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Raising up your spring chickens Roaring Fork Co-op offers peeps, eggs, information By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff Don’t worry; the Roaring Fork Co-Op isn’t giving or selling baby chicks to folks without any sense of what it takes to raise them. “We’re careful they don’t go out the door until people are ready for them,” Store Manager Marvin Claridge explained. To that end, the Co-op partners with Purina for a “Flock Talk” event tackling the basics of raising chickens for first-timers and beyond. “People come in for support,” Warehouse Manager Heladio Sanchez noted. “Poultry is growing so much here in the Valley.” Purina Spokesperson Paul Hill isn’t surprised by that at all. “People want to know where their food comes from,” he said. “The pride of raising your own is huge.” His own chicken coop cost him about $300 in recycled materials and conforms to the recommendation of ten square feet per adult, including two or three inside and seven or eight outside. “I’ve seen coops made out of everything from Volkswagens to pallets,” he said. Hill encouraged people to know their local regulations. Carbondale, for instance, has a cap of six chickens per household. Those hoping to raise chickens from infancy will also need a brooder and heat lamp and a starter home with round edges to keep them from smothering each other. Even with an ideal setup and attention every two hours, and there’s a good chance some won’t make it through the first week. After that, however, they’ll be fully feathered by six weeks and laying eggs as soon CHICKENS page 6
Westin Maxon, 2, got some help from Bailey Griebel when it came time to select his chicks. In addition to the free chick offered to the first few folks through the door, the Maxon family also won a chicken coop. Photo by Will Grandbois
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CO Dems are attempting to subvert the Electoral College Our founding fathers created the Senate to make sure each in his or her own state. While the bill requires our secretary of state has equal representation in our national government. The state to “treat as conclusive” an “official” statement of the vote Senate would act as a check on more populous states trying to results from the other states, it is unclear how that would operate impose their will on smaller, rural states. The fact that every state in the context of a court challenge to that “official” statement. is equal is central to our Republic. In my opinion, a bill that specifically instructs what is to hapThe idea of giving each state a voice was not lost on our pen should there be an exact numerical tie in the nationwide founding fathers when they created the Electoral College, either. popular vote should also contemplate the possibility that lawsuits The Electoral College is another unique system the founders cre- could cause questions about the results in a state like, say, Florida. ated to take into account a state’s population but maintain each Nor is it clear that Coloradans really want to allow their elecstate’s unique, independent voice when electing the president. Our toral votes to be decided based on what they might see as obfounding fathers did not get everything right, but jectionable voting practices or restrictions in other their system did create a union where every single states. Colorado’s secretary of state should swiftly state is appropriately represented in Congress and in certify Colorado’s election results regardless of what the manner in which we elect the president. other states are doing. Colorado has safe, secure The bill to subvert the Electoral College that elections and our secretary of state should not be at passed with only votes from one party is an affront the mercy of other states that use different election to the very institutions of our democratic republic. procedures. This bill guts Colorado’s independent voice and will California, Texas, Florida, and New York are have a profound negative impact on Colorado’s inthe four most populous states in our union. They fluence going forward. Every Colorado lawmaker are rightfully awarded more electors than a state should work to advance our state’s influence and like Colorado and have more say when it comes to clout, not diminish it. electing the president. It wouldn’t make sense for This strong, distinct voice is crucial to the election Colorado to have the same number of electors as By Cory Gardner any of these states, but that does not mean it makes of the president and cannot be overlooked because of the passions of our times. When I hear people sense for Colorado to cede its influence and allow talking about abolishing the Senate or see my own state’s legisla- the population hubs of our country to choose the president. This ture pass a bill with the goal of abolishing the Electoral College, I would decimate smaller states and allow a presidential candidate cannot help but wonder why some would seek to quiet the voice to ignore parts of the country during an election. This shouldn’t of Coloradans. I’m an optimist, I’ve always been an optimist, and be about “red” or “blue” states. It should be about making sure I first got involved in politics to give the people in the rural part of every state has a voice. Colorado where I come from a louder voice. But now I’m afraid Colorado’s electoral votes should be cast for the person we all of Colorado could lose its voice. choose, and not be given to someone the state did not support. The manner in which the bill would be implemented is also concerning. Our secretary of state has to wait to appoint electors Cory Gardner is the Junior U.S. Senator for Colorado. until every other state election supervisor has declared the results
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Tipton had his chance Dear Editor: For those who are following Rep. Scott Tipton’s remarks as noted in The Aspen Times of April 4 related to the CORE Act and Thompson Divide, I wish to provide some clarification. If Rep. Tipton had responded to the numerous invitations to attend one of our many meetings during the 8-10 years of discussion and interactions with all involved participants, he would have been part of the discussion. Our very first meeting, more than 10 years ago and prior to any action, was to make a thorough presentation to him and his advisers regarding our concerns and our community needs. The issues referred to in the article were discussed many times, group meetings and individual discussions were held, a variety of viewpoints and needs were reviewed, and numerous options were considered. Rep. Tipton had every opportunity to remain informed. Actually, as our Representative, it was his job to remain informed. The needs of the communities and our residents and the state were considered, and the best alternatives were pursued. The cooperation from the many participants included discussion about community health and needs, the integrity of the White River National Forest, wildlife and hunting and habitat needs, the ranching and agricultural requirements, the recreational demands, environmental protection (air and water),
economy, historic preservation, and preservation of quality of life. Anyone who wanted his voice heard had the opportunity to be heard. City and County officials as well as representatives from the Oil and Gas Community participated in discussions throughout the multiyear discussions and their interests were validated in the final proposal. It is a mistake for Utah. Rep. John Curtis to suggest that Congressman Tipton was not consulted on this legislation. He was given by the TDC Committee every opportunity to participate, comment, recommend, or learn about our process and proposal. As a founding member of the Thompson Divide Coalition Committee and a former County Commissioner who understands the process, I resent the suggestion that Rep. Tipton did not have the ability to participate, comment, or remain involved and knowledgeable. Dorothea Farris Crystal Valley The smell of methane in the morning Dear Editor: Third District Congressman Scott Tipton, in his monthly column in the Post Independent, reveled in the joys of exposing his children to the wonders of nature in the Colorado wilderness. I wonder how much his kids would get out of a visit to the Thompson Divide area if the landscape was littered with gas rigs and the air was fouled with methane gas and benzene.
