• Sections: Columns Published

    Gathering the public lands loving clan at Wildfest

    Summer is in full swing and there’s so much to cram into this short but busiest season. The rivers are full, the wildflowers are glorious, the trails are melting out, and the high country beckons. Because our surrounding public lands are most accessible this time of year, we’re all out there busy pursuing the activities that keep us fit and renew our spirits. read more →
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    Bookbinders Basalt brings back the personal

    If you’ve been mourning the loss of The Novel Tea Shop or Town Center Booksellers, take heart — the midvalley has a bookstore again. Bookbinders Basalt, located at 731 E Valley Rd. across from Bristlecone Sports and next to the Midland Clothing Company in the Willits Town Center, celebrates its grand opening all day on June 22 after a little more than a week of quiet business. read more →
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    A Dumpster fire, floating car and lost hikers

    While Dead Dog and Hunter fires are contained and unlikely to spread, high water and little rain have local first responders nervous — and they’ve been busy this week. read more →
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    Native son shines on C’dale farmers’ market

    Ben Armstrong thinks a farmer’s market would make a great setting for a reality TV show. The Aspen native has been involved in the Carbondale markets as a vendor for Roaring Gardens in the past, but this year he’s in charge of the whole event. “I kind of didn’t know how much work it was going to be to manage,” he said. “Now that it’s starting it’s a lot more rewarding.” read more →
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    The organization behind the big balloon bash

    One of the Roaring Fork Valley region’s longest-running humanitarian organizations, Lift-Up, is holding a three-day celebration event this weekend, June 23 – 25, called “Lift Off for Lift-Up,” a hot-air balloon festival at Crown Mountain Park and other venues in the El Jebel and Willits communities. The events, which marks the organization’s thirty-fifth year of operations, will run from Friday evening (starting with a 6 p.m. concert at Triangle Park in the Willits Town Center. read more →
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    TCI Ranch sells for $7.2 million

    One of the last historic ranches between Aspen and Glenwood Springs recently sold for $7.2 million, according to records at the Garfield County Clerk & Recorder’s office. Variously known in recent years as the TCI Lane Ranch and McClure River Ranch, the 100-acre parcel sits on the south side of Highway 82 along the Roaring Fork River, just upvalley from Catherine Store. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Reaching out to Aspen, Nicaragua, Kroger

    June 25, 1987: KDNK, Carbondale’s then four-year-old community radio station, expanded its reach by striking a deal to join other local broadcasters on the Pitkin County translator system. Though the move reportedly was preceded by “months of tinkering” by engineers and political wrangling, KDNK’s signal finally reached Aspen this week, with plans to ultimately serve listeners in Marble, Redstone, Snowmass, Basalt and the Fryingpan River Valley, not to mention Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Prince Creek management plan available for comment

    Valley residents interested in plans to improve mountain biking, hiking and other recreational uses in the Prince Creek area near Carbondale have until June 30 to make their feelings known. That is when a public comment period on the draft Prince Creek Open Space management plan will come to an end, followed by what Pitkin County recreation planners hope will be the start of construction of a new trail alongside the road leading to trails in the Crown area. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Plenty to do here

    Dear Editor: Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 were big days in Carbondale. Thursday was the annual Art Walk. Attendees were led up and down Main Street to see the numerous artworks in town, many of which I’ve never noticed before. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    A daddy daughter bucket list college graduation trip

    In 2009, our first ever Daddy Daughter Trip was Yellowstone and we stayed in a cabin with no lock on the doors and there had been grizzly sightings! It was my first alone time with Shiloh and no Carly and she was a teenager for God’s sake! When the Pillow Pet came out, though, I knew I was still just Daddy. The Lamar Valley was referred to as the “American Serengeti” and that stuck; I wanted to take her to see the real thing. I began saving my money. read more →