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  • Maeve Stone looks on as her sister, Harper, adds some bling to her bike at the Kids Bike Safety Rodeo at the Carbondale Recreation Center during Bonedale Bike Week. Photo by Trina Ortega

  • A mystery surrounds the grave of Wm. (Billy) Fisher (1873-1885) at Fisher Cemetery at Spring Valley. Read more > 

  • Pastor and Barista Lance Norton prepares an order at the Cilundu Coffee shop in the Third Street Center. Read more > 

  • Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois will be at the Pour House (351 Main St.) at noon Thursdays beginning June 1 to take your compliments and complaints, answer your questions and hear your suggestions.

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Don’t worry; your coffee won’t come with a sermon just because Mid Valley Church pastor Lance Norton is brewing it for you — unless you want it to, of course. “I know it’s an odd combination, but I don’t want people to think of it as the Christian coffee shop,” Norton said. “A lot of pastors view their primary role as Bible study and preaching, and I just don’t see it that way. You have that bartender that people kind of talk to about everything, and I hope I can be there for people that way whether they’re a Christian or not.” Read more >
he names of most cemeteries in these parts tend toward the geographic (Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen or Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum), the idyllic (Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle) or the generic (Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale). Apparently only one is named after a person or family. It’s Fisher Cemetery at Spring Valley, located a few miles beyond Colorado Mountain College. Read more >
The Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission, acting as the Board of Adjustment on May 11, instructed staff to craft “findings” — the first step in a process that could lead to a building permit denial at 728 Euclid. Carbondale building official John Plano issued a building permit to Pat Kiernan to construct a 4,455-square-foot house on his 7,040-square-foot lot in March, but several neighborhood residents protested the issuance, leading to the May 11 Board of Adjustment meeting. Read more >
The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists in Carbondale are prepared to become the valley's first sanctuary church, although at this point there in no one in line to seek their sanctuary.
The program was announced publicly at an interfaith “vigil” in Glenwood Springs on Mother's Day, May 14. Rev. Shawna Foster, the minister of the TRUU, is also a politically active participant in other social-justice causes, such as the recent mission to send of goods and assistance from Carbondale to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Read more >
Let’s unofficially roll out the ninth annual Bonedale Bike Week, coming up May 20-25, with some bicycle trivia, courtesy “Bicycle: The History” by David Herlihy and “The World Almanac Book of Records: First, Feats, Facts & Phenomena” by Mark Young.
• The term “bicycle” was not introduced until the 1860s, when it was coined in France to describe a new kind of two-wheeler with a mechanical drive. Read more >
Local organizations announced $128,000 in financial aid for Roaring Fork High School students at scholarship night on May 15 as their proud parents listened to the litany.
Though many of those present gave a great deal of credit to counselor Andrea Caruso, she was humble as she addressed the assembly. Read more >