Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Carbondale’s bag fee subsidizing Waste Diversion Day

    Carbondale residents once again will, at the end of this month, have an opportunity to clear out their collections of junk and gear in a way that not only will give them more space at home but also will benefit the environment by keeping all that junk from ending up in local landfills. And the costs of disposing of all that junk will be paid by a program that also has been hailed for its environmental benefits — the town’s five-year old ban on plastic grocery bags and a related fee. Every time a customer asks for a paper bag to carry their groceries at the Carbondale City Market grocery store, they pay 20 cents for it, and that money accumulates in a fund that is used to subsidize costs associated with the town’s annual Waste Diversion Day (WD Day) and spring clean up. This year’s WD Day falls on April 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue, across from Town Hall. Carbondale residents can avail themselves of special pricing and “free offers” if they bring a photo ID and a utility bill or vehicle registration to confirm their in-town status. read more →
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    4-H Club sets sights on Rifle

    The annual run-up to August's Garfield County Fair in Rifle is now under full steam in the Carbondale area's 4-H Club circles, as young enthusiasts pick the categories they will be competing in (exclusively livestock projects at this point), seek out the animals they will be working with, and start the search for possible buyers of the animals they raise and care for. Lisa Nieslanik, leader of the Black Sheep 4-H Club (the other Carbondale-based group is the Mt. Sopris Club), held an organizational meeting on April 3 at her home on White Hill overlooking the town. To open the meeting, she laid out the rules, schedules and planned “community service projects” that will consume the time and effort of 19 club members, who range in age from 10 to 16 or so years. read more →
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    C’dale featuring “dueling codes” for a while

    Developers, property owners and others who hope to win approval for building projects in Carbondale are cautioned that for the next month or so the town’s Web site (carbondalegov.org) will feature what the town’s head planner termed “dueling codes” that, among other provisions, lay out the town’s rules for reviewing development proposals. The final version of the town’s rewritten code, known as the Unified Development Code, has been formally approved by the Board of Trustees and, following some last-minute adjustments by the town’s planners, is to be posted on the website this week or early next week. But because the UDC is not due to go into formal and final effect until May 9, said planning director Janet Buck, the town’s old code remains in effect until that date and also will remain on the town’s website. read more →
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    Armed robber hits Highway 133 store in Carbondale

    Carbondale saw its second armed robbery in four months on Tuesday evening, when a man carrying a pistol walked into a store at 587 Highway 133 and robbed the owner at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money, according to the Carbondale Police Department. No one was injured in the incident, police reported. Officers were called to the location at 6 p.m., according to a statement issued by police at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The robbery took place shortly before officers were called to the scene, according to police. The heist was allegedly perpetrated by a “Hispanic male of unknown age,” who stood between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6 with “a thin build and black hair,” according to a description from the business owner, contained in a statement issued by the police. read more →
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    Proposed energy tax generates questions, some answers

    One question has come up more than others during recent discussions about Carbondale’s proposed Climate Action Excise Tax, which would increase taxes on residents and businesses electric and natural gas bills, and is up for a public vote on April 5. The question: Why doesn’t Ballot Question 2A mention specific programs to help the town address climate change and meet the goals set out in its “Energy and Climate Protection Plan.” The short answer, CLEER staffer Erica Sparhawk told The Sopris Sun: “We (the town) wanted flexibility without being locked in to specific programs.” And one reason for flexibility is the speed at which new sustainability technology is being invented and put to use. read more →
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    North side resident urges crack down on idlers

    The Carbondale Environmental Board (known generally as the E-Board) this week voted to recommend that the town reduce the length of time that vehicles are allowed to idle while stationary, following an appeal from a local citizen who wanted to “help our streets from belching smoke every day.” Currently, a vehicle can sit idling for up to 10 minutes at a time before its owner risks a ticket for violating the town’s applicable ordinance, according to town staffer Lisa Nieslanik. But, according to a letter written to the town’s trustees by 19-year Carbondale resident and businesswoman Cari Kaplan (which was forwarded to the E-Board), allowing a vehicle to idle that long is bad for the health of children, bad for the environment, bad for the inner workings of the vehicles themselves, and out of line with smog-limiting efforts by other communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. read more →
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    Bears still snoozing, watch out in coming week

    Although spring-like weather has blossomed in the Roaring Fork Valley in recent weeks (with momentary revivals of winter’s cold and wet), the annual appearance of bears coming out of hibernation has not yet accompanied the warmer temperatures, according to wildlife officials. Only one bear sighting has been reported so far in this region, said Perry Will, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Manager for Area 8, which covers Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties. read more →
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    Emergency marijuana moratorium ordinance fails 4-2

    There is not yet a moratorium on new cannabis-related businesses in Carbondale, but the town’s Board of Trustees is likely to take another look at the idea in April, as a way of working to alleviate what some have referred to as the town’s “marijuana ghetto” in the neighborhood of Village Road and Buggy Circle. A proposed “emergency moratorium,” proposed by Trustee Allyn Harvey, was on the agenda of a March 16 special meeting of the trustees (after The Sopris Sun went to press), at which the town also gave formal approval to subdivision plans and other details concerning the Carbondale Marketplace project, where a new, larger City Market grocery store is to be built. read more →
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    Rodeo arena going roofless again this summer

    People sitting in the bleachers at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on Catherine Store Road, gathered to watch the rodeo next summer, will not have a sheltering roof above them, although Carbondale officials had been planning to erect a roof over the bleachers this spring. The project, which is to cost close to $70,000 (and is to include renovation of the announcer’s booth) will take place next fall, after Garfield County put the brakes on approvals for the construction project in order to review a permit application for the project and memorialize the county's understanding of uses for the property. read more →
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    Merriott, Byars spat turns ugly at trustees meeting

    At a meeting on March 9, what seemed to be ongoing enmity between two trustees — Frosty Merriott and Katrina Byars — erupted into a full-fledged argument that prompted Byars to leave the meeting early after indicating she may step down from her position on the Board of Trustees. Merriott, reacting to Byars’ remarks about the need for housing among the town’s poorer residents, suggested that Byars was thinking more of her own needs rather than those of the broader community, and Byars accused Merriott of inappropriately attacking her personally at this meeting and on previous occasions. The exchange boiled over at a point nearly three hours into the four-hour meeting, during a wide-ranging discussion about adopting the recently completed Unified Development Code’s (UDC) and its provisions concerning affordable housing. read more →