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  • Maeve Stone looks on as her sister, Harper, adds some bling to her bike at the Kids Bike Safety Rodeo at the Carbondale Recreation Center during Bonedale Bike Week. Photo by Trina Ortega

  • A mystery surrounds the grave of Wm. (Billy) Fisher (1873-1885) at Fisher Cemetery at Spring Valley. Read more > 

  • Pastor and Barista Lance Norton prepares an order at the Cilundu Coffee shop in the Third Street Center. Read more > 

  • Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at the Pour House (351 Main St.) at noon Thursdays beginning June 1 to take your compliments and complaints, answer your questions and hear your suggestions.

  • Check out this week's centerspread for a report on the last couple years at The Sopris Sun or view it online now.

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The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC), established 18 years ago, is about to go into its “public” role once again with a celebration of a new round of 15 sculptures erected in “highly visible places around the town,” as stated on its Facebook page. To celebrate the 2017 collection of sculpture, submitted by artists from around Colorado as well as New Mexico, Oregon, and Minnesota, CPAC will hold its annual Art Walk on June 1, as a way of showing off the new group of art pieces to as many members of the public as show up.
The Art Walk begins at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m., and culminates with a reception at The Launchpad. Read more >
At the Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting on May 24, Trustee Frosty Merriott kicked off discussion of a proposed town Ecological Bill of Rights by holding up a partially crushed plastic water bottle he had found on the pavement next to his parked car outside Town Hall.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” declared Merriott, who has advocated banning such single-use plastic bottles in town as part of the community’s commitment to environmental friendliness. Read more >
Nearly 60 people showed up at Carbondale Town Hall on May 17 to talk about plans for parking and other proposed improvements to an increasingly popular mountain biking, equestrian and hiking trails system along Prince Creek Road south of town. In addition, more than 80 people submitted written comments to the Pitkin County Open Space & Trails Department’s website, mostly thanking the county for dealing with the situation but also offering numerous suggested changes based on their individual experiences and understanding of the issues involved. Read more >
A leading literacy expert explains an ongoing discussion in the education community at the Carbondale Branch Library at 7 p.m. on May 25.
There are at least two components to this discussion: whether students better develop reading skills through formal study such as spelling lists and grammar/vocabulary exercises, or through reading for their own pleasure. Read more >
Mark Gray sits on a stool in front of roughly 30 students whose chairs form an arc filling the band room at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS). Behind him is a whiteboard with the lines of a musical staff imprinted on one portion alongside handwritten calendar dates denoting “Battle of the Bands,” a May 31 dinner, and the school’s graduation — remaining dates of the band’s concerts. Read more >
May 26, 1977: Mayor John Fleet denied that there was any sort of feud brewing between the Town of Carbondale and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
May 22, 1997: An old dispute over access to the undeveloped Te Ke Ki and Aspen Crystal River Estates subdivisions found new head when a local ranch manager plowed berms into the road south of Catherine Store. Read more >