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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.

  • Check out this week's centerspread for a report on the last couple years at The Sopris Sun or view it online now.

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May 19, 1977: The Town of Carbondale, and the Carbondale Fire District, were feuding over the ownership of the district’s headquarters building at 76 S. Second Street (currently KDNK). The fire district claimed it is the building’s rightful owner, and the town should pay fair market value for it, which it said was $5,000. Read more >
The tire tracks traced the upward slope of the hill and veered across the road to where a group of teens stood by a broken fence, a rough wooden cross and a steadily growing floral memorial on the lip of a 200 foot drop. School had just let out on May 15, and friends of 17-year-old Ayleen Ruiz Alvarado had come to pay their respects at the site of the car accident that had claimed her life and sent five others to the hospital the night before. The accident on the evening of May 14 — Mother’s Day — was all too reminiscent of the other incidents that have marred graduation season here and elsewhere, right down to the spot on Thompson Creek Road (CR 108) known as Sweet Hill. Read more >
Achieving 100 percent recycling and composting, and zero trash, at events such as Dandelion Day may not be possible as long as there are babies that must be diapered, and folks who tote in non-recyclable items such as waxed paper, Styrofoam, Magic Markers and a few other others. "We can’t rule on what people bring in,” said EverGreen ZeroWaste co-owner Alyssa Reindel. Read more >
There’s a story behind the some of the seeds and starts you’ll see at Dandelion Day, and Casey Piscura is happy to tell it.
“When you buy a start from us, it’s been under the Colorado sun the whole time,” he told The Sopris Sun. “I’m giving you a packet of seeds for four bucks that are outgrowing hybrids in our greenhouse that are a dollar a seed.” Read more >
The Town of Basalt has reached an agreement with town manager finalist Ryan Mahoney, who is expected to sign a contract with the town later this week. Mahoney currently works as the Development Services Director for the City of Marana, Arizona and previously served as town manager in Buena Vista and Dolores. Read more >
The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before – a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week, meet Dave Dixon, the proprietor of Strange Imports on the Main Street level of the Dinkel Building.
THE SOPRIS SUN: Is the Carbondale Strange Imports the only location?
Dave Dixon: Right now, yes. We used to have a few others. One in Vail for a few years, one in Aspen for a couple as well. Read more >