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Volume 8, Number 41 | November 17, 2016

Look for some lively art when RFTA’s circulator bus starts rolling around town in a couple of weeks. The “wrap around” art comes from art teacher Ami Maes’ Carbondale Middle School students. The school submitted approximately 130 works of art, of which the Carbondale Public Arts Commission selected 20 for the bus. For more information, please turn to page 13. Photo by Lynn Burton


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

CMC: Committed to communities and one another By Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser This past weekend, I joined a crowded room in Glenwood Springs to listen to those who may be affected by potential changes to federal immigration policy. Organized by a local attorney, the meeting was filled with educators, elected officials, government workers, representatives of nonprofit organizations, and many students, children and families. All were seeking to understand the potential effects following the recent national election and to hear from community members who expressed fear and uncertainty about the future. The truth is that none of us knows what will change – if anything – come Jan. 20. Many campaign promises were made, but actual plans are unclear. What we do know, however, is that many in our communities are anxious. They, like all of us, have heard stories of heightened bullying in schools, seen racially charged graffiti on the news, and watched multi-day protest marches in dozens of American cities. Some who could be affected by changes to federal law have started to ask my colleagues and me whether college is even worth the effort anymore. To a lifelong advocate for equity and college access, I find this sentiment to be both troubling and sad. In the midst of this anxious environment, I want to offer clear and accurate information about the laws governing tuition and enrollment at Colorado Mountain College and the conduct expectations for those affiliated with it. First, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not necessary to pay the

lower “in-state” tuition rate at Colorado’s public colleges and universities for many, if not most, current high school students. Colorado has a separate law called ASSET that allows students who have been in our state’s high schools for three or more years and graduated to earn in-state status. This law could change, of course, but it would require action from the Colorado legislature, not from Washington, D.C. Second, students do not need to be U.S. citizens to enroll in public colleges or universities. Our colleges routinely enroll students from around the world and have many students whose statuses are uncertain, such as homeless youth. There are certainly a number of very important requirements necessary to establish eligibility for in-state tuition, which is considered a “public benefit,” but these policies only apply to costs and do not affect one’s opportunity to participate in college. Similarly, all students who are enrolled in our local high schools are allowed to participate in concurrent enrollment programs at no cost for tuition. The concurrent enrollment program is governed by Colorado laws and is unique to our state. As long as students are enrolled in public high schools, concurrent enrollment can be available to them. Finally, federal law has never permitted undocumented students access to federal financial aid such as Pell grants and student loans. All students enrolled in college, however, may receive support from private foundations and certain merit-based financial aid programs. So, a number of scholarship resources may be available for enrolled students.


The most important message is: don’t give up on your education or your dreams. As the future unfolds, CMC remains committed to helping every student succeed regardless of citizenship or political views. The results of the recent election compel us to listen and better serve those disadvantaged by our global economy. As such, CMC is committed to developing the skills necessary for all students to achieve economic success and resiliency. Connect with our admissions or financial aid teams. Share your aspirations with our counseling staff or spend time with our terrific faculty. Again, don’t give up. As a final reminder, let’s all honor and observe the expectations for conduct found in our Constitution as well as the rules we live by at CMC. Both governing frameworks allow freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble to share opinions and ideas. As an unbiased institution, the college embraces these ideals and encourages opportunities for debate, exploration, learning and growth that are peaceful, respectful and civil. The college also takes seriously the responsibility to ensure that the freedoms, rights, and safety of all students and employees are honored and protected. Fifty years ago, CMC was established by our mountain communities. That commitment will not waver as long as I’m president, so please join your college and your community to ensure we are – and forever will remain – open and inclusive to all. Para leer esta columna en español, vaya a este enlace: Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser is president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College. Reach her at or follow her on Twitter at @CMCPresident.

Dandelion Market benefits from even slight upticks Annual meeting Nov. 17 Exhale. The country has spoken clearly that we need change. More than ever, we need to pause, embrace our community and focus on local change we do have control over. Healthy local food is truly one of the most important, and easiest, sustainability choices we have as fortunate consumers. Buying locally and seasonally removes links in the global food chain of sourcing, packaging and shipping food. There are exciting things happening with our local food revolution. There are more young farmers than ever. Harvest festivals and farmto-table dinners are selling out. New farmer’s markets are popping up. Food is being embraced as culinary art in our new creative district. Local hops are going into local beer. We have a community bread oven and a seedsaving library. Kids are eating healthy organic lunches. In the background, there are many humble organizations doing the hard and thankless work to connect the dots and build the food hub that will keep us healthy, happy and resilient. We are very lucky to have a local food al-

ternative in the Dandelion Market, Carbondale’s community food co-op. Although the Dandelion Market is abundant, vibrant, fresh and more locally sourced than ever, it’s lease will expire in June 2017 at 559 Main Street. The market needs a new home, and it really needs a downtown home in order to remain an anchor for our vibrant community. What can you do? The market needs you to speak up, vote with your dollar and volunteer your time to help our market transition and thrive. The Dandelion Market is small and mighty. We weathered the Whole Foods influx, the Great Recession, two store expansions and several staff transitions. The next storm will likely be a new City Market near the roundabout, which has been approved.


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on a daily basis. Whether you are a curious shopper, or a veteran member-owner, please come visit us to get some Paonia carrots, Silt greens or Nieslanik beef. You will meet great people, learn new things and feel good about doing your part in helping something grow. Please stop by our annual members’ meeting on Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center Calaway Room, to share some potluck food, vote in new board members and get involved with an exciting future for the Dandelion Market. This is our food cooperative and the time is now for all of us to work cooperatively to find a new home and create positive local change. For more information, either stop by the store at 559 Main St., call 963-1375 or access the website at Hable Espanol. It is happening! Jason White Member-owner Dandelion Market Carbondale

Yes, our financial reality in the mountains is that we all need to shop at City Market for some of our food items. We just don’t see the true cost of food because it is hidden within the corporate financial model. On the contrary, with such a small footprint and opPlease turn to page 15 for erating budget, the Dandelion Market benefits greatly from even slight upticks in sales

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Letters to the Editor

Sincerest thanks to our

Honorary Publishers for their generous, ongoing commitment of support. Jim Calaway, Chair Kay Brunnier Bob Ferguson – Jaywalker Lodge Scott Gilbert: Habitat for Humanity - RFV Bob Young – Alpine Bank George Stranahan Peter Gilbert James Surls Umbrella Roofing, Inc. Bill Spence and Sue Edelstein

ank you to our SunScribers and community members for your support! It truly takes a village to keep e Sun shining.

To inform, inspire and build community. Donations accepted online or by mail. For information call 510-3003 Editor: Lynn Burton • 970-510-3003 Advertising: Kathryn Camp • 970-379-7014 Reporter: John Colson Photographer: Jane Bachrach Graphic Designer: Terri Ritchie Delivery: Tom Sands CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS Barbara Dills, President Debbie Bruell, Secretary Colin Laird • Cliff Colia Diana Alcantara • Matt Adeletti • Olivia Pevec The Sopris Sun Board meets regularly on the third Monday evening of each month at the Third Street Center. Check the calendar for details and occasional date changes.

