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Volume 2, Number 41 | December 2, 2010

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“Spruce Up e Sun” Carrying on a favorite Carbondale tradition, the Sopris Sun is seeking young artists and to turn this issue’s cover into a colorful winter wonderland in the Spruce Up The Sun Contest. This year’s black and white cover was created by Carbondale Middle School eighth grader Arnold Garcia (special thanks to CMS students Mario Alverde and Chloe Brand for also submitting designs). The coloring competition is open to pre-school through fourth-grade students. We want to see your creative colors shine. Choose from clipping the cover right off a copy of the Sun, making a Xerox copy of the cover, picking up a printout at the Gordon Cooper Library or the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, or logging on to to print out this year’s design. The contest will be judged by community artists and Sopris Sun staff in three categories: Preschool/Kindergarten; First/Second Grades; and Third/Fourth Grades. A grand-prize winner will be selected from those categories. All winning designs will be printed in the Dec. 23 issue and posted on the Sun’s Web site. The deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 17. Drop them off at The Sopris Sun office in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St., #35 – at the end of the “long hall”) or send them to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Include your name, grade level, and a phone number with your entry. For more information, call the Sopris Sun at 618-9112.

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Carbondale Commentary Sunshine and transmission lines By Ed Quillen/High Country News Colorado’s San Luis Valley sits high (average elevation 7,500 feet) and dry (less than a foot of annual precipitation on the valley floor). It also gets ample sunshine, which inspires plenty of interest in solar energy, especially to generate electricity. But no matter how “green” the energy source, it’s a subject of contention in two separate but related proposals. One is for a new 140-mile high-voltage power line that would go east from the Valley over the Sangre de Cristo Range in the general area of La Veta Pass to connect with the Front Range grid. Utility officials say it’s necessary to give the Valley a more reliable supply. As it is, the Valley’s power comes in from Poncha Pass in the north, and like any route through the mountains, it can get hit by bad weather and the like. With a second circuit reaching the Valley from another direction, there’s an alternate route — and a reliable supply is important to the Valley’s agriculture, which relies heavily on electric-powered center-pivot irrigation. A few hours without power, coming at a bad time, could damage a thirsty crop. An administrative law judge has approved the route. The catch is that the proposed route crosses the Trinchera Ranch, a large parcel of private property that began as a Mexican land grant and was owned for years by the Forbes family of Forbes Magazine fame. The current owner, Louis Moore Bacon, doesn’t want the power line to cross his property — and he’s a billionaire with resources to fight it. Electricity can flow both ways on a power line, though, and the new line could transmit solar-generated electricity from the Valley to markets in the more populated areas of Colorado. That’s the idea behind a proposal from Tessera Solar to build a generating plant in Saguache County in the north end of the San Luis Valley. This wouldn’t be an array of solar panels like the current SunEdison facility in the valley, but a field of SunCatcher generators. They bear a rough resemblance to radar dishes. They aim themselves at the sun, concentrate the rays, and use the heat to power Stirling-cycle engines (similar in principle to steam engines) that turn generators to make electricity. With moving parts, they make noise, which is one reason there’s some opposition in Saguache County. There are also questions about land disruption and scale — Valley residents seem to prefer small, home-size solar facilities to big industrial export facilities. Fair enough, but just about any form of rural economy involves changing the landscape to produce exports. That is, those irrigated pastures for organic natural grass-fed steers aren’t “natural,” and neither are the barley and potato fields that also produce goods for export. So why is it acceptable to change the land to grow crops and critters for outside markets, but not acceptable to do so to generate electricity for outside markets? I do understand wanting to preserve the rural character of Saguache County — it’s one of my favorite nearby places to visit. But on the other hand, life is full of trade-offs, and if you want electricity, it comes at the price of power lines and generating facilities. Ed Quillen is a freelance writer in Salida, Colorado.

The Sopris Sun encourages commentaries on local issues from those who live and care about them – that’s you, our readers. Remember: Keep your commentary local and keep it to 700 words, then dispatch it to or P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Don’t forget to tell us your name, phone number, where you live and any other pertinent information about yourself.


The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Where’s the VCR concern? Dear Editor: I write this from a place of curiosity and not accusation. The 24.5-acre Village at Crystal River development on the northwest corner of Highway 133 and Main Street is moving quickly through the approval process with the town trustees. The trustees meet the second and fourth Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The current proposal can be viewed from the

town’s home page under “current development proposals.” The Sopris Sun lists upcoming meeting dates, agenda items and public hearings as well. A decision could be made as soon as March and if approved, this development will change the entrance to Carbondale substantially. Most don’t know that vested rights for this project last 5-plus years and there is little opportunity to make any design changes beyond what is approved right now.


About six years ago a citizen referendum was approved overturning a previous bigbox design and folks danced in the streets. After attending the last public hearing, this kind of interest is just not there. There were only five to eight members of the public there to speak up for or against the project and this seems to be common for most meetings. I admit these processes are tedious, longwinded and intimidating but this developer is approaching our town, not the other way around. I can’t figure out if residents are just too busy with life, have an election hangover, are tired of this particular development drama, just don’t care what happens or they feel as though they have no control over the process. This development proposal currently has the highest priority amongst the trustees and residents really can shape this process in many traditional and innovative ways. Please show up in person, write a letter, talk to your neighbors or watch the meetings live streaming on the town’s Web site. Jason White Carbondale

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Support Moms’ Christmas Program Dear Editor: Our community is a place that values the comforts of small town living, where our neighbors are our friends and we enjoy a high quality of life. Yet even in supportive communities, there are times in our lives when we are uncertain, overwhelmed and in need of a helping hand. We invite you to join us in celebrating the holiday spirit and ask for your generosity in support of our Moms’ Christmas Program. Please consider supporting this special program. Throughout the year the Family Visitor programs reach over 500 expecting mothers and new parents, providing them with educational information regarding their child’s development, health and nutrition, and other support services. Many of our clients are low income and struggling to make ends meet. At this time of year, we often think of what we are thankful for and reach out to those in need. Although there are many wonderful agencies, which provide toys for children and holiday food baskets for the family, this is one of the few programs that provide gifts for new moms. Your donation of a new gift item, gift certificate or cash to buy a gift will help us in our effort. The deadline to make a donation is Monday, Dec. 6.This is so that staff will have time to get the gifts out to their moms.All donations are tax deductible. If you can help, please contact the Family Visitor programs at 945-1234 or drop off gifts at 401 23rd St., Suite 204, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. Thank you to those who have supported our Moms’ Christmas Program in the past. With your generous donations we are able to bring additional cheer into the lives of our needy moms. It is always an unexpected and special treat for moms to be remembered at this joyous time of year. We appreciate your consideration of this request. Sandy Swanson Executive director Family Visitor Programs LETTERS page 9


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Carbondale steps out all over town this weekend By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Inch for inch, pound for pound or any other measurement you care to use, you’d be hard pressed to find a town in Colorado with more holiday and non-holiday action this weekend. If you want to include rock ’n’ roll bands in the restaurants and bars, CRMS’s polar bear run and a matinee at the Crystal Theatre, there are at least 15-20 events and activities taking place. Some of these events overlap or are included in December’s First Friday, so without further adieu, here is a hefty helping of what’s happening Dec. 3-5.

