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Volume 5, Number 41 | November 21, 2013

In the cards Holiday cards were in the cards at CARE’s Furry Friends photo shoot fund-raiser at the Third Street Center on Nov. 16. More than 25 families took advantage of Amy Mathiowetz’s talents (upper right) throughout the afternoon, as others took advantage of CCAH’s shopping options at its Deck the Walls sale. Of particular note here: the white dog (top center) is sporting a yamaka in observance of “Thanksgivukkah,” because this year Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah, an event that computers say will not happen for another 70,000 years. Don’t believe it? Do the math yourself. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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Gene Schilling is Carbondale’s chief of police.

The Sopris Sun is working to bring you online coverage of breaking news, but we need your help. Keep us informed of traffic, natural disasters, photo opps and the like by texting or leaving a message at 970-510-0540. You can also email, send a message to our Facebook or Twitter pages, or use #bonedale.

Taking their Sun on the road. That’s what Patricia Taylor (left) and Marian Perregaux (right) did when they visited San Antonio in the Road Scholar program. Courtesy photo

I recently reported to the town council the number of car break-ins and burglaries in Carbondale for 2013. Broken into were over 30 cars, nine residences, and four businesses. Those vehicles and buildings were mostly unlocked when they were burglarized. Over all, the most common items that were stolen in Carbondale this year were bicycles and cell phones. Early in my career here, we had thefts and burglaries like we do today, but at a much lower rate. As always, the thieves do their bidding and are done within seconds, often little evidence, if any, is left behind. I encourage my co-citizens to do the following things: • Get to know your neighbors. • When you find neighbors you trust, work together to keep an eye on each other’s families and property. • Share with a trusted neighbor your typical hours away from the house including vacations. • Report any suspicious conditions, people or vehicles to the police. • Keep your doors and windows locked and secured. • Keep your bicycles locked up with a good quality lock. • Document and save serial numbers on items of value. • Mark items if they have no serial number. I know, many of us used to leave things open, unlocked and accessible; but the town has grown and changed. Not everyone has your best interests in mind. Please help us make Carbondale a place where crimes of opportunity are on the decline, and give me a call if you have any questions. Thank you for your time!

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Dear Editor: It seems that Allyn Harvey must have some type of connection to Sen. Mark Udall’s trying to get re-elected as a career politician. There in lies the problem. Career politicians seem to feel that they have a right and a duty to become career politicians. Mark Udall used to be somebody that you could write to or call and he would listen and try to make a good choice that is best for all of Colorado. Somehow his ability to discern what is going on with ordinary people and Washington has changed dramatically. He no longer listens, nor does he act like it matters anymore. Having voted for Obama Care, having voted for his own golden umbrella retirement funds and golden umbrella health care is not exactly what I would call working for Colorado. When it comes time for his re-election, don’t be fooled by his wanting to keep Colorado wild, or stop drilling. Best advice: Recycle congress and impeach Obama. Jane Spaulding Carbondale

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my class project on Native American (Editor’s note: This letter was addressed tribes. Our teacher Nannette Weinhold had each of us choose a Native American to Sen. Mark Udall). tribe we wanted to research and I selected Dear Editor: You have our undying gratitude for of- the Powhatan tribe. First we learned about our tribe and ficially signing on as a co-sponsor to Sen. Michael Bennet’s bill S.651, which affords wrote an essay. Then we made our own permanent protection to the Thompson items by hand that were part of our NaDivide area by withdrawing unleased tive American tribe. I made a bow and acreage and creating a mechanism to pur- arrow, ax that was used for gardening, necklaces and bracelets made of shells chase back leases. As you know, there is overwhelming (my tribe lived near the Chesapeake Bay) support for this bill in the Roaring fork and squash corn bread. The best part of the entire project is Valley. By signing on as a co-sponsor for the bill you have demonstrated that you when we had our Native American marrecognize the importance the Thompson ket day. Our sixth grade class put all our Divide area represents for the local en- hand-made products out in the central vironment, economy and recreation. We area of the school. The other learning look forward to seeing this bill going to centers in the school would walk around, visit and learn about our different tribes committee and passing expeditiously. Thank you again, Sen. Udall, for co- and check out the items we made. I liked this project because we had the sponsoring this critical bill. opportunity to share what we learned Ann and Sam Johnson with our school community. We later Carbondale traded our hand-made crafts with each other as a class. Now all of us have a part A cool experience of each others hand made items that we Dear Editor: My name is AJ Adams and I am in can appreciate! AJ Adams sixth grade at the Carbondale CommuniCarbondale ty School. I am writing to share with you a really cool learning experience about LETTERS page 7

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Clay Center launches $45K fund-raising campaign By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer An anonymous donor has pledged up to $45,000 in matching funds to the Carbondale Clay Center so the non-profit can pay off a $90,000 loan and concentrate on looking ahead. “We’re excited (about the campaign) … so our future can start,” said Carbondale Clay Center Executive Director Jill Oberman. “It’s hard to go to donors … apply for grants … raise money for building improvements when we’re saddled with debt.” Since the mid-1990s, the Carbondale Clay Center, located in a cinder block building, has anchored the east end of Main Street. Inside, the center operates four electric kilns and three gas kilns for students, the public, residents and professional potters. The center also operates a gallery where ceramic works of art are offered on a rotating basis year ‘round. They organize 11 ceramics shows a year and also offer four non-paid residencies per year to potters who come to Carbondale from around the United States. “Some move to Carbondale and stay forever,” said Oberman, who is the only full-time paid staffer. Last spring though, the Clay Center board and staff decided to hold a forum to discuss the future because it seemed that energy for events and programming was waning and they were attracting “the same small crowd.” The forum, held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 16, attracted 36 people through invitation and word-of-mouth to the Carbondale Library’s community room. “The room worked great,” Oberman said. Oberman started at the center in Sept. 2012 and was director of a similar clay center in Missoula and at one time worked at Anderson Art Ranch. She said the Carbondale Clay Center’s budget annual is $125,000. “It’s as lean as it can be.” Some of the funding comes from memberships, fund-raisers and other activities. She said the center has managed to make its monthly budgets the past few years, and it isn’t worse off financially than the last five or six, but things are really tight.

