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Standing with Standing Rock

Oscar Salazar from White Plains, New York, 21, said he was going to wear his "Bernsie" onesie for his entire week-long stay at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Salazar told The Sopris Sun his family heritage is Peruvian Incan. For more on the standoff at Standing Rock, and local folks’ involvement, please turn to pages 14-15. Photo by Jennifer H. Catto


Volume 8, Number 43 | December 1, 2016

Locals step up for Native Americans By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer


veritable umbilical chord of support seems to have developed between Carbondale and the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that straddles the border of North and South Dakota, where thousands of Native Americans and their supporters are locked in a struggle over a gas pipeline routed through reservation lands. Perhaps 30 people, according to organizers, have traveled from the Roaring Fork Valley to the reservation in recent weeks, ferrying supplies and staying for days, or even a week or so, to help out with the multitude of tasks required to keep several camps going, and more are on the way this week. At a meeting Tuesday night at the Third Street Center, Shawna Foster, minister of Two Rivers Universalist Unitarian in Carbondale, lead a meeting of up to 50 people to talk about the situation at Standing Rock and about what next steps supporters of the NoDAPL (which stands for No Dakota Access Pipeline), the moniker given to the overall effort to stop the pipeline’s construction) might want to take. Foster, who has been to Standing Rock twice, told The Sopris Sun that other obligations will prevent her from going back to the Standing Rock site for a while, possibly not until sometime in January of next year. At the meeting, though, the gathering sang along with an opening song by local musician Lisa DancingLight, listened to remarks by Foster and others who had been to the reservation, and then split into two groups for further strategy discussion. One group, led by organizer Tim Brogdon (who can be reached at 970-355-4294, or at, worked on the logistics of sending more vehicles up to the demonstration site, including a “ride share” network to put people together with loads of supplies as they prepare to head to the scene. The second group, lead by Raleigh Burleigh (970456-6929), discussed how people might help in other ways, whether by contacting federal authorities and urging them to back off from attempts to dislodge or otherwise interfere with the demonstrators, or asking that the final permit for the pipeline not be issued. That permit governs whether the pipeline company can move forward with completion of a buried pipeline beneath a segment of the Missouri River that passes through tribal lands. “Letters to the editor are encouraged,” wrote Foster in a summary email describing the Tuesday night meeting, which was the second organizational meeting held in Carbondale about the Standing Rock situation. She and others at the meeting encouraged supportSTANDING ROCK SUPPORT page 16

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.

What Does is Paper Mean to You? In Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley, we are blessed to live in a place where those who have the means to give, do. Sometimes with unbelievable generosity. Recently, The Sopris Sun was the recipient of a truly unexpected gift. Every nonprofit dreams of the day when it is possible to set some money aside in a “rainy day” or contingency fund, outside of the regular operating budget, to provide a backup for unanticipated needs. Thanks to Jim and Connie Calaway, that welcome day arrived recently for The Sun. In October, they surprised us with a $25,000 gift for the explicit purpose of establishing such a contingency fund. This gift will provide long-term stability should leaner economic times affect the paper’s two main sources of operating income, namely advertising and donations from readers like you. The Calaways consider The Sopris Sun to be one of Carbondale’s vital assets, worthy of broad community support. They trust, as we do, that many others share their sense of commitment to the health and longevity of this paper. The fact is, we depend on you, our readers, for the 15 percent of our operating budget that is not

supported by advertising dollars. Past community support has enabled us to increase the size of the paper to a steady 16-20 (and occasional 24) pages, pay a regular part-time reporter to cover town gov-

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e Trump era: Introducing the gold-plated lining “Every cloud has a silver lining,” or so they say. For those of us ing the myriad cultures in this nation for the almighty dollar may who assumed we would start 2017 from a Clinton perspective, i.e. very well be #1 on his agenda. I can already hear him tweeting for the status quo, we still had a long way to climb to the progressive the death of all things elitist: books, museums, theater that isn’t on tree house we want to live in, but now, it’s as though we ice. What if he’s like an American Mao and in four have fallen all the way back down to the ground and short years kills all the birds? Maybe when the White have to start over from scratch. House looks like a Vegas hotel we’ll be inspired to President Trump. It sounds like a Dr. Seuss book work together against the establishment. about a malevolent little dictator who wants to cut Patterns in history down all the trees. In my little world of liberal mountain-town living, we’ve all been looking around for Patterns in history tell us that the next few years someone/thing to blame: cutting art and music in could be tragic, for both Republicans and Democrats. schools, processed foods, Debbie what’s-her-name. It’s We all need food, water and shelter, no matter our like we fell (were pushed?) off the tree and landed in a party affiliation. When Trump talks about investing fresh cow pie, because instead of watching where we in America’s infrastructure, I’d like to think he’s talkwere climbing, we were staring at the clouds, daying about bridges and plumbing in federal buildings, dreaming about the first female U.S. president. but I have the feeling he’s talking about pipelines. PutBut that’s OK, we got this; Americans are nothing if ting aside the arguments that drilling into the ground not resilient. The first thing to do is get back to the allcauses earthquakes, and injecting chemicals into the for-one and one-for-all mindset. No more of this us vs. water table causes cancer in people and the animals them BS because as long as we stay in our respective we eat, let’s just talk logistics. The more we drill, the By Jeannie Perry red and blue camps we’ll never get rid of the oligarchic more we saturate the market, driving down the price trip leader. It’s time to put aside our party affiliations and work to- (and profit margin) therefore causing the industry to halt producgether for the betterment of all. tion (i.e., no new jobs). Trump’s promises could actually bring about Why do we even still register with a party? How outdated is the end of the coal and gas driven era, leading us right into our rethat? Shouldn’t there be an app by now to vote your conscience newable energy future. Perhaps Trump’s presidency will end up and order take-out at the same time? being the death rattle of our two-party=1 percent system and dirty Here in Carbondale, whenever we’re out enjoying food and energy as we know it (howbeit unintentionally). And maybe it will drink, let’s please acknowledge that it’s supplied, prepared and be a catalyst for the UNITED States of America to come together brought to our table by immigrants. Go back one generation or six; and embrace our multi-cultural nation — if not a silver lining, a unless you’re a Native American, we’re all immigrants. And I, for gold-plated one anyway. one, like to think of it as a belay system of support. Once you’ve been here a while, and you’re secure, start looking around for a *Another way is to pledge to register as Muslim when and if newbie, someone you can assist and defend. (Just one of many ways Trump’s team of xenophobes starts collecting names to counteract the president-elect’s plan to isolate and deport*). My real fear isn’t that Trump’s not qualified to be president; it’s that he’s a natural. What if he’s more of a politician than anyone Please turn to page 19 for suspected? Specifically, what if he lied and said what some Americans wanted to hear in order to make a bunch of money? Sacrific-


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Trustees want feedback on board replacement process Discussing the issue on Dec. 13 By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer Carbondale’s elected leaders, at a meeting on Nov. 22, decided not to decide on whether to fill newly elected Mayor Dan Richardson’s vacant trustee seat by election or appointment. Instead, Richardson explained on Tuesday to The Sopris Sun, “We decided we needed to elicit feedback” from town residents before making a decision. And so far, since that meeting, Richardson said the sentiment seems to be tilting toward appointing a new trustee rather than putting the matter to an election. If that is what happens, this would be the second appointment of a trustee this year, the first being the appointment in September of businesswoman Heather Henry to take the seat formerly occupied by A.J. Hobbs, who quit his post last summer to pursue other interests. Richardson explained that he has gotten roughly a dozen bits of feedback since last week’s meeting, and that about 10 of them indicated that filling the vacancy by appointment would be OK with them. Only two, he said, said they would prefer to have the position be put to a vote of the town. The next discussion of the matter will be on Dec. 13, the first regular board meeting of the month. At the Nov. 22 meeting, the trustees also declined to approve a proposal by developer Rick Ballentine concerning the affordable housing requirements linked to a project along Dolores Way that is partially built out already. Known as the Kay PUD, the project was first

