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  • Aaron Palomera and RFHS took on Coal Ridge Tuesday night and won 2-1. (Sue Rollyson photo)

  • Tyler Spence and RFHS beat Basalt last Friday night (Sue Rollyson photo)

  • Carbondale Beer Works owner Jeff Dahl explain is latest beer idea to Gov. Hickenlooper last Sunday (Lynn Burton photo)

  • The Carbondale Rotary and Jim and Connie Calaway present $5,000 checks to Habitat for Humanity (Jane Bachrach photo).

  • Fall is in its glory at the Historic Thompson house (Julie Albrecht photo)

  • Patricia Ringer's "Just beyond perception" on display at the new Launchpad gallery (Courtesy photo).

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Gov. John Hickenlooper took a sip on the wild side of Carbondale last Sunday, when he stepped off his huge campaign bus and into the tight confines of the Carbondale Beer Works brewpub. Really, though, he was in his element — a Broncos game on the television, microbrew beer on tap only a step away, and a crowd of Democrat-friendly locals on hand to ask him questions and to wish him well. “I love having the Broncos playing today,” the governor told the crowd after being introduced by Carbondale Trustee Allyn Harvey. “I’m guaranteed to have your attention.” Read more >
It appears that there are now five teenagers accused of stealing pot plants from a Carbondale private garden last summer, after two new names reportedly were added to the original list of three alleged thieves. Due to their ages, the teens are not being identified by the Carbondale Police Department, but the department confirmed in late September that three teens had been arrested and were facing felony charges in relation to a series of three incidents that allegedly began last July and continued through early September. The three teenagers appeared in court in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 8, charged in separate case files, and were instructed to show up again for further proceedings over the coming weeks, according to Ninth Judicial District juvenile case prosecutor Tony Hershey. Read more >
The Crystal Theatre presents the award winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17-21. “It (the film) shows the full range of the Camino experience: the internal thoughts, the spiritual insights, the physical strains, the solace of nature, the weather, the new friends made, and the sharing with others of all ages and from all countries,” said blogger Jack Karolewski. “In many aspects, I enjoyed this documentary a little bit more than the commendable Camino film ‘The Way.’” In 2013, “Walking the Camino,” whose assistant editor was Glenwood Springs native Andrew Zabel, won Best Documentary honors at the Hollywood Film Festival and other festivals, and was also recognized at The Newport Beach Film Festival (Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Film Making), the American Documentary Film Festival (Audience Favorite Award) and Prescott Film Festival (Audience Choice Award). Read more >
The checkered flag has been dropped! High school student teams are signing up to build Solar Rollers this month, and the race is on. Thrilling as it is, the mini Daytona 500 that will be held next May isn’t just about the clash of remote-controlled, solar-powered cars hurtling along at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour. It’s really a race to educate students about energy. And this year, it will be zipping out of the Roaring Fork Valley into other states. “This will be the first time that Solar Rollers has gone beyond the local region,” said Noah Davis, the program’s founder. In 2013, four Roaring Fork Valley teams participated; in 2014, a total of 10 teams came from a geographical area that stretched from Aspen to Summit County. “We are going be challenged to handle 40-50 teams this year,” Davis muses. Teams from Reno, Nevada and Austin, Texas have already signed up. Read more >
In the contest to become the next Garfield County commissioner for District 1, incumbent Tom Jankovsky and his challenger, Michael Sullivan, both are essentially running on Jankovsky’s record. The difference is that Jankovsky feels his record has been exemplary and justifies keeping him in office, while Sullivan feels Jankovsky has not represented his constituents in District 1 and should be kicked out of office. District 1 encompasses the Garfield County portion of the Roaring Fork River Valley, including the town of Carbondale and most of Glenwood Springs. Read more >
Local businessman Federico Peña, who has forged the beginnings of a small commercial empire in Carbondale, set his sights on becoming an aircraft pilot early in his life. But once he’d accomplished that goal, he said in a recent interview with The Sopris Sun, he realized he had other ambitions in life that had nothing to do with ferrying bankers around in private jets, which was what he was doing for several years after earning his wings. Read more >