The Carbondale Clay Center has operated at the east end of Main Street since the mid-1990s. Their annual Cup Sale is coming up soon and offers works of art from dozens of potters. Photo by Lynn Burton The staff and board are working on specifics for the fund-raising campaign but they’ll be promoting it at the December First Friday and their annual cup auction (see Calendar in this week’s Sun for details). Board members, supporters and staffers will also be making personal contact with potential donors. “No donation is too small … I think the number is doable. We’ve never asked for this kind of help … I’m super

confident we can make it.” And if the $45,000 goal isn’t reached? Oberman said the center won’t immediately close its doors but the board might have to decide whether the community wants the center to continue operating. “Myself and others are passionate about clay,” Oberman said. “We think that with what we have, others will be too.”

It’s safe to say that PAC3 in the Third Street Center was the only roller disco venue on the Western Slope last weekend. Both nights sold out. Some skaters probably took home a bump or bruise but everyone reportedly had a good time. For more roller disco pics, please turn to page 13. Photo by Mark Burrows

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Town Briefs Police order drug/alcohol goggles Sopris Sun Staff Report

The police department has ordered goggles that allow school students to experience what it is like to drive or function under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs, according to town manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report. The goggles were funded by the Roaring Fork School District and the town of Carbondale’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. They will be used as part of the drug and alcohol education program in schools. In other paraphrased notes from Harrington’s weekly report: • The Gus Darien riding arena lighting project was completed. The new lighting system has been activated for a required 100-hour “burn” period, so they’ll be on during the day for the next couple of weeks. The new lighting system provides three times the light levels on the arena surface with no spill-over light pollution beyond the boundaries of the riding arena property. • The police department has received 14 applicants for the open police officer position. Of the 14, three appear to be bi-lingual. • Recreation center gym space has been reserved for indoor pickleball on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Last weekend 17 participants showed up

to play. • The town received $140,846 from the federal Transit Administration for work completed on the Red Hill Alternative Transportation Study to get people across Highway 82 and up County Road to the Red Hill Trailhead. The information derived from this study will be the basis for submittal of a GOCO “Paths to Parks” grant requesting $825,000, combined with a local GarCo match of $750,000, for making the necessary improvements/recommendations outlined within the study. Project grant closeout and reimbursement in the amount of $45,000 has been submitted to GOCO for the Carbondale Community Garden project behind the Third Street Center. • All of the conduits have been installed at Main Street and Highway 133. The new waterline has been disinfected, pressure tested and bacteriological sample have been sent to the lab in Snowmass. • The street and parks crews worked in the Sopris Park playground the week of Nov. 11-15 removing the pea gravel and placing the new wood chips. • Strang Ranch organizers of the 2014 National Sheepdog Finals submitted an information packet inviting town sponsorship involvement. Staff will update trustees on sponsorship levels during con-

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sideration of community requests. • Recreation programming last week included Youth Climbing Class and Advanced Youth Climbing Class (both full with eight students) and the Climbing Club (five students). Dinky Dunkers youth basketball for first and second graders is full with 24 kids enrolled in the program that runs through December. Youth Basketball League registration for third through sixth grade boys and girls has 75 kids enrolled. Practices start in December and the program runs through March. Specialty classes presently offered include Tae Kwon Do and Base Camp Cycling Periodization Training, which both average 14 students. • The Valley View Hospital medical center on Highway 133 has poured foundations for the new building. • The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing concerning retail marijuana zoning regulations. The P&Z recommended approval; a public hearing is scheduled for the trustees meeting on Dec. 10. • The P&Z held a public hearing on the Carbondale Square (City Market) PUD amendment on Nov. 14. The P&Z recommended approval with some changes. A public hearing is scheduled for the trustees meeting on Dec. 10.

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The following events are drawn from incident reports of the C’dale Police Dept.

SATURDAY Nov. 2 At 7:33 p.m. a motel employee called to report a transient had been looking for cigarette butts in her ashtray, but left when asked. SATURDAY Nov. 2 At 2:03 a.m. officers contacted two males practicing “crack climbing” on a town building. Officer suggested they use the recreation center climbing boulder to practice their climbing techniques. SUNDAY Nov. 3 From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. police issued three citations for speeding on Highway 133. MONDAY Nov. 4 At 5:11 p.m. police received a call about an SUV that had followed a middle school student on her way home. When she ran into her residence, two men got out of the vehicle, approached her house and knocked. The student did not open the door. The males left a religious pamphlet and drove away. THURSDAY Nov. 7 At 11:59 a.m. a man called 911 from the RFTA parkand-ride lot and told dispatch that he was trying to get a hold of RFTA concerning a “ticket issue.”

C’dale trustees considering energy-tax ballot question

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Funds would pay for energy projects By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Chances are, Carbondale residents will be asked next April to vote on whether to tax themselves to pay for energy-efficiency projects and programs, such as those conducted the past few years by CLEER and CORE. “This funding would give the town the ability to invest in renewable energy projects,” said trustee Allyn Harvey after Tuesday night’s board meeting. “It would be an opportunity for residents to decide if they want to make those energy efficiency programs permanent.” At Tuesday night’s meeting, mayor Stacey Bernot said the town has spent close to $2 million over the past 10 years for energy-efficiency upgrades to town facilities, and for memberships in the nonprofits CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region) and CORE (Community Office for Resource Management) and for their projects. That money has come from the town’s general fund, which for the past decade has been boosted by up to $300,000 to $400,00 per year from state and federal mineral taxes and fees generated from natural gas drilling in Garfield County.

Bernot said that some trustees have talked about the town generating an independent tax flow to pay for energyefficiency projects so that it will be less reliant on severance funds for balancing the town budget in the future. Earlier in the year, Bernot met with a CORE staffer who came up with several tax scenarios. One scenario is based on a tax assessed on electric bills from Xcel Energy and Holy Cross, which would average $35 per year for residences and $100 per year for businesses, and raise about $125,000. For comparison, the trustees have penciled in CLEER and CORE for $25,000 each in the 2014 budget, plus $65,000 for an “extraordinary project,” according to Harvey. Such a project would presumably involve CLEER and CORE. Harvey gave several examples for projects the new tax could fund, such as solar panels for RFTA park-and-ride lots and a hydro project for the town’s Nettle Creek water plant. Harvey said he expects the trustees to continue discussing the tax proposal in December and they would have to finalize ballot language in February. Town residents will also be voting in mayoral and trustee races in April.

The Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest is conducting slash pile burning in the Filoha Meadows area the week of Nov. 18-22, according to a press release. The site for the six-acre prescribed fire is located approximately two miles north of Redstone and approximately 13 miles south of Carbondale on National Forest lands near Penny Hot Springs and adjoining private lands in Pitkin County. Officials anticipate that this burning may take up to four days to accomplish. The work is a continuation of the Aspen-Sopris Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project with collaborative efforts by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, and Pitkin County, to manage vegetation for wildland fire mitigation and wildlife habitat improvement in the Filoha Meadows area. The slash piles in the area are the result of a fuel break that was created last spring to reduce the threat from wildfire impacting the surrounding community and to improve wildlife habitat by stimulating new and more nutritious plant production in the area. Due to past suppression efforts, fire has been absent from the area for a number of years, resulting in a large buildup of fuel. This fuel break has decreased that build up, helping reduce the risk of a much larger, unwanted wildfire from encroaching on the community, while giving fire fighters a chance to defend homes. Ideal conditions require adequate ventilation or light winds for smoke dispersion and some permanent snow on the ground to keep fire contained to the piles. Smoke from burning may be visible from Highway 133 around the Redstone area. Most of the smoke will dissipate during the day; however some night-time smoke may remain in valley bottoms and drainages for the short term. Some of the homeowners along Dorais Way near Filoha Meadows have also done work on their property to help mitigate the potential wildfire risk. “Anything landowners can do in potentially risky areas will help give fire fighters a chance to save properties from damage in the event of a wildfire occurrence near their homes,” said a Forest Service spokesman. For details, go to or call 963-2266.

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The Rotary Club of Carbondale recently presented Olympic hopeful Megan Olenick of Carbondale a check for $1,000 as part of a fund-raiser to help send her to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Games in February. A recent fundraiser at River Valley Ranch raised more than $20,000 for Olenick, who is training to qualify for the Olympics as a member of the U.S. Free Skiing Team, competing in the slopestyle event.

High Tone Auto Body and Sopris Liquor & Wine are still collecting new toys for Front Range flooding victims. The collecting concludes on Nov. 22.

Line dancing continues Line dance lessons continue at Carbondale Community School on Mondays through Dec. 16. For details, call 517420-4212.

First snowman confirmed

Library poll a tie The Sopris Sun’s website poll question asked folks if the Carbondale Library should be opened or closed the day after Thanksgiving. The poll was a tie, with seven voting to close the library, seven voting to keep it open and six who just didn’t care. For the record, the library will in fact be closed the day after Thanksgiving. As for the Sun’s next poll. Here goes: U.S. crude oil production now exceeds the amount we buy from foreign countries. The question: Is this a good thing or a bad thing? If you just don’t care, please keep your opinion to yourself. To vote, go to

More on Kennedy The Sopris Sun has been asking readers where they were when they heard that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Denise Barkhurst reports she was in second grade and someone came into her classroom to whisper something to

The first confirmed snowman of the year was reported along a bike trail in River Valley Ranch over the weekend. He was about 18 inches tall and losing weight fast.

A Norman Rockwell moment The tradition of folks placing pumpkins on fence posts and other outdoor pedestals for Halloween seems to be spreading. This recent scene was captured up the Frying Pan. Photo by Will Grandbois her teacher, and the teacher started crying. Barkhurst also remembers, “most distinctly,” watching the funeral procession on her family’s small black and white TV and seeing John Kenney Jr do his famous salute. Sopris Sun staffer Lynn Burton reports he was in eighth grade in Oklahoma City when Herbert Hoover Junior High School Vice-Principal Mr. Bruno came into his fourth hour social studies class to make sure the teacher was turning on the TV. The first report was that Kennedy was just

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“wounded,” so students hoped he was just shot in the arm like in the movies. They got word in fifth hour shop class that Kennedy had died. As a footnote, for the next four days all TV programming revolved around the assassination and the networks aired no commercials.

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This week’s Norman Rockwell moment goes to Carbondale Car Care employee Michael Wheeler for airing up the bicycle tires of two middle-school girls on Friday morning.

Baby please, don’t go Kebler Pass, which connects Highway 133 to Crested Butte, is closed for the season.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Roberta Lewis (Nov. 21); Lindsay Henstchel (Nov. 22); Casey Weaver (Nov. 24); Steve Puzick (Nov. 25); Terra Salamida and Dan Richardson (Nov. 26). Belated birthday greetings go out to Debra Burleigh (Nov. 4) and Bob Ezra (Nov. 13).


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Clay Center thanks Dear Editor: The Carbondale Clay Center would like to thank all of the participants in our recent stakeholder forum. In an attempt to raise awareness and excitement for the Carbondale Clay Center, and to address issues of financial solvency, we held our first Stakeholders Forum. Our goals for the Forum meeting were simple: to establish if there are people in our community who care about the survival of the Clay Center, and to create a dialogue about our future. We are grateful to the more than 35 people who attended our first meeting and appreciated the lively discussion. During the planning stages of the forum, we reached out to members of our community with our concerns, and were surprised with a generous opportunity bestowed upon us that will directly impact our financial future. If the Clay Center can raise $45,000 by the end of this year, an anonymous donor has agreed to donate a matching $45,000. The Carbondale Clay Center has been an important part of the Roaring Fork Valley since the center’s inception in 1997. Over the last 15 years, the Clay Center has played a pivotal role in the local art scene by offering a positive and supportive place to build community through artistic expression and arts education. Generous community support has allowed us to successfully sponsor ceramic classes, kids clay camps, gallery exhibitions, artist residen-

cies, outreach programming, special events and community parties. Thank you all for your time and efforts towards the past and the future of the Carbondale Clay Center. Please donate now, and help the Clay Center continue to enrich the lives of artists of all ages from the Carbondale and Roaring Fork Valley community. Through all of our successes and struggles, we have had an amazing 15 years here in Carbondale and we are hoping for many more! To donate, please contact Jill at the Carbondale Clay Center, 963-2529. The Carbondale Clay Center Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Executive Director: Lily Larkin, Sam Harvey, Larry Cohen, Frank McGuirk, Summers Moore, Tai Pomara, Doug Casebeer, Lynn Kirchner, Sunni McBride and Jill Oberman