approved in 2007, under plans that called for construction of two commercial buildings with a total of 16 residential units on the second stories, seven of which were to be designated as affordable housing units of differing types. Since that original approval, the project has undergone several modifications, the latest of which was to amend the Affordable Housing Mitigation plan for a fourth time. But the trustees, based on staff input, concluded that the amendment proposed by Ballentine did not fit the town’s housing guidelines, and directed Ballentine to take the project before the planning and zoning commission for a variance that would cover his mitigation plan. Richardson noted that town staff is working on a memorandum that will “lay it out very clearly” as to the town’s understanding of the current status of the project, and what Ballentine’s options are under the town codes. It will be up to Ballentine to decide, Richardson continued, about how his project is to proceed through town review. In other action, the trustees: • Approved a special event liquor license for a fundraiser for the Carbondale Clay Center that will be held on Dec. 2, from 5-10 p.m. at 689 Main St., in conjunction with the First Friday celebration for December. • Approved a plan to build a picnic/shade shelter at the Gus Darien Riding Arena to the east of town along County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road), which is to be funded by donations from the family of Roz and Tom Turnbull, long-time ranchers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Dance Initiative: A dream come true at the Launchpad By Nicolette Toussaint Sopris Sun Correspondent In the past two years, the Dance Initiative has grown from being a “virtual organization” to hosting nationally-known artists, offering weeklong residencies, providing subsidized dance studio space and bringing dance instruction into local schools. “It’s so satisfying to see dreams come true,” comments Peter Gilbert, who founded Dance Initiative in 2009. With the Launchpad’s opening, Dance Initiative began maturing as an arts organization. “We’ve gone from being a virtual organization to a real one. In the beginning, everything we did was based on volunteers. But we’re growing up. Now, local dancers receive stipends for performing and teachers are paid.” Deborah Colley, the associate director of Dance Initiative and a founding member of contemporary dance company CoMotion (a conscious movement project), is one of these performers. In 2016, Dance Initiative began offering a continuing “company class” to condition local dancers for participation in productions. Carbondale’s Alya Howe was invited to teach along with guests, including Colley, substituting from time to time. Colley just returned from a New York City

trip with Gilbert. While there, she interviewed choreographers for Dance Initiative’s upcoming residencies. “I felt validated about the creative work our community is doing here,” she said. “Although dancers in New York have incredible access to classes and massive training, we (locals) have common ground. We’re having the same conversations about what dance is, what it can do and who can perform. Is it a vehicle for social justice, for social change? Our works in both places can inform one another.” Colley confirmed that Staycee Pearl and company will be in Carbondale from Sept. 24-31 for one of Dance Initiative’s 2017 residencies. Pearl trained at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. She left New York to perform with CORE Performance Company in Atlanta, then returned to New York to pursue a career as a solo-performing artist.

Honing in While interviewing dance artists in New York City, Colley and Gilbert honed in on where the Dance Initiative’s local residencies fit into the broader dance scene — whether in Gilbert’s words, DANCE INITIATIVE page 17

Crystal River Elementary School students were let loose for Thanksgiving on Nov. 18 dressed for Indian summer temperatures, and returned on Nov. 28 dressed for winter temperatures … or some of them, anyway. Shown here from Nov. 29 are Potter Treadway and Emily Alfonso Figueroa. On a related note, CRES kids take off for winter holiday after classes on Friday, Dec. 16 and return on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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RFFA: Part of the new food revolution Cop Shop is that because food is an essentially loving force it holds within it an evolutionary As if the political happenings lately force. If it evokes the best in us — graweren’t enough, I’ve learned of new pro- ciousness and sharing, loving stewardship jections of up to a 50-60 percent reduction of the land and water, the urge to nurture in global food production due to climate and create — then very possibly it holds impacts in the next two-to-three decades. keys to healing us collectively on a larger What does that mean? Bescale. Keys that will show cause we only source about us the way forward in the 2 percent of our food from face of daunting challenges Colorado growers, and we and divides. are dependent on global I am realizing that this food sources, it’s not good. evolutionary potential of Likely it means soaring food has been the central food prices, shortages, inmotivating factor behind the creased civil unrest and disRoaring Fork Food Alliance. placed populations due to There was always the feellack of food and water — ing that people would come that’s just what immeditogether around food, and ately comes to mind. I don’t that it would be a galvanizshare this to strike fear into ing issue that would create a By Gwen Garcelon your heart, but in hopes more tightly knit social fabthat you will keep reading and ďŹ nd some ric of relationships. From this strong social comfort and an inspired way forward. fabric there can be collaboration across exWhat do we know about food? People isting divides, and the potential for the kind come together around food. It is a source of courageous creativity necessary to build of comfort. Food has the ability to heal a local food system, and other infrastrucand connect. Through it we feel the warm ture necessary for thriving, adaptable and satiation we felt when connected to our networked communities. own mothers as babies, and in a very diIf you are reading this on Dec. 1, there rect way it connects us to our Mother is an opportunity occurring this evening at Earth. So very basically, food is an expres- 6:30 p.m. to come together at the Eagle sion and experience of love. County Building in El Jebel to knit this soWhat has captured my attention lately, cial fabric and collaborative potential. It’s especially in moments when fear creeps in, a chance to experience the love of those

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Slow is the new fast

who are growing food locally, and creating programs and infrastructure to support many aspects of a productive local food system here in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. It’s also a chance to join in a community discussion with Michael Brownlee, author of the newly released book “The Local Food Revolution.â€? The local food revolution, like the Occupy Movement and the efforts to protect water for the future at Standing Rock, heralds a new era of revolution with the central intent to heal and evolve using the power of love. As John Lennon said so clearly, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. ‌ Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.â€? This valley has always been a place of great vision, created by whole-hearted embracers of life. Let’s allow a vision of abundant locally grown food to show us an unprecedented way forward together.

From Nov. 18-23, Carbondale ofďŹ cers handled hundreds of calls for service (no exact number available). During that period, ofďŹ cers investigated the following cases of note:

Gwen Garcelon is the director of the Roaring Fork Food Alliance, and writes about her unabashed passion for a thriving planet and the adventure challenge of recreating the local food system (and other inspiring stuff of relevance).

TUESDAY, Nov. 22: At 7:52 a.m. police were sent on a welfare check to a home on Oak Run Road, where they found the female occupant had died. Police reported that foul play was not suspected in the death.

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FRIDAY, Nov. 18: At 7:17 p.m. an ofďŹ cer was notiďŹ ed of a lost debit card and subsequent fraudulent charges against the account connected with the card, one of two such reports ďŹ led last week concerning separate victims (the second was on Nov. 21). Reports were taken in both cases. SATURDAY, Nov. 19: At 10 a.m. police were informed of a case of vandalism at an address on Sopris Avenue, which apparently involved some items being stolen. SATURDAY, Nov. 19: At 9:15 p.m. police responded to a report of a collision between a vehicle and a deer on Highway 133, opposite the Roaring Fork High School entrance. There was damage to the front of the vehicle, which along with the dead deer was moved from the trafďŹ c lanes. SATURDAY, Nov. 19: At 10:16 p.m. police responded to a report of an assault in the 500 block of Main Street. OfďŹ cers spoke with the victim, but were unable to locate the alleged assailant. The case is under investigation.



