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Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of 16 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story,” visits the Roaring Fork Valley later this month and will speak at the Third Street Center on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. “The Devil’s Highway” was the local 2012 Big Read selection through a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Aspen Words that culminated in Urrea’s fluidly bilingual presentation to a packed Third Street Center gym.
Urrea (pronounced oo-RAY-uh) grew up in Tijuana and San Diego, the son of a Mexican father and an American mother, and experienced firsthand the complex reality and porous nature of the U.S.-Mexico border, themes that have inspired much of his work. Read more >
Tuesday night’s Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting at Town Hall produced a curious mix of unusual activity and inactivity, beginning with a protest by 20-30 local women who heavily criticized the trustees over what the protesters felt was a lack of serious attention regarding the safety of the town’s streets at night.
In addition on Tuesday night, the trustees were unable to complete a series of interviews of applicants interested in taking the board seat being vacated by outgoing Trustee A.J. Hobbs, because two of the applicants were unable to be there for the interviews.
The interviews will be continued on Sept. 13. Read more >
Throughout nearly 10 years of disputes over oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide, one man's name has been both prominent and, because of the bureaucratic nature of the fight, somewhat unknown and unexplained to the public until recently — Peter Hart, an attorney working with the Wilderness Workshop (WW) nonprofit organization in Carbondale.
As an attorney and environmental activist, and scion of a family that has deep roots in the kind of extractive industries he is now fighting against, Hart might seem something of a contradiction to some observers. Read more >
With the start of this school year, a new “Innovation Plan” will be set in motion at Crystal River Elementary School. A 34-page document outlining this plan was unanimously approved by the RE-1 School Board in June.

According to CRES principal Matt Koenigsknecht (or Mr. K as he is known at the school), nothing in the plan will be a big surprise for CRES teachers. It primarily outlines the key ideas that emerged from staff discussions during the 2015-16 school year about the mission, vision and identity of the school. Read more >
When students enter Roaring Fork High School and Crystal River Elementary School for the first day of school next week, they’ll find an additional set of doors to walk through. The new doors are part of the recently constructed security vestibules at these schools.
The construction of the vestibules was funded by the passage of last November’s bond issue for the Roaring Fork School District. When all the bond-funded projects are complete—which the district estimates will be sometime during the 2017-18 school year — all RFSD schools will have a security vestibule at their front entrance. Read more >
Attendance at the 45th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 29-31, might have been up a bit from that of previous years, and the event contributed perhaps up to $100,000 in combined revenues to the fair’s sponsoring organization, Carbondale Arts, and to the Town of Carbondale, according to Carbondale Arts Director Amy Kimberly.
Kimberly said that the Mountain Fair typically draws between 15,000 and 20,000 revelers over the course of the three-day event, and this year saw more of the same. Read more >