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  • Western Slope Class 3A Champs.  Thanks for a great season! (Sue Rollyson photo)

  • Senator Udall & Congressional challenger Abel Tapia make a campaign stop in town leading up to election day (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Mark Harris & Clint Howard installing an art piece in Jackson Hole (Courtesy photo)

  • It's almost done! Thank you for your patience. (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Just another gorgeous day's end in Carbondale (Janet Lohman photo).

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Carbondale folks love their trails, and may be willing to hike taxes for them and other recreation-related facilities. That’s one take on a just-released recreation survey the town will use in drafting a new 10-year master plan for recreation facilities and programs. A whopping 761 surveys were completed and returned to the town, which planning firm Design Workshop said is “more than double the amount needed to be statistically significant for Carbondale.” Among the survey’s highlights: • 73 percent of the respondents use the paved trail system every day, followed by 29 percent for dog parks, 24 percent for playgrounds in town parks, and 22 percent for athletic fields. • 75 percent of the respondents strongly support or somewhat support a ¼ cent sales-tax hike to maintain the current level of service. Read more >
Carbondale artist Mark Yale Harris is living proof that it is never too late to follow your dreams. His resume lists more than 220 solo, museum and international exhibitions featuring his sculptures. In the past 10 years, his work has also been featured in 85 publications as well as in three books. Most recently, his sculptures have been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen; and the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. Such a large body of work might suggest a lifetime of creating art, but that has not been the case for Harris. It’s true that he had a lifelong passion for art, but the road to fulfilling that passion took many turns. Read more >
The Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy, and the Aspen Center for Environmental studies, were recently picked to help advise the state on implementing its first-ever Colorado Environmental Education plan, according to a press release. The Colorado Department of National Resources, and Colorado Department of Education, chose RFC and ACES as one of several organizations to comprise the new Colorado Environmental Education Council, whose mission is to implement the new Colorado Environmental Education Plan (CEEP). “The council is bringing together innovative, creative thought leaders from all different sectors who share a passion for advancing education and helping students learn about the environment where they live,” said Katie Navin, executive director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. 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 >