Light Up Carbondale The town of Carbondale, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to present Light Up Carbondale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3. The lighting begins when Santa himself lands at the big Forest Service spruce street at Weant and Main at 5 p.m. At 5:15 p.m., all are invited to escort Mr. Claus down Main Street to Fourth Street Plaza to watch the trees light up, enjoy the bonfire, sip hot chcolate and nibble cookies, and listen to carolers. At 5:30 p.m., all are

then invited to follow the horse-drawn sleigh or ride with Santa to the Third Street Center Round Room, where he will be accepting gift requests. From 5:45 to 8 p.m., Santa’s sleigh (sans Santa) will make continual loops from the Third Street Center to downtown and all are invited to hitch a ride.

First Friday The Third Street Center is the south side of town’s action central for First Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its annual holiday exhibit Made by Hand, From the Heart featuring the following artists: Camy Britt, Doug Casebeer, K. Cesark, Mark Cesark, Cathy Crenshaw, Spencer Crouch, Holly Curcio, Alison and Steve Finn, Sam Harvey, Majid Kahhak, Diane Kenney, Peg Malloy, Alleghany Meadows, David Moore, Darrell Munsell, Brad Reed Nelson, David Powers, Pam Taylor and Antonia Zoutenbier. “The show is traditionally a showcase for wonderfully made, handcrafted art and this year is no exception,” said CCAH Director Ro Mead. Elsewhere at the Third Street Center, the show Whimsical Women of the West runs until 9 p.m. Dec. 3, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on

Dec. 4. More than 20 local artisans will be showing fiber art, holiday décor, jewelry, vintage collectibles, fine art, photography, folk art, pottery, cards and food goodies. Down in town at the east end of Main Street on Dec. 3, the Carbondale Clay Center presents its 13th annual Cup Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. There’ll be food, drink and one-ofa-kind cups created by such artists as Doug Casebeer, James Surls, Sarah Moore and K Cesark. A members’ preview begins at 5 p.m. For the second year, KDNK stages a silent auction as part of its on-air Labor of Love auction one block east of the Clay Center at the Village Smithy on Third Street starting at 6 p.m. “Last year we were on the deck; this year we have the whole restaurant,” said Station Manager Steve Skinner. More than 100 items are offered for sale including: a marble bust of the purchaser by sculptor Greg Tonozzi, a painting by Mary Noone, a handmade Turkish kilim from Isberian Rug Company, a custom finished graphite fly rod from Dan Bullock, a necklace/earring set from Harmony Scott and more. Over at Rainy Day Designs, located at 16 N. Fourth St., the Holiday Art Show runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes: Dawn Chase,

Anne Goldberg, Olivia Pevec, Angie Riley, Amber Sparkles and Sara Ward. Up on Main Street, the Main Street Gallery and the Framer will stay open until 8 p.m., while a half block down the street Majid Kahhak will be painting live at his gallery until 8 p.m. On Weant Boulevard across from Sopris Park, the Parkside Gallery is also open until 8 p.m. and is featuring a lineup that includes Mary Williams, Pat Winger, Leslie Benson, Colby June and others. Out toward the west end of Main Street, Dancing Colours is open until 8 p.m. and presents its Magical Woodland Holiday with gourmet marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, a free ornament making workshop for kids and an extensive selection of local folks’ art and artisan gifts.

Theatre and film Colorado Rocky Mountain School presents “Seussical the Musical,” based on Dr. Seuss’ most famous books, at the CRMS barn at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 5. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids. Thunder River Theatre Company presents HAPPENINGS page 8

Carbondale, Basalt fire districts eye possible merger By Terray Sylvester Sopris Sun Staff Writer With diminishing property tax returns on the horizon and public preference swinging toward smaller government, the Carbondale and Basalt fire districts are searching for ways to save money by working together. The chiefs of the two districts say they may be able to work more efficiently by merging their operations, either partially or completely. That could mean sharing equipment, cooperating to train staff and volunteers, and potentially sharing facilities in the future as well. “The root of the idea is an effort to deliver this service more efficiently and cost effectively,” said Ron Leach, chief of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. “There’s no other reason to do this. … I think the mood of the community is for less taxes. It’s the same mood as the nation – less

taxes, more efficient government.” He explained the districts might be able to take advantage of economies of scale by purchasing and maintaining equipment together, from CPR mannequins to ladder trucks. The departments may also discover staffing redundancies while exploring the possibility of a merger, but Leach stressed that no one would be laid off as a result. “Nobody will lose their job over this,” he said. “I promise that will not happen and that is not what this is about.” If the departments do trim staff they would probably do so through attrition, said Scott Thompson, chief of the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District. For example, he’s certain the two departments would be able to make do with just one chief, but by the time that might become a reality, he thinks he and Leach will have already retired. FIRE DISTRICT page 8

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The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Town cleaning out sewer system Carbondale’s utilities department is performing its annual cleaning and maintenance of the sewer system throughout town the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 3. High-pressure water is used to perform the maintenance, creating a potential inconvenience for customers with short service lines, according to a press release. To keep problems to a minimum, the town advises residences and businesses: • If you have experienced a problem with back pressure or water back up in your plumbing fixtures, cover those fixtures with a plastic bag or towel between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.; • If you have pets in the home, please leave a window cracked open for ventilation; • If you smell sewer gas leave a window cracked open (the odor normally dissipates quickly); • A backwater valve is recommended on services less than 20 feet in length from the collector line to foundation. The town of Carbondale utilities department apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause the residents of Carbondale, and thanks the public for its cooperation in this matter.

Shovel your sidewalk Carbondale is reminding businesses and property owners they are required to remove

snow and ice from public sidewalks abutting their front and side property. The requirement is spelled out in Municipal Code 7.12.010, which states:“(a) Shoveling of Public Sidewalks is Required. It is unlawful for any owner or occupant of any lot, block or parcel of ground within the town, or for any agent in charge of such property, to allow any snow or ice to accumulate or remain upon any sidewalk in the public right-of-way abutting such property longer than 24 hours from the time of the last accretion of such snow or ice. “(b) Depositing Snow in Right-of-Way Prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to remove snow or ice from any private property and deposit such snow or ice upon any public street, sidewalk, alley, or other public property within the town under the following circumstances: “1.When the snow or ice is removed from any private nonresidential property; “2.When the snow or ice is removed from any private residential property containing in excess of 4 dwelling units. “(c) Obstructing and Endangering Public Right-of-Way Prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to plow, shovel, blow or otherwise move snow of ice in or upon any public street, sidewalk, alley or other public property within the town in a manner which: “1. Obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traf-

fic upon the right-of-way; “2. Increases hazards to vehicles and pedestrians traveling upon the right-of-way; “3. Interferes with the maintenance of the public right-of-way by the town.”

