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Puttin’ on the silks Sue Van Horton demonstrates what she’s learned in her aerial silks class at the Launchpad on First Friday night. As usual, the town was bouncing with all kinds of Christmas-season happenings, from Santa’s arrival to art gallery receptions and more. For more First Friday photos, please turn to pages 17-19. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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

Introducing e Sopris Sun’s next editor The Sopris Sun Board is pleased to announce that Carbondale native and lifelong resident Will Grandbois will be taking the reins as The Sopris Sun’s editor on Jan. 1. He will be the fourth editor since the paper’s inception in 2009. Will grew up around community journalism; his mother, Becky Young, was a cofounder and editor of the previous Carbondale weekly, the Valley Journal, and was instrumental in the formation of The Sun. Will attended Carbondale public schools, graduating from Roaring Fork High School in 2008. At RFHS, he helped revive the school’s Rampage newspaper during his senior year. Will went on to college at CU in Boulder, majoring in anthropology. He returned home to Carbondale after graduation and worked as a donation ambassador at Habitat for Humanity, also helping out with website maintenance and tech support for that organization. In 2013 and 2014, he served on The Sopris Sun’s nonprofit board. Will took the initiative for developing and managing our first website even before he joined the board and was actively involved in its redesign a few years later. He also wrote for the paper on a freelance basis during those years. He left the board when he was hired as a full-time reporter at the Post Independent, where he’s earned several awards for his

work. Initially, he was assigned to the education, crime, and Carbondale beats. For the past year, he has been the PI’s arts and entertainment editor. Will recognizes that he has huge shoes to fill in succeeding our current editor, Lynn Burton, who has been at the helm since 2011. Fortunately for our community and this paper, Lynn has agreed to stay on at The Sun for the first half of next year to support this important transition, possibly longer if funding allows and nobody else snatches him up in the meantime. It’s in large part because of Lynn’s incredible dedication to Carbondale that you are holding this paper now. He shepherded the paper through thick and thin (not to mention blizzards and canyon closures), making sure we never missed an issue. Lynn is a talented writer, an astute reporter, and an excellent photographer; we are looking forward to his continued involvement. It is our hope that Will’s arrival will free Lynn up to contribute more stories, photos, and good humor for you, our readers, to enjoy. Quoting from his bio on “After years of shooting rodeo bull riders with a wide angle lens, drinking a beer with Hunter S. Thompson at the Woody Creek Tavern, and llama backpacking on the Flat Tops, community-based independent journalism comes naturally to

Lynn ‘No Story Left Behind’ Burton.” We feel very fortunate to have the talents of these two fine people. For Will, it is a homecoming of sorts. In the cover letter he included in his application for the position, he wrote, “I dream of days when all my interviews are in walking distance and I never even start my car. I relish the idea of getting to know the many facets of my home without being confined to a single beat. I imagine the satisfaction of filling such an important role in the community. I never planned to be a journalist, but looking back, it’s a path I have been on for a long time, and it all comes back to The Sopris Sun.” Please join us in thanking Lynn for his many past contributions and welcoming Will to his new role in 2017 as The Sopris Sun’s editor. The Sopris Sun Board Barbara Dills, Debbie Bruell, Colin Laird, Cliff Colia, Diana Alcantara, Matt Adeletti, Olivia Pevec PS: Your nonprofit community newspaper depends on you, our readers, for support. If you have not made a donation this year, please consider doing so now at or by mailing a check to PO Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Thank you!

Stepping Stones: A new opportunity for teens Open house Dec. 10 By Kyle Crawley Being a teenager comes with some difficult choices. Teens are confronted with questions of who they are, where they’re going, and who they want to be. They have to choose what kind of student they want to be, what kind of worker, what kind of friend, what kind of son or daughter, and reflect on how all of these choices shape their future. Often, teens can feel pulled in different directions and have difficulty finding their path. Because of the many influences surrounding them, some teens struggle to find happiness and many lack the skills to one day be healthy, self-sufficient adults. This is the problem we seek to address at Stepping Stones, a teen drop-in center in Carbondale. Stepping Stones’ mission is to empower Roaring Fork Valley teens to reach self-sufficiency by providing youth with a safe and structured environment to learn life skills and access support services. The Stepping Stones drop-in center is a drug and alcohol free place for youth ages 14-21 to go after school or work, during the hours of 3 to

6:30 p.m. We provide a home-like setting where youth learn valuable skills and experience new activities that enrich their lives. Teens come to Stepping Stones for many different reasons. Our drop-in center has an art room, study room, basketball court, community garden and a big comfy living room with an impressive collection of board games and video games. After the renovation of our basement this summer, we were able to open a new music room and game room. When teens come to the drop-in center they can take advantage of these spaces and other services we provide, such as tutoring, job readiness, arts and recreational programming, and basic needs services. These include free access to a washer and dryer, shower, toiletries, clothes, transportation assistance, and a home-cooked meal every evening.


The foundation The foundation of Stepping Stones is the idea that positive adult role models play a crucial role in youth development. The program relies on a small, dedicated staff of adult mentors who build strong relationships with the teens through their consistent presence at the drop-in center. We seek to

create a place where teenagers feel comfortable to share their personal experiences and form long-term, impactful relationships with staff. We work to maintain a familylike atmosphere where youth and staff share house responsibilities and valuable life experiences. With strong community partnerships and volunteers, Stepping Stones is able to offer a wide variety of programming opportunities, giving youth the chance to explore different interests. All programs offered at Stepping Stones are completely free for teens. Programming at the drop-in center has included guitar lessons, cooking classes and more. Additionally, Stepping Stones offers monthly activities outside of the drop-in center, such as snowshoeing, broomball, whitewater rafting, skiing, and a trip to the hot springs. What makes Stepping Stones such a unique place is the community we’ve created. We serve a diverse group of teens: some are struggling with substance abuse, STEPPING STONES page 19

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Correction A story in the Dec. 1 Sopris Sun mischaracterized the Dakota Access Pipeline as “a gas pipeline.” The pipeline is intended to carry crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to a pipeline juncture in Illinois. The Sopris Sun regrets the error. 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • DECEMBER 8-14, 2016

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RFHS students reflect on Trump win No incidents at the school By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer In the weeks following the election of President-elect Donald Trump, there have been numerous reports of verbal and physical attacks of different kinds on immigrants, which observers have largely linked to anti-immigrant statements made by candidate Trump during the recent presidential campaign and to his supporters. Even here in the Roaring Fork Valley, a legal forum was held last Saturday on immigration issues and immigrants’ anxieties about their future under Trump. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, in an effort to reassure local Hispanics, told a local newspaper last week that his department is not about to start looking for illegal immigrants to deport. And elsewhere in Carbondale, while similar anxieties have been reported by some Hispanic immigrants, the mood at Roaring Fork High School was one of cautious hopefulness, at least as far as three student leaders could tell. “It’s definitely not the end of the world,” said senior Lorenzo Andrade, president of the senior class. “The sun will come up tomorrow, and we definitely have to not resort to violence and stuff like that. We just have to stay, like, together.” Senior Tavia Teitler, recalling the mood immediately following the election, said “there were a lot of red eyes, and a lot of people that were very upset. It kind of felt like the whole school was in mourning, in shock.” She noted that, in the most recent edition of the Roaring Fork Rampage student newspaper (which was published prior to the election in The Sopris Sun), a survey of student opinions about the upcoming election was upbeat. “It was overwhelmingly in support of Hillary (Clinton, the defeated Democratic candidate),” said Teitler, who is the senior class secretary. The day after the election, she continued, she stayed home from school in the morning to let her emotions settle down. “I was super shocked and very emotionally distraught,” she explained. “Also, I didn’t feel like I could handle going to school and seeing all the people, all of my friends, that were so deeply affected.” She and another class leader, Student Body President Fabian Rico, said there were not many Trump supporters celebrating Trump’s victory, though Rico conceded, “there were a couple with the hat,” referring to the Make America Great Again hats that became a hallmark of Trump supporters throughout the campaign. Teitler, Rico and Andrade agreed a week after the election to sit down and talk with The Sopris Sun about their feelings, and each said they had been confident going into election night, Nov. 8, that Clinton would win.