That’s what Daddy’d like to do with the beautiful tract southwest of Carbondale. His objection to Sen Michael Bennett’s and Rep. Joe Neguse’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act is the permanent exemption it gives to the Divide from all oil and gas exploitation. Tipton says all of his Third District constituents haven’t been heard from on the issue. I don’t know how you could get a more diverse group than the Thompson Divide Coalition which includes recreationists, ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and local politicians. The concerns of the Garfield County commissioners haven’t been heard, Tipton said. They collect their honey from the same hive Tipton does, the oil and gas industry, so I think we know where they’re gonna stand on this issue. I’m from the Chicago area where the politics isn’t exactly on the up and up, but I’ve never encountered a political whore as easy as Tipton. He’ll flop on his back for anyone who has the money. Fred Malo Jr. Carbondale Transience Dear Editor: Contrails streak the sky Dissipate, then disappear White soon fades to blue JM Jesse Glenwood Springs
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Moira Millánd declares herself before Cámara Federal de Apelaciones de Comodoro Rivadavia. Photo by Raleigh Burleigh By Raleigh Burleigh Sopris Sun Correspondent In mid-February, I followed my heart to Southern Argentina, where I met Mapuche Weychafe Moira Millán. Coinciding with the full moon, this was the culmination of a journey that began when I was 16-yearsold and a Rotary Club-sponsored exchange student to Chile. The experience broke me open, rattled my core and left a tenacious longing to return. For the next six years, I oriented my life around that return, choosing to study International Affairs so as to sharpen my Spanish skills and deepen my understanding of Latin America. The subsequent trip was radically different. With no set program, I wandered Chile, Peru, and Argentina, working odd jobs and followed vague leads. I eventually settled into the city of El Bolsón, Argentina for about five months, cooking meals at a hostel and teaching English at a cultural center. A frequent theme for this second journey was the felt relevance of indigenous wisdom, history and culture among young men and women. At a gathering called Raices de la Tierra, hundreds of flower children converged in Chile to share meals, to pray, to play, to attend sweatlodge, and to learn from native leaders of several nations from South, Central and North America. Despite my previous residency in Chile and university studies, I began this second trip wholly ignorant about the Mapuche. Gradually, I learned more of this nation's rich history and contemporary struggle for political recognition. The Mapuche co-existed for more than 200 years with the Spanish Empire, defending an independent territory that encompassed most of the Southern Cone, about half of what is Chile and Argentina today. In the late 19th century, inspired in part by the United States of America's expansion West, the Argentinean and Chilean states severely reduced the Mapuche and other indigenous groups, absorbing their territories. My most recent expedition was entirely motivated by a desire to learn more about the Mapuche, whose name translates in their language as “People of the Earth.”
I began once again in the sweet and soft hamlet of La Ligua, Chile, where I had been hosted as an exchange student nearly a decade before. Gathering books and speaking with students in the portcity of Valparaíso, I quickly adapted back to South America while honoring friends and family from my first exchange. From there I returned to the vibrant shadows of El Bolsón, Argentina. The present economic crisis in Argentina was tangibly present in most interactions, like a damp veil over bright spirits. My self-assigned mission brought me to El Bolsón's Radio FM Alas, where I was able to deliver an aged, yet valued piece of equipment thanks to KDNK's generosity. For me, the gift was an act of reciprocity. It was Radio FM Alas that ignited within my soul the desire to get involved with community radio. With so many shady occurrences in and around El Bolsón, the voices of FM Alas have played a vital role in defense of the surrounding land and water for over three decades. The radio had also taken a serious hit when their landlord put the building on the market last year. One day, while visiting FM Alas's recently constructed, make-shift station, I was asked by a volunteer DJ if I was receiving all that I had set out to achieve. I shared my intention to connect with Mapuche, derived from my desire to take a glimpse outside of Western perception. This volunteer, who had been married to a Mapuche, informed me of a trawün, a gathering, organized by a woman named Moira Millán. The invitation called for international observers and media to accompany Moira from her community to a coastal city. She was seeking absolution before a court, having been accused of coercing a federal judge. Days later, I boarded an early and infrequent bus, hours from El Bolsón. Although I had written to Moira and received no response, I was determined to follow this lead. Nonetheless, I grew increasingly anxious as the bus rolled for hours along dusty roads, further and further into the unknown countryside. I reassured my self that I had a tent and would adventure my way back to El Bolsón, if necessary. The bus stopped suddenly and the driver motioned to me the way. Alone, I
stepped off and began to walk along the river, gathering littered cans and chewing rosehip. Soon, I came to the sign: “Comunidad Mapuche - Pillañ Mahuiza.” Pillañ Mahuiza translates roughly as “Sacred Mountain,” also, “Forested Hills of Volcanic Energy,” and according to Mapuche linguist and philosopher Ziley Mora, the word Pillañ implies a strength that arises from the marriage of spirit and soul, the subtle body and the animal self. Stepping through the gate, I felt perfectly present with my heart. This was the undeniable purpose of my incessant journeying, the place I had been called to inhabit. To my relief, I was immediately met with gracious hospitality. I was treated as a friend among the family of Moira and the volunteers who had been living for months on this land. Among us, there were other journalists, a documentarian and several international observers. We would travel together to Comodoro Rivaldavia, where Moira had to declare herself. The supposed crime occurred more than a year before, in the wake of Santiago Maldonado's disappearance. Santiago
was 28-years-old, an anarchist, a traveling tattoo-artist, and adamant vegetarian who resonated with Mapuche claims to ancestral lands. In solidarity with Mapuche Community Pu Lof en Resistencia Departamento Cushamen, during a demonstration that was met violently by Argentina's national police, Santiago disappeared. His lifeless body would reappear, upstream from the clash, 77 days later. In the time in-between, federal Judge Guido Otranto ordered several raids on nearby Mapuche Communities under the presumption that Santiago might be hiding out. On Sept. 18, 2017, national police arrived by helicopter, before daybreak, to search Lof Vuelta del Río. In the heart of winter, families were forced outside to wait for hours while their homes were ravaged. Members of the community reported being beaten, tortured and detained. Days later, Moira Millan joined dozens of Mapuche to protest this judge's order, demanding that he renounce his position. Moira, and only Moira, was accused of “double aggravated coercion” for that action. Gathered in her home, she wished to make clear that her potential imprisonment for up to 4 years, depending on the court's decision, would be less related to this accusation and more directly a political action to remove her from her community, Pillañ Mahuiza. Rolling through this valley is the Carrenleufu, whose name in Mapuzungun translates as “Green River.” This thick and rushing source of life has for years been coveted for a hydro-electric project. First proposed in 1994, it would drown an estimated 27,000 acres of forest, including Pillañ Mahuiza. Moira recognizes herself a principal opponent of the project, claiming that not only would it mutilate the river, a sacred, living entity in Mapuche cosmology, but also that the energy generated would be used primarily for extracting nearby minerals and oil. The story continues at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11 on KDNK. This and previous programs related to the trip are archived at KDNK. org and available via Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher by searching “Heartsong.”
Approaching Mapuche Community Pillañ Mahuiza. Photo by Raleigh Burleigh
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is in response to “red flag” legislation that was recently passed by the Colorado House of Representatives. That bill, known as HB 19-1177, is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. The commissioners and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario vowed to defend the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution affirmed the BOCC’s support of the sheriff’s decisions regarding enforcement of laws. It noted that the commissioners will not appropriate funds that infringe on the Second Amendment.
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The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program, which has helped guide the development of the state’s roadways that have exceptional scenic, ecological, cultural, and historic attributes, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Throughout 2019, the program will be promoted through sponsorship booths at the Saving Places Conference and Partners in the Outdoors Conference, and a proposed affinity tour for the National Preservation Conference. In addition, a photo collection of all the byways are exhibited at the State Capitol through April, in partnership with Colorado Creative Industries. For more information visit coloradobyways. org.
A small fire occurred inside a remote Black Hills Energy processing building in the Wolf Creek Storage Area over the weekend but was detected and contained by automated safely equipment, according to a Black Hills Energy statement. The source of ignition in the incident is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected. The facility is located in the White River National Forest, Pitkin County and the Thompson Creek drainage and is used to store natural gas to serve the Roaring Fork Valley during high demand winter months. Black Hills is, incidentally, currently seeking to replace two wells in the area.