Gov. Ritter visits Rifle Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to visit Rifle on Dec. 9, to celebrate the new energy economy achievements of Rifle and the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, according to a press release. The event will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the large community room at the new Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. in Rifle. Ritter’s hour-long visit will focus on Rifle’s accomplishments through the statewide Sustainable Main Street Initiative, and recognize the new energy achievements throughout Garfield County from the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative. He will also dedicate the solar electric system on the Rifle Branch Library roof and recognize the efforts to maximize energy efficiency at the new library. Both were projects of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative.

Energy workshop offered Facility managers are invited to attend the next Facility Energy Workshop from 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Register in advance at

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The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. FRIDAY Nov. 19 At 11:02 a.m. employees at the River Valley Ranch clubhouse reported an attempted burglary the night before. The perpetrators allegedly caused $500 of damage to a window, but didn’t enter or take anything. FRIDAY Nov. 19 At 6:11 p.m. an officer untied a shaggy black and white dog named Blitz from a bench near Sopris Park and took him to the kennel. Apparently the dog had been tied up there for two hours. SATURDAY Nov. 20 At 1:48 a.m. an officer pulled over and cited a woman allegedly driving drunk at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133. SUNDAY Nov. 21 At 9:59 p.m. an officer spotted a driver doing “doughnuts” near the intersection of Delores Way and Highway 133. The driver turned out to be a juvenile with no license or insurance. So the officer wrote him a citation and drove him home. MONDAY Nov. 22 At 2:31 p.m. police pulled over a speeding driver on Snowmass Drive. The police smelled something funny and ended up issuing a summons to the motorist for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

The town has removed the stop sign on Main Street at Second Street, as motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are noticing. At a recent board of trustees meeting, Mayor Stacey Bernot pointed out the stop sign was installed to slow traffic while the Highway 133 bridge project was under way. Now that the bridge is finished and the improvement project at the intersection of Main Street and Snowmass Drive is complete, the town decided to remove the sign. Photo by Lynn Burton

Brenda Patch Tournament All games are at RFHS’s gyms

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3:30 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Basalt girls JV/ Aspen vs. Glenwood girls JV 5 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Basalt boys JV/ Aspen vs. Glenwood boys JV 6:30 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Glenwood girls varsity 8 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Glenwood boys varsity

3:30 p.m. – Basalt vs. Glenwood girls varsity 5 p.m. – Basalt vs. Glenwood boys varsity 6:30 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Steamboat Girls varsity/Glenwood vs. Basalt girls JV 8 p.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Steamboat boys varsity/Glenwood vs. Basalt boys JV

10 a.m. – Roaring Fork vs. Aspen JV 11:30 a.m. – Steamboat vs. Basalt girls varsity 1 p.m. – Steamboat vs. Basalt boys varsity


Health and Wellness Classes

Valley View dietitian Lisa Paige offers weekly sessions on eating for wellness. Free to Valley View’s Cardiac Wellness members, $7 for non-members. Classes are 10:3011:15 am in the Cardiac Rehab & Wellness Center, using a comfortable lecture and discussion format. Preregister: 384-7159. Eating Out Strategies December 10 Americans love to eat out! Learn to enjoy restaurant eating without sabotaging your healthy lifestyle diet.

Save Lives Donate Blood

December 21, 10 am- 2 pm Valley View Hospital’s blood supply has been donated for by members of the local community for many years. In a new partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital, our local blood donations are now collected on the third Tuesday of every month at Valley View Hospital by the St. Mary’s Bloodmobile. Walk-in or appointments. Call 384-6657 for more information or to schedule an appointment


Holiday Craft Fair

Thursday, December 9 • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Valley View Hospital Upper Lobby 15 creative employees at the Valley View Hospital campus present their wares just in time for the holidays. Unique and festive, candles, wreaths, handmade toys, stained glass and more. Stop by and browse. Free valet parking.

Online CPR and Skills Check-off

Thursday, December 9 at 4:00 or 5:30 pm Valley View 3rd Floor Conference Rm

Valley View Hospital offers the requisite skills check session for the American Heart Association’s online CPR class. The online portion of the training can be completed at The cost is $25. Participants must bring the certificate from the online portion of the class. Call 945-2324 to register.

Look Good, Feel Better

First Friday of each month, 9:00 – 11:30 am 2nd floor conference room at Valley View Hospital Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Valley View Hospital, “Look Good, Feel Better” helps cancer patients with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Trained stylists and cosmetologists work with individuals in a small, supportive group setting to provide survivors with practical tips and free products. Solutions, including the use of wigs, head-wear accessories and makeup are addressed.

The program is usually held on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 – 11:30 am in the second floor conference room at Valley View Hospital. Contact Jan Bean for more information, call at 618-9224.


for cancer patients and survivors

Wednesdays in the Cardiac Rehab Education Room at VVH

Yoga can provide benefits for patients undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy, patients in remission or in hospice or palliative care. Taught by Nova LoverroSprick, yoga therapist and cancer survivor.

Meditation/Relaxation Yoga provides deep relaxation and breathing to help the body heal from cancer treatment. Supports healthy immune system and heart function, and lymphatic drainage. For those currently or recently in treatment. Vibrant Health Yoga helps those not currently receiving cancer treatment to regain strength, flexibility and stamina without overtaxing the body. Nova Loverro-Sprick at 945-9515 or Integrated Therapies at 384-6954.




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All-leaguers announced Landon Garvik, Joey Clingan and Niki Burns (all seniors) have been named to the Western Slope 3A All-Conference team, while Garvik was also named Player of the Year and coach Carrie Shultz the Coach of the Year. Rounding out the honors were seniors Savanna Phibbs and Ixchel Muniz, and sophomore Megan Gianinetti, who received honorable mention honors. Meanwhile, Basalt senior Nancy Hernandez made the All-Conference team while Chantri Knotts (a senior) and Abby Norton (a junior) received honorable mention honors.