Roaring Fork High School seniors (left to right), Fabian Rico, Tavia Teitler and Lorenzo Andrade, say the reaction to the recent election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States has prompted sadness and a little fear among some students, but no conflicts or violence of the kind that has been seen in other schools in other parts of the country. Photo by John Colson “Overall, we have an accepting, tolerant community” at the high school, Andrade said, and no one at the school has been “outright racist as a result of the election.” Some of his extended family, Andrade said, “definitely have some angst, especially some who are undocumented,” and some of his cousins who are “Dreamers” — undocumented young people of Hispanic origin who were brought to this country as young children and are now protected from deportation by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, or DACA. The name, Dreamers, comes from the Development, Relief and Education for Minors Act, introduced by a Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. Senate in 2001 to protect immigrants who were brought here as children and who have been educated here. Trump at one point pledged to overturn Obama’s order and pursue millions of undocu– Lorenzo Andrade mented immigrants for deportation as illegal aliens, although even some in his own party have But, she went on, “for so many people around me that begun working against any such move on Trump’s part. According to Andrade and Teitler, some students have I love and see every day, it’s not that way for them.” Rico noted that his friends and relations have been avidly been holding meetings for those worried about their immidiscussing the election and the future, with “a few jokes gration status, and that some relatively recent immigrants about what the future looks like,” but in general, “We’re just have met with a Colorado Mountain College representative to see about what legal recourse they may have and about very unsure about what the future could look like.” They wonder if Trump will carry through with some of which state educational institutions are offering in-state tuhis anti-immigrant ideas, or whether “he was just doing it ition to immigrants. As for the immediate future, Teitler’s advice to students to be elected.” All three student leaders said there had been no inter- and others was, “I think we just have to all keep finding student fights or other forms of conflict over the election the things that we care about, and doing the things we want to be doing,” such as continued involvement in the campaign or its results. Energy Club at RFHS even though Trump “doesn’t believe in climate change.” The day after “Stay hopeful, stay united, don’t believe everything the On the day after the vote, Andrade said, students were media tells you,” she advised, particularly citing what she being “considerate of their peers,” and there was little or said is “a lot of false news going on, like Facebook. It’s cerno jeering or cheering by Trump supporters. The three agreed that perhaps 10 percent of the class appeared to tainly not an excuse to give up, to stop fighting for the things that are important to you, to stop fighting for change. We support Trump. “I’ve actually been really proud of our school and how have to offer our support as Americans, to keep our govthey’ve dealt with the election,” she declared, continuing that ernment and our democratic system working.” All three said they have thought about getting involved in most of her classmates are talking “about how now’s the time politics in the past, and indicated that the current state of to join together, to be loving, and not fight hate with hate.” affairs may strengthen that interest. hurtful for them.” Teitler, who described herself and her friends as “incredulous” at Trump’s victory, added that in the week after the election she had “sort of come down and realized that a lot of people who supported his election did so out of fear and not outright hate.” She admitted that she is “very lucky, because the privilege that I have (being white and born in the U.S.) protects me from a lot of what he (Trump) wants to do.”

“Overall, we have an accepting, tolerant community at the high school, and no one at the school has been outright racist as a result of the election.”

After election night When the result proved them wrong, Rico said, his father was really hurt. “He went to sleep early because he just didn’t want to see it any more,” Rico recalled. Andrade, too, said his family was “really shocked at the possibility of a Trump presidency” because of the candidate’s “racially charged” remarks and his statements with regard to women and minorities in general. Rico, who said his immediate family members all are legal residents of this country, emphasized that they are not worried they will be deported, but are concerned “for other family members” whom he did not identify but whom might be targeted for deportation due to their immigration status. “They’ve been working so hard to make a name for themselves and for other Hispanics in the community,” he commented, and to hear Trump label Hispanics as rapists and criminals, and to call women pigs, “was just really

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Carbondale’s Nuche Park to stay as is By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer With the recent approval of construction of a picnic shelter at the Gus Darien Riding Arena just outside of Carbondale, which is to be funded by a donation from long-time local ranchers Roz and Tom Turnbull, it appears that a proposal to do some minor development at Nuche Park on the south side of town has been scuttled. Town Recreation Director Jeff Jackel confirmed this week that plans to add a picnic shelter, parking area and perhaps other amenities at Nuche Park, located along Highway 133 near the Prince Creek Road intersection, have been cancelled. “There are no more proposed changes” for the Nuche Park, Jackel said. The park, formerly known as Bull Pasture Park, was deeded to the town in 1990 by the Turnbull family. A citizen petition in 2014 resulted in the new name, which is the name that the Ute Indian tribes use for themselves. It is pronounced “nooch,” according to local Ute-lore experts, and the idea behind the name change was to commemorate the heritage of the Native American tribes that populated this region for centuries prior to white settlement. The proposal for improvements at Nuche Park came to the town from the Turnbulls, through local real estate broker Sherry Rubin, and was the subject of a meeting of the Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission in August. The Turnbulls wanted to make the improvements to the park, including perhaps some signs or plaques outlining Carbondale’s ranching heritage, as a way of honoring the community’s legacy of cowboys, ranchers and cattle operations. At that meeting, some noted that the town had agreed earlier to dedicate the park to the Utes, who lived in this region before white settlers showed up, and who ultimately were rounded up and forced to live on reservations to make room

for white settlement. To change the nature of the park in order to honor the cowboy culture, some felt, would be simply an extension of the earlier era’s displacement of the Utes by white culture. Rita Marsh, co-chair of the Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing in Carbondale, has been involved in the effort to establish Nuche Park as a local focal point for acknowledging the Ute history in this area. Contacted by The Sopris Sun, she said that following the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting in August, there had been another meeting that brought Rubin together with Marsh, former Carbondale Trustee John Hoffmann, Ute tribal representative Roland McCook and others. At that meeting, she said, McCook had expressed gratitude to the Turnbull family for putting the park property into public hands, and to Marsh and others who organized the petition drive that resulted in the park being dedicated to the Ute legacy. McCook also agreed with locals who felt that trying to blend the two legacies — putting the Cowboys together with the Indians, so to speak — would not be a good idea at this point, Marsh said. It was after that meeting, Marsh continued, that the Turnbulls came up with the plan for a picnic shelter at the Darien arena. McCook, a member of the Uncompahgre Ute tribe who lives in Montrose, confirmed his role in the negotiations and said he hopes that now the park can be left to fulfill what he said was the initial intention — to provide a space in Carbondale for Native American rites and programs. “That was the main purpose (of the renaming and the dedication of the park to Ute culture),” McCook said, “and I would like it to stay that way.” He said a proposal to formalize a “very faint trail” that now leads down to the river would be in keeping with Ute tradition of maintaining close relations with the interrelated features of the natural world, such as rivers and meadows.

Cop Shop From Nov. 18 to Dec. 1, Carbondale officers handled 395 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note:

SATURDAY, Nov. 26: At 2:18 a.m. police pulled over a vehicle for allegedly failing to use his turn signal and for careless driving. After investigating, the 43-yearold male driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and for driving while his license was revoked. SATURDAY, Nov. 26: At 12:26 p.m. officers observed damage to a golfing green at River Valley Ranch, caused by a vehicle. No further information was provided. SATURDAY, Nov. 26: At 11:40 p.m. officers responded to a heroin overdose at a residence on Catherine Court. The victim was unconscious upon officers’ arrival. Officers administered Narcan (a special anti-overdose medicine) to the victim and after a couple minutes the victim regained consciousness. The victim was transported to Valley View Hospital and as far as is known by police, survived the incident. No charges were filed in connection with the incident. MONDAY, Nov. 28: At 9:17 a.m. a 36year-old local man was arrested on Carbondale Police Department warrants and taken to the Garfield County Jail. WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30: At 4:32 p.m. police took a reported of fraud from a local man. The issue will be investigated. THURSDAY, Dec. 1: At 2:50 p.m. police took a report of vandalism at 411 Main St.

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City Market update Carbondale officials say that the construction schedule of the planned new City Market store, to the northwest of the intersection of Highways 133 and 82, has not changed significantly despite several delays. According to Town Manager Jay Harrington, delays involving such things as the real-estate closing and a “correction letter” requesting more information as part of a building permit application are not expected to alter a plan for the developer (the Kroger grocery chain that owns City Market) to break ground in the spring of 2017. Harrington said this week that, as far as the town is concerned, the store is still expected to open later in 2017. Calls from The Sopris Sun to Joel Starbuck, Kroger’s assistant director of real estate for Colorado, were not answered by the Sun’s deadline on Wednesday.