Founding Board Members Allyn Harvey • Becky Young • Colin Laird Barbara New • Elizabeth Phillips Peggy DeVilbiss • Russ Criswell Honorary Board Members Denise Barkhurst • Sue Gray David L. Johnson • Laura McCormick Jeannie Perry • Trina Ortega • Frank Zlogar

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School district introduces Capstone projects A new graduation requirement By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent Several Roaring Fork High School seniors have volunteered to complete a “Capstone” project this year. A total of about 45 students across the district will be piloting this new aspect of the district’s graduation requirements, which will officially go into effect during the 2017-2018 school year. A Capstone, according to Kelsy Been, the district’s public communications officer and Capstone coordinator, is an individualized project that allows each student to follow his or her own interests and passions, develop real-world skills, and produce some kind of end-product to share with others. The RFHS students piloting Capstones this year include a student passionate about theater who will be creating a video diary of her theater experiences, a participant of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico program who will be creating a brochure for the dance company, a student interested in woodworking who will be building a boat, and a student interested in technology will be building a computer. Other examples of possible projects listed in the district’s Capstone Handbook include: become certified to teach CPR and teach a course in the community, intern

with an elementary school teacher, write and publish a book of poems, design and create a piece of art for public display. A Capstone project can be related to a student’s extracurricular activity, school club, job, or one of their classes — although it must somehow go “above and beyond” the regular class requirements. Been emphasized that the depth and complexity of each project will vary depending on the student. It must be something that is “a learning stretch” for each student and takes them somewhat “outside their comfort zone.”  However, Been explained, for one student, that might be building a birdhouse; for another, it might be building a robot. The only specific requirements for the Capstone are to write a project proposal, receive approval on the proposal, meet with a mentor (a community member with some expertise in the subject area of the project), document one’s effort (through a journal, blog, photos and other means), and produce some kind of end-product or performance to share with others at the project’s completion. Been is in the process of developing a database of community members interested in serving as Capstone mentors. The role of the mentor will vary with each project, Been said. Some mentors might meet with their student once or twice, while other mentors might have ongoing conversations with their student over the course of a few months.

The Crew advisory classes will be the structure through which high school students learn about and receive in-school support on their Capstone projects. Each student’s Crew teacher will function as their Capstone advisor.

Opportunities, concerns Roaring Fork High School Principal Drew Adams told The Sopris Sun that he believes the Capstone projects will help students gain important skills they might not otherwise gain through their classes — skills like learning how to engage with adults in the community and learning how to navigate the adult world — and that a Capstone can help “empower kids to create change where they see a need for change.” Energy club students who worked to bring solar panels to the school last year, Adams explained, could have used an aspect of that project as their Capstone. According to Been, Capstones are also a unique type of learning experience in that each project is self-directed by the student — in contrast to most classes in which students are following a curriculum set by teachers. Been said she has received some concerns from parents who are saying things such as, “My daughter is already maxed out — taking Advanced Placement classes and applying to colleges ... How will she fit in one more thing?” To address that concern, Been said, they are giving students the flexibility to do

their Capstone project any time during their junior or senior year, including during summer or spring break. The district has set a ballpark figure of 30 hours as the amount of time students should spend on their Capstone projects. Been emphasized that many students already have interests they are pursuing outside of school and Capstones can be an opportunity to showcase those activities. Been explained that the district is trying to be flexible around the Capstones, letting schools set their own deadlines and allowing some of the specifics to evolve this year as they pilot the Capstones. At the same time, they are trying to provide enough guidelines to help teachers and students prepare for full implementation next year. Been also noted that the project itself does not have to “succeed,” in the typical sense of the word. Students can learn a great deal from working on a project that does not go as planned, she explained, and “we want to encourage students to take risks.” That’s also one reason why the Capstone will be graded simply as pass or fail. (However, the district is considering the possibility of a “pass with honors” option as well).

Graduation? Kelly Donnelly is a counselor at RFHS and the school’s Capstone coordinator. Donnelly said she does not foresee any students being held back from graduation beCAPSTONE PROJECTS page 9

Opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline turned out to protest at Wells Fargo banks in Carbondale (shown here) and Aspen on Nov. 15. They are asking that the bank divest itself from helping to finance the controversial pipeline, and are showing solidarity with Native American Indians. When contacted by The Sopris Sun, a Wells Fargo spokeswoman said, “While we respect the differing opinions involved in this dispute, Wells Fargo does not take positions on public policy issues that do not directly affect our ability to serve our customers or support our team members. We have banking relationships with tens of thousands of companies in hundreds of different sectors. We do business only with companies that have demonstrated a strong, ongoing commitment to complying with all laws and regulations. Beyond that, we do not comment on specific customer relationships. The Dakota Access Pipeline project was evaluated by an independent engineer to be compliant with the Equator Principles, a framework adopted by Wells Fargo in 2005 that is designed to determine, assess, and manage social and environmental risks and impacts of projects. As a signatory, Wells Fargo provides loans and advisory services only to those projects whose borrowers can demonstrate their ability and willingness to comply with the Equator Principles' requirements for categorizing, assessing, and managing environmental and social risks.” On a related note, on Nov. 14, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) announced it needs more analysis before the pipeline can move forward. The proposed route runs through ACE land that borders Lake Oahe, the main source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. – Compiled by Lynn Burton

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Birder speaks up for dead trees Sopris Sun Staff Report A landowner whose property is adjacent to the Carbondale Nature Park on Nov. 9 asked the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission to reconsider a decision from earlier this year to remove several dead trees at the northern end of the park property. The commission members, by a vote of 6-1, agreed to recommend that the trees be preserved as “prime birding habitat� and suggested that any danger posed to the public by the trees (as outlined by town arborist David Coon) could be alleviated by changing the alignment of trails through the site and by the use of fencing to keep people away from the trees. A temporary fence has been installed, and town staff will be considering what steps to take next. In other news from Town Manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report to trustees, staff and others, the public works department went to work last week reviewing site plans for a new City Market store, originally approved last March. The new store, planned for a site along Highway 133 north of Main Street, is to feature a better layout and more modern facilities than the old store, and be about 15,000 square feet larger than the old store, coming in at slightly more than 59,000 square feet in the new building compared to about 44,000 square feet in the old one, according to plans submitted by Kroger Co., the owner of City Market and King Sooper stores in Colorado. Plans for the new store have been subject to several delays since March. The Town of Carbondale’s street crew has

From Nov. 4 to 11, Carbondale officers and other agencies handled more than 212 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note:

worked on sidewalk repairs at 8th Street and Main since last week, and those repairs were scheduled to be ďŹ nished early this week, according to Harrington’s memo. At the other end of Main Street, a contractor was brought in to replace a cracked concrete panel on Main near the Marble Distillery, under a warranty for work on a water line project. The parks department reported to Harrington that its crew has accomplished several tasks recently, including placing engineered wood chips in playgrounds at Sopris, Colorado Meadows and Hendrick Ranch parks; removal of leaves from the 4th Street Plaza Park; equipment maintenance (sharpening of chainsaws); servicing trash and Dog-pots in the parks; preparing cemetery grounds for a burial; picking up and storing soccer goals donated by the City of Aspen; and leveling the ground and erecting side boards for the Gus Darien Riding Arena ice rink this winter. Harrington reported that the town’s sales tax revenues for October were down by 3.7 percent, though year-to-date revenues are up by 3.9 percent. He wrote that overall, the tax revenues for 2016 were budgeted to be 4 percent higher than those for 2015. While town staff continue working on a variety of utility projects, and reports of “technical difďŹ culties with equipment,â€? Harrington assured his readers that “we remain 100 percent capable to operate all of the (water treatment plants),â€? though the “Crystal Well remains off line.â€?