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KDNK board parts ways with Steve Skinner Annual meeting Dec. 5 By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer

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The board of directors at KDNK, Carbondale’s community access radio station, declined to provide specific reasons behind last week’s termination of long-time station manager Steve Skinner. When asked why, Board President Bob Schultz explained, “In personnel matters, you just don’t do that.” Skinner’s employment ended on Nov. 22, following his annual review by the board on Nov. 21. At least one board member, board treasurer Susan Darrow, stressed that the decision was not part of a long-term campaign to get rid of Skinner, whose job was on the line on at least one prior occasion in the last two years — in December, 2014. “This was not a conspiracy in any way,” said Darrow on Tuesday, after she noted that the board members had agreed to avoid making individual statements about the matter, and to stick to a prepared statement issued on Nov. 23 announcing the decision and expressing gratitude for Skinner’s service during his decade-plus at the helm. Schultz noted that there is a planned discussion about the station’s future at its next general membership meeting, on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the station, 76 S. 2nd St., in Carbondale. The prepared statement about Skinner’s dismissal, which was sent to the station’s volunteer disc jockeys but not to the general membership, simply states that the board “has decided to make a change in management … with overall long-term interests of the station at heart,” and that the change is being made “in order to face the challenges and opportunities impacting community access radio” across the nation. Schultz, who will be stepping down from the board at the end of December, admitted to The Sopris Sun that there were concrete considerations, including budget shortfalls last year and this year (to date), that played into the decision. Schultz said there was a $10,000 budget shortfall in 2015, and Skinner himself ac-

knowledged that the station’s budget is under performing this year by perhaps as much as $50,000, “out of a $250,000 budget.” But Skinner, reached at his home up the Crystal River, said he felt things were looking up. Likening his job to being a quarterback on a football team, he said, “We’ve addressed the budget shortfalls. If it’s about the money, they didn’t let me finish. I was running with the ball” adding that he believed he could raise sufficient income in December to get close to finishing in the black. In general, Skinner continued, “I think it’s a personality thing. It takes a team (to run a nonprofit radio station), and those guys didn’t want to play on my team.” He also noted that the board’s makeup has changed considerably in the past couple of years, reaching back to the last time his job was in jeopardy, in 2014. That year, he held onto his post thanks in large part to testimonials from disc jockeys and other station personnel. But this year, he said, the board was made up of two veterans (Schultz and Darrow), and “a bunch of newbies who didn’t really know me,” though he backed away from saying the votes of the “newbies” were influenced by the opinions of the veterans. Both Schultz and Darrow will be stepping down from the board in December, as a consequence of term limits established two years ago. Also leaving is board member Shirley Aguilar, who has not attended meetings for the past few months, according to Schultz. Skinner said some of the problems at the station had to do with turnover of key personnel, notably the loss of his membership director and his underwriting director. He said those departures hurt the station’s finances and organization, though he said the people now filling those posts are doing well for the station. “My most profound weakness,” he said, “was definitely dealing with the board. I didn’t nurture those relationships as I should have.” Asked what he plans to do now that he is not running the station, Skinner said he was not sure and then quoted a line from SKINNER page 8

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up there are at most about five inches long, local BLM spokesman David Boyd replied, “You’re correct that not a lot of people fish the Roan. Those that do fish up there have let us know they are passionate about it for many years. Fly fishing small streams for small trout (sic). I think the bigger point is that there are a number of important resources on the Roan, including pure strains of cutthroat trout.” Many opponents to Roan Plateau drilling, including National Book Award winning author Timothy Egan (“The Worst Hard Time”), pointed to angling opportunities they said were threatened by drilling, even though most had never actually set foot on the Roan. Anyway, do you think we can look forward to The Donald traipsing across the Roan with fly fishing rod in hand, and the White House press corps trailing behind (if he allows them to come), showing why the Roan is not really an angling destination, but it should not be open to drilling? Probably not.

Due to a 45 percent drop in Garfield County oil/gas related property tax collections, the Garfield County library system budget for 2017 has been cut by 30 percent, according to a press release. What this means for the Carbondale Branch Library users is that operating hours have been cut by four hours per week. The new hours of operation are: • Monday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; • Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; • Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; • Thursday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; • Friday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; • Sunday – Closed. The library district has also cut its collections budget by 50 percent, which means possible wait-times for new books, eBooks, DVDs and other materials. There will also be fewer Internet computers at each library. Some staff members will also be laid off.

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Marble Distilling scores Marble Distilling recently received a rating of 92 from Wine Enthusiast magazine for its Moonlight EXpresso coffee liqueur. The liqueur is a “52 proof dark and rich coffee liqueur,” according to a press release. “This family recipe utilizes locally roasted Guatemalan coffee and Ugandan vanilla beans mixed with cold brew made in-house. Hints of chocolate make for delicious hot and cold cocktails, alone or in fabulous cocktail creations.”

Roan Plateau angling The Bureau of Land Management recently cancelled 17 oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau, west of Rifle, to future oil and gas drilling. In a press release, the BLM said the Roan “possesses dramatic topography … and an array of game … that make it a popular destination for hunting, fishing and backcountry recreation.” OK … when contacted by The Sopris Sun about the fact that hardly anyone fishes on the Roan because the native cutthroat trout

Steven Durow, from Fruitland, Maryland, created his CPAC 2016 Art aRound Town piece “My Other Half” from metal and cast glass. The two bright yellow and gold forms appear to be slow dancing in front of Carbondale Town Hall. Durow describes his work as “Seeking the intersection of irrefutable form and indefinable expression.” The Sopris Sun is running each of the 15 sculptures through next April. On a related note, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) is accepting entries for the 2016-2017 “Art aRound Town” show through Feb. 5. For details, go to Selected artists receive $750 (at installation) and are also eligible for the $1,000 “Best in Show” award next fall. For more information, go to or Facebook. Photo by Lynn Burton

KDNK is selling a bound commemorative edition of Rolling Stone’s Hunter Thompson edition. It’s signed by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. The Hunter Thompson edition is one of more than 100 items available at the KDNK Labor of Love auction at the Village Smithy from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2.

CCS raffle The fourth annual Carbondale Community School raffle prizes include $1,000 cash, a cruise bike and iPad mini. Tickets are $10 each or $20 for three, and are available at the school until 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 15, and at Proceeds benefit CCS programs.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Sadie Dickinson (Dec. 1); Elizabeth Robinson, Ted Brochet, Paul Stover and Sierra Palmer (Dec. 2); John Stroud and Mark Stover (Dec. 5); Amy Kimberly, Cathleen McCourt, Judy Whitmore, Carol Craven and Frank McSwain (Dec. 6); and Holly Richardson, David Dabney and Lisa Speaker (Dec. 7).


STAY WARM BY THE FIRE PIT & ENJOY HOT CHOCOLATE Also, don’t forget to swing back by the launchpad for holiday shopping at the deck the walls holiday show in the r2 gallery & sol theatre will sing selections from their show “elf”

for more info visit or or call CCAH at 970-963-1680 or The Rec Center at 970-510-1290

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Bruce Springsteen’s song, Dancing In The Dark: “This gun’s for hire.” As for the station, he said he will not be hanging around in any capacity, and added, “Hopefully, the next person will get love and cooperation from the board, because that’s what it takes for that job.” Skinner held the job of manager three times since the station's inception in 1983 — in 1986 (for one year), in 1989 (again, for a year), and finally from 2006 until this year. In response to a question from The Sopris Sun, he sent a two-page list of the staff and board’s accomplishments during his tenure, which include setting up a new production room for news and other needs; setting up a translator for listeners in Leadville; bringing National Public Radio programming to the mornings and afternoons; buying the building the station occupies; hiring a full-time news director with a reporter, and a full-time program director as part of a stabilization of the staff in general; “development of a robust underwriting program” to bring in cash to the station’s coffers; landscaping improvements around the station’s grounds; production of KDNK “compilation CDs” and creation of the Sopris Music Festival and other events. Schultz stressed that the board will be taking a look at the station’s future prospects at the Dec. 5 general membership meeting. “We want to share with our members what we see going on in the community radio landscape, and hear what they have to say about the station’s future,” he said, emphasizing that the meeting is not expected to become a complaint session about Skinner in any way. According to Board Secretary Andi Korber, Board Member Maria Wimmer made the motion to dismiss Skinner. Korber amended the motion to include a severance payment, and Wimmer accepted the amendment. “We have given Steve a proposed severance agreement and he

Sopris Sun Staff Report

Here is the e-mail the KDNK board sent to KDNK volunteer DJs, but not the general membership or local news outlets:

Former KDNK Station Manager Steve Skinner is also a well-known local singer/songwriter/band leader/ collaborator/recording artist. Since arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley more than 30 years ago, his band names have included the Cud Scouts (in the 1980s) and more recently, the Uninhibited Swedes. The KDNK shelves are stocked with several Skinner CDs in the “local musicians” section. File photo by Jane Bachrach is considering it,” Korber told The Sopris Sun in an email. The vote to dismiss Skinner was unanimous among those attending the meeting. Voting to dismiss Skinner were: Korber, Wimmer, Bob Schultz, Susie Darrow, Shirley Aguilar, Stu Bryner II, Annalise Appel and Scott Levine, according to Korber. Only three candidates submitted self-nomination applications for the board’s three open seats – Lee Ingram, Heather Dalton and Amy Taylor – so there will not be a board election at the Dec. 5 annual meeting.