CHA accepting donations The Carbondale Homeless Alliance is accepting gift card donations from City Market, Subway, Bonfire and White House Pizza, RFTA bus passes and Carbondale Recreation Center shower passes, plus warm jackets, coats, gloves, scarves and thermal wear. Gift cards and items can be dropped off at Amoré Reality (711 Main Street). To schedule a pick up, call 963-5177.

Thomas Friedman sells out No, the Pulitzer prize winning author/ journalist/columnist didn’t split from his home base at the New York Times for a gig at Fox

News. He’s schedule to speak at the next Roaring Fork Cultural Council program at Thunder River Theatre on Dec. 28. The RFCC announced his appearance early this week and all the tickets were gone within 24 hours.

Elliot Marquett, Alleghany Meadows, Max Ink Project Shop (Reina Katzenberger, Brian Colley, Deb Jones and Maggie Woods), Eden McDowell, Modern West Floral Company (Tara Abbaticchio and Vanessa Gilbert), Jill Oberman, Carla Reed, Andrew RobertsGray, Elissa Rodman, Cate Tallmadge and Felica Trevor.

This just in The Dandelion Market on Main Street is now carrying African market baskets made by weavers in Golgatanga, Ghana. The baskets are strong, durable, colorful and each one is unique. They are made from river grass known as “elephant grass.” Proceeds from the sale of the baskets help to provide health care, education opportunities and financial support to over 1,000 African villagers and their children.

This just in II Heidi Ahrens and Erik Skeaff are traveling on a CRMS sabbatical year with daughters Coralie Ahrenskeaff (10) and Ramona Ahrenskeaff (7). During the past five months, they have visited Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, and are now in India. Tune in next week for more.

S.A.W. celebrates Studio for Arts and Works celebrates its 10th anniversary from 2 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 (Calendar and the ad on page 10 for details). S.A.W. “creatives” include: Robert Burch, John Cohorst, Steven Colby, Megan DeNev Wussow – DeNev Jewelry & Designs, Lisa Ellena, Chris Erickson, Jim Harris, Rachel Gillespie, Angus Graham, Takeo Hiromitsu,

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CRMS freshman Kate Oldham is one of two students to receive the Avery Mathieu scholarship award this year; junior Andrew Meisler (not shown) is the other student. The award is given annually to a Nordic team member in honor of Avery Mathieu, a CRMS student who passed away in 2003. According to a CRMS spokesperson, “Avery was a strong athlete with an incredible spirit who had a powerful impact on the team in his time at the school. The award is intended to recognize a skier who is passionate about skiing, brings enthusiasm and positive energy to the team, and who appreciates the value of hard work.” This year, Mathieu’s father has offered two scholarships. Oldham is splitting her time between the CRMS program and the Aspen Valley Ski Club’s national competition team. She will be racing in both the Colorado high school league and USSA U16 races, where she hopes to qualify for the Junior Olympics. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Sunlight Mountain Resort opens for its 50th season on Dec. 9. With five inches of new snow from Dec. 5-6, Sunlight boasts top-tobottom skiing and riding on more than 150 acres; they’ve received more than two feet of snow in the past month. Crews began making snow on Nov. 18 and are scheduled to conclude this week. Free donuts from Sweet Coloradough will be handed out to the first 50 people in line at the Tercero lift on opening day.

Graduation news Roaring Fork High School alum Tanner Gianinetti graduates from Colorado Mesa University with a BA in business on Dec. 16. Congrats to Tanner.

They say it’s your birthday Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Sandra McMullen and Jennifer Lamont (Dec. 8); Kirstie Smith, Vicki Yarbrough, Bob Johnson and Bill Laemmel (Dec. 10); Marc Bruell Leslie Johnson and Lea Linse (Dec.11); Beth Mohsenin (Dec. 12); Amy Broadhurst and Jon Araujo (Dec. 13) and Steve Keohane (Dec. 14).

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Hoopsters return Roaring Fork boy’s and girl’s basketballers came out of their seasonstarting Brenda Patch Tournament with 1-1 records over the weekend. Next up is the Weld (county) Central Tournament Dec. 8-10, followed by home games against Aspen on Dec. 13 (5:30 p.m. for girls, 7 p.m. for boys). Both teams return to the hardwoods at Delta on Jan. 6. The regular season wraps up in Aspen on Feb. 18. Clockwise from upper right: Justin Thompson, part of the crowd, Logan Erickson, Cindy Salinas, Jassiel Petatan and Lorenzo Andrade.

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hile it was dumping snow in the Roaring Fork Valley, a small crew of locals arrived in the Kingdom of Swaziland during a heat wave. In some villages, the smell of urine and garbage hung in the air. Toddlers with distended bellies, the type of kids usually seen on “Save the Children� infomercials, stood in the dirt. In one town, what little food the residents had stored in a tin shack was rotting in the sweltering temps. It was overwhelming to the Carbondale humanitarians. But as they carried on with their mission to help at an orphanage and fight AIDS and hunger in the impoverished South African kingdom, their perspectives shifted, transformed by smiles and friendship. Amy Kimberly, Ro Mead, and Leslie and Patrick Johnson departed on December 25 to work with orphaned children and community members in Swaziland. Globetrotter Matt Johnson and college student Annika Johnson – both also longtime Carbondale residents – joined them for the journey that taught them how easy it is to spread joy with so little. For Kimberly, it was familiar territory. She had been to Manzini, Swaziland, nearly 10 years ago representing the Telluride AIDS Benefit. The nonprofit raises funds for the Western Colorado Aids Project, Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program, and other AIDS outreach organizations at home and abroad. A portion of the agency’s funds directly supports programs for Manzini youth.

Crooning with the goats ‌ Steve Standiford at his mini-spread up Prince Creek. Standiford, of Steve’s Guitars fame, first moved with Mary Margaret O’Gara to Woody Creek from Southern California in 1979 but later settled in the Carbondale area. For the past 22 years Standiford and his “not so silent partnerâ€? (O’Gara) have created a one-of-a-kind music venue in the Dinkel Building. For more, please turn to page 17. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Racing into the record books Olympian Jake Zamansky takes a place amongst the world and local elite By Allyn Harvey Special to The Sopris Sun


ake Zamansky is on the short list. Actually, he’s on two. When the Carbondale native presses out of the starting gate and onto the world stage at the Olympics on Tuesday morning, Zamansky will be among the elite ski racers in the world. But he will also join an elite group of local men, as just the fourth male alpine ski racer born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley to make the Olympics. The last Roaring Fork Valley native to make the men’s Olympic alpine ski team was Andy Mill, who finished sixth in the downhill in the 1976 Olympics. The only other two are Bill Marolt, who raced at Innsbruck 1964, and his brother, Max Marolt, who was Aspen’s

first Olympian as a member of the 1960 team at Squaw Valley. Zamansky’s road to the Olympics is a story of grit and determination. It’s the story of a guy who wouldn’t quit, even after being cut from the U.S. Ski Team at the end of a disappointing 2007-08 season. At that point in his career, the Olympics couldn’t have seemed further from reach. But Zamansky believed in himself enough to continue on without the sponsorship or support of the U.S. team, earning and raising the money he needed to continue. “I had to tune my own skis, and that worked for me. You get to know your skis and everything that’s happened to them,� Zamansky says in a segment of the documentary film “Truth in Motion: The U.S.