FRIDAY, Nov. 4: At 12:59 p.m. a 69-year-old local man was interviewed by police concerning a charge of indecent exposure. He was ticketed and released. FRIDAY, Nov. 4: At 10:48 p.m. police were called about a domestic violence situation, by a man who asked that police call him back. When an ofďŹ cer called back, the reporting party said the ďŹ ght was over and all was well. He refused to give details to the police, but said he just wanted to “make a recordâ€? of the incident, according to police. TUESDAY, Nov. 8: At 10:55 a.m. police were called by a local woman about a scam telephone call she had received from “an unknown company requesting $300.â€? Further details were not reported by police. TUESDAY, Nov. 8: At 1:12 p.m. police were dispatched to a possible domestic violence incident at an undisclosed location. A summons was issued to a suspect whose name was not included in the police report on a charge of child abuse. WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9: At 4:49 p.m. police were informed of a bank scam in which a victim's money was taken from a bank account. No further information was reported by police. FRIDAY, Nov. 11: At 7:05 p.m. the GarďŹ eld County Sheriff's OfďŹ ce was alerted to a domestic violence incident at a residence on County Road 106 outside Carbondale (Satank Road). After investigating, deputies arrested a 49-year-old man and took him to GarďŹ eld County Jail on charges that included second-degree assault (strangulation) and child abuse, as well as domestic violence.


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Let your imagination run wild and get those creative juices flowing. Spruce Up the Sun contest winners receive the honor of having their artwork in the Dec. 22 issue which is distributed throughout the Roaring Fork Valley as well as being posted on the Sun’s website.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 9. Drop them off at The Sopris Sun office in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St., #36 – at the end of the “long hallâ€?) or send them to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623, postmarked by Dec. 5. Please include your name, grade, age and phone number ON THE BACK of your entry. For more information, call The Sopris Sun at 510-3003 or email 4 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • NOVEMBER 17-23, 2016

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Send your scuttlebutt to up for the whole day or just part. An optional training session will be held on Jan. 20. “The RFHS meet is the last meet before the State Festival meet,� said Roaring Fork’s Rachel Cooper. “It is the students’ last chance to get feedback to help perfect their pieces before going to State.� For details, call Cooper at 384-5787 or e-mail

Branscomb speaks on election issues Local election watcher Harvie Branscomb will be going to Denver this weekend to take part in The Free and Equal Elections Foundation’s third annual Electoral Reform Symposium in Glendale, a separate incorporated community surrounded by the City of Denver. Branscomb, whose Election Quality News ( website has been critically studying and reporting on electoral issues in Colorado and beyond for years, will be a speaker at the symposium, discussing such topics as internet voting and voteby-mail ballots, which he said are not as secure as the old, in-person method of voting at a polling place on election day. Other speakers include Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. The symposium is scheduled for Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at InďŹ nity Park’s Cherry Creek Room.

Wanna be a speech tourney judge? Roaring Fork High School is looking for judges for a tournament at the school on January 21. The tournament runs from 7:45 (sign up) to 4 p.m. Judges can sign

Bill “Jonesyâ€? Jones, of Colorado Springs, was featured on last week’s Sopris Sun cover at the 1985 Mountain Fair Camp Bonedale. To ďŹ ll things in a bit, Jonesey tells the Sun that Camp Bonedale founders included: John Thiel, Staci Dickerson, Lois Johnson and Dru Handy. All were drinking buddies at the old Crystal Valley Steakhouse (now town. restaurant on Main Street). Jones was a miner at the MidContinent coal mine west of Redstone and managed to get three days off for Mountain Fair every year. “I lived and died for Mountain Fair,â€? he said. The wooden Camp Bonedale sign, standing more than four feet tall, served as a meeting place for even non-CB residents. Rumor has it the sign has been retired to someone’s garage but is resting peacefully.

Ritchie earns certiďŹ cation The Montana Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) has announced that Elizabeth Ritchie has passed the CertiďŹ ed Plant Professionals (CPP) program. Ritchie is one of ďŹ ve students from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, to graduate from the program this fall. Ritchie is studying landscape design and horticulture, and plans to graduate this December.

Congrats to RFHS students According to the Roaring Fork High School website, the following seniors have been accepted to the following colleges: Sean Smollen (University of Colorado at Denver), Taylor Carney (Colorado Mesa University), Enrique Gonzales (Colorado School of

Mines), Ailyn Arevalo (Metro State Colorado University in Denver) and Jensen Platero (Colorado State University).

WW names Volunteer of the Year Wilderness Workshop has named Ron Reed of New Castle as its Bristlecone Mountain Sports’ Volunteer of the Year award recipient. Last summer, Reed: restored a wetland near Crooked Creek Pass, pulled weeds in the Hunter Creek Valley, maintained trails on Lost Man, and removed barbed-wire fencing in the valley below Maroon Lake. To off the summer, he helped out at Wildfest to keep the event running smoothly.

This just in A group hug, brought on by The Donald’s unexpected win in the presidential election, is slated for some time, some place on the December First Friday. Stay tuned for details. Other First Friday action will include the Carbondale Clay Center annual auction, and the KDNK Labor of Love auction.

Good news in Redstone The new owners of the Redstone Castle, Steve and April Carver

of Glenwood Springs, will keep the Castle open for tours after their recent purchase for $2.2 million, according to published accounts. The Carvers own the Hotel Denver and Glenwood Springs Adventure Park (on Iron Mountain; the one with the gondolas running over the old Highway 6&24 in West Glenwood).

Fire district 911 calls The Carbondale & Rural Fire District received the following 911 calls the week of Nov. 6-12: • Medical emergencies (5); • Trauma emergencies (3); • Motor vehicle accident responses (3); • Citizen assist response (1); • Structure ďŹ re responses (3); • Brush ďŹ re response (1); • Illegal burning response (1); • Smoke check response (1); • Odor check response (1); • Smoke alarm responses (4).

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Robin Tolan (Nov. 17); Larry Smith (Nov. 18); Heather Lafferty and Kelsey Clapper (Nov. 19); Rosie Sweeney and Mike Metheny (Nov. 20) and Lindsay Henstchel (Nov. 22).