“The KDNK Board of Directors asked me (program director Luke Nestler) to pass this message along to all you DJs: “The KDNK Board of Directors has decided to make a change in management at the station with overall longterm interests of the station at heart. In order to face the current challenges and opportunities impacting community access radio, the KDNK Board is seeking a new station manager — effective immediately. We are grateful for the 11 years that Steve Skinner has given KDNK as station manager. Please know that we undertake the task of finding the station’s next station manager with complete faith in community radio. In addition to this gratitude, we are forever grateful to all of the volunteer staff and DJs that tirelessly continue to bring programs and information to our community. We, as a Board, welcome any and all questions, comments, and concerns regarding this transition, and please know that any member of the Board is willing to field those interactions without hesitation. “Since 1983, KDNK has been providing an essential mission: connecting our community to one another and to the world. With this decision, the KDNK Board believes we are providing the best leadership for that mission to endure. We appreciate all of our DJ’s as well as our staff, and we ask all of the KDNK community to support the station during this transition. “The KDNK Board sees this as an opportunity to re-engage with the community, reach out to new membership, and build a future for community access radio. In the coming months, we will be calling for applications for a new station manager and look forward to the new opportunities that may bring. Contact if there are further questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you.”

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“Spruce Up The Sunâ€? ANNUAL HOLIDAY COVER DESIGN CONTEST This year’s theme is “Sharing the Holidays.â€? The contest is open to grades pre-K through high school. Artwork must be on 8 ½â€? x 11â€? paper, vertical orientation.







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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.

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The Sopris Sun conti nued its Spruce Up The Sun cover comp etition this year, reque sting original designs from contestants pre-K through high schoo l. The theme this year was “Magical Moments� and over 160 entries were subm itted, including a box full from Carbondale Midd School art teacher le Ami Maes. This year’s winn er truly expressed the magic of a Carbonda le Christmas, comp lete with a fairy and holly -inspired dandelion created by Carbonda le Middle School eighth grader Kylie Orf. The entries included many different expressions of the theme, including: winter scenes of “Star Wars ,� beach-going Santa marine wildlife, fores s, t animals and dinos aurs, as well as the tradi tional snowman, Santa and winter sports scene s. There were even some romantic moments reminiscent of jewe lry commercials seen on television. Some hum orous entries made the judges laugh, such as the Jackson Five performing for dancing marshmallows. First-place winners in the various categories are: Laia Ogilb y (kindergarten throu gh first grade), Lily Stewart (second grade), Campbell Morgan (third grade), Henr Figueroa Candela y (fourth grade), Fatim a Herrera (fifth grade), Aislin n Pinela (sixth grade Jessie Diehl (seventh ), grade) and Soren Blach (eighth grade). ly Judging such a comp etitive contest woul not have been possi d ble without the help of the discerning eyes of staff members at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Hum anities (CCAH), and The Sopris Sun. CCAH and The Sopris Sun woul d also like to thank all the contestants for sharing their creativity and talents. It made judgi ng a truly difficult task. See pages 13-15 and visit our webs ite ( ) for additional winn ers. Thanks again to all who entered. Happy holidays!

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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 THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s weekly community connector • DECEMBER 1-7, 2016 • 9

Community Calendar THURSDAY Dec. 1 FOOD FORUM • The Roaring Fork Food Alliance presents the forum “Local Food for our Future” at the Eagle County Community Center (across Highway 82 from Wendy’s) starting at 6:30 p.m. The panel lineup includes author Michael Brownlee (“The Local Food Revolution”. Info: and 963-9182. 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. Dec. 2-3 THEATRE • Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Seafarer” on the Spring Valley Campus. The play is described as a kind of modern Irish ghost story set at Christmastime, which promises audience members equal doses of Celtic folklore, the supernatural and the power of myth. “The Seafarer” features Brendan Cochran, Gary Ketzenbarger, J.D. Miller, Brad Moore and Owen O’Farrell, and is directed by G. Thomas Cochran. Because of mature content, this play is recommended only for audiences over the age of 16. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Dec. 2-3 and 8-10, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $13 for students, seniors and CMC staff and faculty. For tickets, go to Info: 947-8177.

FRI.-SAT. Dec. 2-3 FILM • The Crystal Theatre hosts the Thomp-

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

son Divide Coalition’s “Wild and Scenic” film fest. The sponsors include: the Roaring Fork Beer Company, Patagonia and local businesses. Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Info:

FRIDAY Dec. 2 FIRST FRIDAY • Light Up Carbondale takes center stage from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Launchpad and on Main Street. Santa lights trees on Main Street at 5 p.m. at the Forest Service tree. A fire and hot chocolate on Fourth Street Plaza will follow. Back at The Launchpad, SoL Children’s Theater will sing selections from their upcoming show “Elf.” Carbondale Art’s Deck The Walls holiday show will be filled with unique, handmade gifts; cider and holiday goodies will be served. Info: or 963-1680. CUP AUCTION •  The Carbondale Clay Center holds is annual Cup Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. at 689 Main Street (the former Six89 restaurant). Bidding ends promptly at 8:30 p.m. Info: LABOR OF LOVE • KDNK holds its annual Labor of Love auction from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Village Smithy. There’ll be a big selection of gifts for auction and sale, plus

snacks and libations. Register for the auction in advance at and receive a free drink. Info and preview at The Labor of Love auction’s sponsors include Alpine Bank, ANB Bank, the Roaring Fork Beer Company and Peppino’s Pizza. Items include four tickets in the fourth row for a Colorado Avalanche game against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 23. Info: OPEN FOR FIRST FRIDAY • In celebration of Carbondale’s First Friday, the AspenSopris Ranger District will offer extended visitor information hours until 6 p.m., for Christmas tree permit sales and for early holiday shopping in its gift shop. The office is located at 620 Main St. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Info: 970404-3144. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Wild & Scenic Film Festival” sponsored by Thompson Divide Coalition at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3; “A Man Called Ove” (Subtitled) (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7; “The Beatles Eight Days a Week” (NR) at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and “Winter Stoke Film Fest” sponsored by Sunlight Mountain Resort at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. OPEN HOUSE • Children’s Rocky Mountain School 126 Main Street) hosts an open

house in its new building. There’ll be tours and refreshments. Info: and 719-393-5397. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340. YOGA • Yoga classes with Himalayan Yogini Devika Gurung take place at the Launchpad 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 Dec. 3 “EYES ON THE PRIZE” • The Mt. Sopris Historical Society and Carbondale Branch Library present “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails” and “No Easy Walk” from 4 to 6 p.m. The films are part of the PBS series “Eyes on the Prize.” The final presentation is “Mississippi: Is this America?” and “Bridge to Freedom” on Jan. 14. Admission is free. Info: 963-2889.

SUNDAY Dec. 4 SUNLIGHT • The 25th annual Day of Infamy snowshoe race takes place at Sunlight Mountain Resort. This is an 8K race and dogson-leashes are welcome. Pre-registration is $20 on Facebook (dayofinfamysnowshoerace), at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale, and Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood. Day-of-race registration is $22 at 9 a.m.; the race starts at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE).

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Community Calendar Library presents Winds & Brass at 5:30 p.m. Winds & Brass features the Quintalicious and Sanitas Brass quintets from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Admission is free. ANNUAL MEETING • KDNK holds its annual members’ meeting at the station (76. S. Second) starting at 5:30 p.m. Only three nominees turned in applications for three open seats, so there will not be a board election. Agenda items include: State of the Station, Brainstorming and Member Comments. Info: 963-0139. LIONS MEET •  The Carbondale Lions Club meets the ďŹ rst Tuesday of the month at the Gathering Center (the Orchard on Snowmass Road) starting at 6:30 p.m. Info: Chuck Logan at 963-7002 or Chris Chacos at 379-9096.