TRTC planning a poetry festival Thunder River Theatre Company announced this week they will hold their inaugural Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival at the theatre March 25-27. “Everyone is invited to join us as we honor the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain,� said theatre director Lon Winston. The celebration will include readings from Chamberlain’s works, workshops and a communal sharing of poetry. The first event of this annual series will feature the theme “Nature Writing and the Desert of the Heart,�with poets such as Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Cameron Scott, Bill Kight, Kristin Carlson, Kim Nuzzo, Carol Bell, Sandra Dorr and Art Goodtimes, and others who were supported and inspired by Chamberlain. “Karen was a fierce poetic force in such a soft way, always encouraging writers, opening doors, and also telling it real

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with just enough honey that a difficult truth felt like a gift,� said Trommer.“So many lives she touched with her generosity and clarity. She led by example how to live fully, passionately, compassionately.� Chamberlain began writing at age 10, Winston said. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Hudson Review, The Nation, Poetry, Orion, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature, and The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado’s Western Slope. She was honored with a 1983 The Nation/Discovery Prize, a 1989 Fellowship in Poetry from the Colorado Council on the Arts, a 1993 Poetry Program Award from Poets and Writers Magazine and the Poetry Society of America, and a 2004 Contribution-to-Poetry Award from Sparrows Poetry Festival in Salida. From 1989 to 1994, Chamberlain lived on a remote ranch in southeast Utah; a memoir of her desert experiences titled Desert of the Heart: Sojourn in a Community of Solitudes was published in January 2005 by Ghost Road Press. Chamberlain passed away on Sept.11,2010.

Basalt Thrift Store pitches in The Basalt Thrift Store, Inc. is sending a load of excess clothing, shoes, belts, purses and backpacks to needy folks overseas, according to board chairman Steve Jundt. The store now has a new warehouse facility in Glenwood Springs were it uses a clothes baler to condense clothing and tex-



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Big O presents check to Rooks Majid Kahhak (shown here) painted violinist Kenny Watson at the Wheeler Opera House during a beneďŹ t for the National MS Society on Nov. 27. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be painting live at Kahhak Fine Arts & School at 411 Main St. in Carbondale from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3. Courtesy photo. tiles into 1,000 pound bales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a local non-profit whose primary mission is raising funds to support local agricultural sustainability,â&#x20AC;? Jundt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We collect the excess goods from other thrift stores and businesses that would otherwise be forced to send the still â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;usableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goods to the landfill.â&#x20AC;?

Vizsla to compete internationally Aspenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning Vizsla (named Mariika) is competing in the 10th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Dec. 4 and 5 in Long Beach, Calif.

Big O Tires presented a check to Carbondale police officer Drake Rooks on Nov. 17. Rooks lost part of his left leg in a motorcycle accident in August and Big O stepped forward to help with a fund-raising campaign to help pay for medical bills and a prosthetic leg so he can continue working for the Carbondale Police Department. A Big O spokesman said one man from Montrose contributed $1,000 because he sustained the same injury years before. The Carbondale Police Department continues to raise funds for Drakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new leg and has created a Web site for that purpose at

Happy birthday Birthday greetings go out to Ted Brochet (Dec. 2), Ro Mead (Dec. 3), John Stroud (Dec. 5), Amy Kimberly, Judy Whitmore, Carol Craven and Frank McSwain (Dec. 6), Holly Richardson (Dec. 7) and Sandra McMullen (Dec. 8).


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DREAM Act activists rally in Carbondale By Terray Sylvester Sopris Sun Staff Writer

bury the obstacles that stand between undocumented students and their aspirations About 50 local students, teachers and to become U.S. citizens, to attend college, community members gathered in the chilly and to become functioning members of air on Tuesday evening for an unusual kind their communities. of funeral. Carrying candles and a big, A local student group named the Assoblack, cardboard casket ciation for Youth with “barriers to our United in Action and dreams” emblazoned on the Colorado Immiits side, they formed a grant Rights Coalition procession and walked organized the mock fufrom Carbondale Midneral. It was the latest dle School north along local demonstration Highway 133 to Henfor the DREAM Act, a drick Park. There they bill currently being erected a makeshift considered by Concemetery of a few dozen gress, which would esheadstones. tablish a pathway to The names on the citizenship for some tombstones were out of undocumented immithe ordinary. “Fear,” grants who have lived Hadley Hentschel in the U.S. since they “unjust laws,”“segregaRoaring Fork High School teacher were children. tion,” “anger” and “despair” were all listed “We are here to among the deceased, along with “alien- send a strong message that we refuse to ation,” “hatred,” “indifference,” “preju- bury our dreams – our American dreams,” dice,” “apathy,” “misconceptions,” “the said Junior Ortega, a Colorado Mountain broken immigration system,” “inequality,” College freshman and Roaring Fork High “high tuition costs” and “self doubt.” School graduate who spoke during the “Rest in peace,” each cardboard tablet demonstration. also read. “The way the system currently works,” The crowd had come to symbolically DREAM ACT page 13

What most frustrates me, as a teacher, is when students are told they cannot achieve their goals or their dreams. …

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During a rally for the DREAM Act on Tuesday night at Hendrick Park, local students, teachers and other participants symbolically buried the obstacles that stand between undocumented students and their aspirations for citizenship. Photo by Terray Sylvester

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Fire district options continued om page 3 “With the decrease in our assessed valuations, we need to combine some services to save money. I truly believe that the towns don’t need two fire chiefs, not to talk myself out of a job,” he said. With a new round of county appraisals scheduled in 2011, property tax returns in the two fire districts are expected to plummet — potentially by more than 30 percent — as a result of the recession and lower property values. That will mean less revenue for the fire districts, which rely on property taxes to fund their operations. A merger might allow the departments to provide a similar level of service without asking the voters to approve a tax hike,

Leach said. The Carbondale and Basalt fire districts could be good candidates for a merger because they’re very similar. They’re roughly comparable in terms of staff and budget. The Basalt district, with an overall budget of $2.6 million this year, employs 13 paid staff and relies with 55 volunteers. The Carbondale district’s operating budget is $2.4 million, with 19 paid staff and 65 volunteers. They respond to similar types of incidents, within similar areas. The Basalt district responds to about 600 calls per year, and its boundaries encompass 492 square miles with stations in Basalt, El Jebel, Meredith

and Old Snowmass. The Carbondale district responds to roughly twice as many calls. Its service area is 320 square miles stretching from Marble, north past Cattle Creek and east past Catherine Store. And besides, Thompson added, the two districts already work well together. Staff and volunteers from the two districts currently share some EMT and firefighter trainings, and the districts cooperate on incidents that occur east of Carbondale between Catherine Store and El Jebel. Gene Schilling, president of the Carbondale district’s board of directors, stressed that the potential merger is still in its “infancy.” While it’s not uncommon for fire districts in Colorado to merge or to explore ways to pool their resources, he said the process for a

complete consolidation, if it happens, might take five to seven years. Thompson said he and Leach plan to hire a consultant to guide them through the initial steps of the process before reporting back to their directors in early spring. Although the districts can take steps on their own to pool their resources on a basic level, a more thorough consolidation – requiring tax dollars to be redirected or district boundaries to be redrawn – would likely have to go before the voters, Leach said. “Nobody is committed to a full consolidation at this point,” he explained. “We’re just committed to looking at it and seeing if it makes sense. There’s no predetermined roadmap that anybody is on, and there’s no set schedule.”