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he Red Rock Diner, where founder Bob Olenick has been serving meals to hungry customers for 21 years, recently was sold to Marty Voller, a New Castle man with two decades worth of his own ties to the valley’s restaurant scene. The sale of the business closed on July 1, and while Olenick said he’ll be hanging around for a month or so to help with the transition, it is now under new management. But, Voller assured a reporter during a phone interview on Tuesday, customers won’t see any big changes in the menu or other aspects of the business. “Bob ran things right for 20-some years,� Voller said. “I don’t think I should change a whole lot.� The eatery, located at 155 Highway 133, just outside Carbondale’s northern boundary, will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, Voller said. And the old-fashioned look of the diner will remain as it is, he added. The only changes Voller predicted, at least initially, will show up as specials advertised on placards outside the restaurant, so “watch for tweaks in the specials,� he advised interested patrons. Olenick, who founded the restaurant in September, 1994, on ground once occupied by a gas station, declined to be interviewed about the transition, telling a reporter with characteristic gruff humor, “I don’t need any exposure, any publicity.� As for his own future, Olenick remarked, “I haven’t even thought about it.� Voller, who described himself as “in my early 40s,� is a single father of “two wonderful, wonderful children� who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1992 from a small town in central Minnesota. He said he has a degree in meat science and a certificate in “charcuterie,� described as the art of producing a variety of smoked and cured meat products, which brought him jobs at such venerable Aspen institutions as The Butcher’s Block, the Cooper Street Pier and The Cantina. But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he said, his wife convinced him to move to New York, where her family was located, and where the couple lived while he managed restaurants. He later returned to the Roaring Fork Valley, to work for the Sysco food distribution corporation. It was while he worked as a salesman for Sysco, he said, that he met Olenick, as the Red Rock RED ROCK DINER page 7


ohann Aberger and Lind Herlinger have a pretty g profile. This Carbondale couple’s envir mental impact is less than half that typical American couple. Dan and Holly Richardson their two boys are in a similar brac Their combined lifestyles introduc estimated 21,618 pounds of car dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere an ally, or about 5,405 pounds per per That’s a very low impact. Accordin the U.S. Environmental Protec Agency, the average American sp about 21,750 pounds of atmosph carbon every year. Carbondale residents, in general more aware than most American how their day-to-day activities affect environment. As the 39th annual E Day approaches, we thought we’d t a closer look at the effect individ and families have on global warm and other aspects of environme degradation, and what steps we can to reduce those impacts. Two families volunteered to do a b analysis of their impacts and to talk t about their environmental footprin metaphor for the size of the impact have on the earth’s resources). We ch two families that are environment concerned, live in energy-efficient ho and have very low environmental pacts. Perhaps Johann and Lindsay the Richardsons will inspire reader check their own environmental imp and go on to take some big steps tow a smaller footprint. The families’ environmental imp were measured using two Web-ba calculators. (See sidebar on page 5 more information.)

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olly picked up the pho called her husband. “S you pick up any chicks I crack up. She wasn’t t about women. “It’s hard to get chicks this Summer Cole clucked as she s into the office at Sustainable Se And that’s no joke. The chicken jokes have a begun among the growing num folks who have recently added ens to their family flocks here i bondale. You could say th number of locals using fowl lan is on the rise. The demand for chickens, th est relative to Tyrannosauru has accelerated in Carbonda way beyond. Steve Hyrup, ow Hyrup Feed and Ranch Suppl Jebel, confirmed that there ha a marked increase in deman chickens here and elsewhere. In mid-March, his sister-inPrescott, Ariz., went to the loc store to get a dozen chicks. opened at 8 a.m. and she got th 7:30 a.m. and there were alrea people at the door.� Cluck cluck she was out o All 150 chicks had been sold his sister got to the front of th She went back on April 15, bright and early hour of 5:3 and got her chicks. But with 50 people behind her when the opened, it’s not likely everyo what they were looking for. Demand for chickens has sk eted around the world. Accord one Web site on food and the en ment: “Urban hen keeping has b increasingly popular in recent but breeders and suppliers are r ing an ‘astonishing’ rise in the n of UK households buying hens last 12 months or so, fuelled i they believe, by the economic turn and growing pressure on budgets.� Hyrup said he never used t a problem getting chickens. He always get them from the hatc when customers wanted them January, the demand increased the economy started crashin’ lot of people were losing their he said. Hyrup gets at least two ord chickens each week, but has people that the wait list runs un end of June. “Everybody wants six chick hens to put in their ya get five or six eggs to go with gardens,� he added. “A lot of are doing gardens this year.�


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dam Carballeira walks throu two-story home in the tigh neighborhood of Thompson ner on the east side of River Valley R As he climbs the narrow stairway second level, he describes the family’ to remodel the house as the kids gr when the three boys get older, they’l to the basement and each will have a bedroom; they’ll eventually knock wall upstairs to build a master bedr “It will be a pretty nice space,â€? h of the master suite overlooking th cious backyard. Outside, his boys ar ing soccer on the grassy area that is f by a clothesline and a garden with turned soil. Both Carballeiras work at Carb Middle School, Adam as an E teacher, Cora in the gifted program are active in non-profit organization unteer in the community, commute cycle, tend a small vegetable g recycle ‌ so goes the list of the qu that make the “Carbsâ€? (as they are lo known by their students) model citi And, as Adam Carballeira stat olutely, they are here to stay thanks t bondale’s affordable housing progra “It totally saved us. We would be g now if we didn’t have this house,â€? he While the Carballeiras have fo place to settle, many other teacher tinue to be challenged by the high c living in the valley. It’s why the Carba applaud the Roaring Fork School D (RFSD) for its proposed teacher h development between the Bridges C and Third Street Center “The CES project is a huge ste ward. There’s such a long waiting li teachers to get into affordable h units, said Cora Carballeira. The project will occupy 14.5 ac the old Carbondale Elementary S grounds and will include up to 12 dios, flats, duplexes, and singlehomes. At least 80 percent of the un be deed-restricted affordable housing some of the units available for tow county employees. Both the town a county have granted funds or waive for the project.

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By Chris Van Leuven “I can stand above a h and be OK with it,â€? sa maker Fred Norquist of his experience filming top-ranked athlete and Carbondale student Jake Sakson on a Class 5 rapid. Norquist is even at ease running the gambit himself. “But hanging from ropes is scary.â€? Despite his fear of hanging off the edge of a steep cliff, Norquist’s has to get the shot. So he buries his fear and ascends the rope higher, all the while filming hot–shot rock climber Hayden Kennedy, also a Carbondale high school student, for Norquist’s film “Life as a Non-Collegiate: Living the Dream,â€? which premieres at the 5Point Film Festival. The festival is running May 7-10 with screenings and panel discussions at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. Norquist, 19 and emerging into adulthood, has been inspired since meeting filmmaker Carl Moser at the World Class Kayaking Academy two years ago. However, it has been 5Point founder Julie Kennedy, 54, and program director Beda Calhoun, 21, who have been mentors to him during the filmmaking process. Their shared spirit “to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience and respect, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through filmâ€? has pushed Norquist to the next level in his work. Kennedy and Calhoun, generations apart themselves, are passing the torch of adventure, courage and tenacity through filmmaking. “When he came to us,â€? Kennedy says with a warm smile, “Fred really wanted to shoot action ‘porn.’ With 5Point he’s competing against the crème de la crème and 12 hours of film time. [His original footage] was just nothing but him kayaking: me, me, me,â€? she said. In that vein, Kennedy encouraged Norquist to scrap the original project and got him into a film that weighs heavily on character and less on ego. Indeed, Kennedy founded the film festival to honor adventurers who have turned their individual desires into a mission to help others. “Through film and thoughtful conversation, we explore the passions behind this elemental shift away from oneself toward the greater human community and celebrate our common spirit,â€? states the film fest’s mission statement. “Living the Dreamâ€? profiles Jake Sakson, currently ranked fifth in the

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Ski Team’s Road to Vancouver.� Racing at the NorAm level, just be the World Cup circuit, Zamansky do nated and quickly earned his way back i the elite level of racing. In late 2008 began to see real success at the World C level, and was invited to represent United States at the 2009 World Cham onships in Austria. “I had my best season ever and qualified for the team,� he says in “Tr in Motion.� By the end of 2009, Zamansky’s o unlikely selection to the U.S. Olym Team came to feel inevitable. It’s appar in the documentary that he is among peers on the Olympic team. He belongs the course with gold medalist Ted Lig World Cup champion Bode Miller and rest of the squad. If anyone was betting on Zamans SKIING INTO HISTORY pag

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t takes a village to raise a grow dome, and that’s just what has happened at Roaring Fork High School since the end of April. Members of the Carbondale community have turned out in droves to make the high school’s dreams of a greenhouse come true. On the weekend of April 24, nearly 30 Carbondale Rotarians got down and dirty with shovels and wheelbarrows donated by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Students and local builders and construction contractors pitched in as well. Eventually, the greenhouse, which is 42 feet in diameter, will play a pivotal part in the sustainable agriculture courses already being offered at the high school. A summer community supported agriculture (CSA) school and about two acres of fruit trees and garden plots are also planned for the high school grounds. Plans for the project came out of a collaboration between the school, the Basalt-based agricultural education organization Fat City Farmers, and the Central Rocky Mountain TEAMWORK page 8