Basalt High School English language development and biology and 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year Leticia Ingram has been named one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. As one of 45 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada selected, Ingram will travel to the High Arctic in June. She will begin her adventure in Oslo, Norway, then fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. She’ll board an expedition ship to explore the archipelago, likely spotting polar bears, reindeer, and walruses along the way. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords and getting up close to glaciers are also on her exciting agenda.
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The Ranch at Roaring Fork golf Course is open for the season with green fees and punch passes discounted until the end of the month. The nine-hole, par 3 course is just off Highway 82. No tee times are required and golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Bob’s your uncle National Forest Road 801 across Bureau of Land Management lands near Uncle Bob Mountain 12 miles south of Silt remains closed to motorized travel at the Clear Creek bridge due to snow conditions. The closure is intended to help meet White River National Forest Travel Management Objectives for winter use and to reduce resource damage. Non-motorized travel is still allowed.
It’s a snap The Carbondale Farmer’s Market is entering its 14th year with a bang. For the first time, the market will be accepting SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamp) benefits to be used on produce and food products. Folks redeeming their benefits will be able to swipe their cards in exchange for tokens to be used at the market. The Double Up program will then match SNAP benefits dollar for dollar
Even though it was First Friday, Carbondalians put in a strong showing at Literacy Outreach and CMC Learning Labs' musical-themed Spellebration in Glenwood Springs. Izzy Knaus, Jessica Kollar and Ryan Camp's "Beauty and the Bees" (above, photo by Consuelo Cota), one of eight teams from Roaring Fork High School, shared the first place spot with the "New Castle Blues." Megan Tackett, Nicolette Toussaint and Raleigh Burleigh made the paper proud as "Let The Sun Shine In" (below, photo by Klaus Kocher), but were somewhat ironically tripped up by "iridesce." to be used on Colorado grown fruits and vegetables. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays beginning June 12, with vendor applications due by April 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green earth Beginning this month, local contractors, builders, and architects can take advantage of hands-on, green-building seminars on an active job site in Carbondale. The series, titled “Smart Design: Affordable Green Building,” will be held at 5 p.m. April 16 (foun-
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Chickens from front cover as week 16. Production peaks at around age 3 and drops to nothing around age 6. In the meantime, they’ll molt annually and give away a lot about their health via droppings. Disease is a risk, as one child clearly understood in inquiring, “How do you get rid of poopy butt?” Hill walked through some cleaning methods and noted that the chicks at the Co-Op are vaccinated against coccidiosis. He encouraged folks to buy their chicks from the same place and try to avoid cross-contamination. Any symptoms of avian flu, he added, should be reported right away. Most of all, he encouraged folks to have a good support system for advice, plus access to a vet. “Don’t believe everything in the Colorado Chickens Facebook group,” he said, while praising the Co-Op as a resource. “You’re lucky to have these guys. They’re awesome to work with. As a rancher, I wish this place was in my town. It’s a one-stop shop for everything from fence posts to doughnuts.”
long you can leave untreated eggs out without washing them — though the Potters recommend just washing and refrigerating them. The shells are porous, so what's on the outside makes its way in, Ted pointed out. Justina and Ted also raise chicks to six weeks old for a feed store in Grand Junction, and offer live or butchered birds directly to customers on an annual basis. The older birds are better for soups or sauces, although the animals at the wildlife rehabilitation facility in Silt didn’t mind the year the Potters donated them there. Potter Farms eggs are pasture-raised, which is a step above the free-range or cage-free designations you might
see at the store. It means they have the chance to go out all day long — though they better be in at night. “Basically any animal loves chicken,” Justina laughed. The Potters plan to increase production to meet local demand. “If we can fill the needs here, we’re good,” Justina said. “As long as people want it, we’ll keep doing it.”
Farm fresh If you don’t want to raise your own eggs, the Co-Op also has the next-best thing — local eggs from Potter Farms on Missouri Heights (www.potterfarms.net). “This is a reasonable, affordable way for people to get farm-fresh local eggs without having to deal with any of the fuss of raising them,” Justina Potter explained. “We started out with 25 hens, and eggs were gone in no time. We’ve ramped up to about 600.” The eggs hit the Co-Op, Eagle Crest Nursery and Skip’s Farm to Market about two days after they’re laid, and are also available as part of the cuisine at the Red Rock Diner and Granetta Panini. “Freshness is huge,” Justina asserted. “Just try it for yourself.” That is, unless you're hoping to make hard boiled eggs. The same tight membrane that gives their eggs their AA rating undermines the boiling process, and takes 7-10 days to break down. Incidentally, that's also about how
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Outgoing Roaring Fork principal sees opportunity in transition By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff
Basalt upsets Roaring Fork in a rivalry game. Photo by Sue Rollyson
Longhorns end Ram win streak By Justin Patrick Sopris Sun Correspondent The Basalt Longhorns defeated the Roaring Fork Rams 3-0 in an early season high school girls soccer game last Saturday. The first half of the game saw even play from both teams and the score remained 0-0 at halftime. But beginning in the second half the Longhorns mounted several attacks that went unanswered by the Rams’ defense and they generally outperformed their rivals. A beautiful cross from Basalt’s Sasha Bruckner did not yield a goal, but set the tone for a wave of aggressive offensive play. The Rams’ Caroline Wisroth was a rock on defense, and shut down several drives. However, RFHS defenses could not withstand the Longhorns’ relentless efforts. Eleven minutes in Basalt sophomore and team captain Delaney Card got one by and put the first notch on the scoreboard. The Longhorns produced a handful of dangerous crosses and breakaways, overpowering the Rams’ defense. While the Rams’ freshman goalkeeper had several saves to be proud of, she could not beat back the drive. With 30 minutes remaining, a through ball to Basalt junior Riley Webb allowed her to slot it in, raising the stakes to a two-goal lead. A breakaway by Basalt’s Stella Scott was saved, but another by junior Taylor Glen in the final minutes was not, cementing the lead and final score at 3-0, Longhorns. Roaring Fork enjoyed a few hopeful offensive drives, but could not connect the dots and send it to the back of the net. The girls’ passing game left much to be desired, and they frequently lost possession of the ball as their attacks fizzled. Freshman players Macey Peery and Genesis Quintero were lively playmakers, but their efforts went unrewarded. Roaring Fork junior Emily Broadhurst was hungry on the attack and consistently nipped at the Longhorns’ defense. Basalt junior Sasha Bruckner made herself useful both attacking and defending, helping to thwart any successful threats by the Rams. RFHS coach Nick Forbes hoped the game would be a valuable learning experience in the early season. “It’s unfortunate to drop a game like this,” he said. “It was a good experience for us to take stock of where we are in the season and what we need to do to get where we need to be ability-wise… It’s a bummer to lose to your rival but hopefully this is a motivating game and it changes our attitude about the rest of the season. We’re a little banged up, but sometimes these games are a blessing in disguise and mark a turning point in the season.” BHS coach Kate McBride was pleased with her team’s performance and acknowledged that conditioning and perseverance helped win the day. “We needed a little time to get organized, but once we did, we were doing circles around the other team and tiring them out,” she said. “Our players are much stronger as one. So everything we do, we do as a full team unit. We were up against a good competitor, and we appreciated the challenge.” McBride noted that regardless of the scoreboard, both teams were deeply invested in the gameplay. “All athletes really left it out on the field,” said McBride. The results leave the Rams with a record of 2-3 for the season; the Longhorns are 1-3.