Protect Thompson Divide Dear Editor: Over the past few weeks, locals and tourists alike eagerly made their way into our state’s incredible backcountry to experience some of the best hunting our nation has to offer. And for those of us in the know, some of the best hunting is on a nearby parcel of public land that is the target of future oil and gas development — the Thompson Divide. The Thompson Divide has been identified by the Colorado Division of Wildlife

as high-value habitat and critical migration corridor for bear, lynx, moose, deer, elk and mountain lions. For many hunters like me, it doesn’t get better than this. And the numbers bear that out. Each year, more than 20,000 big game tags are drawn on game management units that comprise the Thompson Divide. People from across Colorado and the nation choose to hunt in the Thompson Divide for the quality habitat and sportsmen opportunities the land provides. They spend money in local grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants. In sum, hunting and fishing opportunities in the Thompson Divide supports nearly 100 jobs and $8.3 million in spending to the local community. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the Thompson Divide will provide the sportsmen opportunities we have come to enjoy and expect. While I’m no tree-hugging hippy, I do believe there are certain places that are inappropriate for energy and gas drilling, and the Thompson Divide is one of those places. Fortunately, there is a coalition of people from all walks of life working to protect the Thompson Divide and the livelihoods it supports. Most recently, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall joined the local effort by signing on as co-sponsor of Sen. Michael Bennet’s middle-road solution that protects private property rights and keeps the divide the way it is. It’s a commonsense solution that sportsmen like me ought to support. I’d like to thank Sen. Udall for adding

another name to an ever-expanding list of influential voices in support of protecting the Thompson Divide. Tyler Stableford Carbondale

Buddy thanks

Dear Editor: This past Saturday, while many in Aspen basked in their first turns of the season on Aspen Mountain, 18 middle and high school students in the Buddy Program’s Experiential Group Mentoring program refined their culinary skills through a fourhour cooking and nutrition workshop. The day’s menu was Thanksgiving-inspired and included cornbread stuffed chicken, kale with candied walnuts, spiced roasted pumpkin, gravy, and Mexican hot chocolate cookies for dessert. Students enjoyed dining on their creations together while discussing their families’ Thanksgiving traditions.  A huge thanks to Carbondale non-profit YouthEntity for sharing their kitchen space, chef Paul Rose of Plato’s restaurant at the Aspen Meadows for teaching, and chef Kristin Boland and chef assistants Cynthia Ayala (Roaring Fork High School) and Shion Reilly (Basalt High School) for volunteering. As we head in to Thanksgiving season, we at the Buddy Program continue to be thankful for our community’s generosity, which provides so much opportunity for our youth. Brooke Tuveson Experiential Programs Manager The Buddy Program


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What’s the point? The point is that folks packed Mi Casita restaurant for The Sopris Sun’s annual fall fund-raiser on Nov. 14. Money raised helped us buy a muchneeded new computer for our production department. A Sopris Sun staffer also “points out” that her co-workers and board members appreciate all of your financial, emotional and spiritual support. For more photos visit Clockwise from upper left: Maura Masters; Bill Fales, Jeannie Perry and Nate Young; Dr. Ben Mackin and wife Jazz; Allyn Harvey (left) and Clint Wilfley; Shayne Patrick (in pink) and Anna Adams; and Terry Kirk (left) and Steve Skinner.

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Carbondale Community School sixth grader AJ Adams (right) shows kindergartener Don Read (left) how to work the bow and arrow he made during a monthlong project about Native American tribes. For details, see AJ’s letter to the editor in this week’s paper. Photo by Cath/Gregg Adams Photography

Abbott returns for show Sopris Sun Staff Report

Basalt native and U.S. National Champion Jeremy Abbott returns to the Roaring Fork Valley for a skate show at the Aspen Recreation Center on Dec. 13. The show will be his last one in Aspen as a competitive skater, according to a press release. Abbott, 28, will go after his fourth title as U.S. men’s skating title in January and will make a bid for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February. He also competed in the 2010 Olympics.

Joining Abbott will be: • Rosalyn Sumners, a 1984 Olympic silver medalist, 1983 World Champion and television commentator. • Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, two-time U.S. bronze medalists in ice dance, and current performers with the Ice Theatre of New York and Sun Valley. • Ashley Clark, a two-time U.S. gold medalist from Denver whose credits include Disney on Ice; she is the only professional solo female figure skater who performs a back flip with fire. • Mariah Bell, the 2013 U.S. Junior silver medalist; • Kelly Cochran Smith, who is currently the artistic director for Ucha Atayde Entertainment in Mexico. • Revolutions Skating Club members Peggy Behr, Michelle Hocknell and Taline Isberian. Abbott started skating at age 4 after watching Robin Cousins perform at a Winterskol show in the Aspen Ice Garden. He is the first U.S. man to win the Grand Prix of Figure Skating and was the U.S. Junior Men’s champion in 2005. He has been living and training outside Detroit in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2009 and is coached by five-time Japanese Women’s Champion Yuka Sato, and former U.S. Pairs Champion and Olympian Jason Dungjen. The show is presented by the Revolutions Skating Club of Aspen and will start at 8 p.m. There will be a free preview at the Silver Circle Ice Rink on Durant Street at 7 p.m. the same day. General admission tickets are $35; VIP tickets are $100. For details, call 920-5770. The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s community supported newspaper • November 21, 2013 • 9

Community Calendar THURSDAY Nov. 21

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

PECHA KUCHA • The last pecha kucha of the year takes place at Dos Gringos at 7 p.m. The topic is “water.” Presenters are still being accepted. Info: 963-1680.

School Nov. 22-23 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students under 18; Sunday matinees are $12. Info: 379-6256.

ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday.

SUNDAY Nov. 24

FRIDAY Nov. 22

MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “12 Years a Slave” (R) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22-27 and 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 22-23. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. 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. Auction items are still being accepted. Info: 963-0139. LIVE MUSIC • The Roosters rock the Black Nugget for its first anniversary party starting at 9 p.m. No cover. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340. THEATRE • The Defiance Community Players presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Glenwood Springs High

TRE • Tension and Trauma Releasing (TRE) exercises are offered at the Third Street Center at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 but nobody will be turned away. Wear loose clothing, and bring a mat and water. Info: Betsy at 379-3486. POETRY • The Aspen Poets’ Society holds its monthly poetry night at Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Karl Gunselman and Peter Chapman. Info: 379-2136.