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Dorothea Farris: is year’s Hattie ompson Award recipient and after graduating in 1957, she took a teaching job in Kirkland, Washington. It was then that Farris’ activism began, though she says she didn’t mean to be an activist. “I found out one of the male teachers was making $5,000 a year and I was making $4,000. So I went to the school board and asked why, and they said because men had to support their families. But the man was single, so that argument didn’t hold up.” She got her equal pay. “If you have an issue and follow through on it, you can get things done,” said Farris. Her advice to young women interested in public service is to be bold, informed and caring. “Make sure you know what you’re talking about, that you understand the other person’s perspective … and don’t give up too easily!” Farris came to live in the Roaring Fork Valley in 1960. She’d fallen in love with the area when she worked at the Hotel Jerome one summer during college. Soon after moving here, she also fell in love with locally-born Doug Farris, who shared her passion for the land and for helping people. They married and had three children, and are still happily together 55 years later, now living in the Crystal Valley just outside Carbondale.

Protector of the land, teacher and more By Sue Gray Sopris Sun Contributor “To me the landscape of the West reflects the character and the strength of the men and women who call this land home. Its stark beauty suggests openness and honesty; its sharp edges encourage directness; its forest offers solace; its clear skies demand clarity; its mountains require risk. Evidence of past cultures and lifestyles mark the land.” – Dorothea Farris, from the book “A Life Well-Rooted, Women of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley” by Meredith Ogilby. A sense of place runs deep in Dorothea Farris, the 2016 recipient of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society’s (MSHS) third annual Hattie Thompson Award. The award is presented to a woman in the community who is bold, industrious and daring, who possesses a true love of the land and joy of learning, and whose significant contributions have enriched our community, according to MSHS Executive Director Beth White. White said Farris, 80, who is a former teacher, a community activist and a tireless champion of environmental and historic preservation, was the obvious choice for this year’s award. Farris’ extensive public service positions include 12 years as a Pitkin County Commissioner, 19 years on the Aspen School District Board of Education, an appointment to the Colorado Wildlife Commission by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, board member of the National Association of Counties and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and founding member of the Colorado West Elk Loop Scenic Byway and the Thompson Divide Coalition. Currently, Farris serves on the Town of Carbondale Preservation Board and is an active member of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society & Thompson House Museum board of directors. She explained that her interest in preserving history comes from a belief that “if we know and understand our past, we can use that knowledge to protect our land and preserve our lifestyle into the future.” Farris is a big believer in the ability of community members joining together to make things better, even if they don’t always see eye to eye. “Not all of us agree on everything, but we can work together to get things done. You find common ground, and you focus on your goals.”

Early on Farris acquired her ability to work with people early on. Growing up Dorothea Ike, the child of Irish and Swedish immigrants in a New Jersey neighborhood populated with


Before a civic career that included 12 years as a Pitkin County Commissioner and 19 years on the Aspen school board, Dorothea Farris worked for a summer at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. She will receive the Hattie Thompson Award at the River Valley Ranch barn on Nov. 20. Photo by Jane Bachrach

“Not all of us agree on everything, but we can work together to get things done. You find common ground, and you focus on your goals.” Italians, she learned the rules of the game and stood her ground, despite feeling out of place. When First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt came to Farris’s school and told the students they could do anything they wanted in life, Farris took it to heart. But when she applied for college at the University of Colorado, she was told she couldn’t have her first choice of major: geology, because that was a man’s field. “Back then, women had only a few choices of career,” Farris explained, “secretary, nurse, teacher.” So she enrolled in a liberal arts program

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with guitarist Mato Nanji, lead singer of the band Indigenous!

This photo is Inyan Eagle Elk, son of Scott Barta who has partnered with Tara Sheahan to raise awareness and create solidarity through this series of events.

Lately, Farris’ commitment to historic preservation has been focused on the 130-year-old Thompson House located in Carbondale, former homestead of Hattie Thompson after whom the prestigious annual award is named. With support and advice of local philanthropist Jim Calaway, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society has been forging important collaborative relationships with the Town of Carbondale, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners, Federal Mineral Lease District, History Colorado, State Historical Fund and the U.S Department of Interior, to preserve the community’s unique western heritage and open the Historic Thompson House Museum to the public. Farris says she’s looking forward to receiving the Hattie Thompson Award at Sunday’s celebration. “My friends are going to roast me, and it should be a lot of fun.” The scheduled speakers are Garfield County Commissioner John Martin, Redstone resident Bill Jochems, and college friend Robert Fulghum, author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The public is invited and is also welcome to make brief remarks. Another aspect of the award celebration is the debut of a new local beer inspired by Hattie Thompson and brewed by the Roaring Fork Beer Company, called Pioneering Pale Ale. The Hattie Thompson Award celebration is being hosted by MSHS, in collaboration with Brian Leasure of Destination Holdings, Emma Danciger of Tybar Ranch and Chase Engel of Roaring Fork Beer Company. It will take place at the River Valley Ranch Barn on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free, but donations to the Mt. Sopris Historical Society are appreciated.

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Trustees look to assuage Hispanics’ concerns Aer Trump’s election By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, whose former status as acting mayor was formalized by voters in the recent election, suggested on Tuesday that the town should “make a statement about the growing fear in the Latino community” following the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump’s campaign rhetoric for the past year and a half has been filled with statements about the undesirability of Hispanic immigrants and others, and with promises to deport Hispanics by the millions and build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep them out of the country. None of that rhetoric has yet turned into a reality, though news stories have mentioned that Trump’s transition team is actively working on a deportation scheme. But locally, news accounts have catalogued the rising anxieties of the Roaring Fork Valley’s Hispanic population, including fears among public-school students that they will not be allowed to stay in the U.S. Richardson, at a special meeting of the town’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday, brought up “a few things” that he felt should be contained in a statement meant to reassure local Hispanics. First, he said, there is no indication that changes to the nation’s immigration laws or the initiation of deportation campaigns are likely to materialize “anytime in the near future.” Plus, he noted, town and county officials are not “authorized to act as immigration officers,” meaning that local police and county sheriff’s deputies are not expected to worry about an individual’s immigration status “unless there is a federal warrant” naming that individual as a criminal of some sort. “Hopefully, this information will allay some fears,” Richardson continued, adding that he hoped local Hispanics will not be so worried about their status that they fail to do such things as report automobile accidents to the police or take other actions that call for normal interaction with government. Agreeing with the mayor, Trustee Marty Silverstein said,

“We need to do some outreach, get it out in Spanish, because that’s the community we’re addressing.” Also agreeing with Richardson’s concept was Trustee Ben Bohmfalk, a teacher in the local schools, who noted that the Roaring Fork School District has been working along similar lines. “Rob Stein (superintendent of the district) has really stepped up to the plate on this,” Bohmfalk commented, explaining that the district has been convening meetings with students and parents, and making sure that students understand that the schools are not their enemies. “The basic message is, our community, our schools, are still safe places” for Hispanics and other immigrants, said Bohmfalk.