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T e CCAH R2 Gallery and Bonfire coffee are full of paintings, photographs, ceramics, mixed-media pieces, sculpture and more during the Valley Visual Art Show. Clockw om upper left: “Other Voices� by Linda Edwards, “Lotus Platter� by Diane Kenney, “Buena Vistas� by Amy Levenson, “Pioneer Cabin� by Terry Lee and “Brilliance� lly G. Field. For more on the VVAS, please turn to page 9. Photos by Jane Bachrach

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t week’s snow brought out smiles all the way around, including this snowperson on Third Street that was born when clouds spread two or three inches of the white stuff all o n. What with cold nighttime temperatures, the happy snowperson has continued grinning through the week. Photo by Lynn Burton

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on a sunny day, according to Brendlinger – but additional electricity for the building is purchased from the grid, which includes juice generated from greenhouse gas inten sive sources such as coal. But maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that

in the state. Another was a research facility at the National Renewable Energy Labora tory in Golden. “I had such trust in it for it being the first LEED platinum [recreation center],� Brendlinger said, explaining that initially,

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he Va V lley Cruisers Car Club will not be lining Main Street with all manner of classic vehicles this June, aft f er declining the town’s intion to display their wheels along north south Fourth Street instead. It’s unfortunate,� said Carbondale reation Director Jeff f Jackel. “They (the ey Cruisers) said Main Street was ideal heir members.� nstead of downtown Carbondale, SevStreet in Glenwood Springs will be the of the club’s annual Roaring Fork Va V lley mer show, according to the club’s We W bA club spokesman was not available for ment at press time. ince the late 1990s, Va V lley Cruiser memand other classic car collectors fr f om

around the state brought their prides and joy to town. For the first seven or eight years, the club took over Sopris Park fo f r a Saturday in early June, filling it with vintage Corvettes, re furbished or modified Model A’ As and T’s, Detroit muscle cars like the GTO, classics like the 1954 Buick Skylark (whose wheel wells were painted to accent the body paint), varii ous cars and trucks whose main claim to fame were they were manufa f ctured from the 1920s to 1970s and still ran, a mint condi tion 1950s Ford convertible (whose top could be retracted while the car rolled down the highway), recent issue Shelby Cobras and “woody� station wagons (like the ones on Beach Boy album covers). There was also an abundance of fins, whitewall tires, candy-apple red paint, chrome, grills that looked like the Cheshire cat in “Alice in Wo W nderland,� and rolled and

pleated upholstery. Five years ago the club took its show to Main Street, which the town closed off f so the vehicles could be displayed at right angles to the curb fr f om We W ant Boulevard to Third Street. For those years, spectators wandered up and down the middle of Main Street peek ing under hoods, sticking their heads in windows, stepping back fr f om cars to take pictures, reminiscing about Detroit’s glory years and telling disinterested girlfriends,“The GTO T had a 389 ‌ the Roadrunner was a 383 ‌ the Dodge Hemi was a 426 ‌ .â€? Recorded rock ‘n’ roll and an Elvis imperr sonator rounded out the show’s ambience. Last summer, r some downtown business owners complained when the town closed the street fo f r tw t o consecutive Saturdays – one fo f r the car show and the next weekend fo f r the Rocky Mountain Omnium bicycle race.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Dec. 8 THEATRE • Thunder River Theatre previews “The Last Romance” at 7:30 p.m., followed by an extended run in Carbondale on Dec. 9-10, 16-18, and 22-24, then at the Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass Village on Jan. 20-21 and 27-28. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except for 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 18 and 24. The play is a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro that revolves around a senior couple (Ralph and Carol) who fall in love during a series of humorous and heartwarming meetings in a New Jersey dog park. Some of the dogs in the play are adoptable dogs from Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.). Ticket info: and 963-8200. FILM • True Media and Sunlight Mountain Resort present the Winter Stoke film festival at the Crystal Theatre. The festival showcases short works by local film makers. The feature “Pleasure” will also be shown. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for kids. Info: 945-9425. ART BASE • The Art Base in Basalt hosts a slide presentation by Anderson Ranch artistsin-residents at 5:30 p.m. Each resident will share slides of his/her work in five-minute segments. Refreshments and snacks will be served. The public is invited to meet the residents, mingle and ask questions after the presentation. Admission is free. “THE MESSIAH” • The Aspen Choral Society presents its 39th annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” at Grace Church starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at and $20 at the door (kids 12 and under are free). Subsequent concerts are:

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St. Stephens Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, 7 p.m. on Dec. 9; Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass Village, 7 p.m. on Dec. 10; and St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen, 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. FS LAND SALE • The Forest Service holds a public meeting on the proposed sale of two parcels of federal land in El Jebel. The meeting takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eagle County Building on the south side of Highway 82. “HOUR OF CODE” • The Carbondale Branch Library presents “Hour of Code” at 4 p.m. “Hour of Code” is taking place in more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of students learning and exploring the 21st century skill of coding. The session is free and open to children and teens. Info: and 963-2889. LIVE MUSIC • Carbondale Beer Works serves up a jazz group on its patio from 6 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month. ROTARY • The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at Mi Casita at noon every Thursday except on Thanksgiving Day.

THURS.-SAT. Dec. 8-11 THEATRE • Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Seafarer” on the Spring Valley Campus. The play is described as a kind of modern Irish ghost story set a Christmastime, which promises audience members equal doses of Celtic folklore, the supernatural and the power of myth. “The Seafarer” features Brendan Cochran, Gary Ketzenbarger, J.D. Miller, Brad Moore and Owen O’Farrell, and

is directed by G. Thomas Cochran. Because of mature content, this play is recommended only for audiences over the age of 16. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Dec. 8-10, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $13 for students, seniors and CMC staff and faculty. For tickets, go to Info: 947-8177.

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

FRI.-SUN. Dec. 9-11 SOL THEATRE • Stage of Life Theatre Company (SOL) presents “ELF” at the Third Street Center on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. SOL’s “Elf” is based on the 2003 film staring Will Ferrell. It’s the charming tale of a human adopted and raised by elves on the North Pole, who journeys to New York City to search for his father. The cast ranges from 7-13 years old, and hails from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Tickets are $15 for adults at the door and $10 for kids 12 an under.


“A Man Called Ove” (Subtitled) (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13; “Aspen Film Geography Club” presented by Aspen OUT (PG-13) at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (free admission) and “Moonlight” (R) at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14-15. LIVE MUSIC • Let Them Roar gives a concert for immigrant rights from 8 p.m. to midnight at Carbondale Beer Works. Ten percent of every beer sale goes to immigrant rights groups, such as the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC). DANCE • Dance Initiative presents the documentary film “PINA” at the Launchpad starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. ORANAMENT DECORATING • The Carbondale Clay Center (135 E. Main St.) hosts an ornament decorating party and holiday sale for kids from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids can paint their own ornaments for $2 to $5 each; gifts are priced from $2 to $10. Info: KOROLOGOS GALLERY • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt presents “Collectors’ Holiday,” a group show of works on paper featuring Paula Schuette Kraemer, Leon Loughridge, Joel Ostlind and Sherri York. Paintings, photographs and other small works by other artists will also be on view. An artists’ reception is slated for tonight in conjunction with ARTB2F (Art Walk Basalt 2nd Friday). On Dec. 10, York will give a talk about reduction linocut printing starting at 10 a.m. “Collectors’ Holiday” will continue

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Community Calendar through Jan. 10. DESIGN CONTEST • The Sopris Sun is hosting its “Annual Holiday Cover Designâ€? contest. This year’s theme: “Sharing the Holidays.â€? Open to pre-K through high school, all works must be 8 1/2â€? x 11,â€? vertically oriented, and 2-D only. The winners’ artwork will be featured in the Dec. 22 issue of The Sun. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. at The Sopris Sun ofďŹ ce in the Third Street Center, or P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please include name, age, grade and phone number. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars in the old part of the Dinkel Building presents music every Friday night. Info: 963-3340.

SATURDAY Dec. 10 TENTH ANNIVERSARY • S.A.W. (Studio for Arts and Works) celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year and is holding its annual SAWliday open house art show/sale from 2 to 7 p.m. (at 525 Buggy Circle). Bring a can of food to donate to LIFT-UP. Light refreshments will be served. Info: or on Facebook. LAMRIM RETREAT • Way of Compassion in the Third Street Center holds a day-long Lamrim retreat at the Third Street Center. Lamrim is the gradual path to enlightenment, according to a press release, and is a comprehensive manual of Buddhist practice. This is the second in a series of retreats on the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and will be facilitated by John (Chophel) Bruna. The retreat goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. Info: or 510-0583.