TWO STEP • Two Step Tuesday contin-

ues at the Third Street Center at 7:45 p.m. through Nov. 28. Admission is $7. Info: 379-4956.


LOTERIA NIGHT • The Carbondale Branch Library hosts Loteria Night at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month. This game is fun for the whole family and similar to Bingo but uses playing cards consisting of pictograms. Beverages will be provided. Info: 963-2889.

ROTARY • The Rotary Club of Carbondale meets at the fire station at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays. Info: CULTURE CLUB • The Carbondale Culture Club at the Third Street Center continues its lunchtime presentations.

Further Out FRIDAY Dec. 6

CUP AUCTION • The Carbondale Clay Center’s popular Cup Auction takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 200 cups, donated by local and national artists, will be offered. Info: 963-2529. LIVE MUSIC • The No Joes play PAC3 in the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Info:


CHORAL FESTIVAL • Symphony of the Valley teams with school choirs from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Grand Junction for “Holiday Choral Festival” at Glenwood Springs High School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 3-18 years old and $30 for families.


LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works presents the duo You Knew Me When at 8:30 p.m. Their second album is titled “You, Me, and the Rest of the World.” LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10/$15. Info: pac3

FRIDAY Dec. 13

LIVE MUSIC • PAC3 in the Third Street Center presents Band of Heathens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17/$22. Info: CALENDAR continued on page 11

Balance Yin & Yang

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Crisis, Disaster, and Emergency: Are You and Your Business Prepared? Presented by: Bill Kight, Public Information Officer for the White River National Forest

Big Mama's Home Cookin' is no stranger to stepping up in times of need. Kathy Ortiz and crew (pictured here) set up at the Carbondale Fire Department and fed the fire crew during the Red Canyon Fire this past August.

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Ongoing DECK THE WALLS • CCAH continues its Deck the Walls holiday sale. Items and artisans include: Sweet Rubies chocolates (Rochelle Norwood), ornaments (David Powers and Jill Scher), mushroom-dyed scarves (Michelle Dockins), ceramic (Angus Graham and Diane Kenney), prayer malas (Alexa Webster), woodwork (Brad Reed Nelson’s Board by Design), soaps and lotions (Queen of the Meadow and Laine Fabijianic), handmade jewelry (Mary Cervantes, Susie Kaldis, Sondie Reiff and Terry Muldoon) and “much more.” Info: 963-1680 or LINE DANCE LESSONS • Beginner line dance lessons are offered at the Carbondale Community School Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 16. The cost is $5 and partners are not needed. Info: 517-420-4212. WYLY SHOW CONTINUES • The Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt continues “The Art of Winifred: A retrospective” through Dec. 19. Info: CCC SHOW CONTINUES • The Carbondale Clay Center’s Holiday International continues with more than 30 local and national potters through Dec. 23.

NELSON SHOW CONTINUES • Janet Nelson’s mixed-media show continues at the CMC ArtShart Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs through early January. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Info: 947-8367 or TNHA CLASSES • True Nature Healing Arts offers classes in chakras, metta, tantra, meditation with a sweat lodge, and more. Info: 963-9900. PURPLE STAR BENEFITS • Kula Yoga on Main Street donates all contributions from its tension release class at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays to the Purple Star Veterans program. The class is usualy taught by Purple Heart recipient Adam Mccabe. Info: 963-0124. MUSIC TOGETHER • All Valley Music Together classes are under way. For details, go to or call 963-1482. MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Village Smithy. LIVE MUSIC • The Hotel Colorado hosts a Monday night jazz jam in its lobby at 7 p.m. The sessions are open to jazz musicians of all levels, semiformal attire encouraged. Spectators

welcome. For more information visit the Monday Night Jazz Facebook page or contact Zack Ritchie at 987-9277. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works hosts open mic nights with Patrick Fagan Mondays at 7:30 p.m. CARBONDALE LIBRARY • The following programs and events take place at the Carbondale Library at 320 Sopris Ave. For more info call 963-2889: – Bilingual Book Club • Held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info: Alejandra at 963-2889. – Storytime • The Carbondale Library at 320 Sopris Ave. holds a storytime for toddlers and infants Thursdays at 10 a.m. – Bilingual Storytime • With Alejandra at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. It’s for kids 1-5. – Movie Day • For kids in grades K-5 at 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. There’ll be popcorn. – Musical Storytime • With Sue Schnitzer every Monday at 4 p.m. Kids must be accompanied by adults at all times. – Teen Zone • From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Teens are invited to study, surf the Net, read, write, draw or hangout. Bring a laptop or borrow one from the library.

The northeast corner of Prince Creek Road and Highway 133 offers a late afternoon sunny spot for a small herd of horses that calls the pasture home. Photo Lynn Burton

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Hole in Wall accepting toys Hole in the Wall Tattoo in Glenwood Springs is teaming with Point Baptist Church and Project Angel Tree to collect toys for needy families in Garfield County. Bring three unopened toys to Hole in the Wall by Dec. 14 and receive a $40 tattoo gift certificate.

RE-1 launches bilingual website The Roaring Fork School District has launched a new website with improved navigation, responsive design for optimized viewing on smart phones and tablets, and increased content including a dedicated staff login. Users can also view it in either English or Spanish, according to a press release. The new website is programmed in Joomla and improves transparency, elevates the district’s web presence and communicates more clearly with the district’s stakeholders including parents, students, employees and community members. The new design and navigation will be used as a starting point to assist each of the district’s 12 schools to create new websites. To view the new website, go to

AARP offers driver safety classes Crystal River Elementary School started a girls running club this fall and focused on teamwork, positive self-talk, supporting each other, perseverance and good running form. Club activities culminated with the girls running a two-mile “Fun Run” on Oct. 28. From left to right are: Ana Adams, Corey Bollock, Angelina Montemayor, Ashlee Mirabal and Kimberly Rodriguez. Courtesy photo

Crystal screens schools documentary Our Children, Our Schools presents a free showing of the documentary “Schools That Change Communities” at the Crystal Theatre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 21. The film showcases five schools that get kids excited about learning by engaging them in solving real problems in their communities. A happy hour at Carbondale Beer Works will follow. Info: 379-0214.

