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Pages of the Past: No shortage of controversy over the decades

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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal, compiled by Will Grandbois

May 26, 1977

Mayor John Fleet denied that there was any sort of feud brewing between the Town of Carbondale and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. A dispute over the ownership of a parking garage had been settled, Fleet said, and other concerns had been straightened out in personal conversation between himself and Fire Chief Ron Richards.

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In other news… Wallace Parker took a job as assistant superintendent after 12 years as principal of Roaring Fork High School.

May 28, 1987

Valley Journal Editor Pat Noel penned an editorial criticizing the state decision to up the drinking age to 21 — even for 3.2 beer — as “New Prohibition and blackmail from the federal government.” “The strategy is expected to save lives on the highway and, indeed, I hope that is the net result of this somewhat dubious legislation,” he wrote. “The legislation certainly, however, shuts the door on industry which helped many of us get through adolescence. Like tailfins on cars, I for one will miss it.”

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In other news… The World Championship Wildwater Downriver Races were held on the Crystal River, with CRMS alum Carol Fisher taking first place in women’s kayaking.

May 22, 1997

An old dispute over access to the undeveloped Te Ke Ki and Aspen Crystal River Estates subdivisions found new head when a local ranch manager plowed berms into the road south of Catherine Store. With no legal crossing over the railroad tracks, it was unclear whether it had ever qualified as a proper right of way. “To me, it’s not a public road and never was,” Garfield County Commissioner John Martin weighed in.

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In other news… The Glenwood Springs Trolley (a precursor to Ride Glenwood) was slated to begin operation in time for Memorial Day weekend.

May 24, 2007

A “flex zone” with potential for mixed commercial and residential development for the Crystal River Marketplace came out on top of the Home Depot option in a straw poll of the Board of Trustees. Either way, the property on the west side of Highway 133 would have had a 60,000 square foot grocery store and 38,000 square feet of auxiliary commercial space. (The final design was ultimately shot down in a town-wide vote.)

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In other news… Basalt High School junior Cody Russell won both the 100- and 200-meter titles in the 3A state track and field championship.

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