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SANTA HITS THE LIBRARY • Santa drops in on the Carbondale Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday snacks will be served. Info: 963-2889 and HOLIDAY CONCERTS • Amanda Gessler gives free holiday concerts at the Carbondale Branch Library starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17. Each recital features a unique play list of music by Beethoven. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Info: 963-2889 and OPEN HOUSE • The nonproďŹ t Stepping Stones hosts an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1010 GarďŹ eld Ave. There’ll be dessert, games and tours of Stepping Stones’ new facility. Stepping Stones is a teen drop-in center. TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS • Yampah Mountain High School hosts “Taste of the Holidaysâ€? from 2 to 4 p.m. at Glenwood Gardens. Edible items include Wille Chili, Pork Green Chili, vegetarian chili, salsas made from vegetables grown by YMHS students and more. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Info: 970-704-9535. Glenwood Gardens is located in West Glenwood, and is marked by the glass dome that was once part of the Cleveholm Manor (aka the Redstone Castle). LIFT-UP FUND-RAISER • Aspen Film, in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House, presents the holiday ďŹ lm “Elfâ€? at 1 p.m. Sol Theatre’s young actors will also perform. Admission is free, but organizers ask that attendees donate non-perishable food items or winter clothing. Milk and cookies will be served after the ďŹ lm. Info: aspenďŹ

SUNDAY Dec. 11 ASC • A Spiritual Center in the Third Street Center presents Jane St. Croix Ireland (“Whole Lotta Loveâ€?) at 10 a.m. On Dec. 18 it’s Deirdre Dewitt-Maltby (“While I was out – Lessons from my NDCâ€?). There’s no service on Dec. 25.

TUESDAY Dec. 13 RE-1 COFFEE CHAT • RE-1 Superintendent Ron Stein holds a coffee chat with the public at BonďŹ re Coffee in the Dinkel Building from 7 to 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. He meets the public at Saxy’s in Basalt on the ďŹ rst Tuesday of the month, and at River Bend in Glenwood on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

BOARD REPLACEMENT • The Carbondale Board of Trustees meets at Town Hall at 6 p.m. Among the agenda items: discussing the procedure for ďŹ lling a board vacancy.

WEDNESDAY Dec. 14 STREET CLOSURES • Carbondale’s Special Events and Main Street Closure Committee meets at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. Info: Jeff Jackel at 510-1214. LIVE MUSIC • Dan Rosenthal hosts an open mic night at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. ROTARY • The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station at 6:45 a.m.

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CARBONDALE HOMELESS ALLIANCE • The Carbondale Homeless Alliance meets in the Third Street Center Board Room at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. DECK THE WALLS • Carbondale Arts’ Deck the Walls sale continues at the Launchpad Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 30. Come by from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Info: KOROLOGOS GALLERY • The Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt continues “Collectors Holidayâ€? through Jan. 10. The show features Kraemer, Loughridge, Ostlin and York. Info:

YAPPY HOUR • Colorado Animal Rescue and the Marble Distilling Co. team up for Yappy Hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Shelter dogs will be available for adoption. RON & GENE • Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach, and Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, meet the public over coffee from 8 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Village Smithy. ATTENTION SONGWRITERS • The Carbondale Songwriters Circle gets together at the Carbondale Branch Library parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Info: Amy at 970-470-1750.


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Community Briefs

Please submit your community briefs to by noon on Monday.

School board meeting

Model auditions

The Roaring Fork School Board holds its last scheduled meeting of the year at the district offices in the Bridges Center (on Sopris Avenue, Carbondale) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Public comment from persons not on the agenda will be taken at the start of the meeting (five minutes maximum for each). For details, go to or call 384-6000.

Green is the New Black model auditions are slated for Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Launchpad. The minimum age is 18. The show takes place on March 10-11. This year’s theme is “She,” although you need not be a “she” to participate. Rehearsals begin on Jan. 25. For details, call 963-1680 or e-mail

Native American films

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is tentatively scheduled to adopt its 2017 budget at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, according to board member Carl Smith. The meeting takes place at the Fire District Headquarters (301 Meadowood Dr). The draft budget is available for inspection at the Fire District Headquarters.

In support of the Sioux Nation, Standing Rock and more, Davi Nikent presents a program of Native American Indian-related films at the Third Street Center on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The films include: “Tatanka: Story of the Buffalo” (Kevin Coster), “The Whole World is Watching” (from, “Enduring the Impact of the Doctrine of Discovery,” Steven Newcomb’s poem “Original Nations Anthem” (set to images), and “Dakota 38” (by Smooth Feather Productions).

CA seeks Launchpad proposals Carbondale Arts is accepting proposals for 2018 Launchpad shows. Proposals may be for individuals or groups. Two and threedimensional works will be accepted. Proposals forms are available at and the CA office in the Launchpad. The entry deadline is May 1. For details, e-mail

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prove. So, one Saturday of your time can have a tremendous impact on the life of a speech student. For details, e-mail or call 384-5787.

Empaths meet The RFV Empaths Unite support group meets at the Third Street Center (Room #31) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Donations are accepted. Info: Kelli Welsh at 417893-8578.

Meet the mayor Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson holds his weekly “Office Hours” session at the Village Smithy from 7 to 8 a.m. on Tuesdays. Drop by and say hi.

RFHS seeks speech tourney judges

CPAC seeks entries

Roaring Fork High School is looking for volunteer judges for a speech meet at the school on Jan. 21. The meet should wrap up by 4 p.m. and judges need not stay the entire time. An optional judging session is slated for the Jan. 20 at 7:40 a.m. The school needs a minimum of 26 judges per round. The meet is the final one before the State Festival meet. “It is the students’ last chance to get feedback to help perfect their pieces before going to state,” RFHS spokeswoman Rachel Cooper. “They (students) pour over the critiques written by judges for every comment that will help them im-

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) is accepting entries for the 2017-2018 “Art aRound Town” show. Submissions for entry are available at The entry deadline is Feb. 5. “Art aRound Town” is a year-long street exhibition showcasing outdoor sculptures on Main Street, along the Rio Grande Trail, and other high use areas around Carbondale. Selected artists will be paid $750 (at installation); the Best of Show winner receives $1,000. Participating artists are invited to a community artist reception on June 1, and are also invited to participate

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Fundraiser & Concert WREHQHÀW Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Friday, Dec. 9 8pm - midnight For more info.

The Roaring Fork High School co-ed cheer team placed second at the Western Slope 3A Regionals on Nov. 19, and are headed the CHSA state competition in Denver on Dec. 10. The team is coached by Carol Farris and Denise Gianinetti. Courtesy photo in Carbondale’s First Friday art walk on June 2. The town’s public works crew will install the sculptures.

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

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2017 Special Events & Main Street Closure Committee Meeting – December 14 at 5:30 p.m. Carbondale Town Hall, Room #1

AGENDA 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Call to Order/Roll Call Review of 2016 Events & Main St. Closures Call to the Public & Special Event Organizers Discussion & Approvals 2017 Sopris Park Events Discussion & Approvals 2017 4th St. Park Events Discussion & Approvals 2017 Main Street Closures Updates & Announcements from Committee or others

Meeting is open to all interested citizens. For more information call: Jeff Jackel, Recreation Director, at 510-1214 12 • THE SOPRIS SUN • • DECEMBER 8-14, 2016

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The Sopris Sun conti nued its Spruce Up The Sun cover comp etition this year, reque sting original designs from contestants pre-K through high schoo l. The theme this year was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magical Momentsâ&#x20AC;? and over 160 entries were subm itted, including a box full from Carbondale Midd School art teacher le Ami Maes. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winn er truly expressed the magic of a Carbonda le Christmas, comp lete with a fairy and holly -inspired dandelion created by Carbonda le Middle School eighth grader Kylie Orf. The entries included many different expressions of the theme, including: winter scenes of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars ,â&#x20AC;? beach-going Santa marine wildlife, fores s, t animals and dinos aurs, as well as the tradi tional snowman, Santa and winter sports scene s. There were even some romantic moments reminiscent of jewe lry commercials seen on television. Some hum orous entries made the judges laugh, such as the Jackson Five performing for dancing marshmallows. First-place winners in the various categories are: Laia Ogilb y (kindergarten throu gh first grade), Lily Stewart (second grade), Campbell Morgan (third grade), Henr Figueroa Candela y (fourth grade), Fatim a Herrera (fifth grade), Aislin n Pinela (sixth grade Jessie Diehl (seventh ), grade) and Soren Blach (eighth grade). ly Judging such a comp etitive contest woul not have been possi d ble without the help of the discerning eyes of staff members at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Hum anities (CCAH), and The Sopris Sun. CCAH and The Sopris Sun woul d also like to thank all the contestants for sharing their creativity and talents. It made judgi ng a truly difficult task. See pages 13-15 and visit our webs ite ( ) for additional winn ers. Thanks again to all who entered. Happy holidays!