Brett Stringer walks the walk when it comes to doing what he believes is best for the schools and students he serves — even if it means walking away from his role as principal of Roaring Fork High School. “It was a really hard decision,” Stringer reflected. “It’s no secret that my entrance into this community and role, there was some controversy around it … and it was hard to get away from that. Really, putting kids first and saying, ‘What’s best for this school and this community?’ — and also thinking about myself — I think it’s time to move on. That’s really it.” Stringer’s resignation will take effect at the end of the school year. The district isn’t ready to start the hiring process yet (tinyurl.com/RFHSprocess), Superintendent Rob Stein confirmed, but parents and stakeholders can expect a letter in the coming days outlining next steps. “We’re going to have some conversation to make sure everybody’s comfortable with the direction before we proceed, and that might take us a couple of weeks,” he said. By “everybody,” he means “staff and parents and maybe other community stakeholders.” That’s an important clarification, as the original controversy that Stringer feels still lingers began in April 2017, when the Roaring Fork District School Board made his hire official in a unanimous vote. At that meeting, many staff, parents and stakeholders voiced their opinion that then-Assistant Principal Kelsie Goodman should have been promoted — and felt unheard. Students even threatened a walkout in protest until a more unifying “waffle-in” replaced it, where Stein and Goodman both witnessed students’ focus shift to a bright future and a seeming acceptance of their new principal. That more unified energy is exactly what Stringer hopes will propel the next hiring process. “My hope is that the process will be rooted in that unity and rooted in best intentions ... in really acknowledging the trajectory that the school is on and building from there — and improving on where we can improve. We’re never going to be perfect, but how can we be better?” he said. That starts with evolving from the past to better inform the future, he continued. “At the end of the day, what do we want? … Let’s make sure that when we’re advocating for change and advocating for what’s best for kids, we’re doing it in a way that’s collaborative and we’re doing it in a way that respects people’s intentions,” he said.
Laying a foundation For his part, Stringer, is confident for the future — both his own and the school’s. “I just came from Capstone, where we looked at the seniors’ Capstone submissions, and [I’m] blown away by the projects that our kids are doing,” he said. “They’re doing them outside of these walls, but they’re doing them with what they’ve learned from the people inside these walls.” Capstone projects are in their second year as a graduation requirement at RFHS, and that’s just one of several initiatives that inspires Stringer’s confidence. “I think we as a team have put in some really cool things that give more opportunity for community, whether it’s our Bilingual Parent Nights or it’s really looking at how we communicate,” he said. Two bright yellow, several-feet-wide sheets of paper claim much of the more prominent real estate on Stringer’s office walls, each covered in notes in Spanish from parents to the school’s administration — by invitation via Bilingual Parent Nights. There are several more folded under his desk. “What changes have you seen in your kid from middle school to high school? What worries do you have as a parent? What support do you need?” he read from one. They’re meant as a conversation starter, not a single exchange. “[They’re] for us to say, ‘OK, this is what our community wants; these are the concerns that they have,’” he said. “Yes, let’s action plan, but let’s make sure we’re being collaborative in that process so the next time we meet, we can say, ‘Hey, last time you said you wanted this, and so these are the things that we’re offering, but how’s it working?’” Much of Stringer’s leadership focuses on ensuring the community feels heard, even if it means his resignation. “I think through … my transition in [as principal], one thing that was really highlighted was the need for systems support at better community voice within the school, and I think that’s an evolution that will always be getting better,” he said. “Where the team and where the next leader needs to go is figuring out better ways to make sure the communication is two-way.” Stringer has celebrated many successes in his twoyear tenure, and he credits his team for helping create foundations that will outlive his personal time at the school — and it’s a strategy that’s working. “You look at academic success: you look at kids being offered some amazing opportunities, whether it be scholarships or internships or … whatever it may be, that’s just awesome,” he beamed.
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Nature on edge in side-by-side Martin, Gurley exhibits Review by Teka Israel Special to The Sopris Sun Robert Martin’s exhibition leaves out no details. From the watercolor and ink to the detail in his wood, metal and paint sculptures, it is evident that Martin loves the west. Each watercolor and sculpture provide an entertaining glimpse of an imagined scene in nature. Although they are clearly imaginary, the scenes are realistic enough to make one wonder if they could actually happen. The level of detail in the ink and watercolors is uncanny. The contrast to the metal clipboards the paintings are mounted on is striking. His sculptures are seemingly simplistic, but inspire a level of imagination that is unexpected at the first glimpse. The combination of metal, paint and wood are a bit unusual and lend an air of whimsy to the sculptures. Although Martin’s background is in sculpture, this exhibition showcases Martin’s transition from sculpture to watercolor, according to a Carbondale Arts press release. “Martin’s artworks generally combine personal history, shared stories and roadside observations. He utilizes watercolors in a so-called hyper-western palette that gives his paintings a very typical appearance, allowing the narratives to reveal themselves more slowly” it states. If this exhibition is any indication, Martin has found his calling in the watercolor and ink medium. Even his painting titles capture the level of detail and
Will Gurley explains to a viewer how he created his "National Parks Development" installation. Photo by Erin Danneker whimsy of his watercolor and inks. As one moves through the exhibition, one is struck first by Will Gurley’s sign post sculpture, fittingly entitled “NP Development Junction.” However, Gurley’s true artistic expression is more evident in his broad stroked watercolors. These paintings capture the juxtaposition between the National Parks and the imminent threat of development. Gurley is, however, talented across many mediums and also features prints that at first appear to be photographs of national parks. Upon closer inspection, one discovers they are actually altered photographs in a form of collage. Perhaps
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Gurley’s best work is one of the simplest. His Golden Arches sculpture is bold and simplistic, yet very powerful. Gurley’s exhibition “...will display alternative uses for the National Parks and nature, turning national treasures into recreational, industrial and commercial facilities,” the press release continues. “Gurley’s works explore the shortcomings of modern development and humanity’s disregard, control and commodification of nature, displaying alternative uses for America’s natural splendor.” Although they are intended as solo exhibitions, the two exhibitions flow
seamlessly together. Both artists utilize the mediums of watercolor and sculpture to effectively create a broad narrative about the environment and the threats it faces. Martin uses his watercolors to create scenes of people enjoying the wilderness, but in odd and often whimsical ways. This forces the viewer to think about whether the scene is true or fiction. One such scene features a couple standing in a rocky cave on the edge of the lake, with their car pushed into the lake. Could this really happen? It’s not likely, but it makes the viewer question whether the couple did this on purpose or whether it was an accident they barely survived. The works as a whole demonstrate the human impact on the environment as well as the potential impacts through poor decisions. Gurley is more obvious in his relationship to the environment. He depicts scenes where the nation’s National Parks are imminently threatened by development, including bulldozers and oil rigs. He depicts a future in which our most protected environmental treasures are scraped for profit and greed. Both artists offer a thought-provoking commentary that encourages the viewer to examine their own relationship to the environment. The exhibitions are open until April 27 at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad at 76 S. Fourth Street in Carbondale. Visit carbondalearts.com for more information.
