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    Post office struggles with staff shortage

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay the United States Postal Service, but a dearth of workers can certainly gum up the works a bit. For the last few months, the Carbondale office has been struggling to get ahead after several employees left to pursue other opportunities and some of the remaining staff were affected by illness, injury and the like. Heading into the holidays down 20 percent of their staff and Sunday Amazon delivery suddenly added to their plate, they borrowed employees from other offices as far away as Delta, Montrose and Craig, worked long hours, and still found it an uphill battle. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Sign of the season

    Jan. 19, 1978: Aspen was experiencing a dearth of local seasonal help — with anywhere from 40 to 60 percent fewer employees available to each lodge than theoretically needed. “I have been doing maid work. My assistant manager has spent all day helping the housekeeping department,” said Mike Norton, president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Gant. Some business people put it down to the bad season the previous year (some have drawn comparisons between the winter of ’76-77 and the current one), while Norton blamed the cost of living. read more →
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    Several debuts at Valley Visual Art Show

    The Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) is a longstanding Carbondale tradition — Friday’s opening will mark the 38th time Carbondale Arts has hosted the exhibit. The show, which runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 at the Launchpad, is an open call to local artists to show their work, and this year, that call was answered faster than ever. read more →
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    Fire Chief Ron Leach on the way out the door

    Longtime Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Chief Ron Leach will be presented a separation agreement by the District’s Board during a meeting after press time on Jan. 10. The move will end Leach’s nearly four-decade tenure with the department as soon as Jan. 13 and no later than Feb. 15 — depending on when he opts to actually sign the final document. It would also entitle him to a $98,500 lump sum payment and 13 months of family health insurance while binding him to a non-disparagement clause. read more →
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    Local women arrange a simple way of giving

    The newly created “Sopris 100 Who Care” group is back-to-basics charity. At 5 p.m. sharp on Jan. 25, a group of women will gather at the Pan and Fork restaurant in River Valley Ranch. Each will be asked to contribute $100 to a pool of funds and nominate a charity, cause, family, individual or other purpose for the money. Three causes will be drawn, discussed, a favorite selected and the whole sum — hopefully thousands of dollars — donated accordingly. read more →
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    No contest yet in trustee race

    Only two people have begun the process to fill the four Carbondale Board of Trustee seats up for election in April. One application is pending for the mayor position, which is also on this year’s ballot. read more →
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    Common consumption stumbles along (maybe)

    There’s a good chance folks will be allowed to wander Main Street with an open alcoholic beverage on First Fridays this summer. With support from the Events Task Force and Chamber of Commerce, the possibility went before the Board of Trustees for the second time on Jan. 9 for a more in-depth logistical discussion and was received with cautious interest. read more →
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    Tax renewal slated for April ballot

    With the deadline to place the Town’s streetscape mill levy in the next election, the Carbondale Board of Trustees opted to stick with the existing rate rather than increase it or delay the vote. read more →
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    Snowmass path IGA approved

    Snowmass Avenue is slated for a new path between Sopris and Main, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement recently inked by both the Town of Carbondale and Garfield County. read more →
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    Trash conversation continues

    While both Trustee Ben Bohmfalk and Mayor Dan Richardson had ideas for a relatively simple approach to waste hauling at the Jan. 9 meeting, the debate that has raged in Carbondale almost since the municipality got out of the business is far from over. read more →