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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

March 23, 1978

Carbondale Middle School Principal Everett Knutson defended the use of a plywood box as a discipline tool even as Superintendent Nick Massaro ordered the device destroyed. Knutson had reportedly asked janitor Bill Bartrem to build the device in response to the behavior of a specific special education student. Bartrem, also a fundamentalist minister, went to the police and signed a complaint that lead to an investigation. Although the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges, they did express “moral apprehension.”

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In other news… Don Poresky characterized the cost of building a four lane highway through Glenwood Canyon as “unjustified in light of the impending energy crisis as well as the country’s bloated national debt.”

March 24, 1988

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After seven years of discussion, a groundbreaking was schedule for Carbondale Senior Housing. About 40 interested seniors were interested in moving in to the 16-unit, two building complex. The projected was backed by a $768,500 check from the Farmers Home Administration, which was inspiring organizers to pursue another grant for a community center big enough to hold the Potato Day dance.

In other news… Carbondale Elementary School (now the Third Street Center) was slated to gain a new entrance and hallway to connect two formerly separate buildings.

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March 26, 1998

Crystal River Ranch expanded by 3,200 acres with the purchase of Deer Park Ranch along Dry Park Road. Spokesperson Sue Rodgers said in a press release that there were no plans of selling or developing any part of the acquired property. (The article didn’t mention what that brought the ranch’s total area to, but a quick search of the respective assessors offices shows current holdings in Garfield and Pitkin counties at over 18,000 acres).

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In other news… The Basalt Town Council was contemplating replacing a stretch of Two Rivers Road with a park and wildlife corridor.

March 20, 2008

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Roger Walters announced he would be stepping down after five years as coach of the Roaring Fork High School boys basketball team. During his tenure, the Rams had a 115-16 record and made it to the state tournament every year — playing in the championships twice and losing to Denver Christian both times.

In other news… JoEllen Maynard wrote a letter informing the Journal that a beetle-infested ponderosa across from the American Legion was not even close to the 100 years old estimated in a previous issue.

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