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    And the winners are…

    Here are the folks who came out on top in the various Mountain Fair competitions, according to Carbondale Arts and Independence Run and Hike. See their respective websites for full results. read more →
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    Learning leadership from outside in

    First Ascent, an annual outdoor youth leadership program held each summer at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, is teaching teenagers lessons learned by climbing mountains and running rivers. The program is the brainchild of Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl, the college’s former youth outreach coordinator. She has served as First Ascent’s program manager since it began in 1995. Velasquez-Schmahl is stepping down this year, passing responsibilities to Carolyn Larsen, who, like all First Ascent leaders, first joined the program as a student. Larsen climbed the ranks of student counselor, lead counselor and lead facilitator to her new role as program director. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Mountain lions and dogs, oh my

    Aug. 4, 1977: Carbondale became the first town on the Western Slope to plan for an emergency water supply from Ruedi Reservoir when the town council unanimously authorized $1500 for 100 acre feet of water. The purchase, which was facilitated by the Colorado River Water Conservation District, was negotiated to alleviate any possible shortages in town, and would be drawn from wells rather than directly from the Roaring Fork River. read more →
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    School board seats up for election

    There are three Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education seats up for election on Nov. 7: District A (currently held by Jen Rupert) for a four-year term; District D (currently held by Shane Larson), to serve the remainder of Daniel Biggs’ four-year term, which ends in November 2019; and District E (currently held by Bob Johnson), for a four-year term. read more →
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    Volunteers improve, expand Crown trail system

    The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) organization is working on new hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the Crown area off Prince Creek Road near Carbondale, and the group is inviting participation from anyone in the area who has an interest in improving the trails in that area. According to the RFOV website, the work projects began on the evening of July 25 and are to continue every Tuesday evening through Aug. 15, from about 4 p.m. until dusk. read more →
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    From ‘Be-News’ to the ‘Insane-A-Cycle’: Bill Morrow’s whimsical sculptures

    On the street, William S. Morrow looks like a Harley guy-meets-Christmas elf playing hooky from the North Pole. His chest-length silver beard is smooth and clean, blending in with the long curtain of clean, silky hair hanging from under a welder’s cap. The eyes shining from the shade of a visor hold a lifetime of self-amusement. “William” is too formal for this guy. He goes by “Bill.” “I was always a daydreamer. I barely got out of high school, graduating with maybe a low-C, high-D average. People knew I was smart; I was just bored,” he laughs. Thus, the “Insane-A-Cycle .” read more →
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    Whatever floats your boat

    If you took woodshop in high school, you may have made a cutting board or candle holder or maybe a blanket chest — but probably not a river worthy boat. That’s precisely the challenge Roaring Fork High Schoolers Wes Engstrom and Nick Penzel took on more than a year ago. The pair have been river buddies since freshmen year, when they took their first unsupervised excursion down the Crystal together. read more →
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    Why you should enter the pie contest

    What’s your best memory about pie? I bet you have one, maybe several. My grandfather has dozens, most of which come back to how everything tasted better when it was made by his mother during the hunger of the Depression. Indeed, childhood seems to be a common theme when I talk to folks about pie, which I probably do more than most people. read more →
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    The folks behind the fair

    While the leading economic nations of the world have their G-20 group to work on global economic issues, Carbondale has it’s own informal “group of 20,” an assembly of individuals that essentially puts together the annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, as described by Gazebo stage manager Jeff Britt. To introduce readers to some of the “folks behind the fair” The Sun is profiling three of the more prominent managers or supervisors who for years have been in charge of key parts of the overall celebration, but who may not be that well known to the general public. read more →
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    Light as a medicine of the future

    The human body emits, communicates with, and is made from light. Now that the Valley is in the full effect of summer’s sun, people aren’t thinking about light deficiency. Probably most of us were attracted to living here because of the quality of earth vibration, air, water, and atmosphere. We have more natural vitality, and feel more alive than most people who work in cubicles inside air-conditioned offices in an air polluted city. read more →