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  • Cows moving through the soon to be completed roundabout (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • The mysterious Blue Man does business at Vitamin Cottage in GWS (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Althea Brooke & CMS students check out a new mural painted by 118 students (Lynn Burton photo)

  • All kinds of animals were blessed at CARE's "Blessing of the Animals" (Jane Bachrach photo).

  • Dance Initiative ballerinas open the Launchpad (Jane Bachrach photo)

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A spat between neighbors in old-town Carbondale, which in part evokes differing interpretations of the town's historically relaxed and “funky” appearance, has erupted in recent meetings of the town's board of trustees and sent town staffers searching into allegations of zoning code violations by one or the other neighbor. The spat that got it all started is between Veronica Whitney and Charlie Wertheim, 660 Lincoln Ave., and their neighbors, Julia Farwell and David Galey, who live at 188 N. Seventh St. (at the corner of 7th and Lincoln). Their properties are adjacent to each other in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue next to the Carbondale Recreation Center. Both properties are just south of an area of town affectionately called “The Architects’ Ghetto,” due to the number of architects who built distinctive homes there in the late 1990s and early 2000’s. Read more >
With about a month to go before the installation of the James Surls sculpture at Carbondale’s new roundabout, organizers who also had hoped to create a larger display space for Surls’ work in Carbondale confirmed this month that the idea has been shelved. “It’s not going to happen,” said local philanthropist Jim Calaway on Monday, regarding the Surls Center for the Visual Arts. Calaway, a retired petroleum tycoon who is a personal friend with Surls, not only went to bat on behalf of the Surls Center, but also has contributed $100,000 toward the sculpture’s price tag. Calaway’s wife, Connie, and Sue Edelstein, raised the $130,000 needed to complete the $230,000 deal. Surls, an internationally renowned artist whose work can be found in a vast number of museums and other venues, agreed that the Surls Center plans are not being pursued. Read more >
On Monday night, 35 adults and three middle school students — all volunteers working on Carbondale’s Creative District planning process — met to brainstorm ways to organize and manage Carbondale’s new Creative District and to brainstorm projects for it take on. Their most urgent task? To figure out what to do with the $10,000 check that Carbondale received this week from the state of Colorado’s Creative District program. Laura Bernhard, a non-profit and economic development consultant who donated her time at Monday’s meeting, helped the group to outline tasks that need to be addressed by task forces on wayfinding and connectivity, media and awareness, governance, and economic development. 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 >
Gov. John Hickenlooper took a sip on the wild side of Carbondale last Sunday, when he stepped off his huge campaign bus and into the tight confines of the Carbondale Beer Works brewpub. Really, though, he was in his element — a Broncos game on the television, microbrew beer on tap only a step away, and a crowd of Democrat-friendly locals on hand to ask him questions and to wish him well. “I love having the Broncos playing today,” the governor told the crowd after being introduced by Carbondale Trustee Allyn Harvey. “I’m guaranteed to have your attention.” Read more >
In the contest to become the next Garfield County commissioner for District 1, incumbent Tom Jankovsky and his challenger, Michael Sullivan, both are essentially running on Jankovsky’s record. The difference is that Jankovsky feels his record has been exemplary and justifies keeping him in office, while Sullivan feels Jankovsky has not represented his constituents in District 1 and should be kicked out of office. District 1 encompasses the Garfield County portion of the Roaring Fork River Valley, including the town of Carbondale and most of Glenwood Springs. Read more >