AARP offers a driver safety class for those 50 and older at the CMC Center in Glenwood Springs from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. on Dec. 12. For details, call 384-8747 or e-mail The cost is $12 for AARP members and $15 for non-members.

CMC offers classes abroad Colorado Mountain College is offering classes in Spain, Guatemala and South Africa. The payment deadline is Dec. 13. For details, call 319-5817.

Monument sign competition under way

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce and town of Basalt are accepting designs for a “monument sign” at the town’s roundabout. The entry deadline is Dec. 15 and the winner receives $2,500. For details, go to January 14, 2014 Town Council Meeting for the selection of the winner who will receive a $2,500 prize. The artist must live in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Closures continue

Lions Club forming up There’ll be an organizational meeting to form a Carbondale Lions Club at Roaring Fork High School at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. For details, call Gary Broetzman at 984-3360.

Some bike and pedestrian trail closures on Highway 133 continue during the ongoing underground utilities project.

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Roller disco returns Local historians were unable to confirm whether the roller disco craze of the mid-1970s ever made it to Carbondale back then, but it sold out PAC3 for two nights last weekend. Disco and dance music thumped. Lights flashed. Fog moved in and out. Good skaters busted moves while wobblers struggled to avoid busting into each other. Wigs and colorful costumes were the norm as skaters ranged in age from 21 to their 60s. PAC3’s Josh Behrman and Atlas Otto hatched the idea as a way to broaden the venue’s use. More roller disco nights are planned. Photos by Mark Burrows Assisted by Ticah Burrows

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Don’t let wildlife tangle with holiday decorations, yard objects By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer

Pedestrians headed north on Third Street near the library heard an unexpected “clomp, clomp, clomp” behind them last Friday afternoon. A split second later the sound identified itself in the form of a bounding deer who was last seen between the library’s back porch and the Bridges Center heading west as fast as she could. “Our dog barked and scared it,” an out-of-breath little boy dragging his coat backpack told this reporter. “He ran into the fence three times then jumped over.” On that note, the grade schooler continued his chase for a deer that by this time was probably half-way to Sopris Park and not looking back. Deer are so Jennifer Churchill common in and CPW spokeswoman around Carbondale that many homeowners in River Valley Ranch enclose their trees in wire fencing to keep deer from eating them. Almost every evening, the deer creep down from the mesa overlooking RVR, saunter across Crystal Bridge Drive then commence to grazing in people’s front yards and tiptoeing across their driveways. To alert the public to the predicament deer sometimes find themselves in when encountering a civilization that continues to encroach on their turf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued the following press release.

“ … Cases of chicken wire, tomato cages, swing sets and hammocks tangled on antlers have been reported as well.”

Decorate safely As the holiday season nears and decorations begin to adorn houses, yards and trees, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public to decorate with wildlife safety in mind. Outdoor holiday decorations and structures, like Christmas lights or trampolines, can cause problems for antlered animals. “Deer, elk and moose often find themselves tangled in material or stuck in pools, skate parks, etc.,” said Jennifer Churchill, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Although some may find these interactions ‘cute’ or think that the animal is having fun, these situations can be very stressful to the animal. Coloradans should do all they can to prevent our wildlife from conflict with man made obstructions.” During the mating season, buck deer rub their antlers against just about anything. If they rub against something with holiday lights, there is a chance those lights

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that deer spend most of their energy just surviving the winter without having to spend any of it untangling themselves from Christmas decorations and other yard objects. Photo by Lynn Burton might end up adorning the animal’s antlers. Although it is difficult to predict exactly what deer are capable of snagging, homeowners can reduce the risk by anticipating problems before they happen. Wildlife officers recommend attaching lights to the house or above the reach of deer in large trees. Stringing the lights in low shrubbery could end up endangering the animal. “And it is not just Christmas lights,” Churchill continued. “Cases of chicken wire, tomato cages, swing sets and hammocks tangled on antlers have been reported as well.” Objects tangled in antlers can stress the deer, causing it to spend time and energy trying to remove the object at the expense of feeding and resting. Sometimes a deer can free itself from the material, but most of the time the animal may have to wait until late winter when it naturally sheds its antlers and everything falls off. In extreme cases, where the objects pose life-threatening danger to the animal, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists may have to tranquilize it to remove the obstruction. Often times, capturing and handling the deer can be worse for

the animal than leaving it alone. Trying to immobilize a deer can be so stressful the deer dies.


Avoid draping lights over shrubs and bushes under five-feet high. Trees with trunk diameters of two-to-six inches are most likely to be rubbed by bucks and bulls, so only string lights on larger diameter trees. Use multiple short strands of wire plugged together versus one long strand so that if animals become entangled they will have less cord to deal with. Avoid stringing lights “clothesline” style across open areas. Firmly attach lights to tree limbs, gutters, or fence posts. Deer and elk can also benefit from the following: Take down volleyball nets, hammocks or other items; store water hoses, tomato cages and other garden materials until spring; put colorful flagging on empty clotheslines.


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“Coalfield war” fought in courts and on the land (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth and final installment of “Ranches, Mines and Railroads.” Read the entire series at

Prospectors and miners came over the Continental Divide to the Elk Mountains in west central Colorado even before the Ute Indians were forcefully removed from the area in 1881. They were in search of gold and silver. Some found coal instead. This was true of John Murray, William Batt, William Parry, and C. D. Griffith, all of whom discovered By Darrell Munsell coal deposits in either the Jerome Park or Coal Basin areas of the southern Grand Hogback southwest of Carbondale. Their timing was ideal, for men with capital and a desire to develop the claims into producing mines soon appeared on the scene to purchase them. The ensuing competition for control of these properties resulted in a conflict best described as a “coalfield war” on the lower Grand Hogback. The two men most directly involved in initiating this conflict were Jerome B. Wheeler and John C. Osgood. The former established coal mines in the Jerome Park area, while the latter opened mines in Coal Basin near Redstone. Without railroads, these mines would have remained marginal. But railroads needed coal mines just as mines needed railroads. The existence of these abundant coal deposits near Carbondale assured railroad development in the Grand, Roaring Fork and Crystal river valleys. Without them, railroads might never have arrived, leaving the region isolated and its economic growth stunted. Needing a railroad to bring fuel from his Jerome Park coal mines and coke ovens to his Aspen smelter, Wheeler courted the newly organized Colorado Midland Railroad (CM). He became an investor in and vice president of the company. His presence on the board undoubtedly helped to persuade the company’s president, James John Hagerman, who also had silver interests in Aspen, to extend the railroad from Leadville to Salt Lake City, Utah, with branch lines to Aspen and Wheeler’s coal mines in Jerome Park. CM desperately needed coal for fuel as well as for freight, and Hagerman realized that the only way the railroad could reach the silver riches of Aspen was to tie the railroad to a coal company. To do this, Wheeler and Hagerman organized the Grand River Coal and Coke Company (GRC&C) in 1885 to operate the Jerome Park coal mines to produce steam coal for CM and coke (coal from which most of the gases have been removed by heating in coke ovens) for the Aspen, Leadville, and Denver smelter markets. Also envisioned was the establishment of a blast furnace in the region that would be supplied with coke by GRC&C. The combination of coal and rail put GRC&C

