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Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • June is flower time at the library chalkboard (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Happy 85th Birthday Jim Calaway! (Ed Kosmicki photo).

  • Bull riding is not a male only event in Carbondale. Out of the way boys! (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Sometimes a headstand on a surfboard is what we all need (Lynn Burton Photo).

  • It's Columbine time at the Third Street Center (Courtesy photo).

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Several years ago, Bill Gates met Carbondale resident Jim Calaway at the Aspen Institute, and as they shook hands, the Microsoft founder said, “I hear you’re the Bill Gates of the valley.”
Indeed, Calaway’s reputation precedes him in the Roaring Fork Valley, as a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist working diligently to give away his wealth to organizations he says touch his heart, of which there are currently about 15.
“It makes me feel warm and loved,” Calaway said. “I got a beautiful letter last week from a woman down in Florida thanking me for helping build the Calaway/Young Cancer Center [at Valley View Hospital] because her relative was treated here and was so well cared for. It’s not unusual for me to get a letter like that or for people to want to talk to me.”
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Kelly Harding, one of two Carbondale residents arrested while driving through Ohio last January and charged with possession of 128 pounds of marijuana, said this week that he is fighting the charges and believes he was set up by the Ohio State Patrol.
The other man involved in the case, Craig Voigt, concurs with Harding’s assessment of their situation, and believes the alleged set-up was actually part of a federal drug agency’s scheme to entrap Voigt, and that Harding was unfortunate enough to get caught in the net. Read more >
Carbondale Trustee A.J. Hobbs, who has served roughly half of his four-year term, announced last week that he will be stepping down “some time in early September” in order to attend courses at the Crestone Healing Arts School in the San Luis Valley area.
Hobbs, 30, was elected in 2014, the same year as his fellow trustee, Katrina Byars, and under ordinary circumstances Hobbs would have been up for reelection in 2018.
Following the recent municipal election, in which three new trustees were elected, and the resignation of former Mayor Stacey Bernot earlier this year, Byars and Hobbs, along with two-term Trustee Frosty Merriott, represented the remaining institutional memory on Carbondale’s Board of Trustees.
All that has now changed. Read more >
A Carbondale Environmental Board online survey appears headed for some tweaking, after a consultant agreed with The Sopris Sun that it seems deficient in at least one area and probably others.
Question #7 on the survey, which was posted on the town’s website ( on Friday, asks: “How should sustainability programs and expanded services (editor’s note: such as a circulator bus) be funded? (Choose your top three).”
The options are:
• Dedicated tax;
• Bond with voter approval;
• Increased utility program funding;
• Severance tax/federal mineral lease money; Read more >
A total of six people — three curious residents, the head of information technology for Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and two reporters — showed up at a meeting at the Carbondale Branch Library on June 15 to learn how Garfield County is faring as it considers ways to expand broadband service in this area.
Garfield County has set a goal of “improving the speed and reliability of internet service for businesses and residents throughout the region,” as outlined in a May 17 statement on the county's website ( Read more >
Dance Initiative will be welcoming a different kind of dance company for its next Artist In Residence, according to a press release.
The six members of the New York City based company HEWMAN will be in residence from July 11-16 at The Launchpad. HEWMAN is an unconventional collaborative dance project that strives to involve at least one medium other than dance, to collaborate with others to create an open-ended creative process and to present dance in new spaces where dance performance is not usually found.
HEWMAN will be taking advantage of the Carbondale Farmer’s Market from 1-2 p.m. on July 13 for a site-specific pop up performance. The public is welcome to observe and possibly participate in HEWMAN’s creative process during an open rehearsal at the Launchpad from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 14. Read more >