WEDNESDAY Dec. 7 CCC • The Carbondale Clay Center teams with the Marble Distilling Co. for “Class with a Glassâ€? from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For $20, you can paint two Christmas tree ornaments and enjoy a cocktail. In related Carbondale Clay Center news, the “Kids Holiday Saleâ€? take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. Kids can shop for hundreds of items priced under $10 or paint and decorate handmade ornaments. Info: 963-CLAY. 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.

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THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre previews “The Last Romanceâ€? at 7:30 p.m., followed by an extended run in Carbondale on Dec. 9-10, 16-18, and 22-24, then at the Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass Village on Jan. 20-21 and 27-28. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except for 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 18 and 24. The play is a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro that revolves around a senior couple (Ralph and Carol) who fall in love during a series of humorous and heartwarming meetings in a New Jersey dog park. Some of the dogs in the play are adoptable dogs from Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.). Ticket info: and 963-8200.

SOL THEATRE • Stage of Life Theatre Company (SoL) presents “ELFâ€? at the Third Street Center on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. SoL’s “Elfâ€? is based on the 2003 ďŹ lm staring Will Ferrell. It’s the charming tale of a human adopted and raised by elves at the North Pole, who journeys to New York City to search for his father. The cast ranges from 713 years old, and hail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Tickets are $15 for adults at the door and $10 for kids 12 and under.

SANTA HITS THE LIBRARY • Santa visits the Carbondale Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday snacks will be served. Info: 963-2889 and

“HOUR OF CODEâ€? • The Carbondale Branch Library presents “Hour of Codeâ€? at 4 p.m. “Hour of Codeâ€? is taking place in more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of students learning and exploring the 21st century skill of coding. The session is free and open to children and teens. Info: and 963-2889.

FRI.-SAT. Dec. 9-10 CARE • Colorado Animal Rescue holds its 10th annual Holiday Open House 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There’ll be tours of the facilities, yummy baked goods and hors d’oeuvres. All adoption fees will be waived on animals over six months of age! Get your holiday photos with Santa on Friday. Feel free to make the holidays merry for the shelter critters with wet or dry dog or cat food, treats, toys, cat litter, rawhide chews and other treats. Info: 947-9173.

FRIDAY Dec. 9 KOROLOGOS GALLERY • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt presents “Collectors’ Holiday,â€? a group show of works on paper featuring Paula Schuette Kraemer, Leon Loughridge, Joel Ostlind and Sherri York. Paintings, photographs and other small works by other artists will also be on view. An artists’ reception is slated for tonight in conjunction with ARTB2F (Are Walk Basalt 2nd Friday). On Dec. 10, York will give a talk about reduction linocut printing starting at 10 a.m. “Collectors’ Holidayâ€? will continue through Jan. 10. DESIGN CONTEST • The Sopris Sun is hosting its “Annual Holiday Cover Designâ€? contest. This year’s theme: “Sharing the Holidays.â€? Open to pre-K through high school, all works must be 8 1/2â€? x 11,â€? vertically oriented, and 2D only. The winners’ artwork will be featured in the Dec. 22 issue of The Sun. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. at The Sopris Sun ofďŹ ce in the Third Street Center, or P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please include name, age, grade and phone number.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS • Amanda Gessler gives free holiday concerts at the Carbondale Branch Library starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17. Each recital features a unique play list of music by Beethoven. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Info: 963-2889 and OPEN HOUSE •  The nonproďŹ t Stepping Stones hosts an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1010 GarďŹ eld Ave. There’ll be dessert, games and tours of Stepping Stones’ new facility. Stepping Stones is a teen drop-in center. LIFT-UP FUND-RAISER •  Aspen Film, in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House, presents the holiday ďŹ lm “Elfâ€? at 1 p.m. Sol Theatre’s young actors will also perform. Admission is free, but organizers ask that attendees donate non-perishable food items or winter clothing. Milk and cookies will be served after the ďŹ lm. Info: aspenďŹ

Ongoing DECK THE WALLS • Carbondale Arts’ Deck the Walls sale continues at the Launchpad Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 30. Come by from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Info:




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Libraries closed Dec. 6

Chamber hosts luncheon

All six branches of Garfield County Libraries will be closed on Dec. 6 in order to make the changes to begin their new set of open hours. For details, see this week’s Scuttlebutt, or go to

Davi Nikent streams the VoiceAmerica podcast “The Convergence” on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Lisa Dancing-Light’s composition “The Song of Love” is one of two featured songs in each broadcast. The prime question throughout the 14-week series is “Are you ready to wake up and to grow up?” For details, go to

On Dec. 6, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host its quarterly luncheon, presented by Health Links and The Aspen Clinic (TAC). Attendees will learn personal and organization approaches to managing stress at the workplace, how to balance physical and mental health, and implementation stretches and techniques. The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1. the Orchard on Snowmass Drive.  Lunch will be catered by the Village Smithy. The cost is $25 for early registration and $30 the day of. The event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes. To register, call the chamber at 963-1890.

Brenda Patch tourney

Sven the Elf visits Rock Bottom

Dig “The Convergence”

The Brenda Patch boy’s and girl’s basketball tournament takes place at Roaring Fork High School on Dec. 1-3. The eight-team tournament features Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge, Basalt, Rifle, Durango, Ponderosa, Steamboat Springs and Fruita. The Roaring Fork varsity schedule is as follows: Dec. 2, RF girls vs. Steamboat at 6 p.m., RF boys vs. Steamboat 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, RF girls vs. Rifle at 4 p.m., RF boys vs. Rifle at 5:30 p.m.

Kahhak paints Marcel Kahhak will paint in his Dinkle building studio from 6:30 to 9 p.m. during First Friday on Dec. 2. Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Sven the Elf visit Rock Bottom during its open house from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. There’ll be a puppet show and hot drinks around a campfire. Sven will also let kids help him feed the farm animals. RSVP at

BLM winter closures begin Annual winter closures to motorized and mechanized vehicles begin to go into effect Dec. 1 in specific areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River Valley Field Office to protect critical big game winter range and prevent road damage, according to a press release.

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon

Closed roads include: Basalt Mountain (south portion), Fisher Creek-Cattle Creek (north of Carbondale), Light Hill (south of Basalt), north side of the Red Hill SRMA (north of Carbondale), the Crown southeast of Carbondale except a mountain bike trail paralleling Pitkin County Road 5, Thompson Creek/Holgate Mesa (southwest of Carbondale) and Williams Hill (southeast of Basalt).

Dance Initiative movie Dance Initiative presents the awardwinning documentary film “PINA” at the Launchpad starting at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. This is feature-length film about the late choreographer Pina Bausch. Admission is free. Hot cider will be served; BYOP (bring your own popcorn). Info:

Art Base in Basalt The Anderson Ranch Art Center and Art Base in Basalt team up for slide presentation from the ranch’s artists-in-residents program at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. Admission is free and it takes place at 99 Midland Ave. in Basalt.

Holiday dance in Glenwood Dancers from Vail to Glenwood Springs hit the Masonic Lodge in Glenwood Springs for the “Denims and Diamonds Holiday Dance” on Dec. 3. It takes place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. and features swing, pop, country, Latin and more. Admission is $18.

Basalt Realty accepting coats Basalt Realty is accepting coats and winter clothing for the Salvation Army through Dec. 31. For details, call 927-9955.

Main Street closure meeting The Special Events and Main Street Closure Committee holds a meeting at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Agenda items include 2017 Sopris and 4th Street park events, and 2017 Main Street closures. For details, call recreation director Jeff Jackel at 510-1214.

Medicare enrollment ends Dec. 7 Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7, according to a press release. High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is offering free counseling at 384-8744.

BLM’s NRAC meets in GJ The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council meets at the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Junction from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. Public comment periods related to items on the agenda are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Agenda items include an overview of BLM’s oil and gas leasing program, a BLM budget overview, the proposed Buffalo Horn Land Exchange, vegetation treatments for Greater Sage Grouse, and field office updates.

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Josh Scott, Director of Continuing Education, Health Links Colorado The Gathering Center at The Orchard 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale $25 Early Registration $30 Day of Luncheon

Attendees will learn personal and organization approaches to managing stress at the workplace, how to balance physical and mental health, and implementation stretches and techniques. This event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes.