“There is no indication that changes to the nation’s immigration laws or the initiation of deportation campaigns are likely to materialize ‘anytime in the near future.’” – Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson

At RFHS At Roaring Fork High School, principal Drew Adams on Wednesday confirmed that students in that school have been concerned, even anxious, as a result of the election. But, he said, there have been no signs of rebellion, no protest demonstrations or other indications that the student body is in a panic. He compared it to an earlier time, going back to the 1990s, when Colorado was roiled by what seemed to be a rising anti-immigrant movement, represented most publicly by former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo, who was in favor of special laws requiring Hispanic youths to show identification proving their immigration status before being

registered in local schools. “I thought that was morally wrong,” Adams recalled, “and a violation of the students’ rights to a free education.” But, he amplified, students and their families were frightened by the mood back then, and that state of anxiety was similar to what many local Hispanics are feeling right now, although he said Colorado has moved away from the antiimmigrant rhetoric of that era and currently is “much more accepting” of Hispanic and other immigrants. Trustee Katrina Byars took Richardson’s idea a bit further, proposing that the town establish a Spanish-speaking advisory commission as liaison between the BOT and the Hispanic community, an idea that prompted Trustee Heather Henry to offer to work with Byars to gauge interest in the concept. Richardson directed Town Manager Jay Harrington to get to work on a statement of assurance to local Hispanics, and Harrington confirmed that he would see to it.

Other action In other action, the trustees: • Approved contributions to more than 40 area nonprofit organizations, who had filed requests for funding from the town’s coffers. The trustees had set a budget of $62,000 for what are known as “community requests,” and working with the list of organizations had come up with a total amount of contributions of $59,154, with the balance to be set aside against the possibility of a request for funds from some organization during the coming year. The community requests are part of the trustees’ annual budget deliberations, which in recent years have been pegged to an amount equal to one percent of the town's annual general fund budget. • Agreed to permit a Thompson Divide Coalition fundraiser on Dec. 2, which will involve closing off a stretch of sidewalk along Main Street, in front of the Bonfire coffee shop and the Crystal Theater, to permit attendees to buy beer at Bonfire and take it with them into the theater to watch movies. • Directed the mayor to sign a contract agreement for a $25,000 mini-grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District fund, to be used to repair and renovate windows and flooring at the Thompson House museum off Highway 133.

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Garfield County has named Greg Bak, a U.S. Navy veteran, as its new Veterans Service Officer (VSO), and he will take the helm on Jan. 1, according to a press release. He’s replacing longtime VSO Joe Carpenter, who is retiring after roughly 17 years at the post. Bak, an emergency medical technician and firefighter at Colorado River Fire Rescue, said he wanted to do more for his fellow veterans. Coincidentally, he had spoken of such just prior to seeing that the VSO position was available. “I was having a discussion with my wife about how I felt like I had to do more for veterans just a day or two before I spotted the ad from Garfield County,” he said. Bak’s focus will be on communication between local veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His contract with the county is for two years beginning at a salary of $45,000 a year, and a onetime $2,500 stipend for training and office set-up costs. Bak says it’s important to ensure veterans are aware of the benefits available to them as a result of their service, including health care, VA home loans and the GI Bill, among others. Carpenter, whose father held the same post prior to him, said the majority of the VSO’s work consists of helping veterans attain earned benefits through the VA. He noted that the eligibility process is based on income, with the threshold of $45,000 for families in Garfield County.

Obituary Charles (Chuck) Dickson Harris 1917-2016 Charles (Chuck) Dickson Harris passed away on Oct. 18, 2016. He was born in the Roaring Fork Valley on April 30, 1917. He was 99 years old. His parents, Ambrose (Vern) and Alvina Harris were also born in this valley. Chuck's grandfather, Charles H. Harris, was one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s first white settlers. He came to the valley over Independence Pass in a wagon in 1880. His grandmother, Rosetta Noble Harris, was one of the first teachers in Aspen. Their homestead was on what is now known as the Cerise Ranch. Chuck married Margaret (Bobbie) Glassier, also a native of the valley, on July 5, 1941. They were married for 72 years before she passed away on March 29, 2013 a few weeks short of turning 97. In the years after her death, Chuck would often say that he was so lucky to have had such a wonderful partner in life. They had two children, Alvina and Glen. Chuck and Bobbie owned and operated the Catherine Store for many years selling food, gas and even Levi jeans. He had a backhoe business for

Capstone project om page 3 many years and also built and owned, along with his children, El Jebowl. They enjoyed many happy winters in Yuma, Arizona, with extended stays in Bahia Kino, Mexico, camping and fishing. He was a man of many skills and interests. He owned a Piper Cub airplane and also built and flew an ultra light plane. He was a cowboy at heart and had a deep affection for horses and was an accomplished rider. He owned and broke many horses throughout his life, riding well into his 90s. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Glen. He is survived by his daughter, Alvina (Bill) Stecklein of Grand Junction and his daughter-in-law, Susan Harris of Carbondale; grandchildren William (Shannon) Stecklein, Chris (Dee) Miller, Matthew (Tracy) Stecklein, Maggie (Nate) Strommenger, Luke (Andrea) Harris, Kaid (Tatjana) Harris; and great-grandchildren Kimberly and Alexis Miller, Lane and Page Stecklein, Isabell Stecklein Strommenger, Louis and Lova Harris, and Olive Harris. There will be no services as was his wish.




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cause they haven’t completed their capstone project. “All kids will get the support they need to complete a Capstone,” she told The Sun. When asked whether the Capstones would be an added responsibility for teachers, Been said that teachers are already responsible for a Crew class every day. How teachers structure their Crew time can vary — from teaching financial literacy, to helping students complete their college applications. With the new Capstone graduation requirement, Crew teachers will now have to spend some of that time during students’ junior and senior years helping students come up with an idea for their Capstone project and supporting them through the process of writing up a proposal and completing the project.

Why Capstones? Been and Adams both emphasized that the idea of requiring Capstone projects stemmed from the community visioning meetings the district held in the fall of 2013. According to the district website, 16 “community engagement sessions” were held with over 1,400 parents, students, teachers, administrators and other community members from Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs. The final report summarizing the findings from these meetings indicated a strong desire for more experiential and projectbased learning, especially among parents in Carbondale and Basalt. The idea of doing Capstones grew out of the community’s desire for more “authentic learning,” Adams said. “We’re honoring the community’s wishes,” Been said, “and we’re trying to do it in a way that’s manageable for everyone.” Adams said he will be sharing more information about Capstones with parents in December. Crew teachers at RFHS will also begin discussing Capstone projects with freshman, sophomores and juniors in December. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for a student’s capstone project, e-mail Kelsy Been at:

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Community Calendar THURS. & SUN. Nov. 17 & 20 SPECIAL FILM • The Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team presents the film “TRI” at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. “TRI” is a NOVA International Film Festival 2016 winner for Best Film, Actress, Inspirational and Family, and Best Story Line winner at the 2016 Boston International Film Festival 2016. “Tri” also won three awards at the recent Atlantic City Cinefest Film Festival. Tickets are $20 at Left over tickets will be available at the door. Info:

THURSDAY Nov. 17 COMMUNITY POT-LUCK • The Dandelion Market co-op will host its annual potluck/meeting in the Calaway Room of Carbondale’s Third Street Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Voting on new officer postings and other market-related discussions will also take place. Info: and 963-1680.

