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Pages of the Past: Reaching out to Aspen, Nicaragua, Kroger

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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal, compiled by John Colson

June 25, 1987

KDNK, Carbondale’s then four-year-old community radio station, expanded its reach by striking a deal to join other local broadcasters on the Pitkin County translator system. Though the move reportedly was preceded by “months of tinkering” by engineers and political wrangling, KDNK’s signal finally reached Aspen this week, with plans to ultimately serve listeners in Marble, Redstone, Snowmass, Basalt and the Fryingpan River Valley, not to mention Glenwood Springs.

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June 26, 1997

Carbondale’s reputation as a place that sends its children all over the world to learn and grow got a little bit if a boost when valley native Julie DeVilbiss (daughter of Peggy and the late J.E.), then 22,  returned from five weeks of working in a Nicaraguan village where she witnessed the aftermath of that country’s vicious civil war. She went as part of Colorado Mountain College’s Friendship City program, which was sending “brigades” of local volunteers to help with economic development and other programs in the war-torn nation.

June 21, 2007

The town board of trustees once again was embroiled in discussions about the future of Carbondale, specifically the ongoing controversy over the Crystal River Marketplace property that currently is slated as the site of a new City Market store. But back then, the town government was working hard to give the developer, Rich Schierburg, some idea of what local voters might accept on the property after the electorate decisively turned down an earlier plan to build a mall centered around a big-box store of some kind.

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