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    Wax, from a shed in Carbondale to gear everywhere

    Praise be! There’s finally snow! Wet, heavy snow. And while this reporter is all about earning turns, there’s a way to work smarter — not harder — while on the hill, thanks largely in part to Carbondale local Peter Arlein and friends. Arlein is the founder and CEO of Snow Shed Wax. The company, which makes a topsheet spray for skis and snowboards, distributes to retail stores in the United States and Canada and online behemoths like Backcountry.com. read more →
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    Red Hill agreement a win win

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees on Jan. 23 unanimously approved a memorandum outlining how Aspen Valley Land Trust will transfer ownership of a 24.96 acre property at the base of Red Hill to the Town. Although both organizations have considered attempting to buy the land in the past but it only become financially viable when the asking price was reduced last year. read more →
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    Former Ram garners state recognition

    This week, the Colorado High School Activities Association reiterated what many Carbondalians have known since 1989 — that Tricia Bader Binford was one of the finest athletes the state has ever seen. “She was definitely a special player,” said Larry Williams, who was an assistant coach when Binford played for the Roaring Fork Rams. “Her basketball IQ was well above average, for a freshman especially and her speed made her an incredible defensive player and helped her offensive game.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Trains, buses and schools

    In the Journal’s new Basalt section, 81-year-old Walter Hyrup reflected on the history of the town. J.P. Hyrup, Walt’s father, had moved the family from Helena, Montana and been killed in a pile up on the Colorado Midland Railroad, leaving behind a widow, four boys and a girl who put down deep roots. “From the time the school opened up until a couple of years ago there has always been a Hyrup in the school,” he said. “That’s continuous service.” read more →
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    ‘Business as usual’ after DOJ marijuana announcement

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions got rid of some Obama era guidance for legal marijuana states earlier this month, reiterating Congress’s determination that marijuana activity is a serious crime and a dangerous drug. Instead of marijuana specific guidance, prosecutors are instructed to use the general principles designed for all federal prosecutions. read more →
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    Five vie for four trustee seats

    With the deadline for applications past, five candidates have stepped forward as potential trustees for the municipal election in April: incumbents Luis Yllanes, Erica Sparhawk, Heather Henry and challengers April Spaulding and Lani Kitching. read more →
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    Poetry fits under the umbrella

    Maybe you’re a poet — and you do know it. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at slam poetry, Friday might be your night. Alya’s Umbrella, Aspen Words and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) have collaborated to bring award-winning John “Meta” Sarmiento to the Temporary at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 for the first-ever poetry slam at the venue.Tickets are $8 in advance at ticketfly.com and $11 at the door. read more →
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    Locally as well as nationally, women make less than men

    There are several reasons why one employee may receive higher compensation than another — education, experience and salary negotiations at the time of hiring, among others. But the numbers for Garfield County also reveal another discrepancy among incomes: gender. Men who are employed full time in Garfield County earn, on average, more than 1.5 times than a woman working full time, according to Data USA, an online platform for public, government-published data. The average income of a man in the area is $55,599, whereas the average income of a female is only $37,594. read more →
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    Exploring local history, from the ground down

    Rocks talk to Garry Zabel, and he’s looking forward to sharing their stories. “If you pick up a rock that has a ripple, it’s telling you something,” he said. “Every type of rock has characteristics that geologists know how to read.” A professor emeritus at Colorado Mountain College, Zabel is perhaps best known for the field trips he leads to Utah and Arizona. As part of the ongoing Naturalist Nights speaker series, however, he’s preparing to tackle geology closer to home with a presentation at the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the next day in Aspen. read more →
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    Resource for sexual assault victims returns through River Bridge

    Until recently, sexual assault victims in the Valley had a choice: make the trek to Grand Junction or Frisco in order to obtain the medical exam often necessary for effective legal action or forgo that option. Valley View Hospital ended its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in 2012, leaving a void that could make someone’s worst day worse. Fortunately, the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA) has replaced that loss. read more →