Weekend happenings continued om page 3 the original play “Tempest of the Mind” at its playhouse west of the Dinkel Building off Main Street at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4.The play explores the life of William Shakespeare through the eyes of Mark Twain and others, and continues Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 16-18, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Dec. 12. For ticket info, go to The CrystalTheatre downtown in the Dinkel Building features “The Next Three Days” (PG13) at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3-9 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 5; “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (R) at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4; and “Mao’s Last Dancer”(PG) at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Live music On Dec. 3, Konnyaku restaurant presents Geoffrey Morris and Dave Johnson from 7

to 10 p.m. (no cover); Carnahan’s Tavern at Fourth and Main presents The Congress playing American rock ’n’ roll; Steve’s Guitars, located on the Fourth Street side of the Dinkel Building, presents singer/songwriter Matt Johnson.

Athletic events Colorado Rocky Mountain School stages a polar bear run to raise funds for Operation Smile at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4. There will be a two-mile race for adults and a one-mile race for children age 14 and under. Registration starts at 9 a.m.There will also be a clothed fun run for all ages. Race entrance fees are $15 for adults, and $10 for children and fun run participants. The first 100 people to register receive a free

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Colorado Rocky Mountain School presents “Seussical the Musical” at the CRMS barn Dec. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5. From left to right: Horton the Elephant (played by George Bernard), Mayzie Bird (played by Jamie Ramge) and Gertrude (played by Nina Rettenwander). Photo by Renee Ramge

Letters continued î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 2 Dear Editor: What a fantastic time we had at the 2010 LUNAFEST, short ďŹ lm fest, this year on Nov. 5 at Colorado Mountain Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West GarďŹ eld Campus in RiďŹ&#x201A;e and Nov. 6 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. We were able to raise funds for the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund. It takes a community to produce an entertained-ďŹ lled event and we certainly had a fabulous amount of support. We could not have held the LUNAFEST without our generous sponsors: Alpine Bank, KMTS, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Associates, Colorado Mountain College, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and LUNA Bars. Many thanks to the people who attended LUNAFEST this year. Please spread the word about this wonderful and enlightening short ďŹ lm fest. We hope to see you next year at the movies!! Julie Olson Executive director Advocate Safehouse Project

Concerning the DREAM Act Dear Editor: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you want to be when you grow up?â&#x20AC;?Have you ever asked a young child this? A ballerina? An astronaut? A doctor? The president? We tell students to dream from the moment they walk into our schools. We promise them that if they work hard they can

do whatever they want in their life. We ask them to serve their community, volunteer their time, support their teams, and always, always, always do their best. As a teacher, I have been left asking recently: Have we lied to them? Are we being hypocrites? We are telling them to do their best, but are we, as a community and a country, doing the best we can for them? I am not talking about education reform. I am talking about dreams, American dreams. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard a little kid say they want to be a legal citizen when they grow up, but now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m teaching high school juniors and seniors itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different story: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be a police ofďŹ cer because I want to serve and protect my community, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way.â&#x20AC;? Or a high achieving, school leader and varsity athlete, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to pay out of state tuition and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify for ďŹ nancial aid.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illegal aliensâ&#x20AC;? people call them as if they personally broke the law, but I am asking you to question that logic. What do you remember from before you were four years old? Not much I bet. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same for many of these students. Many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember a home other than the United States. Even if they were a bit older when they came to this country, it was not by their choice or their personal decision. Will we punish every child for disagreements we may have with their parents? They have been raised with American values. They have been inculcated in our schools to dream big, work hard, and that all their

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dreams will come true. They do everything we ask of them in ways that make us proud. They graduate from our schools ready, willing and able to become positive, contributing members of our society. They are Americans minus a piece of paper. It is time to fulďŹ ll this promise to our students. Our students, our schools, and our community need the DREAM Act. These kids have the right to dream; we have the responsibility to act. Please urge your congressperson to support the Dream Act legislation thus allowing students without criminal backgrounds who have graduated from our high schools to attend college as in-state residents and to then have a set path towards earning permanent residency for themselves. Lindsay Hentschel Roaring Fork High School

Thanks from Eco-Goddess Dear Editor: A few years back, a vision of a more sustainable future was the force behind creating a local business. Unbeknownst to me at the time, that vision had less to do with a ďŹ nancial venture than it would in building a belief in community and exponential support in a common goal had by many. In order to make a dream a reality, one needs to believe in the extraordinary. The people in this community and beyond have helped me to nurture that vision, and our collective belief in the extraordinary is what I call, today, Eco-God-

dess; a business for a more sustainable future. I would like to express my abundant gratitude towards the people in my life, along with the staff, and the people in this community (both known and unknown to me) who have helped to build and sustain this business out of the passion for a better future. Through their unwavering belief in a shared vision, along with an abundance of support and love, and lots of hard work, this business is growing into its role as a step toward a more sustainable and local future for Carbondale. With indescribable thanks to all those with this shared vision who are still making this happen. Lisa Ruoff Eco-Goddess Carbondale

RFC thanks Dear Editor: The Roaring Fork Conservancy would like to thank all the local candidates who participated in our 2010 Votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guide to Water Issues in the Roaring Fork Watershed. All but one candidate responded to our two questions about water issues and solutions in the watershed and we hope you will ďŹ nd their thoughts insightful and educational. Since water issues quickly become complex in Colorado, knowledgeable legislators are critical to protecting our water resources. Rick Lofaro Executive director Roaring Fork Conservancy



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Community Calendar THURSDAY Dec. 2 ART OPENING • The Red Brick Center for the Arts at 110 E. Hallam St. in Aspen holds an opening reception for Cecilia Anthony, Tori-Mitas-Campisi, Elizabeth Farson, Jeannine Hough and more artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Info: 429-2777. HPC MEETS • Carbondale’s Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at town hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

FRI.-SAT. Dec. 3-4 “TEMPEST” • Thunder River Theatre Company presents the original play “Tempest of the Mind” at its playhouse west of the Dinkel Building off Main Street at 7:30 p.m. The play continues Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 16-18, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Dec. 12. A preview will be staged on Dec. 2. Info: The play explores the life of William Shakespeare through the eyes of Mark Twain and others. HOLIDAY SHOW • The annual Whimsical Women of the West holiday show is held at the Third Street Center from 4 to 9 p.m. The center is located at 520 S. 3rd St. Info: 945-4004.

FRIDAY Dec. 3 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents“The Next Three Days” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-9 plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 5;“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (R) at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and “Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) at 5 p.m. Dec 5.

