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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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
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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 nameshttps://www.registerus.today/. 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 â€” grawerenâ€™t enough, Iâ€™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 â€” 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, itâ€™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 â€” ing that people would come thatâ€™s just what immeditogether around food, and ately comes to mind. I donâ€™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. Itâ€™s especially in moments when fear creeps in, a chance to experience the love of those
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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. Itâ€™s also a chance to join in a community discussion with Michael Brownlee, author of the newly released book â€œThe 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, â€œThere 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. â€Ś 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. Letâ€™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.
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
December the 2nd
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 callforentry.org. 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 carbondalegov.org 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 discovercompass.org. 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).
IN THE LAUNCHPAD,3 to 7PM & SANTA’S SLEIGH ON MAIN & WEANT AT 5:15PM after THE TREE LIGHTING, PARADE TO THE 4TH STREET PLAZA to hear
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 carbondalearts.com or carbondalerec.com or call CCAH at 970-963-1680 or The Rec Center at 970-510-1290
THE SOPRIS SUN, Carbondale’s weekly community connector • DECEMBER 1-7, 2016 • 7
KDNK board statement
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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 Board@KDNK.org if there are further questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you.”
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DESIGN THE HOLIDAY C O VE R
Break out the paints, sharpen your pencils, itâ€™s time for the
â€œSpruce Up The Sunâ€? ANNUAL HOLIDAY COVER DESIGN CONTEST This yearâ€™s theme is â€œSharing the Holidays.â€? The contest is open to grades pre-K through high school. Artwork must be on 8 Â˝â€? x 11â€? paper, vertical orientation.
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â€˘ You may use a variety of media, such as watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, markers, etc. â€˘ Bright and bold colors are encouraged. â€˘ No glitter please. â€˘ Please keep designs 2-dimensional in order for us to scan the artwork for publication.
This yearâ€™s winner is â€Ś
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 Sunâ€™s website.
Cover contest winn er:
Kylie Orf, an eight
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