Lunch is provided by: * Massage gift certificate must be purchased in December 2016, to receive yoga pass. Requires a purchase of a 90-minute massage.

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Life behind the front lines at Standing Rock, ND A week at Oceti Sakowin Camp By Michele Burkey Special to The Sopris Sun After three days of driving from Carbondale to Standing Rock and searching Oceti Sakowin Camp at dusk with three kids in tow, I finally found Phyllis. Phyllis Bald Eagle, who had invited my children and me to be her guests, smiled wide and gave me a warm hug when I gave her my name. I was instantly accepted for whoever I was, whatever reason I came for and for however long I wanted to be there — no questions asked. Amos and Phyllis Bald Eagle are elders in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and while only one small piece to the larger puzzle that currently makes up the Oceti Sakowin Camp, they are at the heart of the solution. When we arrived at the camp on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. there was a calm before the storm. Phyllis welcomed us into the community tent space that we would sleep in during our five-night stay, a space that had been donated and created for indigenous youth to connect, share and learn about their ancestry in a coffee shop like setting. Coffee was brewing all day and all night, and the youth leaders were in and out digging around for sugar or cream, or a moment by the fireplace to warm their hands. As soon as we unloaded our bedding, Amos began to sing prayer songs next to the

fire, which was right before the direct action on the bridge began. Amos and Phyllis prepared to head to the frontlines to pray and support the action in peace, as we gathered firewood and kept the tent warm for the long night ahead. Youth leaders were in and out of the tent all night, drying off their maced clothing, getting new goggles to protect their eyes against tear gas, or sitting down to rest a knee that was hit with a rubber bullet. My children and I watched as ambulance after ambulance rushed off; we watched as people with hypothermia were surrounded with emergency blankets and the human spirit. We watched as totes of coats were dragged to the frontlines to protect people from a number of weapons used to disperse the crowd. We listened when young people came in and said they stood there with there arms up in prayer. We listened to the planes that flew above our heads, low enough to disrupt any hope of sleep. At one point, my daughter said, “Do you know how I fall asleep? I pretend the planes are boats and we are surrounded by water.” This was night one.

Day two The first thing I thought when I awoke the next morning wasn’t, “why am I here?” but instead, “why am I still here?” There should be a forewarning to newcomers to just hold steady for the first 24 hours, as it takes a little adjusting. Oceti Sakowin Camp is a fairly well run

From left to right, Bodhi Lloyd (13), Miles Lloyd (14), Michele Burkey and Bjorn Lloyd (11) with some rescued puppies. They spent several days at the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota, during the Thanksgiving Day holidays. Bodhi and Bjorn attend the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork; Miles attends the Tara Performing Arts School in Boulder. They brought home one puppy to keep (maybe) and another as a foster dog. Courtesy photo little city. There is a “store” where you can ask for anything you need (from batteries to toiletries) and the supplies are handed to you right then and there. There is a medical tent, an herbalist tent, a midwifery tent, and even a meditation yurt. There are doctors, nurses, veterinarians, mechanics, chefs and teachers. There are lawyers, builders, solar panel installers and farmers. If you can imagine something, it probably either exists already in the camp or will soon. While we were there, Phyllis rescued a runt puppy from the reservation and my

daughter and sons instantly took over its care. Soon after, Phyllis rescued the whole litter, whose mother was not being fed. The pups would surely not have survived long in the abandoned vehicle they were living in. The puppies brought warmth to the tent and purpose for my daughter, as an 11-year-old cannot help much in the many ways that an adult can help around the camp. We worked with the camp veterinarian to get them dewormed, and with a medic to try and create a pet sanctuary for strays, puppies and pets of those on SR FRONT LINES page 14


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SR front lines the front lines. When we left the camp a few days later, the newly-created animal care space was standing but not yet set up for pets, although by this time that may have changed. I was warned about the planes flying overhead, the lights that glared down at camp at night, and the police presence that could be felt from across a field. However, I couldn’t have been prepared for the sheer number of people there or the chaos that was organized and held together in unity of purpose, whether it was piles of donated clothes or dry food to store for a kitchen. The sky was big and blue, the air crisp, and the sound of people working together for a cause was audible even in your sleep. Yet, in-spite of all of the sensory overload and adjustment, we felt warm and safe. On the second day, we were awakend at 5 a.m. by a voice yelling for everyone to wake up and support those at the frontlines by joining them. The night had gone on and on, and Amos and Phyllis woke up every hour, rejoining the frontlines in the wee hours. We also woke up to a warm fire and elders who were calm and intentional. Phyllis smiled and shared her hope to cut and lay carpet on the newly build wood floors, insulated with straw. Out in the wide world, news outlets both small and large report almost exclusively on the direct actions — the peaceful protests that become dangerous, the wrongdoing by the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) owners, and the so-called “riots.” As I looked around at the warm fires, the open hearts, and the calm nature of the tribe with which we stayed, I wondered, “where are the stories about what is happening inside of camp, inside of our tent?”

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history. Amos and Phyllis confessed that their home was already an open door, which explained why all of the young people felt at home and came in and out at their leisure. The tent was filled with laughter, prayer, warm bellies and open hearts.

“The tent was filled with laughter, prayer, warm bellies and open hearts.” Each night Amos led prayer songs followed by some sharing of his culture, values, and teachings to those who chose to join. The door was open to anyone, and each night the room filled with more and more people, with more indigenous people than not. For two nights, we went around the room and introduced ourselves, sharing a bit about why we were there or what we were thankful for. Many tribes were present, and broke out in tears when they shared that it

Amos and Phyllis As far as I can tell, Amos and Phyllis start their day smiling and end their day smiling. She stokes the fire while he heats up the kettle for a big container of coffee. They have four boys, three of whom were at camp at the time while two were at the frontlines all night on Sunday. Amos and Phyllis were sleeping in their vehicle in order share with visitors the yurt that was donated to them.. There was another tent with a stove for their kids; the community tent we were in had over 12 different guests in and out throughout the week, but Amos and Phyllis still slept in their vehicle. They seem to want for nothing while being showered with gifts that they freely share, to prepare for the cold winter months ahead. Things like carpet, woodstoves, food, medicine and wood were donated to the camp, and people were there to help in anyway. We went to Standing Rock, North Dakota, hoping to help the whole camp but quickly realized the best way to serve this cause was to focus on our camp and the elders we were with. It was easy to get lost around the bigger camp, because there were so many needs and no one knew who was new and who knew what they were doing. The greater Oceti Sakowin Camp could be a distraction, so we focused our energy on the unity of our tent and its role in the bigger Standing Rock protest picture. Amos and Phyllis have a vision for the tent space we stayed in. It is one that carries over from their life before living at Oceti Sakowin Camp. Their hope is to have a coffee house where youth can participate in open mic nights, prayers and learn their language and

Amos and Phyllis Bald Eagle have an open door policy for youth at their home, and at the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. “The main thing here is prayer. If you don’t know how to pray, learn. This is the biggest spiritual camp that ever happened on Mother Earth,” Amos said. Photo by Jennifer H. Catto was the first time that they had been able to walk around freely and feel accepted. They shared their hurt, their hope, and their eagerness to join in the prayers all day, everyday, for as long as it took. My own children sat sleepy-eyed in the corners of the tent during these sessions, listening. Occasionally they shared a small thought. Miles, my oldest, said, “While this whole thing is terrible — what the oil company is doing is terrible — it has brought unity, and that is a good thing, so it isn’t all bad.” Sam, a guest from the Mescalero Apache Southern Cheyenne Tribe, said this was the story missing from the headlines: the story of unity, the one about how so many people are coming together, working together to build one single space for one family, and the story about the huge numbers of people coming in on Thanksgiving who instantly dig in to some form of work around camp, whether there for a few days, a week or the long haul. There was no shortage of helping hands.

