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    Six candidates to interview for trustee

    Although the original plan had been to winnow down a list of applicants for an open trustee seat, the Carbondale Board of Trustees on July 25 opted instead to interview all six of the people who had submitted applications to fill out the term recently vacated by former Trustee Katrina Byars. The interviews are to take place at the regular meeting on Aug. 8, and the trustees agreed they might go ahead that same night and appoint a new face to the town board. Byars resigned her trustee position earlier this year due to difficulty in finding affordable housing in Carbondale for herself and her two children. read more →
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    Water is more than a theme, it’s about life

    This year’s theme for the 46th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair (July 28-30) in Sopris Park is water — the need for it in clean, potable form; the predicted scarcity of it if things go on as they have been; and the challenge to people to prevent that eventuality. The idea for the theme, said Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly, came partly from her experiences at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation last year, when countless Roaring Fork Valley residents traveled to the border lands of North and South Dakota to help the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members of that region, known as “water protectors,” fend off efforts to build an oil pipeline through their lands and underneath the Missouri River that provides them with water. read more →
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    Where the columbines grow

    Rocky Mountain Columbines (Aquilegia caerulea) were blooming in profusion on the Flat Tops a couple of weeks back, but luckily nobody seemed to be picking ’em. As the state flower, they’re protected with a possible fine for pulling one up by the roots or taking more than 25 stems from public land. It’s a good thing, too, as there was once quite a craze for them akin to the Dutch tulip mania in the 1600s. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: A Carbondale state of mind

    July 21, 1977: Valley Journal Editor Pat Noel addressed a growing sense that Carbondale was becoming Aspenized by pointing out that the influx of upvalley folks was nothing new. “In the end, I suspect everything will have changed quite a bit from what it used to be, but if ‘what it used to be’ had any real merit, the vestiges of it will certainly remain,” he wrote. “Carbondale is, after all, more than a name — it’s a state of mind.” read more →
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    Annexation mulled for Snowmass Drive, trailer park

    Carbondale and Garfield County have for years talked about exploring ways to put a trail alongside Snowmass Drive, the one-time bypass for coal trucks hauling loads from mines near Redstone to the coal loading facility on Catherine Store Road east of town. Following a joint meeting between town trustees and the county’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in June, the two entities may be moving closer to actually getting a project underway. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: The long shadow of World War I

    One hundred years ago, my grandfather was leaving his wife, his four small children and his law firm to join the “war to end all wars”. The trenches where he would soon serve had been dug nearly two years earlier. On July 12 and 13, 1917, the Germans began bombarding allied troops there with mustard gas. Nearly one million French soldiers had already been killed. Conditions were so horrific that several French Army mutinies had already occurred. read more →
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    Learning to laugh at language

    English is the language in my dreams at night — the one that comes most naturally — but I’ve lived in this country for thirty-six years and I still manage to mess up the English language. Mostly I have it down pat — or is it down pack? Hang tight while I go ask Google. Oh, yes; down pat. You see, English is tough. Learning any language is a big challenge. read more →
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    Learn about mushrooms in a series of ACES events

    Well, if that quote grabs you, explore more through The Aspen Center for Environmental Study’s annual mushroom event, kicking off Wednesday evening, July 26, with a free presentation of “Colorado Mushrooms: A World of Wonder at Your Feet,” 7-8:30 p.m. at Hallam Lake in Aspen. Dr. Andrew Wilson, Assistant Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens, will take you on “an imaginary hike through aspen groves, along waterways, on high passes and in the subalpine regions of spruce/fir while examining the animals, plants, and mushrooms we might find there,” promises ACES read more →
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    Trustees discuss daycare shortage in special meeting

    Carbondale’s board of trustees want to help alleviate a shortage of infant and young-child daycare options in the valley, and they told a group of pre-school personnel, parents and other advocates at a meeting on July 18 that the town will do what it can. But, as Trustee Ben Bohmfalk said during a report about the meeting on KDNK-FM on the following day, “The town doesn’t have a big pot of money” that it can devote to boosting the availability of childcare in Carbondale or elsewhere in the valley. read more →
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    Fire department plans tax question, working on details

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s board of directors expects to ask constituents for authorization for some kind of tax increase in the upcoming November election, but they do not yet know exactly how much they need or want. But the directors recognize they need to figure it out pretty quickly, as the deadline is approaching to submit ballot language to the three counties in the district’s jurisdictions — Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison. read more →