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Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • David "Orangie" Goode fires a pitch in a recent tournament in Carbondale  (Lynn Burton photo).

  • The Carbondale Chamber and ANB Bank celebrate the Hwy 133 Contraction team (Courtesy photo).

  • The Carbondale Fire District Wildfire Patrol gets ready for their rounds (Lynn Burton photo).

  • Everyone likes a good chicken dance (Jane Bachrach photo).

  • Tom Passavant and Kay Brunier at the Sun open house (Jane Bachrach photo)
  • Mt Sopris Historical Society Director Beth White leads a tour and the Thompson House (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Draper White and Tyler Stableford display portraits of farmers from a recent project (Jane Bachrach photo)

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At 89 years old, Paul Markham might be the oldest arts/crafts vendor at this weekend’s Carbondale Mountain Fair. In the summer time when the overhead door is open, passersby near Eighth and Colorado can see him inside his tidy shop creating wooden cutting boards and other wooden items, such as “T” puzzles that he warns “nine out of 10 people can’t solve,” “ring” puzzles whose solving apparently requires a less lofty IQ, novelty items, cleats for hanging clay pots on deck posts, and decorative creations like thimble-sized birdhouses affixed to long dowles that add interest to any flower bed or pot. “The ladies love them,” he said with a smile during a tour of his shop. Read more >
In lightning lexicon, the strikes are called “hold-overs.” The inside of a tree can smolder for two or three days after being hit by lightning before burning all the way through to outside air. Once the fire burns through, with the right conditions, such as high wind, the fire can spread. After that, wildland firefighters can have a catastrophic blaze on their hands. “Many fires start from hold overs,” Carbondale Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin told The Sopris Sun on Tuesday. Making sure those hold overs don’t flare and fuel what could become national news stories (a la the Coal Seam fire just outside Glenwood Springs a few years ago), the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District reinstated its wildfire patrols last week, thanks funds provided by private donors. Read more >
Award-winning photographer Tyler Stableford is about to do something he’s never done in his 20-year career. The internationally acclaimed photographer/cinematographer lives in Carbondale with his wife, school teacher Megan Currier and two children, Annabelle and Sam. He’s lived here for 17 years and his photography studio is here. Stableford and his team — which includes Draper White, Kate Rolston and Ben Thomas — spend most of their time on commercial photography and film. “One of biggest things I’ve been doing lately is directing national TV commercials for Cabela’s,” Stableford told The Sopris Sun, adding that the entire team is actively engaged in shooting “stills” and “motion.” Read more >
The Carbondale Fire Board pretty much issued a collective “no comment” to allegations of election mistakes during its monthly meeting on May 14. The allegations were brought by newly elected board member Carl Smith in what he told the five member board was an “after action review,” which he explained is a process the district itself uses following an incident its staff or volunteers have responded to. As of May 21, Smith had not been sworn in as a Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District board member. At the May 14 meeting, he said the actions of Designated Election Official Jenny Cutright on election night raised questions in his mind as well as others. “There was a perception from a number of people of ‘what’s going on?’” said Smith. Read more >
Carbondale’s busiest intersection will move one block to the north when Highway 133 construction begins and CDOT installs a temporary traffic light at Colorado Avenue to replace the Main Street traffic signal. Construction on the 1.9 mile, $9.4 million project is scheduled to start on May 27 and conclude in November, according to CDOT officials, and will bring the following improvements: • A round-about at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street; • A wider highway and reconfigured lanes, beginning at the Highway 82 intersection; • Additional sidewalks and trails; • Extensive landscaping up and down the entire stretch, including the roundabout itself. “When finished, the plan … will allow traffic to flow more efficiently, increase pedestrian and motorist safety, and enhance the aesthetics on this … highway,” said a CDOT press release. 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 >