Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • The Valley Settlement Project celebrates Parent Mentor Program graduates (George Stranahan photo)

  • RFHS Rams fought hard against Olathe over the weekend (Sue Rollyson photo)

  • Share your thoughts about potential Creative District imagery (Courtesy CCAH)

  • Sheepdog trials at the Strang Ranch (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • The North Face Bike Park in officially open!!! (Lynn Burton photo)

  • The amazing students of Roaring Fork High School. See the video (Courtesy photo).

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On Oct. 3, prepare yourself to spot electric vehicles (EV’s for short) cruising the I-70 corridor. The cars will be marked with placards noting the Electric Vehicle Rally of The Rockies and the drivers are encouraged to wear costumes, expanding on the fun factor for the affair. The event — hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, Colorado Mountain College, CORE and the city of Aspen — is drawing attention to the availability of EV charging stations from Grand Junction to Vail. The idea is to promote EV tourism in the central Colorado Rockies. Read more >
There is something incredible about watching a dream one has had for years finally come true. For us and all members of the Roaring Fork High School Energy Club, that is what is happening now. After years of trying, we have cleared the final hurdle and are now on the way to getting solar panels at our school. On Sept. 10, a proposal for installing solar panels at Roaring Fork High School was passed unanimously by the school board. Within a year, the solar array, which will provide 100 percent of the school’s electrical energy, will be outside our library windows. The 379 kW solar array will also be installed with no upfront cost to the Roaring Fork School District. Read more >
In June, the Carbondale historic downtown core was accepted as one of seven new candidates for Colorado’s Creative District program. The program, which is sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries (a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade), brought two years of grant money with it. Carbondale’s Creative District program will receive $10,000 in planning and development money this year and again next year. In year three, Carbondale’s creative district aims to achieve certification, receiving an additional $15,000. Read more >
A lawsuit filed in federal court on July 29 names Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling and police officer Michael Zimmerman, and other co-defendants, after what the plaintiff calls an “active shooter drill” at Heritage Park Care Center on Oct. 16, 2013. In her lawsuit, Carbondale resident Michelle Meeker alleges that Zimmerman took her “hostage” with a “gun” while she was on duty as a registered nurse at Heritage Park and as a result, she “has suffered and continues to suffer significant damages, including severe mental and emotional distress, as a result of Defendant’s actions, which constitute intentional, willful and wanton violation of her rights under the United States Constitution and the laws of the United States and the State of Colorado.” 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 >