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    Growing solar energy for Carbondale

    A few last minute changes were made to the 2018 budget at the Nov. 28 Board of Trustee meeting in advance of its scheduled approval in December. “We’re trying to firm up the draft so that when it comes up the next meeting you just pass it,” Finance Director Renae Gustine explained. Among the adjustments were a excise tax credit for a business which had been improperly charged and an increase in funding for the Environmental Board. read more →
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    Tradition lives on at Brenda Patch Tourney

    The first Brenda Patch Tournament in 1987, a year after 16-year-old Brenda and her mother, Loretta, were killed in a car accident on Thanksgiving Day, was a solemn affair. “It was devastating for the community, and it was a way to kind of keep her memory alive,” recalled Larry Williams, who was an assistant basketball coach for the girls at the time and now coaches the boys’ team. “I knew Brenda, so I know what a special person she was,” he added. read more →
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    Common themes among uncommon women at CMC

    Often, audiences attending the theater look forward to an opportunity to suspend disbelief. That said, audiences at Sopris Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Uncommon Women and Others,” directed by Colorado Mountain College’s Brad Moore, may find the narrative all too real. The 1977 play is an ensemble piece — 10 women comprise the cast — that is largely character driven. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Winter is coming

    Dec. 1, 1977: The Journal looked back on winters of yore. Jake Lucksinger took readers all the way back to 1899, when deep snow played havoc will the Colorado Midland Railroad. “The Santa Fe Jull” — a monstrous steam powered auger — eventually bored its way through giant drifts on Hagerman Pass, freeing crews that had been snowbound up the Frying Pan with their trains for 17 days. read more →
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    Students for Sustainability

    A cheetah, a cow, a unicorn and a beaver walk into a ropes course. It sounds like a bad joke, but for Asa Dehaan, Ramsey Bond, Ben Schmidt and Cholla Nicoll (respectively), it’s serious business. Mostly. read more →
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    P&Z votes ‘no for right now’ on assisted living proposal

    There’s a balance to be struck when managing growth in a mountain town. On the one hand, nobody wants to pave paradise to put up a parking lot. On the other, locals need adequate parking options. But the proposed Sopris Lodge Assisted Living facility, because of the nature of its would-be residents, wouldn’t need anywhere near the 247 parking spaces typically required by the town for a project that size, contended Development Manager Terry Claassen, at a Nov. 16 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. read more →
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    Rams drop varsity football – for now

    It’s easy to see Roaring Fork High School’s decision not to field a varsity football team next year as a defeat, but Athletic Director Jade Bath would beg to differ. “We’re not doing this because we lost,” she said. “We’re doing it because it’s best for the kids and we’re trying to keep them safe. It’s gonna hurt, but it’s the decision we had to make.” Although the end of a two-year schedule cycle made it the moment to act, fielding just a junior varsity team had been on the table for some time. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Ranch hands stabbed in bunkhouse brawl

    The Roaring Fork Ram football boys were headed to the semi-final following a 42-8 victory against Del Norte at home. Marty Nieslanik made a 47-yard touchdown pass in the lopsided playoff game, while Tracy Cerise, John Yocom, Neil Jensen and Mike Stark all contributed to the offense and Al Joyner, Scott Maynard and Cary Soucie shut down the Tigers offensively. read more →
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    No shortage of opportunities to shop local on Saturday — and beyond

    Martin Central Vacuums Systems at 534 Highway 133 is in an unassuming shopping strip and is an unlikely location to find handmade catnip pouches.“I mostly do the odd, unusual things,” said Margery Martin of her fabric-focused novelties. Her husband Ron runs the vacuum business and she displays and sells her wares from the same storefront. While perusers will find placemats and pot holders that are more familiar, most of Margery’s collection feels like a hodgepodge of items you didn’t know you needed. “These are the catnip mats. Cats love them,” she said. read more →
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    Raising voices from around the world

    The stories that will be shared on Nov. 30 at The Temporary may come from all over the world, but they all share the same common denominator: inherently human experiences. Immigrant Voices, a premier spoken-word performance, is the result of a first-time collaboration between Writ Large, English in Action and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW). It features seven speakers. read more →