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    What do Flint (Michigan) and Carbondale have in common?

    Does Carbondale’s drinking water contain lead that has leached from the town’s water delivery system? The short answer is, not as far as local officials know. Ever since the news broke that residents of the city of Flint, Michigan was suffering from lead poisoning in its municipal water system, towns all over the U.S. have been wondering if they have the same problem. And the question does not seem to be one that can easily be answered. A Feb. 8 a New York Times article reported unsafe lead levels have recently turned up in Washington, D.C.; Durham and Greenville, N.C.; and Jackson, Miss, to name just a few. While lead water pipes were federally banned more than three decades ago, according to the article, there are millions of instances of lead pipes in the ground that predate the ban, most of them in the “service pipe” networks that carry water into homes or businesses. read more →
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    RFTA rolls out plan for the Rio Grande ArtWay

    Plans moved forward last week for the Rio Grande ArtWay through Carbondale, although it is not likely that actual work on the gardens, supplemental trails, sculpture installations and other aspects of the ArtWay will begin until summer at the earliest, and perhaps not until next year. Amy Kimberly, executive director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and a main driver behind plans to make Carbondale a designated “Creative District,” said roughly 35 people took part in a meeting on April 14 between CCAH and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), which controls the Rio Grande Trail as it winds through town. “It went great,” Kimberly recalled. “It was a pretty diverse swath of the community, and everybody was pretty positive.” The plan behind the ArtWay effort is to beautify the trail as it runs through Carbondale, with a variety of locally-sponsored, volunteer-initiated projects. read more →
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    CRMS eco-warrior a plaintiff in climate lawsuit

    Proponents of a lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of violating the rights of American young people and future generations, by contributing to global warming through the promotion of fossil fuels, recently won a victory in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon when a judge ruled that the lawsuit has sufficient merit to continue through the federal court system. And there on the steps of the Oregon courthouse was a student from Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Jaime Butler, 15, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who is one of 21 plaintiffs in the precedent-setting lawsuit. The suit, filed last year with the help of an Oregon-based nonprofit organization named Our Children’s Trust, a group of attorneys, and climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, moves ahead after a March 10 decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin in Eugene, Oregon. “In this case, the government has allegedly taken action through subsidies, regulations, etc., that creates massive CO2 emissions, and has failed to limit such emissions despite a duty to do so,” states the judge’s decision, in part. read more →
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    Carbondale Community Food Co-op looks to future

    Members of the Carbondale Community Food Co-op are being invited to take part in an upcoming meeting of the membership and managers of the organization, and while some might have worried that the meeting could bring out some bad news, those in charge say that’s not the case. A notice on the organization’s Web site describing the April 30 membership meeting contained the statement, “We need your active participation right now to keep our doors open. We will also be presenting important issues for members to vote on!” But the situation is not in any way as critical as that statement might seem to some, according to one co-op veteran. “Things are going really well,” said co-op vice president Laurie Guevara-Stone on Monday. While management of the small, natural-foods emporium is challenging, as it has been since it opened its doors eight years ago, it is not in immediate danger of closing she said. read more →
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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 →