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  • This year’s agility championships are dedicated to Bill Lukes, who helped bring it to Carbondale. Read more >
    File photo by Jane Bachrach

  • The Dead Iron Mule sits today in a meadow along the North Lost Creek Trail. Read more >
     Photo by Justin Patrick

  • CARE's “Dressed to the K9s” fundraiser lived up to its name as animals and people flaunted their outfits on and off-stage.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • This huge evergreen on Red Hill was struck by lightning during last week’s thunderstorm and split in pieces.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Due to the omission of a header, two items in this week's print calendar — "African Dance" and "Brainstorm" — appear to be taking place on the wrong day. Both events are on Monday, Sept. 25. Read more >

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Carbondale and Rural Fire Protect District has two new faces on its board: ordinance officer Gretchen Stock-Bell and former mayor Michael Hassig, who will also serve as the new secretary/treasurer. The pair were chosen from among three applicants to fill the seats left open by Carl Smith and Lou Eller, both of whom have moved out of the district. Read more >
The Dandelion Market, Carbondale’s community food co-op grocery store that features locally grown produce and organic and natural foods, is celebrating its grand re-opening with a community Bonanza on Saturday, Sept. 23. The market is conveniently located at 1310 Highway 133, next to Rhumba Girl Liquors and across the road from Wells Fargo Bank. The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., and will include store specials, door prizes, activities, music and a potluck lunch. Read more >
WindWalkers is probably best known for the therapeutic riding it runs year round on Missouri Heights, but some of its most important work takes place outside the arena. “It goes well beyond the physical component,” Executive Director Gabrielle Greeves explained. “When you create health for one, you create the ability for them to engage in and heal the entire community.” Read more >
For fourteen days last July, myself and eleven other students from across the country, embarked on an adventure of a lifetime through the rocky Dolomite mountains on a Moondance trip. Moondance Adventures is an adventure travel company for middle and high school students with trips in five different continents, seventeen countries and eleven states in the US. The program’s philosophy incorporates a strong belief in the power of the outdoors with the ideas of positivity and “living in the moment.” Read more >
In 1960, Carbondale Union High School and Basalt High School came together under one roof and became Roaring Fork High School. The arrangement only lasted for two years while Basalt’s facilities were improved, but it left a lasting impression in Carbondale. The high school, now two buildings along, still has the conjoined name, mascot (Rams rather than Bulldogs) and colors (Blue and gold instead of blue and white). Read more >
Sept. 22, 1977: Mid-Continent miners were back at work after a one day walkout over uncompleted shower facilities. The bathhouse had been destroyed in a flash flood over the summer, and Ma Mid had apparently promised to have them done by the previous week. Read more >
Carbondale’s canine population is going to see quite the boom this weekend, starting Sept. 21: more than 90 dogs of all breeds and sizes will be accompanying their handlers to compete in the Dogs on Course in North America National Dog Agility Championships (DOCNA) at North Face Park. Competitors and their dogs will undergo several timed obstacle-course events, including snakes and ladders, jumpers and time gambles. Read more >
Near Marble, up rock-and-mud County Road 3 just past the Outward Bound facility, lies the North Lost Trailhead. It is one of the less-travelled entrances into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, and for good cause. It is hard to spot, for starters. But it is also steep and overgrown and requires at least two substantial creek crossings and does not offer any immediately gratifying views, the kind prized by typical day hikers. Read more >