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Teepees dot the Standing Rock landscape before and after the Thanksgiving holidays’ influx of Native American Indians and their supporters. Earlier in November, Carbondale residents shipped a trailer-load of teepee poles to the “water protectors.” Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Love of the earth When interviewed, Amos expressed his deep love of the earth. When I asked him what the message was that he wanted people to know about Oceti Sakowin Camp and why they were there, he responded, “The reason why we are fighting for the water or trying to protect the water is for Mother Earth and all the life that depends on it — trees, animals, humans — everything depends on water. It has been a hard struggle, but I think the hard part is over now. We are getting down to the final decision. As spiritual, praying people, Mother Earth lives as much as we do live from her. As caretakers and landlords of this place, we have every right by prayer to protect and try to stop this awful thing that’s going to happen by oil going underneath the water. We all know oil lines break, pipes break, and if it breaks it will affect well over 1 million people down the river. Everyone depends on it (the water). The main reason we are fighting this pipeline is to get it stopped.” When asked about his purpose at the frontlines, he responded, “My sons are up

there. They believe in the same things we do. My main purpose is to keep everybody safe, keep everybody from getting hurt. For some people it’s hard, but for me it’s just a part of life, a job that I do everyday. I go up there without fear or doubt. I go with prayer, 100 percent. A lot of prayers have been answered. The main thing here is prayer. If you don’t know how to pray, learn. This is the biggest spiritual camp that ever happened on Mother Earth and there is something very sacred going on here, and the whole world needs to be a part of it and pray with us too, so that we can ensure safety for everybody.” Phyllis shared that the goals of the community tent we stayed in are to “give back to the youth for them waking us up to what is going on in our country … water, land and air. I want to give it back to them, have them come here and relax, enjoy themselves. They are the ones at the frontlines, fighting. They are not afraid. I want all of the youth I am meeting here from different nations to feel welcome here.” SR VILLAGE page 15

Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts (above left), spent a week traveling to and from Standing Rock, and working in a camp kitchen in between. “I was totally inspired and totally engaged in what they’re doing,” she told The Sopris Sun. She helped to serve 1,500-2,000 turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day. Above right, a Standing Rock supporter chops wood. Donors have contributed everything from firewood to toothpaste. Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

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She also said, “I want people to wake up and look around and see what the big oil companies are doing to our land, and I want them to help us stop them. This camp is a very spiritual and peaceful camp, and you can feel it. It is very important that we keep it that way. ”

Thanksgiving On our final night in camp, Thanksgiving, we sang and shared stories and cried and bathed in sage. When my head hit the pillow and the smells of the fire burning mixed with the sound of the plane flying over head, I wondered when I would be able to return again. As we drove away the next morning, my daughter Bjorn said, “I wish we could go back.” “Why,” I asked? “Because I felt safe there.”

Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Photo by Christopher Curry Clockwise from upper left: “water protectors” at an “action,” a community meeting, an orientation session for new arrivals, water protectors move on Turtle Rock with law enforcement officers looking down on them and volunteers have built some pretty substantial structures at Standing Rock. THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s weekly community connector • DECEMBER 1-7, 2016 • 15

A pair of water protectors look across the Cannon Ball river toward Turtle Island. Between them in the background are camp residents’ canoes that law enforcement authorities confiscated during a recent action. The North Dakota governor has said the camp residents must be gone by Dec. 5. Photo by Jennifer H. Catto

Standing Rock support om page 1 ers to write letters to newspapers in communities along the Missouri River near the reservation, to alert readers of those papers about the issues involved and the need for local support of the tribal efforts. Foster said those interested in following the situation from home can go on Facebook, where there are several pages devoted to the support effort, including one labeled RFVSupportingStandingRock that is linked to other pages.

Just back Amy Kimberly, executive director of the Carbondale Arts (formerly the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities), returned home on Nov. 29 after spending about a week traveling to and from Standing Rock and camping at the site for several days, where among other things she helped serve 1,500-2,000 turkey dinners to participants in the ongoing civil disobedience action. “We call them ‘water protectors,’ they

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Jacob Wood, and Basalt landscaper Rob Jensen, among others. In addition, Criswell reported, some have donated the use of large trailers to haul all the goods, including Glenwood Springs resident Paul Gecko and David Starbear of Carbondale, who also raises money for the cause. Criswell said Starbear arranged for a 20foot trailer to be used to haul stuff up to Standing Rock, and then be left as a donation and used for hauling firewood to the various camps that are digging in for the long, hard North Dakota winter. Asked why he is doing all this, Criswell said, “I feel that protecting the water, and protecting the rights of Native Americans, against the unfortunate establishment is very important.” As many as 300 Native American tribes are arrayed against a collection of entities that include the natural gas pipeline company (Energy Transfer Partners, which recently was bought by Sunoco Oil, according to Foster), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota. It was Dalrymple who, on Monday, Nov. 28, ordered the demonstrators to evacuate the camps that have sprung up north of the reservation, some of them on land that is subject to an ownership dispute between the tribes and the federal government. The demonstrators aim to block construction of the last leg of a 1,200-mile pipeline, which in total is estimated to cost $3.8 billion, that is to carry natural gas from fields in North Dakota to an existing pipeline juncture in Illinois and ultimately to processing facilities elsewhere in the U.S. or on the Gulf Coast. STANDING ROCK page 19

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don’t like the word, ‘protesters,’” Kimberly said of those engaged in the standoff. About the experience, Kimberly said,“I was totally inspired and totally engaged in what they’re doing,” explaining that the participants are dedicated to keeping things as peaceful, calm and non-confrontational as possible. Kimberly said she camped in her car and spent time with a Native American couple, Amos and Phyllis Bald Eagle, who are active Cheyenne River Sioux elders and who, Kimberly said, “have a really strong Roaring Fork Valley connection,” having visited here a number of times. According to some accounts, there have been situations where the local sheriff’s office and private security forces have used force, violated constitutional and civil rights of participants, and precipitated violent confrontations as a way of driving the “water protectors” away from the site. But in general, from numerous reports, the confrontation action has been essentially peaceful and at times has been the scene of compromise and cooperation between the demonstrators and local authorities. Kimberly and others have reported that the size of the action against the pipeline had grown to perhaps 10,000 people in recent weeks. “But when I left on Sunday it was very, very empty,” she continued. Another Carbondale resident, Russ Criswell, has been to the Standing Rock site twice, once to deliver teepee canvas and poles, clothing and food, much of it purchased here using donated money, and a second time to take a load of supplies, clothes, tents and wood stoves. The goods, he said, included items donated by Brogdon Marble and Granite worker

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Dance Initiative om page 3 “we’re showing off an established professional or lending a hand to emerging artists.” “We learned that even in New York, artists do need residencies to do what they do,” Colley explains. “It’s easy to assume they already have what they need, especially if they’re a part of a dance company. But many freelance. And if that’s the case, you really need a stipend and you need physical rehearsal space to create dance.” Gilbert chimes in: “Getting four or five dancers together on a regular basis can be a real challenge” because of commitments and time constraints. “And you have to pay for rehearsal space. It’s New York, so nothing tends to be free.” Prior to the Launchpad’s opening in October 2014, Carbondale had few rentable rehearsal spaces that were appropriate for dancers. The Launchpad features two professionalgrade studios that are available to the public, and Dance Initiative’s subsidies keep rental cost affordable. “Studio rental covers about one-third of the actual cost,” Gilbert says. Dance Initiative seeks “to support dance, present dance and teach dance, so we want to keep that cost low. We have been continually seeking to expand community support, asking for assistance from local individuals who can afford it. We plan to keep on writing grants. And

our revenues have been growing.” Because of that support, this past year, Dance Initiative brought dance instruction to two Carbondale schools free of charge. In the spring of 2016, Meagan Shapiro began teaching a pilot program. This fall, the program expanded to Carbondale Middle School and Carbondale Community School, and additional teachers were needed. Four instructors received a full-day’s instruction, becoming familiar with holistic, creative movement methods such as Brain Compatible Dance Education. These exercises, developed by Anne Green Gilbert, are based on eight developmental movement patterns that healthy humans move through in the first year of life. The four instructors were then able to offer this instruction to the schools. Dance Initiative also plans continue to bring professional performers to the Roaring Fork Valley. Next June, Dance Initiative will partner with the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts to bring the Cleo Parker Robinson Company to Glenwood Springs in conjunction with Strawberry Days. A former Alvin Ailey company member and choreographer, Parker Robinson has taught and performed with her ensemble throughout the world. Her awards include the Colorado’s Governor’s Award for Excellence and induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

“We’re showing off an established professional or lending a hand to emerging artists.”

