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  • Mayoral candidates answer questions during a forum last week (Lynn Burton photo)

  • David Hayes (sitting) represented Carbondale on the Mountain Valley Special Olympics team (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Roaring Fork & Basalt battle for the league title on Friday in Carbondale (Courtesy photo).

  • RFHS Boys Soccer heads to the State Tournament with a game Friday.

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The young man eyed me carefully as I drove up to the security gate of the Spirit Camp earlier this month. He was in his early twenties, a bandanna around his forehead. A couple of others who were also manning the entrance glanced up as well. After all, my 2007 Yukon was sporting Colorado plates, and I look nothing like a Native American. I decided to speak first:
“Hi, I am here to meet some friends from the Cheyenne River tribe,” I told him and I could see him perk up a little.
“Cheyenne River,” he said, “that’s my tribe,” and he smiled proudly.
“I’m here to meet (I told him the names of my friends) and I brought supplies,” I said.
“What kind of supplies?” he asked.
“Winter coats and warm clothes donated by my community. We support what you are doing here,” I told him as he nodded and pointed to several large tents off to my right. Read more >
Approximately 40 area residents showed up on Thursday evening at a mayoral candidates’ forum in Carbondale, listening to the three candidates — Katrina Byars, Ed Cortez and Dan Richardson — as they described what they would like to do as mayor and how they are different from each other.
Prior to the start of the forum, both Cortez and Richardson were up and walking around, working the room, shaking hands and talking with attendees, while Byars sat quietly in her assigned chair at the front of the room, thinking and watching. Read more >

Lisa Dancing-Light is going global with one of her songs, after author Dr. Kent Johnson chose it as one of two theme songs for his new show “The Convergence: Uniting the Tribes in the Interspiritual Age.”
The song, several years in the making, is adapted from a poem by author Anne Hillman, and is titled “The Song of Love” (an anthem for humanity). It starts:
You are loved, you are accepted
You are held in a vast embrace
You are perfect as you are
A child of God, a gift of Grace. Read more >
Carbondale (meaning residents, businesses, the town government, etc.) in 2014 spent nearly $18 million in 2014 on energy costs, about $11 million of which was associated with transportation, according to the groups that keep track of such things.
But over the past decade, changes in how the town’s energy resources are generated and used (and, more particularly, not used) are believed to have cut local energy costs considerably, according to town officials and representatives of the Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) and its related organizations. Read more >
In the latest move by Democrat John Acha to topple 20-year Republican incumbent Garfield County Commissioner John Martin, the county Democrats have formally called for an investigation into Martin’s spending of taxpayer money over the course of the last several years.
Democrats have accused Martin of embezzlement concerning his expenses over three years of attendance at conferences of the National Association of Counties (NACo), Read more >
Last week I took my Glenwood Springs High School outdoor education class on a three-day adventure to Granite Lakes, located in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness far above Basalt. As anyone who has spent time in the outdoors knows, it takes as much work to prepare for a three-day trip as it does to prepare for a 30-day one. With the gear, the paperwork and transportation, the only things that really change are the quantity of food and number of clean T-shirts. Read more >