Looking Back

The fires went out in the Redstone coke ovens in 1909, the same year the nearby Coal Basin coal mines closed. The ovens at Cardiff, south of Glenwood Springs, were shut down in 1910. Photo by Lynn Burton in a position to dominate the fuel trade of the Grand and Roaring Fork valleys. However, John C. Osgood’s Colorado Fuel Company (CFC) vied with GRC&C for domination of or share in that fuel trade. To access his coal mines at Coal Basin, Osgood organized the Colorado and Utah Railway Company to chart a railroad line from the Coal Basin mines down the Crystal River to where it would connect with a mainline railroad at Carbondale. Osgood planned to build a large coking operation at the future site of Redstone to produce coke for smelter and blast furnaces throughout the state. Another party soon entered the contest to develop a coal and iron industry in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hagerman’s decision to extend the CM to Aspen forced William Jackson and David Moffat of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) to build to Aspen as well, thus bringing a second railroad and a third fuel company competing for market superiority to the area. As an affiliate of D&RG, Colorado Coal and Iron Company (CC&I) was an eager partner with the railroad in extending the interests of both in the region. In 1886 CC&I

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purchased disputed coal claims in the Thompson Creek area between Jerome Park in the north and Coal Basin in the south. The company planned to build a rail link to haul coal from mines in this area to a connection with the D&RG at Carbondale. CC&I also proposed establishing a coking plant and a blast furnace at the junction of the two rail lines.

“Coalfield war” The “coalfield war” among the three major fuel companies was fought over disputed coal claims and railroad routes in the courts as well as by armed men on the ground. An example of the latter occurred in 1885 when armed men from Osgood’s CFC attacked guards at Wheeler’s Spring Gulch mine in an unsuccessful attempt to gain possession of it. Another confrontation occurred in 1886 when armed men from the Aspen and Western Railway prevented a CM crew from completing a survey of the Thompson Creek Canyon south of Carbondale to assess the feasibility of using the route to reach the GRC&C’s Jerome Park mines. CC&I had already seLOOKNG BACK page 17

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lected the route to access their mines and had organized the Aspen and Western Railway to build a narrow gauge line from Carbondale to Willow Park in the canyon. Although a court injunction allowed the surveyors to complete their work, the crew found the grade too steep for a standard gauge railroad. CM selected a route from Cardiff near Glenwood Springs through Four Mile Canyon to the GRC&C mines instead. The grade to the coal deposits in the Thompson Creek area above Willow Park was too steep for the Aspen and Western’s narrow gauge as well. Without rail access, CC&I had to reach an agreement with GRC&C and CM in order to develop their coal deposits and to keep alive their plan to establish a coke and iron industrial complex in Carbondale. Eager to concentrate on their Jerome Park resources, Wheeler and Hagerman agreed to negotiate, and an agreement was signed on March 18, 1887. The two fuel companies settled their dispute over coal claims by establishing the North Fork of the Thompson Creek as the boundary between Jerome Park to the north and the CC&I coal lands as far as Coal Basin to the south. The parties also agreed to cooperate in the supply of coal and coke from their mines in the Roaring Fork and Grand Valleys and to fix prices and freight rates by giving CM a monopoly in the transport of their coke and coal to markets served by the railroad. CM’s “Coal Branch” rail line reached Spring Gulch in August of 1887. Over the next few years, GRC&C became a very profitable company from coal extracted from its mines and coke “cooked” in its Cardiff coke ovens. Meanwhile, to the company’s benefit, Osgood’s coal mines in Coal Basin languished without a rail connection, and CC&I’s fortunes waned locally as well as state-wide. CM’s

Jerome Park line was never extended past Spring Gulch to CC&I mines, and the railroad’s cancellation of a proposed branch line to iron mines near Ashcroft was yet another blow to CC&I’s hope of building a coke and iron industry in Carbondale.

fuel company and corporation in Colorado, was born in October 1892. The “coalfield war” was over. But changed economic conditions diminished the rewards of Osgood’s victory. The depression following the Panic of 1893 prevented Osgood from constructing the Crystal River Railroad to Redstone and establishing coking operations there until 1899. In 1903 he lost control of CF&I to John D. Rockefeller and George Gould. The Rockefeller-Gould takeover included all of that corporation’s assets — mines, coke ovens, rail lines — throughout the region. By this time, there was a declining market for coke. Consequently, CF&I began to shut down its coal and coke operations in the Carbondale area. The Redstone coking facilities and the Coal Basin coal mines were closed in 1909. The Jerome Park mines and the Cardiff coke ovens met a like fate. Marion was abandoned in 1895, Sunlight in 1904 and Spring Gulch in 1916. The ovens at Cardiff were closed in 1910. The coal deposits in the Carbondale coalfield brought the trains to the Grand, Roaring Fork and Crystal river valleys and made Carbondale a hub of economic activity. Ranchers and farmers profited from an expanding market linked to rail, and the community continued to prosper even after the mines were closed. The ambitions and dreams of the early settlers and entrepreneurs were realized through the interrelationship among ranches, mines and railroads, the key players in Carbondale’s early history.

