch west of the Tanney Ranch; and Edward Stauffacher opened a dairy and cheese factory on his homestead near the Colorado Midland whistle stop that he named after his wife Catherine. Although not in the group of former miners and/or freighters, James Zimmerman (Bob Zimmerman’s brother) and John Patterson (Ranch at Roaring Fork) were early pioneers of note.

Grubb brothers The Grubb brothers, Eugene and Lloyd, are perhaps among the best known of the early Carbondale pioneers. Eugene came from Leadville to Aspen in 1882 to join Lloyd in a mining claim on Aspen Mountain. The brothers soon tired of Aspen and moved to the Crystal River Valley in 1885 to take up ranching. By one account, Eugene traded a buggy and a lame mule plus $1 for the Smith brothers’ ranch south of Carbondale on the Crystal River. Edna Sweet, however, stated that Grubb traded “Morman Annie,” a race horse for the property. Whatever the case, it was a fine bargain, as the Grubbs EARLY RANCHING page 16

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Early ranching continued from page 15 turned the ranch, the Mt. Sopris Ranch, into a spread of 1,800 acres. Lloyd eventually developed his own ranch and became president of the Western Range Stock Growers’ Association and of the Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers’ Association. He sold his land in Colorado in 1903 and moved to California. Meanwhile, Eugene raised registered horses and took up potato cultivation, which became his lifelong passion. He became an international authority on growing potatoes. He won acclaim for his Perfect Peachblow and Russet Burbank potatoes and established a flourishing market for them with the New York Central Railroad, the Pullman Railroad Car Company, and the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. During his career, he served as a board member of Colorado State Agricultural College and was Assistant U. S.

Secretary of Agriculture. The establishment of an agricultural economy would not have been possible without the railroads, which brought increased population and opportunity to the Roaring Fork and Crystal Valleys. But, as Edna Sweet lamented, the railroads also brought “all the riff-raff that follows such a thing — lewd women and rough men.” With the arrival of the railroads, Carbondale became an energetic hub of agricultural and commercial prosperity during the early years of the twentieth century.

“By one account, Eugene traded a buggy and a lame mule plus $1 for the Smith brothers’ ranch south of Carbondale on the Crystal River.”

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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