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  • An unidentified law enforcement officer searches a wash near Basalt on Feb. 21 after two suspects in an armed robbery were sighted in the area. Photo by Jane Bachrach Read more >

  • Volunteers Carlos Ulloa Jaquez (right, holding book) and Elisabet Rojas read to pre-schoolers attending class in El Busesito, a mobile classroom operated by the Valley Settlement Project.  Read more >
  • Jason Phillips (in blue shirt), and his son Luke (in Carbondale soccer T-shirt), observe undrinkable water being turned into drinkable water in Peru.  Read more >

  • Supported by a handful of onlookers like Nathan Segovia (back), a quartet of (from left) Mateo Sandate, Sophia Clark, Olivia Pevec and Paul Holsinger kept the music going with only one hour to go in a round-the-clock relay at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. Photo by Jane Bachrach
  • "INside," a modern dance piece by 8th grade Waldorf student Brae Hubbard, debuted Feb.17 at The Launchpad. The piece, sponsored by Dance Initiative, was performed by local dancers Aja McAdams, Rebecca Rogers, Gabriela Alvarez Espinoza, Julia Morton and Natalie Rae Fuller. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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A smattering of Latino and Anglo businesses in Carbondale closed in conjunction with nationwide political “actions” on Feb. 16 and 17.
On Feb. 16, it was a nationwide Day Without Immigrants strike to show how much the U.S. needed its immigrant workforce, and an informal survey of the town showed that at least four businesses closed their doors for the day. Read more >
For years, Lon Winston’s name has been practically synonymous with the Thunder River Theatre Company. This week, it’s official. After the opening performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Feb. 24, the black box performance space at the heart of the building will be dedicated “The Lon Winston Theatre.”
“I’m proud, of course,” Winston acknowledged. “It just says something so deep in my heart about giving to the community and all the people who were involved. If we don’t maintain the legacy and love of theatre, we’re going to lose something so important as a civilization.” Read more >
The Sutey-Two Shoes land swap, involving a total of roughly 1,200 acres of publicly-owned property at the base of Mount Sopris near Carbondale and other public lands in western Colorado, remains in a state of suspended animation. As the trade now stands – according to officials of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and volunteer members of a group fighting against the swap – a panel of administrative judges in Washington, D.C., is preparing to mull over questions about whether the public is getting fair value for its property in the proposed land trade with Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail. Read more >
In articles from the Feb. 22, 1977 issue of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal:
• The Carbondale Board of Trustees was preparing to hold their meeting in the “new” town hall building at Second and Garfield. Previous to that, town hall was located on Main Street in one of the bottom spaces in the Dinkel Building. Read more >
While the threat that triggered closures and lockouts in the Roaring Fork School District on Feb. 9 was ultimately deemed not credible, school officials and law enforcement stand by their cautious approach.
“Our job is to ensure as much as possible the safety of the students, the schools and the community,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. Read more >
• Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut;
• The University of California, Davis;
Coming soon:
• The Carbondale Branch Library;
• The Tattered Cover book store in Denver.
• Canada in March.
That’s a bit of Illené Pevec’s speaking schedule, after New Village Press published her book “Growing a Life: Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy." Read more >