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According to newly-hired CRES principal Heather Cremeans, one of the most important things she learned while getting her administrator’s license was the importance of a good fit between a principal and a school. The more she learned about Crystal River Elementary School, the more passionate she became that this school was the perfect fit for her.

In her 18 years of education she has always enjoyed working with diverse groups of students, including students from various socioeconomic groups and native Spanish-speakers — the very population she found at CRES. She loves working to create a unified sense of community among students from diverse backgrounds. She speaks Spanish as well. Read more >
Carbondale trustees are still a few hits away from putting a fine point on the town’s pot regulations, but they are starting to take shape.
At Tuesday night’s work session, trustees indicated they’ll allow retail outlets to cook and sell products such as marijuana-laced brownies, but to do so will probably require a special use permit. The town might establish zone-district “overlays” to determine where retail marijuana stores can and can’t operate. The trustees decided to measure minimum-allowed distances from pot shops to schools as the public would travel them, rather than as the crow flies. The trustees also instructed staff to draft a memo to address the issue of whether to ask voters to put a 5 percent additional sales tax on legally-sold marijuana. Read more >
Carbondale’s art scene continues to expand with the opening of its newest gallery, Art 215. Located at 215 12th Street, this large, airy space contains artwork of every style, size and price, with much of it being sold on consignment.
George Scott and his wife, artist Suki Scott, told The Sopris Sun they are enthusiastic about their new venture, which features many oil paintings done by Suki as well as traditional and contemporary works from a variety of other artists.
The gallery’s first room (on the ground level) is comprised primarily of consignment art, George said, with European prints, works by Louis Icart and “early Suki work.” Read more >
As 11 teenagers took the stage at PAC3 last weekend — rocking out to “Rock and Roll” by the Velvet Underground, harmonizing on folksy ballads, singing delicate acappellas and screaming out rock/punk lyrics — you never would have guessed these same kids arrived at the PAC3 just six days earlier, shy and nervous, unsure about their upcoming week at the Academy of Music and Performance (AMP).
The students spent their week at AMP learning about all that it takes to put on a concert. They developed their vocal and instrument techniques, worked on synchronizing their individual musical roles with one another, and learned a lot about digging deep and pulling more out of themselves than they believed possible. Read more >
By S. Michael Jundt
With a diverse resume in the corporate world, Susan Burr, owner of Susan’s Flowers & Gifts, has not always been surrounded with the serenity she finds in her current profession. Originally from St. Louis, Susan graduated from Tulsa University with a degree in graphic design.

“Over the past 30 years my design skills,” says Susan, “were used in both the oil and electric industries. I also drew schematics for the aviation world and created package designs for specialty foods.” Read more >
Faced with escalating costs and at times escalating tempers, Mountain Fair is holding a first-ever lottery for 20 shade-tent spaces this year.
According to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ current newsletter, CCAH members who are chosen in the lottery will be charged $100 for a 10'X10' spot to pitch their open-sided tents during the three-day party, while non-members will pay $125.
Money raised will go toward Mountain Fair creating a “shade structure” or structures that will be put up in years to come to create shade for everybody.
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The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to allow a 170-foot-long solar array at the entrance to the Nature Park on Tuesday night, but not before John Foulkrod invoked one of the environmental movement’s most quoted songs.
“We’re paving paradise to put up a parking lot,” said Foulkrod, paraphrasing one of Joni Mitchell’s best-known songs. “ … we’re destroying one of (the most) beautiful things we have left in town.”
Foulkrod voted against the array. Voting for it were Stacey Bernot, John Hoffmann, Elizabeth Murphy, Pam Zentmyer and Allyn Harvey. Frosty Merriott was absent. Read more >
Years of planning and discussion between the town of Carbondale and the Colorado Department of Transportation will translate into actual construction this September, when crews begin removing power lines along Highway 133.
Electric, cable TV and fiber-optic lines should be completely relocated and buried by November, opening the door to a major overhaul of the highway itself in April-October 2014. A third traffic lane will be added in the center of the highway to function as a left-turn lane for both northbound and southbound cars, and a new roundabout will take the place of the existing signalized intersection at Main Street and 133.
While they’re at it, crews will also make a series of pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented improvements — adding paved trails and crosswalks to ease travel along the highway and across the highway. Read more >