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We're all a little ‘Bluenose’ By Jeanne Souldern Sopris Sun Correspondent Coconut compass. Lotions and potions. Puppet pirate parrots. These are some of the treasures you'll discover aboard a pirate ship in Thunder River Theatre Company's (TRTC) upcoming production of "Bluenose." The play is part of TRTC's Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program and is being underwritten by Judy Benson, Laurie Bernhard, Andrea Garr, Cathy Montgomery, and the Betty Jane Schuss Fund at Aspen Community Foundation. The cast includes the captain, Ratt, played by Libby Rife, who tries to run a tight ship, but she sorely lacks leadership and diplomacy skills. She is manipulative and without compassion for others, including her fellow pirate crew. The two red-nosed crew members are played by Travis Dean Wilson, as Spatt, who is constantly berated by the captain but who desires to venture to other horizons. Dana Gaubatz, as Knatt, is a bookloving pirate who is a bit of a neologist (a word maker-upper). The play examines the themes of inclusivity, diversity, and colonization. The pirates' world and their biases are challenged when an islander named Ku, played by TRTC newcomer Jessie Douglas, gets tangled in their net. Ku is smart and self-assured but different in one noticeable way — her blue nose. Through the course of the play, each character realizes their own insecurities, prejudices, and ultimately, their strengths. Even Ku comes to examine her negative beliefs about others.
Douglas, who has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for two years, points to the relevancy of the play's message because "there's a lot of strife happening right now in the world." Her hope is the students take away that "it's okay to be different and it's good to make friends with people who are different because you might learn something from them." Corey Simpson, TRTC executive artistic director, explained, "Our underwriting program is new this year, and it's beginning to generate a lot of excitement because it's a way for people in our community to actively support our programming." Simpson said director Sonya Meyer found "Bluenose," by Canadian playwright Emil Sher when doing a search for plays. "We were looking for material that would do the same things for children that our main season does for adults." Thought-provoking theater is part of TRTC's mission which "explores the human experience through inspired theatre and innovative artistry." Simpson said choosing a woman director was intentional, and Meyer made a bold choice in casting a woman in the pirate captain's role. She said, in her historical research, she found there were women pirates and captains. Meyer noted the characters are written to be non-gender specific. “Bluenose” will bring the set, cast, and crew off-site to Glenwood Elementary School and Carbondale Middle School allowing students to see this production live. By eliminating what could be a prohibitive cost to families, inclusive theatre is brought to the broader
"Bluenose" will be performed at local schools as well as the Thunder River Theatre. Photo by Amy Hadden Marsh community. This year's production doubles the number of children seeing a TYA production. Also, Simpson sees "all of us at TRTC are looking at how to engage our community more... feeling like they have a way to participate and have leadership positions in our productions." Younger children will love the slapstick, pratfalls, and silly jokes. Older children will relate to the experience of not fitting in, like Ku's blue-nose. There is humor, tenderness, and compassion. It would be a disservice to categorize Sher's play as strictly a children's play. Adults will find it to be a timely reminder of how their own prejudices play into everyday life.
Remember, when Ku says different can be good, she wants us to look at ourselves and each other in a new way. Dates for “Bluenose” are April 12, 13, 19 and 20. Friday performances start at 6 p.m., and Saturday performances start at 2 p.m. General admission tickets for ages 6-12 are $10 each and for ages 13 and above $12 each. Reserve tickets online at www.thunderrivertheatre.com or call the box office (970) 963-8200. Tickets are also now on sale for TRTC's annual fundraising gala to be held May 4 at The Orchard in Carbondale. This year's theme is titled "An Evening in Paris." For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.thunderrivertheatre.com.
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Community Calendar THU April 11
MUSICAL STORYTIME • Ms. Holly invites young children and their caregivers to the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) a 10:30 a.m. for a movement circle, songs and story in celebration of spring. GRAND OPENING • At 5 p.m., YouthZone celebrates a successful transition into their new home in the old Glenwood Springs Library building (413 Ninth St.).
FRI April 12
ADVOCACY AWARENESS • Advocate Safehouse Project, River Bridge Regional Center, the District Attorney’s office and Victim Response Team come together for an all-ages free event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library Plaza (815 Cooper Ave.). ALL-STAR DAY • The Glenwood Springs Community Center (100 Wulfsohn Rd.) hosts an inaugural three-point contest obstacle course and four spot-shot for all ages from 4 to 8 p.m. with plenty of prizes. DATE THROUGH THE YEAR • Blue Lake Preschool benefits from an adults-only fundraiser featuring a silent auction, dancing to music by DJ Dylan, photo booth, food and drinks and a “date” drawing from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Orchard (110 Snowmass Dr.). PITCH NIGHT • Up-and-coming companies compete for a chance to catapult themselves to the big leagues from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St., Carbondale) with a panel discussion and expo first. INDIE ROCK • Mandy Fer and Dave McGraw of Sway Wild take the Steve’s Guitars
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stage (19 N. Fourth St.) at 8:30 p.m. or thereabouts.
FRI April 12 – THU April 18
MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre (427 Main St.) presents “The Best of Enemies” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. April 12-17 and 4:15 p.m. April 18 and “Arctic” (PG) at 5:15 p.m. April 13.
SATURDAY April 13
HEALTH FAIR • Valley View Hospital offers a wide variety of screenings and services, including blood draws, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Roaring Fork High School (2270 Highway 133). CHILDCARE RESOURCES • Commuity organizations gather at Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.) for a meet and greet featuring storytime at 2 p.m., crafts at 2:30, an Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 3:30 p.m. — all part of the Growing Readers Together initiative.
the Carbondale Garden Squad, Carbondale Arts and others spruce up the Rio Grande Trail through town with lunch provided.
for a 9:30 a.m. conversation with Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute. Free, but with limited, first-comefirst-served seating.
MONDAY April 15
SATURDAY April 20
FERMENTATION CLASS • Learn to prepare and store sauerkraut and the like for $10 with Family and Consumer Science Agent Carla Farrand from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carbondale Rec. Center (567 Colorado Ave.).
SCAVENGER HUNT • Carbondale Recreation offers a free egg hunt for kids ages 1-8 at 10 a.m. at Sopris Park and a team-based race for the more grown-up crowd from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
TUESDAY April 16
Save the Date
DOUBLE QUINTET • Two University of Colorado groups — The Pearl Wind Quintet and Avery Brass — come together at 5:30 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.)
THU April 25 - SUN April 28
WEDNESDAY April 17
BINGO • Carbondale Beer Works (647 Main St.) invites you to play to benefit Colorado Animal Rescue at 7 p.m.
5POINT • The flagship adventure fest returns with films, discussions and social events at the Carbondale Rec. Center and throughout the community. Tickets and passes are on sale now at 5pointfilm.org.
COMEDY NIGHT • Billy Wayne Deavis headlines, Geoff Tice hosts and Monica Nevi gets featured in a $10, 7 to 9 p.m. set at Marble Distilling (150 Main St.).
SILENT DISCO • Tune into tunes from three different DJs as you dance your heart out in a room full of folks with headphones on at 8 p.m. at The Temporary (360 Market St., Willits). $30 benefits the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Scholarship Fund.
WONDER • Way of Compassion begins fundraising for its fall Compassion Fest with a donation-based 6:30 p.m. film screening at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.).
ALT ROCK • Echo Monday plays The Black Nugget (403 Main St.) from 9 p.m. ‘til midnight.
SUNDAY April 14
ARTWAY CLEAN UP • Meet at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Shop (766 Industry Way) at 9 a.m. to help RFTA,
THURSDAY April 18
BLUENOSE • Thunder River Theatre Company (67 Promenade) offers theatre for young audiences at 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 19 and 2 p.m. April 13 and 20. Tickets are $10-20 at thunderrivertheatre.com.
PARIS TO PITTSBURGH • 350 Roaring Fork Colorado offers some networking and a free National Geographic film screening at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library (815 Cooper Ave.).
LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS • Lillian Groag's comedy of two egotistical stage actresses vying furiously for top billing as they each star in Dumas’ classic play comes to Colorado Mountain College's New Space Theatre (3000 CR 114) with 7 p.m. shows April 12 and 13 and a 2 p.m. matinee April 14.
CREATING COMMUNITY • Join the Basalt Regional Library (14 Midland Ave.)
THE FIRM • The Carbondale Clay Center (135 Main St.) showcases recent works by
FRIDAY April 19
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All the Prodigals Return
All the loves lost coming back to us in waves, all of the angry words we could take back, and our lives restored. How can we wield such forgiveness to give us joy? With Rev. Shawna Foster. Join us Sunday, April 14th, 2019 - 10 a.m. Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist (TRUU) @ Third Street Center, Community Room
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Community Calendar Shane Christensen, Stephen Heywood, Michael Schmidt and Brian Jensen. NATURAL ART • Carbondale Arts presents “National Parks Development” by artist Will Gurley, as well as “Settle Down In A Town Where Nothing Burns” by artist Robert Martin, at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). TAI CHI • All levels are welcome to participate a gentle path to health and flexibility from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with John Norton. Marty Finkelstein offers a 5 to 5:30 course for beginners before his 5:30 to 7 p.m. class at Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes take place at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). ALAPRIMA • A watercolor painting group meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION • Free opportunities include: One-hour consultations Monday mornings by appointment (379-5718) about heart attack and other chronic illness prevention through plantbased whole foods lifestyle with retired family doctor Greg Feinsinger, MD. At 6 p.m. Tuesdays, a livestream of Just 1 Thing 4 Health's interviews with featured doctors. At 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, a Powerpoint presentation about the science behind plant-based nutrition. Finally, at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, participate in a plant-based potluck. All events take place at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) and are supported by Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing. MINDFULNESS IN RECOVERY • An inclusive, peer-led recovery support group
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open to anyone with a desire for recovery — independent of faith and regardless of race, gender or orientation — meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 36 of the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) MINDFULNESS • The Mindful Life Program in the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.) offers group sessions Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and registration is not necessary. Info: mindfullifeprogram.org and 970-633-0163. DHARMA • The Way of Compassion Dharma Center holds a Dharma talk and meditation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and a silent meditation and Buddha of Compassion practice at 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. Third St.). SANSKRIT MANTRA • Devika Gurung demonstrates how chant is about more than spirtuality, but also breath and rhythm at 4:30 p.m. Sundays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). RF INSIGHT • Monday Night Meditation meets from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Roaring Fork Aikikai (2553 Dolores Way) and offers instruction in the Buddhist practice of Vipassana. RFI also offers secular mindfulness at the Carbondale Community School and is working with CMC to provide a class on “Zen and the Art of Dying” — more info at roaringforkinsight.org. MEDITATION • Free silent meditation sessions are held at the Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.) from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (info at 306-1015). RUN AROUND • Independence Run & Hike hosts a run around town Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at the store 596 Highway 133 (in La Fon-
tana Plaza) and run various distances, with different routes each week. Info: 704-0909. ROTARY • The Carbondale Rotary Club meets at the Carbondale Fire Station (300 Meadowood Dr.) at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays. The Mt. Sopris Rotary meets at White House Pizza (801 Main Ct.) at noon every Thursday. YOGA • Get a donation-based introduction to Hatha Yoga from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). MAKERSPACE • Children and teens are invited to design, create, tinker, and play with art and technology to design and create with 3D Pens, make stop-motion animation films, engineer duct tape creations, build their own video games, and more from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.). LOSS SUPPORT • The Compassionate Friends of the Roaring Fork Valley, a group for parents, grandparents or siblings who have lost a child of any age, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at The Orchard (110 Snowmass Dr.). GRIEF AND LOSS • Pathfinders offers a grief and loss support group every other Monday at 6 p.m., and a caregiver support group every other Wednesday noon. An RSVP is required to Robyn Hubbard at 319-6854. Pathfinders offers support groups from Aspen to Rifle and is located in Carbondale at 1101 Village Rd. Info: pathfindersforcancer.org. LIFE DRAWING • Bring your own drawing or painting materials to the Launchpad from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April for a non-taught, 18+, $15 drop-in session with live models. Contact email@example.com.
BLUEGRASS JAM • Bring the instrument of your choice or just your voice for a weekly jam session first and last Sundays at 6 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars (19 N. Fourth St.) and all other Sundays at the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden (115 Sixth St.) WORLD DANCE • Learn rhythms from various countries and cultures for $12 per class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Carbondale Community School (1505 Satank Rd.). BACHATA • Learn a Latin dance with Erik and Claudia Peña presenting weekly classes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at The Launchpad (76 S. Fourth St.). $10 drop-in fee; info at 963-8425. YAPPY HOUR • Colorado Animal Rescue’s Yappy Hour at the Marble Bar (150 Main St.) takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and meet a C.A.R.E. dog, with $1 from every drink donated to C.A.R.E. Bring your own dog along as well. STORY ART • Carbondale Branch Library (320 Sopris Ave.), in partnership with the Aspen Art Museum, invites kids to learn about artists and create masterpieces of their own at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN • Catch the staff of The Sun and special guests on KDNK (88.1 FM) at 4 p.m. first and third Thursdays. OFFICE HOURS • Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at The Sopris Sun Office (520 S. Third St., Room #32) at 8:30 a.m. every Monday taking tips, questions, comments and complaints. CALENDAR continued on page 11
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The following items are drawn from Town Manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report to staff, trustees and others. DITCHES are slated to begin running April 15. Various Town departments have been working on infrastructure preparation.
PICKLEBALL AND TENNIS courts are now open at North Face Park, although a high school team will be using them from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in April.
BICYCLE RACKS have been installed on Main Street.
SOCCER FIELDS are open, aerated, fertilized and seeded with nets installed. The volleyball courts are likewise ready to go.
PARK BATHROOM improvements continue with two new solar panels in Miner’s Park.
THE PLANNING COMMISSION will consider a subdivision exemption, two special use permits for marijuana facilities and review of the Vulnerability, Consequence and Adaptation Planning report at the April 11 meeting.
ARBOR DAY is slated for May 4 in Carbondale, with a special celebration of our 25th year as a Tree City USA. Memorial trees can be donated with assistance of the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund — contact Town Arborist Mike Callas at 510-1331 for more information. RED HILL TRAILS are open and the new Bureau of Land Management trailhead is available as a new access point. Singletrack Trails, Inc. is mobilizing for a three week build of the downhill directional bike trail to culminate the new Red Hill Trails Project. Public Works is working with the County on CR 107 design issues. SUMMER RECREATION registration is under way, with a brochure inserted in this edition of The Sopris Sun and also available online and will be mailed to residents. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES include group fitness and Silver Sneakers instructors (call 510-1280); recreation assistants (call 510-1279); climbing instructors, recreation program assistants and front desk staff (510-1214); seasonal parks maintenance (510-1327) and vegetation management (510-1331). CIRCUITS & CONDITIONING is a new fitness class at 6 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with targeted resistance training and high intensity interval training. It’s included with a membership or daily drop-in.