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

lic policy and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is the author of “A Match on Dry Grass Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform” (2011) and “Transforming Public Education: The Need for an Educational Justice Movement” (2014). Info: Janeth Niebla at 970-366-9352. GO SEE THE TREE • The Forest Service’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree rolls into Glenwood Springs on 9th street with a presentation from the city at 5:45 p.m. The 80-foot Englemann spruce comes from the Payette National Forest in Idaho and is on its way to Washington, D.C. Festivities include the Symphony in the Valley brass program at 4 p.m. and the local band Sleepy Justice at 6 p.m. JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE • Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy present “Stories, Songs & a John Denver Tribute” at the Basalt Regional Library starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free; doors open at 5:10 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Thrift Shop of Aspen.

SONGWRITERS CIRCLE • The Carbondale Songwriters Circle meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Carbondale Branch Library’s after-hours parking lot. Everyone is welcome. Info: Amy at 970-470-1750.

INNER ADVENT • The Center for Healing & Renewal in downtown Carbondale presents “Inner Advent” on Thursdays on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15. These are classes to explore the mysteries of the season through painting, drawing and singing, according to a press release. The classes take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and the suggested donation is $10 to $25 per class. Info: Helena Hurrell at 720-390-8388 and

EDUCATION • Dr. Mark Warren will discuss community organizing as a catalyst for school reform at Roaring Fork High School starting at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Warren is a professor of pub-

SONGWRITERS CIRCLE • The Carbondale Songwriters Circle meets at the Carbondale Branch Library from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Use the after-

CA • Carbondale Arts holds its annual membership meeting and celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Launchpad. Info: and 963-1680.

hours door and bring an instrument; everyone is welcome. Info: Amy at 970-470-1750. RON & GENE • Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach, and Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, meet the public over coffee at the Village Smithy from 8 to 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works serves up a jazz group on its patio from 6 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month. ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

FRI.-SAT. Nov. 18-19 COMEDY • Thunder River Theatre presents “Consensual Improv”. The local “comedy posse” includes: Jan Garrett, Don Chaney, Gerald DeLisser, Nina Gabianelli, Mike Monroney, Tammy Kenning, Corey Simpson, Cassidy Willey and Miller Ford. The night will include improv games, sketch comedy and “good times, according to a press release, and will be hosted by Jeff Patterson. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with a cash bar; the show goes from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 at and 963-8200.

FRIDAY Nov. 18 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Queen of Katwe” (R) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and Nov. 21-23; “The Dressmaker” (R) at 5 p.m. Nov. 19; “TRI” at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20; “The Beatles Eight Days a Week” (NR) at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. Closed Nov. 24.

HOLIDAY SHOW • Carbondale Arts hosts an opening reception for its “Deck the Walls” holiday arts show, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Launchpad. The show features handcrafted items such as: candles, wool hats and gloves, silk scarves, blown glass, ceramic kitchen wares, one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, cards and more. Deck the Walls will be open for shopping Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 30. Info: and 963-1680. STANDING ROCK • Stand With Standing Rock takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Third Street Center. The event will include Lakota dancers/singers/drummers, the band Indigenous (which includes guitarist/pianist/singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman, who has toured with Kenny Loggins; and fiddle player Anne Harris, who played with the Otis Taylor band). Tickets are $35 at Funds will be given to every Standing Rock Water Protector in a wakpamni ceremony, according to a press release. Info: Tara Sheahan at 303-7096404 or Scott Barta at 970-456-9123. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340. ANDERSON ART CENTER • The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village presents “Hand Forging for Local Artists” from 1 to 4 p.m. Info: YOGA • Yoga classes with Himalayan Yogini Devika Gurung take place at the Launchpad CALENDAR page 11


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Community Calendar from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and will continue every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at the same time. Bring a mat if you can. Info: 963-2054.

SATURDAY Nov. 19 SKATEBOARD BENEFIT • Carbondale Beer Works hosts a fund-raiser for lighting at the North Face skateboard park. 2017 calendars will be on sale for $15. A gofundme account under the name “Carbondale Skate Park” has also been set up.

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2016 Hattie Thompson award from 3 to 5 p.m. at the River Valley Ranch Barn. Speakers will include John Martin, Bill Jochems and others. The Roaring Fork Beer Co. will also debut its newest brew, inspired by Hattie Thompson. The reception is being hosted in collaboration with Brian Leasure of Destination Holdings, Emma Danciger of Tybar Ranch and Chase Engel of Roaring Fork Beer Company. Please RSVP to by Nov. 17.

COMMUNITY MEAL • Faith Lutheran Church (south of Main Street on Highway 133) hosts a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. Info: 510-5046 or

ASC • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Claudia Plattner at 10 a.m. On Nov. 27 it’s Carmen Iacino (“Have Ease in the Chaos”). Info: 963-5516.

SURVIVOR DAY • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand River Health in Rifle. Programs will include a screening of “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss,” as well as presentations from loss survivors and mental health professionals. Admission is free and the public is invited. Info:

WW VOLUNTEER PARTY • Wilderness Workshop holds its annual volunteer party from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Third Street Center. There’ll be delectable edibles and seasonal drinkables, including appetizers from White House Pizza, beer, wine and Hansen’s soda. RSVP at

CARE • Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) holds an adoptathon and food drive at Petco Glenwood Springs. The hours are noon to 3 p.m. Info: 947-9173.

SUNDAY Nov. 20 HATTIE THOMPSON AWARD • The Mt. Sopris Historical Society and Thompson House Museum present Dorothea Farris with their

MONDAY Nov. 21

KDNK • The KDNK Board of Directors holds its next meeting at 76 S. 2nd St. starting at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is posted at or call 963-0139.

WEDNESDAY Nov. 23 LIVE MUSIC • Dan Rosenthal hosts an open mic night at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. ROTARY • The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station at 6:45 a.m.

MONDAY Nov. 28

PLANT BASED POTLUCK • The monthly community potluck for plant-based whole foodies or wannabes takes place at the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m. Info: Ardis Hofman at 970-340-9009.

WEDNESDAY Nov. 30 BOOK CLUB • Senior Matters holds its November discussion starting at the library at 4 p.m. This month’s book is “The Unquiet Dead” by Ausma Khan. December’s book is “Natchez Burning” by Gred Lles. BLOOD DRIVE • St. Mary’s Medical Center holds a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Recreation Center. A photo ID is required. Info:

FRIDAY Dec. 2 CUP AUCTION • The Carbondale Clay Center will host its 19th annual Cup Auction fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at 689 Main St. (the former Six89 restaurant). Bidding ends promptly at

8:30 p.m. Hundreds of original, hand-made ceramic works will be available from artists around the country. Quirky mugs, refined tumblers, wild shot cups and more will be up for bid. Live music and refreshments will also be featured. All sales will benefit the Clay Center. Info:

WEDNESDAY Dec. 7 MEDICARE • The Medicare open enrollment period ends today. During Medicare open enrollment you can: Join a Medicare prescription drug plan, switch from one Medicare prescription drug plan to another Medicare prescription drug plan, change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare. Every senior who has a Medicare D Prescription Drug Plan should have their current plan assessed because costs and coverage may have changed, according to a press release. Seniors can receive free personalized Medicare counseling by calling High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) at 384-8744.

