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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal
(Available for public perusal at the Carbondale Branch Library)

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Sept. 8, 1977

A Grand Junction contractor had little to no luck moving the old Carbondale bridge, which had been sold to Pitkin County the previous year. The 10-story crane brought out for the job apparently exceeded its 27-ton limit and almost tipped into the Roaring Fork, prompting workmen to put it back and try to think of a new plan.

In other news… Area vets were combating an apparent outbreak of encephalitis in horses from Carbondale to Basalt.

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Sept. 10, 1987

Residents on Willow Lane east of Carbondale turned out en mass to revegetate a section of the then one-lane road which had recently been widened by Larry Gerbaz, who lived at the end of the road. Gerbaz contended that the so-called “bottleneck” was a hazard and made snow removal difficult. His neighbors balked at the change of character without consultation, particularly since it left a utility pole in the middle of the route.

In other news… Brothers Jim and Jerry Tylich had recently opened up a Radio Shack outlet in the Crystal Village Shopping Center, and were pictured helping a young Heidi Hendricks with a Walkman.

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Sept. 11, 1997

A survey conducted for Carbondale’s comprehensive plan revealed that more residents worked in town than commuted to Aspen — a surprise at the time. With 383 completed surveys, 34 percent of respondents worked in or around Carbondale, 26 percent in the Aspen area, 9 percent in Glenwood, 6 percent in Basalt and less than two percent in the Crystal Valley.

In other news… River Valley Ranch was considering ripping out a large swath of freshly planted trees and replacing them with new landscaping.

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Sept. 13, 2007

Some trustees had concerns about a plan for affordable housing along the south end of Third Street, citing problematic precedent in rezoning the 14-acre school-district-owned property without a formal development plan. Mayor Michael Hassig, in turn, expressed fears that the process could be “stumbling into paralysis”. (Indeed, the original plan for up to 89 residential units never materialized, although a much smaller version just broke ground.)

In other news… White House Pizza celebrated its 10th anniversary. (We didn’t notice anything about its founding in the ’97 issue, nor have we heard about any 20th anniversary celebrations.)

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