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Standing Rock update: Cheers for Corps decision Opponents still wary By John Colson Sopris Sun Staff Writer

In addition, he said, Phyllis and Amos Bald Eagle, elders of the Cheyenne River tribe who have been prominent in the “water protectors” movement, have told him they are not leaving. “They never had any intention of leaving,” Brogdon said, adding that the Sioux and other Native Americans who are refusing to leave are not necessarily going against their tribal leaders. Instead, he said, they recognize that the leaders are worried for their safety, but feel they have made adequate plans to survive the harsh weather. One such effort is the ongoing construction of a “transition village” at the site, which is being built to show the world how to live without depending on fossil fuels. “They don’t make decisions for us,” Brogdon said he was told by Phyllis Bald Eagle, referring to the tribal leaders. He said he, like others in town, plans to continue working on behalf of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes. “What they’re doing is fighting the hard fight, and it’s good,” he said. “It needs to be fought.” And non-tribal citizens of the U.S. should pay attention and, if possible, get involved, because “we’re all going to have our own Standing Rock, as of Jan. 20,” a reference to the planned inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on that date.

Despite a recent decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withhold a permit that would send the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, it appears that the battle over the pipeline project is far from over. The Corps, following months of protests by members of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes and thousands of supporters from around the country and the world, last weekend announced it would not immediately grant the final permit for the pipeline route. That last permit is needed to allow the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) company to tunnel under the river for placing the last uncompleted section of the pipeline. The protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” fear that leaks from the pipeline could contaminate the Missouri River and surrounding groundwater, which is the tribes’ only source of drinking water. The tribes also contend that the pipeline construction already has disturbed sites that are saCatching on? cred to the Sioux, and that further construction would worsen that disturbance. Foster, who has maintained all along that the In its announcement, the Corps called for fight at Standing Rock is about more than simply a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Native American rights and sovereignty, said that study of the project, which could take in her time at the demonstration site she met peomonths or years depending on a variety of ple from all over the U.S. and even from Europe, as factors, and mentioned the possibility of Standing Rock supporters from all over the U.S., including Carbondale, well as members of various tribes. rerouting the pipeline altogether. She, and others, have argued that possible leaks donated food, clothing, building materials and more to the “water protecThe pipeline, if approved and finished, would tors” who have camped out at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site or failures of pipelines such as the Dakota Access carry roughly 470,000 barrels of crude oil an- since last April. Photo by Jennifer H. Catto would spell trouble not just for the reservations, but nually from the Bakken oil fields of North for millions of people who live downstream along Dakota to a pipeline juncture in Illinois, and the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. from there to refineries and shipping terminals And they feel that the concerns they have are asked that the protesters pack up and leave, so that the along the Gulf Coast and in other parts of the country. company cannot use news stories about continued clashes catching on with a broader audience than might be linked “This is a small win; it is a win in the right direction,” between protesters and authorities as evidence that the to Standing Rock. conceded Shawna Foster, minister of the Two Rivers Uni- Corps’ decision was a bad one. For that reason, she said, it is important that the resisttarian Universalist Church in Carbondale and one of “It’s time to go home,” Archambault said, speaking into ance to projects such as Dakota Access be recognized as dozens of Roaring Fork Valley residents who have traveled a camera. “It’s OK to go home, and if it’s needed in the fu- protests against humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels and to Standing Rock to help keep the protest going. the need for alternatives. ture, you’re welcome to come back.” But, Foster continued, supporters of the tribal leaders For example, she said, one result of stopping the He maintained that ETP cannot simply ignore the Corps fighting the pipeline project fear the Corps decision to hold decision, without potentially harming its own financial in- pipeline “could be a heck of a lot more wind farms in up the permit could be overturned by president-elect Don- terests by prompting a backlash among its investors. North Dakota,” rather than oil wells and the infrastrucald Trump once he takes office in January, or simply igture that comes with them. Plus, he said, if ETP violates the order to stop drilling, nored by the company building the pipeline, Energy it would spark a confrontation with the Corps itself. “Yesterday was a day of celebration,” she said of the Transfer Partners (ETP). “They would never get an easement if they cross that day the Corps announcement was made. “They could just start drilling anyway,” Foster said, boundary,” Archambault maintained. “But we’re still faced with the war against the pipeline, citing a growing suspicion that the company would rather But some Sioux tribal members, along with some against the black snake,” she concluded, adding that the pay an anticipated fine of $50,000 per day for resuming from other tribes that have come to support the Stand- war is gaining adherents. its work, rather than let the $3.5 billion pipeline project ing Rock tribe, and other non-tribal-members who have She mentioned growing calls to halt pipeline consit idle and possibly miss delivery deadlines for the driven hundreds or thousands of miles to deliver sup- struction in states around the U.S., such as Florida, Texas Bakken crude. plies and to help create several camps around the river and Iowa. Some observers have claimed that deadline will come crossing site, have said they are planning to stay on at And on Tuesday, the National Resources Defense Counin January. the camps and continue to block any possibility that the cil issued a report arguing that President Obama’s rejecMeanwhile, the situation on the ground at Standing pipeline will be finished. tion of the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2015 has resulted in Rock has gotten more complicated. “The fight’s not over,” said Carbondale resident Tim plans by Canadian energy companies to boost the use of Brogdon, who has been leading the effort to send convoys pipelines, ships, barges and other conveyances on U.S. Calls to vacate to Standing Rock loaded with supplies and people. rivers and along the Pacific coast, to ship tar-sands crude to refineries and shipping terminals along the Gulf Coast and Sioux tribal leaders have called on demonstrators to va- “They’re still drilling.” cate the area, citing the approach of what may be a harsh He noted that there are a number of GoFundMe web- in California. “‘Standing Rock’ of the Pacific Coast?” asked the online period of winter weather and an inability to adequately sites devoted to raising money for the Standing Rock supprovide lodging and services to the thousands of support- port (type “gofundme” and “standing rock” into an online header announcing both the study and a national telephone ers who have flocked to the area. search engine), and that some who already have traveled to press conference scheduled for Dec. 7 to discuss the report’s Standing Rock Tribal Council Chairman Dave Ar- Standing Rock from Carbondale are making plans to go findings, which present alarming predictions of potential spills and leaks, and what the consequences might be. chambault II, in a video released over the weekend, has again, as long as they feel their help is needed.

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Let there be light

Call it “The Cave” or “The Black Hole,” the Third Street Center’s former gym is illuminated only with overhead LED lights that give off a violet-colored nuclear reactor vibe. To punch through the concrete cinder blocks to the outside and create windows and skylights, the Third Street Center is launching its “Let There Be Light” drive to raise $200,000 by April 2017. The idea is to create a space as well lit as the Third Street Center’s Calaway Room, which could accommodate large gatherings during the day as well as night-time events. Thanks to a pair of initial gifts that cover 25 percent of the costs of the project, the TSC board hopes to start work on the project this spring, and have the space ready to go next summer. For details, go to the Third Street Center Facebook page at Carbondale 81623.


Carbondale Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of

Police Officer I and II “Laterals welcome to apply”

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will enjoy working in a TEAM/Community Policing environment. Starting salary is $48,822.00. Ability to work shift work, weekends and holidays a must. We offer an excellent benefit package. Spanish speaking is a bonus. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have or ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license and no felony convictions. Applicants must complete background checks, physical agility test, and participate in a ride-along program.

Due to a Tenant moving into a larger space, we have office space available at Third Street Center. For more information email or call 963-3221 x3.

