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Pages of the Past: Pioneer Project, popcorn and Pearlington

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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal, compiled by Lynn Burton

Feb. 22, 1977
In articles from the Feb. 22, 1977 issue of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal:
• The Carbondale Board of Trustees was preparing to hold their meeting in the “new” town hall building at Second and Garfield. Previous to that, town hall was located on Main Street in one of the bottom spaces in the Dinkel Building.
• In a letter to the editor, the Crystal River Environmental Protection Association announced its first membership drive and also some of its accomplishments, which included “helping to alert” the public about the Marble Ski Area.
• Folks were also preparing for a “major” partial solar eclipse and planned to view it in “the park.” Scientists said approximately 88 percent of the sun would be blotted out. The North American swath was 150 miles wide and included Oregon, Washington, Idaho, North Dakota and Montana, before moving into Canada. A group calling itself “The Alternative Chamber of Commerce” was organizing a “major gathering” in the park. The VJ reported that coffee and donuts “may or may not be provided.”

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Feb. 26, 1987
The Pioneer Project economic development effort ended its research phase with a meeting that attracted about 50 people. A total of 43 ideas to boost the town’s economy were listed. The top ideas included developing the arts industry as an economic force, and building a golf course. Other ideas included building a coal-mining museum, and selling locally produced beef and poultry. The Rocky Mountain Institute provided the tutelage in its first-ever project of this kind.

Feb. 20, 1997
Community-access radio station KDNK was looking for volunteers to help it move from its upstairs quarters in the Dinkel Building to the old town hall/new nonprofit center at Second and Garfield. “Just call up or show up,” said station manager Allen Scott. Also needed: trucks, vans and other vehicles. Most of the work would entail moving records, CDs, furniture, studio equipment and the satellite dish (located on top of the west end of the Dinkel Building). Scott told the VJ that KDNK volunteers and staffers will miss “the sweet popping scent of freshly popped corn wafting up from the Crystal Theatre.” The article also pointed out the radio station’s rent was slated to double next year, and increase 4 percent per year for the following five years.

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Feb. 22, 2007
Colorado Rocky Mountain School announced it would hold a fundraiser to send 30 students to Pearlington, Mississippi to continue that small town’s rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina a year earlier. The mission to Pearlington was part of the school’s annual March Intersession.