Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Tax hikes on April’s ballot

    The April 5 town-wide election could put up to three new members on the Carbondale Board of Trustees, but residents are also being asked whether to approve a new property tax to pay for capital improvements, and whether to increase taxes on natural gas and electric bills to pay for programs to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use. The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted to put both questions on the April 5 ballot at its Jan. 13 meeting. read more →
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    Expeditionary learning at CRES? Not at this time

    With a new principal and assistant principal at Crystal River Elementary School this year, many changes are underway. One change that has been under consideration is whether the school will become an expeditionary learning (EL) school. A survey of CRES staff last month, however, indicated that while more than twice as many staff members support a partnership with EL Education as oppose it, CRES will not be moving forward with EL at this time. EL Education only agrees to partner with schools in which at least 80 percent of staff are in support of the partnership. The results of the recent CRES EL Readiness Survey, which were shared with the School Accountability Committee last week, indicated that 61 percent of CRES staff (27 staff members) supported entering into a partnership with EL, close to 30 percent (13 staff members) did not support entering into a partnership with EL, and 9 (four staff members) were undecided. read more →
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    Carbondale trustees OK new lighting ordinance

    Carbondale’s board of trustees on Jan. 13 passed revisions to the town’s outdoor lighting regulations in an effort to rein in a growing use of light-emitting diodes (L.E.D.) devices that tend to radiate considerably more “offensive” illumination than other, historically dominant lighting technologies. The ordinance that was passed last week refers to “certain types of modern lighted signs, including those that use L.E.D. Technology, (that) can be inconsistent with the Town’s goal of reducing glare and offensive light sources.” The trustees had been discussing the town’s lighting ordinance for months, in response to concerns that L.E.D. lighting displays were adding to the level of light pollution around Carbondale. The discussions specifically mentioned a new sign at the Faith Lutheran Church on Highway 133, in the building that once housed the Roaring Fork Family Physicians clinic. read more →
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    Trustee election draws at least three new faces

    Carbondale’s board of trustees will see a few changes come April 5, with the election of at least two and possibly three new board members. There are three seats up for grabs in the election, according to town officials. Trustees Pam Zentmyer and John Hoffmann both are leaving the board due to term limits, meaning they cannot run for re-election. Trustee Allyn Harvey, however, can run for re-election and apparently will, as he has taken out a nominating petition and is circulating it around town to gather signatures from qualified voters in support of his candidacy. Nominating petitions have been available at Town Hall since Jan. 5, and are due back in Town Clerk Cathy Derby’s office by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 in order for candidates to have their names placed on the ballot. According to town officials, as of Tuesday, Jan. 12, three other local residents had taken out petition forms in hopes of getting onto the town board. The three new names hoping to get on the ballot were Ben Bohmfalk, Michael Durant and Dan Richardson, each of whom has government service in his background either in Carbondale or in Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    How to navigate the fuel crisis in Nepal

    In Nepal, few people are talking about the two major and more than 300 minor earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May of 2015. The impacts will be felt for years: 7 million people seriously affected or displaced — of those; 1.7 million are children. Half a million destroyed houses and 260 refugee camps are hard to ignore. The earthquakes’ aftermath was tragic and hopeful — tragic for the lives lost, and hopeful for the unity that was born of the loss. That unity was finally realized when the Nepal government agreed on and signed a constitution. After eight years of disagreement, strikes and violent clashes, this could have been a time to celebrate. read more →
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    Draft version of UDC complete, hearing slated

    “We’re not done yet,” said Carbondale planning director Janet Buck on Dec. 15, speaking to the town’s board of trustees about the long-discussed Unified Development Code, which incorporates revisions to the town’s land-use code book. But the five-year process of rewriting the town’s comprehensive land-use plan, and the town’s development review codes along with the comprehensive plan, is nearing its conclusion with an upcoming public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Feb. 18, and final adoption by the trustees anticipated in March. read more →
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    A New Path offers new road to addiction recovery

    At A New Path, an addiction-recovery support organization in Carbondale, the first sight that greeted a recent visitor was a tabletop lined with ornate gingerbread houses, of the kind one might expect to see at a Christmas bake sale. But the tiny edible structures actually are part of the ongoing support and therapy offered by A New Path, which operates out of the Third Street Center and is part of a growing trend in the addiction-recovery community nationwide. Pointing to the gingerbread houses, and a photo of a recent Christmas dinner for the clients, A New Path’s director, Stefan Bate, told The Sopris Sun during a recent interview, “We try to make a big deal out of the holidays, because holidays can be a tough time for the guys. Some of the guys told us this is the best holiday they’ve ever had.” read more →
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    Food Co-op in “transformation”, hiring new manager

    The Carbondale Community Food Co-op (or Co-op for short) is undergoing “a major transformation” aimed at boosting the store’s inventories and stabilizing the organization’s finances, while paying off old debts to vendors, according to its newsletter and a statement by the Co-op’s board of directors. The first sign of the upcoming changes, however, is the appearance of a new face in the store’s office. Long-time store manager Avtar has left, and board member Julie Edman is standing in as interim store manager while a search committee headed by board member Laurie Guevara-Stone looks for a permanent replacement. According to Guevara-Stone, Avtar left the position in mid-December, apparently in keeping with the board’s approval of a “strategic plan for growth.” read more →
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    Trustees discussing tax hikes, lighting ordinance

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees on Jan. 13 will be debating a couple of revenue-raising proposals, in the form of an energy fee that would be attached to local utility bills, and a property tax increase meant to pay for capital improvements projects and take some fiscal pressure off the town’s general operating fund. The meeting — which is a formal, regular meeting — is being held on Wednesday in keeping with the trustees’ decision late last year to change their meeting day from its historical schedule of the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, to the second and fourth Wednesday. read more →
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    Cop Shop

    From Dec. 17-23, Carbondale police officers handled 177 calls for service. During that period, officers investigated the following cases of note: read more →