A HOUSING STUDY of the greater Roaring Fork region was released last week and is being reviewed by staff and consultants prior to a public meeting. STRUCTURES OF MERIT identified for the Carbondale Historic Preservation Commission include 25 homes in town, with a final report planned for a public hearing in May. This project was funded by a grant from History Colorado and matching funds from the Town. SALES TAXES in March were up 6.7 percent year-overyear, bringing the first quarter 5 percent higher than the same period of 2018. Lodging taxes, in particular, are up 21.2 percent. TWO LEAKING HYDRANTS were discovered in a survey of Dolores Way, River Valley Ranch and part of Old Town. AN ASSET FORFEITURE law class drew Police Chief Schilling and Public Relations Officer Ramirez.
From March 29 through April 4, Carbondale Police handled 215 calls for Service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: FRIDAY March 29 at 12:55 p.m. A trio of teens were summoned for underage marijuana use. FRIDAY March 29 at 4:11 p.m. An investigation led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. FRIDAY March 29 at 8:04 p.m. Police investigated a reported sex assault at a local motel. FRIDAY March 29 at 10:55 p.m. Following a traffic stop for speeding and weaving, a 59-year-old man was arrested for DUI. SATURDAY March 30 at 2:27 a.m. A speeding stop led to a 23-year-old man’s arrest for driving with a revoked license. SUNDAY March 31 at 12:30 a.m. Officers stopped a car for failing to maintain a single lane and arrested the 44-year-old driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. TUESDAY April 2 at 9:21 a.m. Police received a call from The Sun about a fraudulent ad. TUESDAY April 2 at 6:18 p.m. After responding to an accident report, officers arrested a 51-yearold man for DUI and reckless driving. WEDNESDAY April 3 at 7:52 p.m. A welfare check led to a warrant arrest of a 33-year-old man. THURSDAY April 3 at 2:17 p.m. Police received a report of child abuse.
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Town approves waste hauling contract despite recent merger By Amy Hadden Marsh Sopris Sun Correspondent Carbondale Trustees got a surprise last week when they found out that Mountain Waste, the town’s choice for a waste hauling contract, had merged with Canadian company Waste Connections. But, that didn’t stop them from approving the contract at their April 9 meeting. Mayor Dan Richardson told The Sopris Sun that he didn’t know anything about the acquisition until he received an email from Trustee Erica Sparhawk last week. “I heard it from an acquaintance who heard it from a friend who works for [Mountain Waste],” Sparhawk said. “I didn’t want to spread rumors, so I immediately informed town staff,” Town staff found out on March 26. “Representatives of Mountain Waste came in and talked with Kevin Schwartzman, our public works director, that there was a pending sale and that they anticipated this going through,” said Jay Harrington, Carbondale Town Manager. “They also told him that they didn’t know anything about this until that Monday, the 25th.” Scott Eden, who recently retired as result of the merger, said that he and Waste Connections had been in talks since August. He didn’t disclose plans for the acquisition to trustees because nothing was confirmed until April 2. “No one knows if you’re going to close on a transaction so is there any reason to talk about it?” he told The Sun. He added that his employees were also a concern. “There’s reasons why you say things to people and reasons why you can’t possibly say things to people,” he said. “I
feel strongly that it’s not a good idea to tell a group of people that you work with every day that there’s a possibility that the company might be sold to someone else unless you know for a fact that it’s going to happen.” Mike Hinkley, District Manager for Mountain Waste and Recycling, runs the local operation and provided the proposal to the Town. He said he was “shocked” when he heard about the merger. Trustees voted on the proposal on a Tuesday and Hinckley found out about the merger three days later. “I thought Mountain Waste and Concentric Partners were going to stay intact for a much longer period of time,” he said. “There’s a lot of activity in waste hauling companies and things happen. It was just a surprise.” Waste Connections, a multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded corporation, is headquartered in Ontario, Canada and Houston, Texas. According to the company website, it has operations in 41 states but only one on Colorado’s West Slope. Through the merger, the company acquired Mountain Waste, which serves the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, and services in Vail and on the Front Range. Trustee Lani Kitching, who said she has worked in acquisitions and mergers, speculated that perhaps this is why everyone involved in the merger was mum until the deal was done. “A large organization like that is always looking for additional opportunities to boost their bottom line and expand their presence,” she said. “And I would have to think that that was something they were exploring while we were in negotiations this past year.” Aaron Bradley, Divisional Vice-President for Waste Connections of Colorado, said he was not aware that
Mountain Waste was in negotiations with the Town of Carbondale until Scott Eden told him about it in March. “Both parties sign a confidentiality agreement on something like this,” he told The Sun. “A lot of these mergers and acquisitions, eight out of 10, actually never come to fruition so we want to be very sensitive to the customer base, to the employees in case we don’t come to an agreement.” At Tuesday’s meeting, Kitching asked Bradley and Hinkley questions about the merger and how it would impact services as laid out in the contract. “I got the answers I was looking for,” she said. The merger apparently does not affect Mountain Waste’s daily operations or staff. “From the town staff’s perspective, the contract is the same contract that was reviewed as part of the RFP process,” Harrington said. He added that customers now have more choices of waste containers. Previously, Mountain Waste could only provide 64or 96-gallon containers. “Because their parent company or stockholder has some additional buying power in the waste hauling world, [they are] going to now provide the 32-gallon containers, which I think will be a benefit to our program,” he said. The Board unanimously approved the contract despite concerns raised by two citizens about cost and compost. Dave Reindel, of EverGreen ZeroWaste, was worried that his business would lose compost customers and wanted to level the playing field. The contract goes into effect in October. Registration for the program begins in June. More information, including price tables, is available at carbondalegov.org.
Carbondale ‘can’t say no’ to small cell By Will Grandbois Sopris Sun Staff The Town of Carbondale approved a rare emergency ordinance on April 9, just days ahead of a Federal Communications Commission deadline to tackle small cell wireless. While traditional cell arrays are rarely proposed within town limits, small cell units have the right to colocate on public infrastructure, such as lamp posts, in the right of way. They’re an essential part of the 5G data infrastructure being installed worldwide and, according to Attorney Tarn Udall, the federal and state governments are working hard to ensure a smooth rollout. “Essentially, the FCC has said that municipalities cannot place unreasonable restrictions on the placement, construction and modification of personal wireless facilities,” she said. “A municipality can’t impose more stringent regulations from an environmental or health standpoint.” And while some legal challenges are
pending, it appears as if the only real chance towns have for any control at all is to draft regulations by April 14. Said Mayor Dan Richardson, “Basically, we had three months to research, develop and adopt design guidelines.” The shortage of time and two rounds through the Planning Commission pushed it to the very last minute, Town Manager Jay Harrington explained. “Our original goal was to have it as a regular ordinance and time just caught up to us,” he said. Staff did take an opportunity to tackle non-small cell requirements at the same time, and endeavored to make the restrictions as tight as possible, according to Town Planner Janet Buck. “We don’t know how these are going to look, how many applications we get,” she said. “It’s easier to loosen up a regulation than tighten it up.” The Town does have the option to modify its code after the deadline, so long as some rules are in place first. “This is going to be, in my view,
an evolving process,” Udall said. “The technology is changing really really quickly and municipalities will need to adapt.” While the Board as a whole seemed less than thrilled at the situation, Trustee Ben Bohmfalk also wanted to make sure the Town wasn’t overzealous in pushing back. “I think we have to be careful that we’re not too reactionary,” he said. “We don’t want Carbondale to be left out of some positive progress.” The final code amendment passed unanimously. In other action, the trustees… • Designated April “Colorado Architecture Month” in Carbondale. • Approved a modification of premises for Black Nugget to allow dining in the right of way. • Inked a memorandum of understanding with the Roaring Fork Pickleball Association to allow for court fundraising. • Selected Frontier Pavement for the Meadowood Drive reclamation project.
