Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • As soon as the frozen flurries fell last week, kids were out there sledding and sliding. (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Local photographers showcase photos from their dream project. (Draper White photo)

  • This week, learn the do's and don'ts to riding the roundabout. (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Tuesday night's sky showing fiery oranges and blues. (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Teens take over the air as part of KDNK's Youth program. (Lynn Burton photo)

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As Chief Academic Officer of the Roaring Fork School District, Dr. Rob Stein has spearheaded the monumental task of bringing our communities together to create an inspiring new vision for our schools. The task that lies ahead — actually bringing that vision to fruition — is even more daunting. Stein, who led an extraordinary transformation of Denver’s Manual High School after it was closed as a low-performing school, has the experience and expertise needed to take on that task. He is not afraid to ask tough questions and to be asked tough questions by others. His responses always cut to the chase. He has an exceptional ability to think outside the box and find innovative solutions. So why has the school board, with two newly appointed (not elected) board members, suddenly decided to change course and consider extending Dr. Diana Sirko’s contract after it expires this spring? The next board meeting is less than three weeks away, including Thanksgiving break during which the school district is closed for an entire week. I urge the school board to give the public more than this short time frame to weigh in on this critical matter. Read more >
A proposed new four-plex at the corner of Second Street and Sopris Avenue has churned up considerable resistance among some neighbors of the project, including an accusation by one critic that the owner of the property was engaging in “class warfare” in her remarks at a recent public hearing. The four-plex, if approved, would be built at 191 Sopris, on the site of an existing 2,600-square-foot, one-story, single family home, most recently owned and occupied by long time local resident Harold Leonard but now owned by 13-year local resident Kim Kelley and a development company, Sopris Properties LLC. Read more >
The multifaceted questions surrounding the issue of trash pickup in Carbondale, debated for five years now, may finally be headed toward resolution following a decision Tuesday night that it is time for the town’s board of trustees to get to work on an actual ordinance on the topic rather than simply calling for more discussion. The actual work, however, is not likely to start until December at the earliest, and perhaps not until some time after the new year begins. Read more >
From the outside looking in, the new roundabout can look pretty intimidating — yes, even scary — as a cyclist. But once you know and follow the rules of the road, navigating the roundabout is manageable. Now that the roundabout is open and northbound Highway 133 has through paths and an appropriately sized and marked shoulder, there’s no longer a need to avoid the Highway 133/Main Street intersection or overshoot and double-back on your cycling commute to City Market. That said, I admit I was not excited about cycling into the roundabout the first time. Traffic is constantly moving, and even weeks after it opened, it seemed some drivers were still learning how to get in and out of the roundabout. Read more >
The Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy, and the Aspen Center for Environmental studies, were recently picked to help advise the state on implementing its first-ever Colorado Environmental Education plan, according to a press release. The Colorado Department of National Resources, and Colorado Department of Education, chose RFC and ACES as one of several organizations to comprise the new Colorado Environmental Education Council, whose mission is to implement the new Colorado Environmental Education Plan (CEEP). “The council is bringing together innovative, creative thought leaders from all different sectors who share a passion for advancing education and helping students learn about the environment where they live,” said Katie Navin, executive director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. 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 >