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Scuttlebutt, 7/25/13

Credit-card “Town” mystery solved

Some folks have been scratching their head then reaching for the phone to call their credit card company, after noticing a “Town Carbondale” item on their recent statements. Folks who don’t even live in the town limits are reportedly scratching really hard, because they don’t remember giving Carbondale any money, such as paying a utility bill with a credit card. Town hall has even been fielding phone calls about the “town” item. It turns out the “town” in question is not “The town” of Carbondale. The “town” on credit card statements is the new Town. restaurant on Main Street.

Meet the new volleyball coach

Roaring Fork High School has a new girl’s volleyball coach. She’s Jennifer Dority, who takes over for Carrie Shultz. Dority crew up in the Chicago area and was a middle hitter for Bradley University (a Division 1 school). Her kill percentage, block assists and solos are still among the top 20 in Bradley history. Sopris Sun readers will learn more about Coach Dority as the 2013 season approaches.

Another Sun?

It turns out the Sopris Sun you’re reading right now was not the Roaring Fork Valley’s first Sopris Sun newspaper. That honor apparently goes to the Basalt-based Sopris Sun of 1970. A copy of the newspaper recently surfaced from a book found in a thrift store, and was Vol. 1, No. 29, March 27, 1970. In that 12-page issue, the following Basalt and Carbondale mayoral and town council candidates were profiled respectively: Phillip Shelden and Freeman Nash for mayor in Basalt, plus town council candidates Lowell Bair, Glen Curtis, Bill Eppley, Harry Terliamis, James Cavender, Ray Hendricks, Millard Kelley, Lynn Woolley and Norval King; in Carbondale, Charles Kelly and Virgil Payne for mayor, plus Gus Darien, Odie Cooper, Elaine Berry, Ione Neal Meredith, Joe Blanc, Bobby Cook, Mario Ronce, Neal Morris, Marcella Hicks and Fred Johnson. Advertisers included the Midland bar in Basalt (serving “The best hamburgers in the world”), Pied Piper toys and hobbies on Main Street in Basalt, Basalt Drug (which was having a “1 cent” sale for 10 days), and in Carbondale Frank’s Laundromat (with “new 15 pound washers”), and Jim’s Gun Shop on Main Street (offering “complete gun repair service.”) If anyone remembers anything about what was apparently the original Sopris Sun, feel free to drop the new Sopris Sun a line at

Looking at clouds that way

Last week’s Sopris Sun included a cloud photo by staff photographer Jane Bachrach and we asked readers if they saw what she saw. Kathy Enman was first to respond and she was correct with “a dog.” This wasn’t really a contest, although Enman declined the Sun’s offer of a free puppy as prize. Three other readers also responded: Toye was second to respond; Mary Wheeler was third to respond and said the dog was chasing after a ball with its ears flopping; Kristin Lawrence said she not only saw a dog, but that she’s certain it’s her golden-doodle named Teddy. As for future cloud shots, keep an eye out because Jane shoots them all the time.

GarCo fields Komen team

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office once again fielded a team for the recent Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, according to a press release. Megan Alstatt captained the team, which included more than 20 others. “It was our biggest team ever,” said a sheriff’s office spokesman.

They say it’s your birthday

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Jim Tippett, Adrienne Ackerman and Ruby Honan (July 25); Tom Baker and Brent Moss (July 28); and Cheryl Loggins, Nancy Barnett and Cresta Stewart (July 31).