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    P&Z recommends OK for City Market

    Carbondale’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) last week recommended that the Board of Trustees (BOT) approve a subdivision proposal to build a new City Market grocery store and other commercial spaces on a parcel of land at the western edge of town adjacent to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) property. The proposed stores would be built on land previously considered for two larger developments, known as the Crystal River Market Place and the Village at Crystal River, which as proposed would have involved construction of considerably more retail and some residential development. read more →
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    Dance Initiative announces 2016 AIR lineup

    “When Dance Initiative first opened the Launchpad in the fall of 2014, we had much room to grow and immediately set our sights on making the studios at the Launchpad a place where both local and regional dance artists could create dances,” said founder Peter Gilbert in the group’s recent newsletter. “In 2015, Dance Initiative forged ahead with a whole new Artist-in-Residency program that hosted nationally known artist Molissa Fenley & Company, regional dance artist Patrick Mueller, and local choreographer Alya Howe,” Gilbert continued. “Each of these artists created original work, held open rehearsals, and shared their work through studio performances that many … were a part of.” read more →
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    Carbondale fire district preps for May 3 board election

    The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District is preparing for a May 3 election of district board members, although district officials are prepared for that election to not be held. At its Jan. 13 fire board meeting, the district’s directors approved a resolution that, first and foremost, appointed Fire Chief Ron Leach as the official “designated election official” or DEO, charged with overseeing the election. The second clause of the resolution provides that the DEO is authorized to cancel the election “if the only matter before the electors is the election of persons to office” and “if, at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election there are not more candidates than offices to be filled.” read more →
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    Alleged pot traffickers suspended in “limbo”

    A pair of Carbondale men were arrested on Jan. 13 in Ohio and currently are facing stiff penalties over charges of marijuana possession, and possibly marijuana possession with intent to distribute, after police reportedly found 123 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. But as of Tuesday, the cases against the two men seemed to be suspended in a kind of legal “limbo” between two different levels of Ohio’s court system, according to one official. Kelly Lance Harding, 47, and Craig Andrews Voigt, 46, both of Carbondale, reportedly were driving east along I-70 through Ohio when they were stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) about 25 miles west of Columbus, allegedly for following too close to another vehicle. read more →
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    Arn Menconi eyeing Senate as a Green candidate

    For what appears to be the first time since the late U.S. Congressman Mike Strang (R-Colo.) was elected to serve a single term, back in 1984, Carbondale is home to a candidate for national office — this time in the person of former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi. Menconi, 56 and divorced, moved to Carbondale last year to be close to his daughter and son as they attend school here. He recently declared that he plans on challenging incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in November as a candidate for the Green Party. An official with the Colorado Green Party confirmed this week that Menconi is in the running for the party’s Senate nomination, and that he is so far the only candidate seeking to run in that capacity. read more →
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    Eight candidates step up for Carbondale trustee election

    A total of eight candidates have submitted petitions to run for three open seats on Carbondale’s Board of Trustees this spring, according to Town Clerk Cathy Derby. Those eight, in alphabetical order, are Ben Bohmfalk, Michael Durant, Allyn Harvey (incumbent), Wayne Horak, John “Doc” Philip, Dan Richardson, Marty Silverstein and Patricia Warman. The election is scheduled for April 5, and it is to be a mail-in ballot, meaning there will be no polling places set in precincts around town as historically was the case on election day. read more →
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    City Market continues shopping for P&Z okay

    Carbondale’s citizen planners have put off making any recommendations regarding a proposed City Market grocery store project, known as the Carbondale Marketplace on the west side of Highway 133, following an initial public hearing on Jan. 21. The matter was continued until the next meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), on Feb 4. At the Jan. 21 meeting, according to town planner Janet Buck, four members of the public were present for the public hearing. The project owner, the Kroger/King Soopers grocery chain that owns Colorado’s City Market stores, plans to build a new, 58,000-square-foot grocery store; roughly 7,000 square feet of connected retail spaces; and a gas station kiosk with pumps, all on slightly less than eight acres northwest of the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133. 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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    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 →