The coal deposits in the Carbondale coalfield brought the trains …. and made Carbondale a hub of economic activity. From all appearances, it seemed GRC&C had won the “coalfield war” on the Grand Hogback. But, in 1892, things were about to change. For a variety of reasons, Wheeler and Hagerman wanted out of the coal and rail business. They concluded that GRC&C would not be profitable once Osgood’s CFC developed its Coal Basin coal and coke facilities, which they anticipated would be in the near future. Rather than wait for the inevitable competition to begin, Hagerman and Wheeler took advantage of an eager buyer to sell their company for a profit. The acquisition of GRC&C and the incorporation of auxiliary companies into a single organization made CFC the dominant fuel company in western Colorado and a formidable competitor of CC&I state-wide. While Osgood’s company prospered through superb management, wise investments and aggressive salesmanship, CC&I faltered as a business enterprise. Disgruntled by the company’s poor performance, the directors agreed to a merger with CFC that Osgood arranged on his own terms. Thus the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I), the largest

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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Basalt four achildren, business owners, For more than 25 years, she has been In her new role welcome bag product for Aspen parties to graduations and first jobs.” cember 2003,” says Amy. “Erin was and valley-wide ages 16 to 28, and two Westies. area in the business of art and design, uplift- as Wyly Director, Applications may be requested by non-profit destination events and weddings (theWith just the one store front looking for an opportunity to be her Wyly is housed in the old library organizations to in The ing and empowering people as an artist, Alford will augment which keeps us exBasalt they are still able to assist cusown boss.” bring artistic and building on Midland Spur in historic the work being done a organizations. creative design and The marketing Grant formexecucan be found tremely Basalt, busy during season.” The stationery business appealed tomers internationally. downtown and wedding its mission is to by the current staff, creative They think-work tive, and as an entrepreneur. on our website at: overtothebear UnitedonStates While Erin moved outthrough of the area foster creative expression the and as did Basalt. Prior to own- with brides alling In 1988, Alford founded Words Pic- Dasa Bausovato Erin, several ago, she of stillall operates all ing the to map countries visual arts years for learners ages and by business she worked for non- and are beginning matters of social tures Colours, an award-winning, full Holly Gressett, is the back office offers detailsart forclasses the store. Canada, Ausprofits in both California and Denver. they’ve shipped abilities. The Wyly and and to:community service design Grant studio deadline in Basalt, known providing additional Amy runs day-to-day in England joined the businessKelly rightAlford out of tralia, New Zealand, engagement and and programs for children andoperations adults, galfor its fresh and September original work27, and2013. for oversight andAmy sup5 p.m., the store and is the designer. France thus far. college in 2003 and together they’ve economic vitality. lery exhibitions, partner programs with serving dozens of local and national port in the areas of “Together we t have the visiting perfect The girls haveinsome rather faseen their business grow by leaps “Kelly and believes deeply the power valley-wide nonprofi groups, and vision, orgacompanies, including many of our com- community outreach For additional information call 927-9851. of local left-brain, right-brain mous and customers of thetoHollywood bounds. Innew fact, earlier this year programs in schools, young programof they art, design commerce make artistcombination munity’s arts and culture icons. In 2003, nizational leadership, a small, creative business,” says too. beautiful, “It’s alwayshumane fun to turn were able fundraising to double their space artistformentorship programs and comandfloorthe worldvariety a more she founded Iota, a product design and ming and partnerships, Amy. . . . we’re sisters.” around and see them with ainterfacing move up the streetthe to a spot munity art“And events. and lomeaningful place,” saidbrowsing a Wylyin the with manufacturing company, which was development, and For more information go to: store,” says Erin, “We’ve had secret cated on the river. “We have always loved sta- back office meetings with clients to acquired in 2008 by GRANT FUND the 144-year oldThey in- are the duo force behind ExCommunity Art Center

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering amendments to certain standards applicable to the Commercial/ Retail and Wholesale Zone District of the Crystal Village PUD to wit; paving setback standards and parking and landscaping standards. The Owner is requesting these amendments to insure that the acquisition by the Colorado Department of Transportation of portions of the subject property to construct the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133 does not render the remainder of the Owner’s property in violation of existing zoning standards.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering a request to extend the deadline for submitting a subdivision application for Phase 1 of the Community Partnership P.U.D. from December 31, 2013 until March 31, 2015.

The property is located at 1011, 1051 and 1079 Highway 133 (the current site of Ace Hardware, City Market and other commercial enterprises), legally described on Exhibit A attached hereto. The applicant/owner is Carbondale Square, LLC whose address is 201 Main Street, Suite 301, Carbondale, Colorado 81623. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on December 10, 2013. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Janet Buck Town Planner Published in The Sopris Sun on November 21, 2013. EXHIBIT A



The site is the Community Partnership Planned Unit Development which includes the former Carbondale Elementary School property, 600 South Third Street, and the former Carbondale Middle School property, 455 South Third Street. The applicant and owner is the Roaring Fork RE-1 School District. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on December 10, 2013. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Janet Buck Town Planner Published in The Sopris Sun on November 21, 2013. ORDINANCE NO. 13 Series 2013


This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE _________________________ By: s/s Stacey Bernot, Mayor ATTEST: __________________________ s/s Cathy Derby, Town Clerk Published in The Sopris Sun on November 21, 2013. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering the adoption of an ordinance which would amend Chapter 18 (Zoning Districts) of the Carbondale Municipal Code. The proposed ordinance would affect the location, zoning and establish conditions of operation of Retail Marijuana Facilities as defined in the Ordinance. Conditions to be considered will be allowed locations in zone districts and will specifically include restrictions and requirements for operation of such facilities. The applicant is the Town of Carbondale. Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on December 10, 2013. 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. John Leybourne Planner Published in The Sopris Sun on November 21, 2013.

Submit classifieds to by 12 p.m. on Monday. $15 for up to 30 words, $20 for 31-50 words. VOLUNTEER SPORTS WRITERS WANTED for any or all of Roaring Fork High School’s winter sports. Experience not necessary but some familiarity with sports is a plus. E-mail Lynn Burton at news@ or call 510-3003. GET THE WORD OUT IN CLASSIFIEDS! Rates start at $15. Email classifieds@ Credit card payment information can be emailed to, but please break the number into two emails for security reasons. Or call the number to 948-6563. Checks can be dropped off at our office in the Third Street Center or mailed to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.



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