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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

June 15, 1978

Residents of the Crystal Meadows subdivision were shocked to hear that Gunnison County might be decommissioning the bridge that offered the only access into the area. The resulting outcry inspired Senator Floyd Haskell’s office to assure constituents that the bridge could stay for at least another year — although the foundations were going weaker with every spring runoff. The bridge was actually owned by the U.S. Army, who had loaned to the U.S. Forest Service who in turn loaned it to the county — making it difficult to ascertain who would be in charge of replacing it.

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In other news… Seven 20-somethings were injured when a pickup slid off a switchback on Schofield Pass.

June 16, 1988

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Mountain Bell put in a proposal to unify Aspen to Rifle under one local calling area. Prior to that, only Basalt and Glenwood Springs were considered local for Carbondale callers, with everywhere else costing 50¢ a minute. The expansion came at the the cost of increased base rates — from as low as $7.82 to $16.85 a month for residential users. Luckily, folks were able to look at their calling habits and choose the plan that fit them best.

In other news… Chris Chacos made use of a Carbondale Fire truck to water posie pots hung out of reach on downtown street lamps.

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June 18, 1998

Plans were made public for an expanded trailer park, commercial complex and a park to the 325-acre Blue Creek parcel in El Jebel. Residential lot sizes were expected to vary from 8,000 square feet to six acres with views of Sopris and plenty of pedestrian access. There was also talk of a “pitch and putt” golf area, a stone yard or a tree nursery. An additional 10 acres would be given to Roaring Fork School District, with an additional 7 acres coming from Blue Lake.

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In other news… Folks were less than thrilled with new banners around town declaring it “A great place to BE!”

June 12, 2008

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The planned location for Carbondale’s annual Independence Day fireworks was moved from White Hill to the new Roaring Fork High School property. The change was sparked by the previous year’s display, which sent embers onto the recently-expanded Crystal River Elementary School building and burnt holes in the roof. Officials expected the standard viewing spots along Snowmass Drive or in school parking lots to work just as well with the new arrangement. With open space in increasingly short supply, the fire department also opted to use smaller shells. (Since then, the display has gone by the wayside entirely.)

In other news… The Town began locking park restrooms at night after several acts of vandalism.

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