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at

MAGICAL WOODLAND • Dancing Colours on Main Street presents the Magical Woodland Holiday with gourmet marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, a free ornament making workshop for kids and extensive selection of local folks’ art and artisan gifts. Dancing Colours is open until 8 p.m. Info: 963-2965. LIGHT UP CARBONDALE • Children of all ages are invited to Carbondale’s Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. for the town’s annual lighting ceremony. There’ll be a fire, carols and chance to meet Santa. CUP AUCTION • The Carbondale Clay Center holds its 13th annual Cup Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, located at the east end of Main Street. A member’s preview starts at 5 p.m. Info: 963-2529. MADE BY HAND • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its annual holiday exhibit “Made by Hand, From the Heart” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Third Street Center. Info: 963-1680. LIVE MUSIC • Konnyaku restaurant presents Geoffrey Morris and Dave Johnson from 7 to 10 pm. No cover. Info: 704-0889. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern at Fourth and Main presents The Congress playing American rock. Info: 963-4498. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars, located in the old part of the Dinkel Building, hosts live music every Friday. Info: 963-3304.

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A Center for Expressive Arts & Transformation Join us Friday, December 3rd · 5 - 8 pm for our FIRST FRIDAY HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA & add a little SPARK to your HoliDAZE! FESTIVITIES HOLIDAY FACE PAINTING by Isabelle DeLise. $5.00/child. GIFTS HOLIDAY BOOK SIGNING: Authors George Stranahan & Sheri Gaynor GRANDMA’S ATTIC Vintage treasures and jewelry for sale SPARK A CHILD’S IMAGINATION OUR FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE Ignite a child’s spirit! Donate a new or gently used unwrapped gift that will light their creative imagination (crayons, sketch pads, paints, clay, etc.). Gifts will be distributed to families in need. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS! We look forward to seeing you. WWW.CREATIVESPARKSTUDIO.COM

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LIVE MUSIC • Rivers Restaurant at 2525 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs presents Dave Taylor at 10 p.m. No Cover. Info: 928-8831. HOLIDAY ART SHOW • Rainy Day Designs at 16 N. 4th St. hosts a holiday art show and sale from 6 to 8 p.m. that includes: Dawn Chase, Anne Goldberg, Olivia Pevec, Angie Riley, Amber Sparkles and Sara Ward. Info: 963-8648, 379-5050. ART AUCTION • The Village Smithy hosts KDNK’s silent auction and holiday bazaar starting at 6 p.m. The event is part of the radio station’s Labor of Love on-air auction, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 4. KDNK-FM is located at 88.1, 88.3, 88.5 and 93.5. An auction catalogue is available at HORSE PARTY • Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen is having their year-end Christmas party at the Silt fire station. A potluck dinner starts at 7 p.m. with a “white horse” gift exchange, raffle and door prize draws to follow. Info: 876-2435.

FRI.-SUN. Dec. 3-5 HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAY • Symphony in the Valley, the valley’s community orchestra, presents “Hollywood Holiday,” a fun pops concert that starts with memorable movie

scores and ends with favorite holiday tunes. The concerts take place Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School, and Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Tickets at the door for the Glenwood Springs show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $30 for families. Tickets for the Aspen show are $15, and are available from the Wheeler Box Office,, or at the door. Info: CRMS MUSICAL • Colorado Rocky Mountain School presents “Seussical the Musical,” based on Dr. Seuss’ most famous books, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the CRMS barn. Buy tickets at the door, $5 for students and kids, $10 for adults. Info: 963-2562.

SAT.-SUN. Dec. 4-5 FOOD AND CRAFTS • Basalt High School’s student council presents its second Yule Fest: An Arts and Food Festival. There’ll be crafts, music, food and more. Admission is free and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5.

SATURDAY Dec. 4 POLAR BEAR RUN • Colorado Rocky Mountain School is staging a polar bear run to raise funds for Operation Smile at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 11 a.m. There will be a two-mile race for adults and a onemile race for children age 14 and under. Registration starts at 9 a.m. There will also be a clothed fun run for all ages. Race costs are $15 for adults, and $10 for children and fun run participants. The first 100 people to regCALENDAR page 11

Community Calendar ister will receive a free t-shirt. Info: 963-2562. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant at 2525 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs presents Christoph Brownell at 10 p.m. No cover. Info: 928-8831. AVSC • The Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club kicks off the season at Bumps restau-

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rant at Buttermilk with comfort food, live music from the Great Divide Band a silent auction and more. Tickets are $50.

at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Seniors admitted free. Snacks provided.


TUES.-SAT. Dec. 7-11

HOLIDAY CONCERT • The Mountain Madrigal Singers present a holiday concert

THE MESSIAH • The Aspen Choral Society and the Glenwood Community Chorus


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ART SHOW • Zheng Asian Bistro at 400 E. Valley Road in El Jebel presents the work of local painter Dennis Dodson from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show is called, “Insider Outsider Art: Finding the Sociological Imagination.” Info: 963-8077.

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BRUNCH WITH SANTA • Bring your preschooler to a catered brunch at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. Santa will read a Christmas story and also ask 1-6 year old kids what they want for Christmas. The fee is $15 and pre-registration is required. Info: 704-4190.

AIRSTREAM VILLAGE • S.A.W. presents the Holiday Market at the Airstream Village at the corner of Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue through Dec. 12. The hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 10, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12. There’ll be festive mingling, holiday tree sales, Santa (with real reindeer and an elf), a bonfire, movies, art, food, drink, music and more.

Dec. 10 ART SHOW • The Ann Korologos Gallery at 211 Midland Ave. in Basalt presents A Midwinter’s Evening of Art at 5:30 p.m. Over 45 works of art displayed in silent auction format. Info: korologos-

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR • Crystal Meadows Senior Housing at 1250 Hendrick Drive presents a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Commons Room IV.

Dec. 15 GINGERBREAD HOUSES • The Carbondale Recreation Department offers a gingerbread house construction workshop at the community center from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 15. The $20 fee includes a gingerbread house kit and all the toppings. Kids ages 6-12 welcome. Pre-registration is required. Info: 704-4190.



present Handel’s “Messiah,” directed by Ray Adams. The performances take place on Dec. 7 and 8 at the First United Methodist Church at 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs, and on Dec 10 and 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 533 Main St. in Aspen. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10 at the door.

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FOOD EDUCATION • Eco-Goddess hosts a food education series at the restaurant every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Topics include the hidden costs in food and choices you can make. It’s free. Info: 963-7316. SNOWMASS FUTSAL • The Snowmass Village coed Futsal League kicks off Dec. 12 with games on Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. $395 per team, eight teams maximum. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. Info: 922-2240. PILATES & BALLET • Coredination Pilates Studio, located at the Third Street Center,” offers pilates and ballet classes for adults and teens. Info: 379-2187. GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. Info: 704-0909. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First

United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. Info: 945-1398 or LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Info: 945-8858, 920-2828. ROTARY MEETING • The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club holds its weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at the Aspen Glen Club. Info: 948-0693. SCRABBLE ACTION • Dos Gringos hosts Scrabble Night from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month beginning Nov. 16. GOLDBERG SHOW • Ceramist Anne Goldberg’s current show at S.A.W. is titled “New Work” and will be up through Dec. 8. S.A.W. is located at 978 Euclid and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment at 379-5050.