Dance Initiative’s Deborah Colley (left) and Peter Gilbert (right) recently returned from New York City where they learned their Big Apple cousins in the dance community are having the same discussions as those in Carbondale. “We (locals) have common ground,” Colley told The Sopris Sun. While in New York, Dance Initiative inked Staycee Pearl for a residency on Sept. 24-31. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Ohio jury convicts Harding on pot charges Eight years in prison By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer Carbondale resident Kelly Harding was convicted in Madison County, Ohio, last month on marijuana-related charges, and has begun serving an eight-year prison term at the Ohio State Penitentiary, according to published news accounts and statements by his girlfriend, Kristie Bullington. According to a news story in the Madison Press in London, Ohio, Harding was convicted by a six-person jury on Nov. 16, following a Jan. 13, 2016 traffic stop on I-70, after which police reported they had found more than 120 pounds of pot stuffed into plastic bags and stored in “Totes” in the back of Harding’s car. Harding, who was 47 at the time, was driving east in his mother’s car, with a passenger and friend who also lives in the Roaring Fork Valley, Craig Voight, then 46. Harding said they were on their way to see Voight’s mom in New York, bearing what Harding said he thought were household goods for Voight’s mom in the Totes in back, when their Subaru wagon was pulled over on I-70 about 25 miles west of Columbus by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers. The troopers said at the time that they pulled Harding over because he was tailgating a truck in front of him, although

Harding has argued throughout the case that he was “profiled” as a possible pot smuggler when police spotted his Colorado plates and a Denver Broncos emblem on the back of the car. During the traffic stop, according to one of the troopers, Harding’s hands shook as he got out his driver’s license. That, and a glimpse of something “under a blanket” in the back of the car, prompted the troopers to bring in a drug-sniffing dog and reportedly found the marijuana in the back seat, although Harding has disputed the propriety of that search. Harding has maintained all along that he was set up by police and that he did not know about any marijuana in the car. Bullington, asked by The Sopris Sun about the presence of pot in the vehicle on the day of the arrest, said they now know it belonged to Voight, who “previously did prison time for trafficking marijuana,” according to the story in the Madison Press. But Harding, Bullington insisted, did not know about the pot. While Voight originally was charged along with Harding, the charges against him were later dropped. The charges were dropped because federal drug agents told a local prosecutor that they were building a case against Voight and that they did not want Ohio to prosecute him in this matter, according to a story in the Madison Press.

Dash cam According to Harding, police doctored a videotape from the “dash cam” in one of the three squad cars that were involved in the traffic stop, and failed to produce dash-

“There is so much wrong doing in this case, and Kelly (Harding) is now in Ohio State Prison.” – Kristie Bullington cam tapes from the other two patrol cars because they were destroyed after an officer reviewed them and decided they would not be useful to the prosecution in the case. In addition, when Harding demanded to see the original of the videotape that was produced in court as evidence, he was stonewalled by police and by the court, Harding has said. When confronted with this claim, the trial judge reportedly told Harding he had never asked to be given a copy of the videotape, just to have it examined by an expert.

And that expert, Primeau Forensics of Columbus, Ohio, had not found any evidence that the tape had been doctored, the judge reportedly said. But, according to Bullington, the managers at Primeau told her they had never been paid by Madison County for their work and had not filed a final report about the alleged doctoring of the tape, casting the judge’s statements into doubt. Harding also has maintained that the police fabricated evidence by saying they found a pair of “zippers” or “clips” in his pocket that were used to seal the pot in the plastic bags. Bullington, who was present at the twoday trial, said that when Harding asked the prosecutor to produce the clips, the prosecutor told the court that it did not have them on hand. At that point the judge in the case, Eamon Costello, instructed the prosecutor to move the case along and not bother with the clips, according to Bullington. Harding, who had fired his first courtappointed lawyer, Seth Schertzinger, for incompetence early in the case, tried to fire his second attorney, Fred Bellam, for a similar reason on the day the trial was to start, after having tried twice to fire Bellam before that, according to the Madison Press. The judge rejected his request, saying to Harding, “You’re just throwing things CONVICTION page 19

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Quite unfortunate Dear Editor: It is quite unfortunate that there are people in this country who think it is OK to treat people with such disrespect. Generations of natives have been on this land long before we settled and decided to move in on their territory. We are just going to keep destroying the environment until we have nothing left. Since when did people agree that having oil is more important than having clean drinking water? Standing Rock is sacred land that has been preserved and fought for. Over the past hundreds of years, natives have died due to the greed of white expansion and white wealth. The Dakota Access Pipeline is just a small part of what natives have had to go through; they have been protecting their rights and land for years.

Every native at Standing Rock and every native on this continent has survived the genocide of 100 million of their people. I have noticed that when people are talking about the pipeline they are focused mainly on the environmental side of things, which is good, but the point that their land is violently being taken away from them is not being discussed as much as it should be. Native water protectors and water warriors deserve the long-awaited peace and acknowledgment from us as a nation. This recognition of the Dakota Access Pipeline needing to be stopped is a moment of truth for the Great Sioux Nation; they are struggling to ďŹ ght the violence of colonization and have been for years. The construction of this pipeline is primarily driven by greed, and the people who have agreed to build it are only focusing on the ďŹ nan-

cial beneďŹ ts instead of the lives of natives and how they will be affected. The struggles of natives have merely been swept under the rug for years, and we have a chance for these struggles to come to light and help them become recognized. The struggles of the natives are different from the issues with antiblack violence and should not be directly compared. Anti-black violence is performed for social and economic control, and the violence toward natives has always been about one goal: complete and total erasure. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a much bigger issue than people foresee it as. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about climate change and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about drinking water. It is about the preservation of native culture, liberation and survival. Sage Lucero Aspen

Standing Rock î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 16 The ďŹ ght The ďŹ ght has been going on for many months, starting even before Energy Transfer Partners obtained federal permits for the pipeline in July. The pipeline is nearly completed, except for the last link that would burrow under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River in southern North Dakota that provides water to the local communities. At the heart of the dispute is the charge by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes that the pipeline construction is violating Native American sacred sites and poses a threat to the drinking-water supplies of the tribes and others living downstream of the pipeline route. Those trying to block the pipeline have noted that the route once skirted the city of Bismark, North Dakota, but was changed to avoid threatening the water supplies of that community, which Native Americans noted is home to a mainly white population. Foster, at the Tuesday meeting, stressed that the decision to re-route the pipeline was made by Energy Transfer Partners and not a response to pressure from Bismark or other communities, because the company felt building the pipeline near a city would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;too riskyâ&#x20AC;? due to concerns about leaks and spills. She also passed out documents showing which companies are invested in the pipeline (compiled by Food & Water Watch) and a map that shows the boundaries of land held by the Sioux under a treaty signed in 1851, which encompasses the pipeline route. Tribal elders say the treaty lands have never been ceded to the United States government, and still are under tribal control.

at the wall at this point,â&#x20AC;? according to the Madison Press account of the trial. At one point in the trial, according to Bullington, she confronted public defender Bellam outside the courtroom and demanded to know why he was not working harder to defend Harding and show that the police were lying, had improperly thrown out evidence and were trying to frame his client with such tactics as claiming to have a negative report from Primeau Forensics. According to Bullington, Bellam told her state troopers are seen as â&#x20AC;&#x153;superheroesâ&#x20AC;? by the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens, and he refused to accuse them of lying about the case. Bellam then told Bullington that if she and Harding were dissatisďŹ ed with his representation, they should ďŹ le an appeal on that basis, which Bullington said they intend to do. She also said that Bellam withdrew from the case on the last day of the trial, and that a new public defender has been appointed and probably will handle any appeal. Bullington, who continues to proclaim Hardingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innocence of the charges lodged against him, lamented to The Sopris Sun this week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much wrong doing in this case, and Kelly is now in Ohio State Prison.â&#x20AC;?


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