Ongoing SILVER SNEAKERS • Senior Matters wants everyone to know about Silver Sneakers at the Carbondale Recreation Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. GRIEF AND LOSS • Pathfinders offers a grief and loss support group every other Monday (starting Oct. 3) at 6 p.m., and a caregiver support group every other Wednesday (starting on Oct. 5) at noon. An

RSVP is required to Robyn Hubbard at 3196854. Pathfinders offers support groups from Aspen to Rifle and is located in Carbondale at 1101 Village Rd. Info: MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS • Dr. Greg Feinsinger gives free medical consultations Monday mornings at the Third Street Center. To make a reservation, call 379-5718.


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An unknown number of Roaring Fork Valley residents recently have traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian reservation in North Dakota, participated in protests here and in other locations against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) that is planned to traverse the reservation, and in other ways been involved in a protest movement that has captured attention and support from across the United States. And this Friday, Nov. 18, locals involved in the Stand with Standing Rock movement will stage a concert and other presentations at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring a band named Indigenous that boasts several Native American singers, songwriters and musicians, as well as hosts Tara Sheahan of the Conscious Global Leadership organization, and Aidan Sheahan, also known as DJ Sunfeather. A poster announcing the event carries the statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awakening the Indigenous in All of Us,â&#x20AC;? and calls for supporters to show up and register their opposition to the 1,172-mile pipeline project. The reservation, said to be the sixth largest in the continental U.S., spreads across sections of North and South Dakota, as well as extending into western Nebraska and northwestern Iowa. It is home to the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota tribes, and contains the Sacred Stone Camp where protesters have been battling against the DAP since last April. The DAP, according to published accounts, is being built by the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and is part of the Baaken Pipeline system designed to carry oil and gas from North Dakota to Illinois, along a route that is to pass beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock reservation. The protesters, who have amassed what is said to be the largest gathering of Native American tribal members in the last

100 years or more, say the pipeline is violating various sacred sites and burial grounds, and that it will endanger the tribesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; water supplies and must be stopped. It has been estimated that more than 300 tribes are represented in the protest gatherings, and that more than 4,000 protesters are living in the camp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a population that reportedly has swelled every weekend with supporters from around the country. The situation has resulted in numerous reportedly peaceful protests, as well as clashes between protesters and a security force hired by ETP. Radio station KDNK in Carbondale last month featured stories from the protest site by reporter Amy Hadden Marsh, and nationally known political journalist Amy Goodman was arrested at the site in October after airing a report in September on her show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy Now!â&#x20AC;?, showing the ETP security forces unleashing dogs against the protesters, and using pepper spray to force the protesters back. Goodman was brieďŹ&#x201A;y charged with trespassing, which later was changed to a charge of participating in a riot, for venturing onto private property to ďŹ lm the action, though the case was later dropped after Goodman and supporters argued that her First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution gave her the right to be there and report on what was going on. This week, there were protests in Aspen and in Carbondale, at the Wells Fargo Bank locations in both towns, calling on the bank to divest itself of its ďŹ nancial backing of the DAP project, among other criticisms directed at the bank by protesters. On Nov. 1, according to published reports, President Barack Obama (who had intervened to temporarily stop the pipeline construction shortly after Goodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story aired in September) announced that his administration is â&#x20AC;&#x153;monitoring the movementâ&#x20AC;? and has been talking with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ofďŹ cials about possibly rerouting the pipeline to avoid lands that the Native American tribes hold sacred. At Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event at the Third Street Center, the suggested donation at the door is $35.

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Dandelion Market keeps planning ahead Future of current location uncertain By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer The Dandelion Market in Carbondale (formerly known as the Carbondale Community Food Co-op) will be holding its annual members meeting Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., and on the agenda will be discussion of the possibility that the store needs to find a new home. The meeting is to be held at the Third Street Center (the old Carbondale Elementary School building at the south end of S. 3rd Street) and is scheduled to last until 7:30 p.m., according to store manager Katrina Byars, who said the public is welcome to attend. Byars said the store, which opened eight years ago after starting out as a natural foods buying club in 2007, might lose the lease on its current location in June of 2017. But, she continued, an attorney representing property owner Bren Simon had informed the co-op board simply that it would not be able to renew its lease when it expires, though the door apparently remains open

for renegotiating a new lease if desired. The current location, at 559 Main St., has been expanded twice, moving into neighboring lease-able space when other tenants moved out. Currently, the store is doing well financially and in other ways, noted Byars, who also serves as a trustee on the town board.

grown its quarters. In part, she said, that is because the store’s management is hoping to expand its cooking facilities into a true commercial kitchen that can be leased out to other groups, including local organic food growers who want to process their farm goods into retail packaged foods, in what Byars termed

“We’re having record sales, and everything is expanding.” – Katrina Byars, store manager

“We’re having record sales, and everything is expanding,” she said with satisfaction. A newspaper story published last July announced that, following rumors of financial difficulties, the store managed to reorient itself, trim some unproductive practices, drop its markup on products from 50 percent to 35 percent, and raise wages for store employees. Now, Byars told The Sopris Sun on Monday, the store once again has out-

an “incubator kitchen.” Right now, she said, the co-op cooks up vegetarian curry, chai and salads on offer to its customers for free, “sort of like a friendraiser,” she said with a chuckle. But it soon plans to begin charging and to expand its menu. Other hoped-for changes, she said, include a walk-in refrigerator. The store recently made arrangements to carry meat products provided by the Nieslanik ranching family on White Hill just out-

side of Carbondale, Byars said, and is talking with the family about forming a partnership to establish a local-meats butcher shop. There are hopes to start up a gluten-free bakery, which Byars believes will fill an underserved need among local consumers. All these expanded services, she said, would provide “a huge economic benefit” to local growers and food producers, and to the town. In order to accomplish all this, Byars explained, the store is planning to apply for a U.S. Department of Agriculture “rural economic development grant” that would foot the bill for more space and updated facilities. “I think we would at least need to double what our square footage is here, to make it worth it” to move to a new location, Byars remarked. The store’s management is “still shopping” for a location, she said, noting that they had looked at four in the downtown area already — and stressing that the store must remain downtown to properly serve its clientele. In the meantime, she said, there is still a possibility that the lease might be renegotiated and the Dandelion Market will stay put, for now.

