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  • Sections: News Published

    Property tax cuts not as deep as expected

    As area governments begin to put together their budgets for 2018, officials are breathing a little easier thanks to news that changes in state property tax rates for commercial and residential property will not be as financially troublesome as once anticipated. State and local officials have been told that a recalculation of state property-tax rates, as governed by the Gallagher Amendment to the state constitution, will result in a 2018 tax cut, already planned due to constitutional requirements, that is likely to be roughly half as deep as once predicted. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Trustees will appoint replacement for Byars’ seat

    Carbondale’s Board of Trustees decided on June 27 that they will appoint a replacement for outgoing Trustee Katrina Byars, rather than hold a special election. Among other effects, that means local voters next spring will be electing four trustees — including seats for three who will have been recently appointed — and a mayor. Trustee Frosty Merriott will be stepping down because of term limits, putting his seat up for election as well. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    A goodbye letter to Carbondale

    I am grateful for my life and time in Carbondale. I consider Carbondale my hometown, and I will always be connected to this place. Carbondale has given me many gifts. When I was small, I learned to swim in our pool. I grew up knowing how to treat the water and mountains. Here, I learned the terrifying art of public speaking, because I had to speak up for our watershed. I know that the dandelion is a nutritious, and medicinal flower, not a weed. It is in our culture to take care of the beautiful natural resources that support our lives and nourish our spirit. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Let’s talk about the weather

    It may sound mundane, but for a lot of locals — human and otherwise — a lot depends on the seasonal and shorter patterns of temperature and precipitation. That’s particularly evident in the winter, when ski resorts track the snowpack in daily detail, but they’re not the only ones watching. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is in charge of estimating the amount of water that will trickle down from the Rockies toward the Pacific Ocean April through July. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Protect railroad history

    Dear Editor: Railroad history in the West reflects our history, as a nation, as individuals with dreams and with courage, and as communities with a significant place in that history. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    An eighth grader’s experience in Kenya

    Jambo! Jina langu ni Katie Noll. That is Swahili for “Hi! My name is Katie Noll.” I am a rising eighth grader at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. Each eighth grade student is required to do a project about a topic of interest to them. During my seventh grade year, I began to think about what might interest me and concluded it would be something that would help children less fortunate than myself. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Fire restrictions begin June 27

    Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 27 in Garfield County for unincorporated private lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Brevity

    Dear Editor: Save the Free and Open Internet read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Gathering the public lands loving clan at Wildfest

    Summer is in full swing and there’s so much to cram into this short but busiest season. The rivers are full, the wildflowers are glorious, the trails are melting out, and the high country beckons. Because our surrounding public lands are most accessible this time of year, we’re all out there busy pursuing the activities that keep us fit and renew our spirits. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Bookbinders Basalt brings back the personal

    If you’ve been mourning the loss of The Novel Tea Shop or Town Center Booksellers, take heart — the midvalley has a bookstore again. Bookbinders Basalt, located at 731 E Valley Rd. across from Bristlecone Sports and next to the Midland Clothing Company in the Willits Town Center, celebrates its grand opening all day on June 22 after a little more than a week of quiet business. read more →