Send application, resume and references (PDF form only) to Carbondale Police Department, 511 Colorado Ave., #911, Carbondale, CO 81623 or to Lt. Chris Wurtsmith,

Deadline is December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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Art Base Annex features Isa Catto Opens Dec. 9

The Art Base Annex opens the show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Inventory: Works by Isa Cattoâ&#x20AC;? with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. Catto, who lives in Woody Creek with her husband and two children, says the natural world has always been a source of comfort and creative inďŹ&#x201A;uence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ďŹ nd myself increasingly looking for intersection in my private and public lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a mother, a woman, an artist, a writer, a gardener, as a citizen in my local community and at large. I am using this show to examine where these identities overlap. My creative process is inspired by the rhythm, the chaos, and considerations of my life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and by poetry, literature, and especially by the natural world.â&#x20AC;? She uses both watercolor and collage to ďŹ nd intersections and patterns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; encouraging one to take a wider view. Catto earned her BA from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and continued her art studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Parsons School of Design in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and

abroad, including: Ryad Dar Tamsna in Marrakech, Morocco; Blue Star Gallery in San Antonio, Texas; the Adelson Gallery and Aspen Art Institute in Aspen; Fred R. Kline Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Heidi Cho Gallery in New York; Kristy Stubbs Gallery in Dallas and other venues. As an art teacher, Catto has taught at the Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; San Antonio Center for Arts and Crafts in San Antonio; and the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Locally she has taught at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen; Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village; and the Art Base in Basalt. She and her husband, Daniel, also host the Catch and Release Writers in Residence program with the nonproďŹ t literary organization, Aspen Words. Isa will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;searching for an intersectionâ&#x20AC;? through an ongoing visual inventory of the world around her in an art talk at the Art Base Annex at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. This members-only conversation will be led by Art Base Executive Director Genna Moe and will A


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revolve around Cattoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current show. Running concurrently at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base main campus is the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;BTW/Collages, Assemblages and Printsâ&#x20AC;? featuring Denver-based printer and graphic designer Rick GrifďŹ th. Using collage cut outs from magazines and graphic interventions in the style of Constructivism, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BTW/Collagesâ&#x20AC;? explores the devices and notions of Constructivism through visual storytelling. The exhibition runs through Jan. The Basalt Art Base is Located at 99 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt. The Charles J. Wyly Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also on Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Art Base presents for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Add Glitter,â&#x20AC;? a free community event concurrent with the Basalt tree lighting in Lions Park.The Art Base Annex and Art Base exhibitions are a part of ARTB2F, the second Friday art walk from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Basalt. The Art Base will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3. The Art Base Annex will be open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.


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LAST FRIDAY was the final First Friday of 2016 and Carbondale was saturated with festivities that illuminated the holiday spirit and spirits. From the town tree lighting, sittings with Santa at the Launchpad and rides around town on a horse-drawn wagon, to the Carbondale Clay Center auction, the bonfire and marshmallow roast, the KDNK auction and the first-ever community hug, on the next morning the town was quiet, exhausted and content.

Photos and text by Jane Bachrach

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C’dale seen … and beyond

As usual, there are plenty of plays and related events in and around Carbondale during the holiday season. Clockwise from upper left to right: Sopris Theatre on the CMC Spring Valley Campus presents “The Seafarer” on Dec. 8-11 (see Calendar for details). Marble Distilling Co. hosted a local premier for photographer Tyler Stableford’s short feature “The Calling” on Dec. 6. The film features local rancher Max Macdonell, climbers Ben Rueck and Mayan Smith-Goat, and Marble Distiller’s Connie Baker. SOL Theatre actors (bottom left and right) gave First Friday folks at the Launchpad a preview of their production of “The Elf” on Friday through Sunday. Thunder River Theatre Company presents “The Last Romance” Dec. 9-10, 16-18 and 22-24, then at the Snowmass Chapel on Jan. 20-21 and 27-28.

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Turkey realities Dear Editor: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to get sidetracked by the lovely photograph of wild turkeys on Red Hill (Sopris Sun, Dec. 1-7, 2016). What most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize is that domesticated turkeys, and chickens, are bred to be fattened at an abnormally quick rate to get them to consumers. This

causes all sorts of animal suffering, which people can help prevent by purchasing turkeys, and the meat and eggs of chickens, which are raised humanely. Most turkeys, and chickens bound for the dinner table, are raised in inhumane conditions on factory farms. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re housed indoors in tiny cages, where they can hardly move or spread their wings.

Because of their rapid growth and large size, they may suffer fatal heart attacks and bone defects and deformities of the foot and leg, which make them unable to support their own weight. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re denied fresh air, sunshine and pasture, and must breathe high, irritating levels of ammonia emanating from their own waste. They may be fed hormones and antibi-

otics to counter the ill effects of their inhumane production. People can protect their own health and the well-being of our fellow creatures by supporting farmers and producers who humanely raise animals for human consumption. Nancy Peterson Judie Blanchard Glenwood Springs

School board approves safe haven resolution By Debbie Bruell Sopris Sun Correspondent At a school board meeting on Dec. 7, the Roaring Fork School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution regarding the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to ensure a safe haven for all students. The board was responding to local community concerns and incidents across the country which, the resolution states, have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;motivated by racism and hatred.â&#x20AC;? Only one person, a Glenwood Springs High School student, provided public comment on the resolution, stating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

right that we should create a safe zone for illegal immigrants. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crime that they came here in the ďŹ rst place. To advertise programs for them such as DACA ... that would help them instead of helping tax-paying citizens. ... we should make decisions based on the common good for all the students instead for the illegal immigrants.â&#x20AC;? Board Member Matt Hamilton responded â&#x20AC;?I appreciate the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments.â&#x20AC;? He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would also say ... no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all human beings and no one deserves

Stepping Stones î&#x2C6;&#x2021;om page 2 mental health issues, homelessness, and neglect. Some teens need help graduating high school or finding employment. Others simply want to take advantage of our diverse programming opportunities, and have a warm meal and a friend to play video games with at the

end of the day. Each youth we serve is unique, and Stepping Stones staff works hard every day to meet the individual needs of each teen we serve. Sharing life experiences reminds us that despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: the desire to create

to be treated the way some people are being treated, especially 11 and 12 year olds â&#x20AC;Ś We have an obligation to treat every student in this district equally and fairly.â&#x20AC;? Board Member Shane Larson raised some concerns about what the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;safe havenâ&#x20AC;? really means. He questioned what the resolution implied in terms of how school personnel would respond if, for example, authorities showed up with a subpoena. Dave Smith, executive director of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pre-Collegiate Program and one of the staff members who helped to craft the resolution,

clariďŹ ed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Supreme Court says that the school district has an obligation not to ask citizen status of students â&#x20AC;Ś.   But (this proposed resolution) does not to go so far as to say that the school is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sanctuaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (from the law) â&#x20AC;Ś . If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a subpoena, the rule of law governs.â&#x20AC;? Board President Mary Elizabeth Geiger made an amendment to the resolution to add the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;and requiredâ&#x20AC;? in the statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to take any and all actions authorized and required by law and our policies to provide equal opportunities and safe learning spaces for all of our students.â&#x20AC;?

a community, be a family, and find a place where we belong. At Stepping Stones, our goal is to cultivate the development of happy, healthy, self-sufficient teens that feel confident moving towards their goals and making tough choices. We believe that this work does more than improve the lives of young people; it extends to the betterment of

our community as a whole. Stepping Stones is located at 1010 GarďŹ eld Ave. in Carbondale. To learn more about us, visit us online at, call 720-207-7646 or stop by our open house form 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. Kyle Crawley is the executive director of Stepping Stones.


Lafarge West, Inc c/o Lafarge North America Inc; 1687 Cole Blvd Suite 300, Golden, CO 80401, 303-985-1070, has filed an application for a Regular (112) Construction Materials Operation Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mine Land Reclamation Board under provisions of the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extraction of Construction Materials. The proposed mine is known as the Powers Pit, and is located at or near Section 26, Township 7, Range 88, 6th Prime Meridian. The proposed date of commencement is October 1, 2016, and the proposed date of completion is February 1, 2018. The proposed future use of the land is rangeland and commercial/industrial. Additional information and tentative decision date may be obtained from the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, Colorado 80203, (303) 866-3567, or at the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder's office; 109 8th Street, Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601, or the above-named applicant. Comments must be in writing and must be received by the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety by 4:00 p.m. on January 18, 2017.

Please note that under the provisions of C.R.S. 34-32.5-101 et seq. Comments related to noise, truck traffic, hours of operation, visual impacts, effects on property values and other social or economic concerns are issues not subject to this Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction. These subjects, and similar ones, are typically addressed by your local governments, rather than the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety or the Mined Land Reclamation Board.

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