Private investigators are still looking into a blaze on Highway 82 about a quarter-mile west of the CMC turn off that destroyed one home, severely damaged one and damaged one more on Nov. 11. The fire, which the Carbondale Fire District and others responded to, started at the house shown here, jumped to trees and undergrowth, then spread. Carbondale Fire District volunteers, staffers and other responders prevented the blaze from spreading into a wildfire. Photo by Lynn Burton THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s weekly community connector • NOVEMBER 17-23, 2016 • 13

CMC creates RFTA art Photos by Lynn Burton

The Carbondale circulator bus-art idea started rolling when Carbondale town staffer Laurie Lindberg contacted Carbondale Middle School art teacher Ami Maes, gained momentum when the Carbondale Public Arts Commission and RFTA climbed on board, then sped to the finish line when students started working on their “Pets with a Personality” project. Approximately 130 students submitted their work, and the CPAC chose 20 to grace the Carbondale Circulator bus: Jack Hamilton, Patrick Keleher, Emily Broadhurst, Ayden Richmond, Juan Pimentel, Stephanie Hughes, Robin Muse, Ashley Parras, Birdie Salg, Rhys Enloe, Ciara Branigan, Aislinn Pinela, Francisco Lemus, Alvin Garcia, Gretta Gavette, Hayley Holbrook, Bella Sahagun, Sydney Schramer, Yoselin Melendez and Grace Jardine. Clockwise from upper left: RFTA’s Kevin Darbyshire after he co-cut the ribbon on the bus, CMS students pull off the wrap to unveil the art, a parent checks out the smooth art, both sides of the RFTA circulator bus show the same line up of critters, every student’s work was displayed when the bus was unveiled on Nov. 12.

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Holiday Boutique thanks Dear Editor: On behalf of the members I would like to express gratitude to the community of Carbondale and beyond for their attendance and support of the 40th annual show. We appreciate our ďŹ re house accommodations, ďŹ re chief Ron Leach and every member of the department who welcome us year after year. Appreciation is extended to The Smithy and Town of Carbondale for facilitating the display of our banners, BonďŹ re for coffee, and valley-wide announcements advertising this event. I would also like to recognize the dedication and commitment of two ladies in particular -- Mary Teague and Charlotte Vanderhurst. They have led the charge and been â&#x20AC;&#x153;presentâ&#x20AC;? every year both visibly and behind the scenes. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jellies, dessert breads, Christmas ornaments and other creative lovely offerings are boutique favorites. Charlotte cheerfully bounces around and offers Christmas themed dĂŠcor, gifts for children, jewelry, and photo cards by Randy etc. Year after year they are at the checkout table smiling and chatting with all of our customers imprinting the spirit of the season and sending you off with holiday cheer! We are sadly losing Mary as she has made the decision to retire from the boutique. Charlotte will be back next year holding our hands as we transition from her leadership. These elves shoes are going to be a challenge to ďŹ ll but we are going to make the effort! Thanks to everyone for another successful event. Hope to see you next year! Deborah Evans Carbondale

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oppose HR 3650. HR 3650 â&#x20AC;&#x153;directs the Department of Agriculture, through the Forest Service, to convey to a state up to two million acres of eligible portions of the National Forest System.â&#x20AC;? HR 3650 reads, â&#x20AC;&#x153;portions of the state shall be managed primarily for timber production.â&#x20AC;? Turning this federally protected land over to the states could result in exploitation, destruction and reduced public use. There are currently 114 federally protected parks, monuments, historic sites and wilderness areas in the state of Colorado. Among these, local to us, are the White River National Forest, Colorado National Monument, Holy Cross Wilderness Area, Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness Area, West Elk Wilderness Area and Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area.   Being a part of a school and community, with a strong outdoor orientation, we rely on public lands to beneďŹ t and enrich our lives.  As students of CRMS, we love and take care of our public lands because we would like to see them thrive in their natural state for the purposes of wildlife and public use.  We are concerned that, in the process of turning federally protected land to the states, we may lose the ethical and monetary oversight to protect and preserve these open spaces.   We ask that you join us in opposition of HR 3650 by writing letters to: Honorable Scott Tipton 225 North 5th St. Suite 702 Grand Junction, Colo. 81501 Wild People for Wild Lands Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Rigged Dear Editor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all rigged folks, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all rigged.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; President Elect Donald Trump. That is likely, one of the few truthful things to emanate from President Elect Donald (PED).

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about 22 states that enacted laws for voter IDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, reduced polling places by 900 and blocking early voting to surgically disenfranchise poor, minority voters, soon after the Republican appointed SCOTUSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dissolution of the Voting Rights Act. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about the PED calling upon his Second Amendment people to oversee voting centers for people voting without the right to do so. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about Ohio turning off the security feature in their expensive voting machines, that photographed the ballots, in case there was a call for a recount. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about having one news agency being the only paper, radio and TV news stream in much of the world or it being the entity that decides who are victors in each state and then the nation. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about the Koch Brothers putting $ 1 billion into state elections to support senate, congressional and ALEC propositions. Or about the Donald being supported by an estimated $2 billion in free exposure through AP outlets. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about our electronic voting machines and the rules that prevent us from monitoring algorithms that are used by the machines to count the votes. Yes, they are tested and sealed away before the election. Maybe they are even tested after the exhausting elective process. But with most machines being hooked to the Internet these days, and WiFi and communications capabilities reduced in size to smaller than a rice grain, I ďŹ nd it hard to accept that the machines are inviolable. Especially after a CEO of Diebold, an early maker of electronic voting machines said at a Republican Convention, that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;are committed to getting out the vote for Republicans.â&#x20AC;? A simple rule change, allowing accuracy checks, by a human and the machine, running periodic ballots, to conďŹ rm count accuracy, will help. John Hoffmann   Carbondale

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering an amendment to the Unified Development Code (Title 17 of the Carbondale Municipal Code) to allow Drive-Through Banks and Pharmacies in commercial zone districts in the town. The amendments may also include use specific standards.

The applicant is the Town of Carbondale.

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 7:00 p.m. on December 8, 2016.

Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application may also be reviewed on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

Janet Buck Planning Director

Published in The Sopris Sun on November 17, 2016. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission for the purpose of considering a Subdivision Exception to Split a 1.962-acre parcel into two lots. The intent of the application is to create a separately described 1.38-acre parcel for the purpose of transferring the parcel to an adjacent property owner (Paul and Celia Nieslanik).

The property is located at Parcel NO. 239334200041 and is legally described as follows:


BEGINNING AT A POINT WHENCE THE TOWN MONUMENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF SECOND STREET AND MAIN STREET BEARS S 31°21'24" E 1462.93 FEET (RECORD FOURTH STREET AND MAIN STREET BEARS S 05°58â&#x20AC;&#x2122;57â&#x20AC;? E 1501.08 FEET; SEE SURVEY NOTE 7); THENCE S 89°57â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00â&#x20AC;? 114.79 FEET THENCE S 33°00â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03â&#x20AC;? E 114.19 FEET; THENCE S 35°36â&#x20AC;&#x2122;48â&#x20AC;? E 264.46 FEET; THENCE S 51°04â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20â&#x20AC;? E 167.11 FEET; THENCE S 53°00â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06â&#x20AC;? E 258.37 FEET; THENCE S 03°54â&#x20AC;&#x2122;30â&#x20AC;? E 145.00 FEET; THENCE S 87°44â&#x20AC;&#x2122;35â&#x20AC;? W 8.12 FEET; THENCE N 47°59â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12â&#x20AC;? W 705.63 FEET; THENCE N 30°41â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20â&#x20AC;? W 283.81 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.



The owner is Town of Carbondale. The applicant is Town of Carbondale

Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 7:00 p.m. on December 8, 2016. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application may also be reviewed on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

John Leybourne Planner

Published in The Sopris Sun on November 17, 2016.

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