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Community Briefs Window decoration contest under way

Horsebackers party

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, CCAH and the town recreation center have teamed up for a holiday window decoration contest for all businesses. The contest will be judged by Roaring Fork High School students and the prizes are a $50 chamber gift certificate, a $50 CCAH membership and a $50 recreation center voucher. The contest begins Dec. 3 and will be judged the following week, with the winners announced in the Sopris Sun on Dec. 16. For details, call the chamber at 963-1890.

The Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen host their annual Christmas party at the Silt fire station Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Chapters of the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado work with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to keep public lands and trails open for equestrian use. For more information, call 876-2435.

On a related note The Carbondale Business Coalition (formerly the Downtown Preservation Association) is accepting donations to help defray the cost of holiday lights on the Highway 133 bridge. To donate, send your check to the DPA at Box 1645, Carbondale, CO 81623, or drop them off at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce office at 981 Cowen Dr.

Moms for Moms hosts holiday event Moms for Moms Communities hosts an afternoon of storytelling, puppet theater and a benefit book sale at the Carbondale Recreation Center from 4 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. Betsy’s Barefoot Books and Out of the Mud Theater will be featured. Tea, hot cocoa and snacks will be served. For more information, call Janine Cuthbertson at 309-1919.

Drop Santa a line Kids can drop off letters to Santa at the Carbondale Recreation Center from Dec. 1 to 17. The letters will then be delivered to Santa at the North Pole. Make sure to include your name and address so Santa can reply. For details, call 704-4190.

Hoop registration begins Registration for the Carbondale Recreation Department men’s basketball league is under way. The deadline is Dec. 20 and play begins Jan. 9. The cost is $475 per team, which must be paid in full at the time of registration. Games will be played Sunday nights. The league is for those 18 years old and up. Referees are also needed. For details, call 704-4115.

Family Visitor Programs holds fundraiser Family Visitor Programs (FVP) is accepting donations for its Moms’ Christmas program. Donations will allow FVP to buy holiday gifts for new moms. The deadline is Dec. 6. Donations can be sent to Family Visitor Programs, 401 23rd St., Suite 204, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. For details, call 945-1234.

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Basalt Library seeks letters of support The Basalt Regional Library is applying to become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, an organization that provides information and training to help under-resourced or under-served populations become successful grant seekers, according to a press release. Cooperating Collections are information centers in libraries, community foundations and other non-profit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grant seekers. Part of the core collection is access to the Foundation Center’s electronic resources that include: The Foundation Directory, Online Professional, and the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. “The nearest Cooperating Collection is Mesa County Library in Grand Junction,” said Basalt Regional Library Executive Director Kristen Becker. “By providing our local non-profit organizations and patrons with access to the Foundation Center’s resources and training on how to use these resources, we will eliminate a roughly two-hour drive each direction.Additionally, the resources may help area non-profits locate funding sources which were previously unknown to them and that’s a win-win for the Roaring Fork Valley.” The application process requires letters of support from area non-profit organizations interested in using the resources. Non-profits can send letters of support on official stationery no later than Dec. 15 to: The Basalt Regional Library, Attn: Kristen Becker 14 Midland Avenue Basalt, CO 81621. A sample letter of support may be found on the library’s website at For more information, call 927-4311.

Roll up your sleeves and get cranking Common Cause, the nation’s good-government nonprofit, celebrated its 40th anniversary recently at a party in Denver, helped mightily by the humor and smarts of Pat Schroeder. In 1972, Schroeder was the first Colorado woman to be elected to Congress, where she spent a dozen terms focusing on fiscal accountability from the military and workplace parity for women. (She tells some memorable war stories in her book, 24 Years of House Work … And the Place is Still a Mess.) Schroeder said her recent election-season tour of the country was a slog: “It’s poison out there. … I’m having almost as much fun as when I get to empty the vacuum bag.” But the now 70-year-old Schroeder, who used to on sign letters with a smiley face, remains upbeat, reports the the Colorado Statesman: “I found in my life there’s two kinds of people: the kind … who wring their hands by Betsy Marston High Country News about how terrible it is, and the kind of people who roll up their shirtsleeves and say ‘let’s go get it, let’s fix it.’” In Colorado, she added, the people who want to fix things abound, and “I don’t know anybody who can wring and roll at the same time.”

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IDAHO Imagine driving along a highway of glass that’s powered by the sun. Its solar-panel surface melts snow and lights signs from within, not to mention providing power for local utilities. The road would also feature pipes that capture storm water, sending it to filtration systems for re-use. That’s the dream of a Sagle, Idaho, couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw, who recently won the “people’s choice” award in GE’s $50,000 Ecoimagination challenge, which asked participants to build the “next-generation power grid,” reports the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Brusaw may be on a roll. Last year, he won a $100,000 Federal Highway Administration contract to build a prototype of his solar roadway, and now a 12-foot-square model is laid out in Brusaw’s shop. His Web site,, reveals the complexity and some of the challenges of his design, which incorporates LED lights, solar cells and heating elements hermetically sealed inside layers of glass. Still-unresolved problems involve texturing the road surface so that vehicle tires can get purchase and strengthening the glass panels to withstand the weight of 18-wheel trucks. Meanwhile, Brusaw is looking hard for more funding and dreaming big: “This is the beginning of the end of fossil fuels, we hope.”

COLORADO In the good-news department, a 30-pound African turtle that escaped from its backyard in suburban Denver was found two weeks later at a feed store, having plodded for 14 miles. Her owner told that the tortoise, known as Lucy, chose a feed store because she was smart: “She’s like, ‘I’m not eating that outdoor crap.’” Seven-year-old Lucy had lost some weight during her hike but was otherwise fine. Besty Marston’s blog appears on the High Country News Web site at

DREAM Act rally continued om page 7 he continued, “society tells us that after we graduate from high school we have to throw away everything we have strived for in our childhood. … The DREAM Act will be crucial to helping us to achieve this dream and give back our full potential to the community that we love.” Hadley Hentschel, who teaches science at Roaring Fork High School, spoke as well. “As a teacher my key goal is to provide opportunities for all my students to become better – better thinkers, better citizens and better dreamers,” Hentschel said. “What most frustrates me, as a teacher, is when students are told they cannot achieve their goals or their dreams. … Once [undocumented students] leave high school this is no longer the land of liberty but instead a land with no path or plan to legal residency, no hope for further education and no opportunity to pursue a career beneficial to society at large. It is unjust.” The DREAM Act (or Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, as it’s officially known) would provide that path by granting provisional citizenship to undocumented immigrants who have not committed any serious crimes and have lived in the United States since they were younger than 16, as well as graduated from a U.S. high school and spent two years in the U.S. military or in college, among other requirements. The legislation was originally introduced to Congress in 2001 by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. As the Sopris Sun went to press on Wednesday, Congress was expected to vote on the bill again this week or early next week. In response, activists across the nation have mobilized, encouraging their representatives in Washington to vote for the bill.