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Faye Van Moorsel received her student of month certificate from Mayor Dan Richardson on April 9. Photo by Will Grandbois
Carbondale Police Department The Carbondale Police Department is accepting applications for the following: Police Officer starting salary $50,000. For application and job description visit: www.carbondalegov.org Open until filled.
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Obituary Martin Jay Maldonado Feb. 14, 1963 - March 17, 2019 Martin was a big man with a heart of gold who touched many people. He always said the greatest gift he ever had was his two daughters, Monica and Christina, thanks to his ex-wife, Sue. Through them he had his grandson Ayden and the twins Cody and Aleah. His whole world revolved around them and his best friend, Jimmy D. Martin also wrote beautiful poetry. He loved Star Trek, old movies and “Chopped.” He loved his job as a chef at CRMS and the exceptional young men and women who attended there. In high school and college he was a great athlete. He remained an avid fan of football and the Oakland Raiders. A memorial will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the CRMS Barn with a follow-up from 2 to 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt.
Puppy-nappers and bike borrowers From the archives of The Valley Journal and The Sopris Sun April 12, 1979 A 48-acre piece of Colorado Rocky Mountain School property on the east side of Highway 133 was slated to be annexed into the Town of Carbondale. CRMS planned to develop the then-pasture land in order to fund its operations. Planning and Zoning had unanimously backed their plan, although at least two members “expressed reservations about committing even more land to commercial usage along the highway, which is already a commerciallyzoned strip a la Grand Avenue.” In other news… Firm contracts were being offered for water out of Ruedi Reservoir.
April 13, 1989 Roaring Fork School District was pursuing a bond issue to build more classrooms — freeing up space for music and art rooms at Carbondale Elementary, a lunch room at Carbondale Middle School and minimal modifications to Roaring Fork High School. Local schools were bursting at the seams, and Superintendent Dwight Helm thought it was due at least in part to As-
pen’s growth — specifically the construction of the Ritz-Carlton and Little Nell — and the subsequent middle-class exodus. He wasn’t, strictly speaking, complaining. “Aspen’s economy is helping us down here, too,” he said. In other news… Washboard Chaz “strummed it hot” at KDNK’s member party.
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destructible prototype that was lighter and quieter besides. It soon caught the interest of a medical engineering firm and veterinary distribution company MWI. In other news… The classic cruiser usually parked front of the Red Rock Diner went missing and turned up at the Riverside Cottages in Glenwood "with a firshing pole and a string of rainbow trout in the basket," Bob Olenick joked.
A family in the process of moving from Carbondale to Florida penned a letter to the editor when their 2-yearold chocolate lab Cassie and her six puppies were stolen. Jeff Harmon told the Journal that a witness had seen a blonde woman pull into the driveway in a dark SUV sometime the previous evening and enter their garage. He suspected whoever it was felt the puppies weren’t being properly cared for, as some neighbors had tried to intervene the previous day. Carbondale police were investigating but had no leads. In other news… The very first Dandelion Day dig was planned for May 15 in Sopris Park.
April 9, 2009 Veterinarian Chuck Maker had designed a superior “float” — a device used to perform dentistry on horses. Existing versions, he said, were always breaking and could cost up to $1,500 to repair. Maker and his dad, John Raudat, designed an almost in-
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the Carbondale Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering an application for a Major Plat Amendment for the Town Center Subdivision Filings No. 1 and 2 according to the final plats thereof recorded March 25, 2003 as Reception No. 623529 (Filing 1 Plat) and recorded February 4, 2005 as Reception No. 668233 (Filing 2 Plat) together with a request to amend the Subdivision Improvements Agreements for Town Center for Filing 1, recorded on March 25, 2003 as Reception No. 623531 as amended, and Subdivision Improvements Agreements for Town Center Filing 2, recorded on February 4, 2005 as Reception No. 668234 as amended, regarding the ownership and maintenance of Tract A, the dissolution of the Town Center Owners Association, Inc., the termination of the Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Town Center Subdivision recorded in the records of the Clerk and Recorder of Garfield County, Colorado on March 25, 2003 as Reception No. 623533 and the Supplemental Declaration to Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Town Center Subdivision recorded on February 4, 2005 as Reception No. 668235, the elimination of the design review guidelines and the potential modification of the Affording Housing provisions applicable to the Town Center project.
AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO AMENDING CHAPTER 17 OF THE CARBONDALE MUNICIPAL CODE (THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE)
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NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on April 9, 2019.
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This Ordinance shall take effect immediately. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at www.carbondalegov.org or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours. Published in The Sopris Sun on April 11, 2019 ORDINANCE NO. 8 Series 2019 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO AMENDING CHAPTER 13, ARTICLE 3 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE TOWN OF CARBONDALE REGARDING PAYMENT OF CHARGES FOR MUNICIPAL UTILITIES NOTICE: This Ordinance was introduced, read, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Carbondale, Colorado, on April 9, 2019.
The property is located in Carbondale, Colorado and is described on the Filing 1 Plat and Filing 2 Plat including specifically Tract A (Master Common Area) as more particularly depicted on that certain Plat recorded March 25, 2003, under Reception No. 623529 (“Tract A”).
This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days after publication of this notice. The full text of said Ordinance is available to the public at www.carbondalegov.org or at the office of the Town Clerk, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, Colorado, during normal business hours.
The owners and applicants are Town Center Owners Association, Inc. and Pickwick Holdings LLC.
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Said Public Hearing will be held at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO at 6:00 p.m. on May 14, 2019. Copies of the proposed application are on file in the Planning Department office, Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue, Carbondale, CO and may be examined by interested persons during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application may also be reviewed on the Town’s website at www.carbondalegov.org Janet Buck Town Planner Published in The Sopris Sun on April 11, 2019 PUBLIC NOTICE ROARING FORK SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1 NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to §38-26-107, C.R.S., that on April 19th, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., final settlement with FCI Constructors, Inc (“Contractor”), will be made by the Roaring Fork School District RE-1 (“District”), for its Phase IV Bond Improvement Projects: Glenwood Springs High School Gym Storage Addition, Glenwood Springs High School Secure Entry Vestibule, & Sopris Elementary School Early Childhood Education Renovation (“Project”), at 1521 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 & 1150 Mt Sopris Dr., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 subject to satisfactory final inspection and acceptance of the Project by the District. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, sustenance, or other supplies used or consumed by such Contractor or its subcontractor in or about the performance of the work on the Project or that has supplied laborers, rental machinery, tools or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of the work whose claim therefor has not been paid by the Contractor or subcontractor, at any time up to and including the time of final settlement for the Project, may file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on such claim at the District Administration Offices located at 1405 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601. Failure to file such verified statement of claim prior to final settlement will release the District and its employees and agents from any and all liability for such claim and for making final payment to said Contractor. Published in The Sopris Sun on April 11, 2019
There's an old joke that you can tell it's spring in Moab because all the license plates turn green. With the lots of snow still in the high country and a long mud season ahead, even a relatively late spring for the desert is a welcome relief many Coloradans. Few are making the trip in such style as the folks spotted pointing this old truck and camper toward Cisco late last month. Photo by Will Grandbois
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