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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

June 22, 1978

The Town of Carbondale decided to begin enforcing an old policy restricting out of towners from using the municipal dump. With only nine months of operative life remaining on the facility and an estimated half of usage coming from outside town, trustees felt their hands were tied. Negotiations for a new site were underway, but disagreements continued to hang up the deal. (The Town no longer operates its own hauling service or dump at all.)

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June 23, 1988

Hoping to increase the popularity of the John Fleet Municipal Pool, Town officials rechristened it “The Beach.” Staffers donned tropical attire, picnic tables and umbrellas were added to the grass and actual sand was considered — but the filters couldn’t take it. The pool had, incidentally, just had its first year breaking even thanks to attendance and camps, and thus garnered more support for improvements like a snack bar and wading pool. Coupled with the rebranding, it made for a then record $1,541 on opening day.

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June 25, 1998

The North Face was reportedly considering Carbondale as the site for its new corporate offices, though calls to the San Francisco-based company were not returned. According to rumors, anyway, they were close to buying the 36-acre Smith property south of town. Mayor Randy Vanderhurst had previously made mention of negotiations with a major national company — calling it “better than a longshot” — and it seemed likely that the outdoor gear manufacturer was the one in question. If so, it was expected to bring 100 jobs paying anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 to town and boost the local economy. (North Face eventually abandoned the idea but supplied the property that became the eponymous park.)

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June 19, 2008

A building permit was issued for the town’s largest house yet. At 14,760 square feet, the Perry Ridge home would be almost double the size of its neighbors, prompting residents to call for a cap similar to (but likely lower than) Pitkin County’s. Under the existing rules, however, it was deemed compliant — although the Design Review Committee initially mistook it for a main house with an accessory dwelling unit. Roughly 10 other lots in River Valley Ranch were estimated to be capable of holding a house that size, leaving plenty of room for a new record.

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