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Looking back on decades of local history January 2011 begins my second year of this column honoring people and places up, down and all around Carbondale and the Crystal and Roaring Fork valleys. Several suggested stories are incubating now. I look forward to passing them on and sharing all. Meanwhile, with Hi-speed WiFi, smart phones, iPads and such, a goodly number of folks clear up into the upper double-digits are turning to Facebook and emails to connect with family and friends these days. I’ve been mildly surprised to see folks in their 80s and 90s thumb-clicking away! All of this massive news, information, and communication overload has to make anyone’s head spin. Too easy to forget something we wanted to go back to, which brings me to my subject this month. This column started 2010 with a look back to Carbondale’s Census circa 1910. The irony of choosing to pen that subject was not lost when it turned out that a couple months later I was hired as a 2010 census-taker, covering Marble to Missouri Heights over the next several months. Rather than hairballs of technological snafus to high heaven, the 1910 Census worker had but a few hand-written pages of entries to complete in a population then of a couple hundred valley residents, a few names recognized as still here: Cerise, Gerbaz, Thompson, Holgate.

Early history scribes The next month, I honored early areahistory scribes such as Edna Sweet, Len Shoemaker and Rose Mae Campbell. All penned pamphlets, books or just reams of handwritten pages preserved today at our museum. It was a good thing they did what they did as a Carbondale newspaper was impossible to find between the 1920s and early 1970s. April 2010 was election time for a new mayor in Carbondale and Stacey Bernot, 32, won that hot seat this time around. Of course, I had to find out about this town’s earlier mayors and learned that there is a reason the Carbondale swimming pool is named after John Fleet. It appears John had a heck of a time justifying the need, let alone exorbitant cost of a municipal pool back in the late ‘70s. Wasn’t near the fight, though, about spending “good” money that druggist Edward Tandy, off and on mayor from 1895-1917, had trying to plant trees down Main Street. He and councilman Frank Sweet put up their dukes and pressed on for that frivolous government spending. All that gol’darn expense and what’d it get us? Hang in there, Mayor Stacey!

Where there’s smoke In May, I got to sit down with local fire honcho Ron Leach to talk about the history of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. He had plenty to say. Turns out there had never been a history story about the CRFPD in his 30-plus years with

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the department. We only had room this time for a few hair-scorching stories about the everyday heroes walking amongst us at City Market. Of all the volunteers this valley boasts (and there are tons, on-call 24/7) expertly trained lifesavers are at the top on my list. I still urge our readers to honk your love at the corner of Highway 133 and Meadowood. June is just another word for rodeo. Who better to talk bull with than Bill Fender? This time, I got to find out the story behind the wooden carved plaque in the Mt. Sopris Historical Society museum for the Carbondale Roping Club. Bill Fender and Bob Perry did some pretty good team roping in the day (that being 1952) when they won first prize in the head-and-heel competition in Tonopas, Colorado. Bill couldn’t bend the facts on that one even if he wanted to; we have the glossy 8X10 inch proof in our museum display! Sadly, July’s story of the Carbondale Study Club (CSC) included the report on the passing of local elder and definitive letter writer Mildred Baumli, 93. Oh, didn’t we love her take-no-prisoners view of presidential and other political snafus? Mildred was a long-standing member of this charitable women’s club, a 75-year local institution before it finally dissolved in the 1970s. I wish I could ask her today how she made it through a meeting when I recently came across a newspaper article that described the reason for the great success of CSC: “[We] do not talk about religion or politics.”

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Foot in mouth September was about Lily Lake, up near Marble. Great fun with this story as I met the current owners of the property, Mikaela and Craig Barnes, and learned a poignant, unrequited love story about early lake resident Paul Wood and the love of his life – “Sweetness.” Getting carried away with wordsmithing isn’t hard for this enthusiastic journalist, but this line in my September story, “the-then owner was Cloton Moore, who only used the home as a hunter’s cabin” caught me square in the headlights when I received a MEMOIRS page 15

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Fly me to the moon There was a bit of celebrity in the Carbondale Study Club membership of 1963. Hattie Cooper’s son, Gordon, flew around the earth 22 times while mom trekked from Carbondale to Oklahoma to be with family during his then-unimaginable space outing. The column also solved another mystery about names on local buildings, this one our library (the Gordon Cooper). August 2010 was when the museum received a genealogy book about the Pattison family, circa 1858-1926, by Hugh C.’s great-great-grand-niece, Debbie Brown of Oklahoma. Her grandfather, Lewis, was Hugh’s eighth sibling. The Pattisons were a family with a long lineage of blacksmiths. On deeper local research, seems there isn’t much information on this Village Smithy and his family although his home


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comeuppance letter from Arizona resident, Donna Baldwin, Cloaten’s daughter. Mea culpa and thank you to Donna! I not only get to correct the spelling of Mr. Moore’s first name this time around but also include Donna’s observations and corrections of this story, at least on the Web site version. Check it out! To my mind, Donna’s input marked the first real success of this column’s purpose: to get readers’ responses that not only share even more memories of the story dû jour, but also set some stories straight and get names back to their original spelling; i.e. Dinkel, not Dinkle!

Nothing is new October’s story was spurred by press announcements that there are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in Carbondale than any other business. A walk through the doors down Main Street today has a whole different vibe. Choose a flower for your hair, do a little yoga and salute to the sun, munch a mj cookie, sip hot coffee and go see a picture show, all side by side. And that is just on one block. It doesn’t get much more laidback than that! Early Carbondale medicinal care came in the form of Doc Ray Tubbs from 1911 to the late 1940s. Doc had his own outdoor irrigated apothecary where our post office (next door to his office, now Six89) is located, where he made up all his own natural herbal medicinals. No one seemed to think anything of it. Except that it was cheap. November honored the annual kick-off of hunting season. The best part of that research was reading old Valley Journal columns by then-game warden, John Seidel. I invite folks to come to the museum to enjoy more of his early observations in his “First Residents” column. They are delightful still. This coming year, I plan to continue my “tea dates” at the museum on Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. All ages are welcome, especially the “advanced!” Call 704-0567 for details. Many thanks to the Mt. Sopris Historical Society and Friends (!) who have committed this Memoirs space in the Sopris Sun. So as the Sun’s fundraiser letter said about this hard-headed, hard-working, hard-not-to-love mountain town, ditto the Sopris Sun! Please support any and every way you can. Happy New Year, everyone!

Fog settles into Red Hill a few weeks back. This scene (which was captured from the Red Rock Diner) is fairly common and usually photogenic, especially in the winter. Photo by Lynn Burton

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