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    Trustees discuss safe paths through the dark

    Carbondale’s elected leaders on Tuesday agreed that a map of safe routes through town — produced recently by the advisory Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission — should be posted to the town’s web sites as a way of letting people know what streets are considered the safest for nighttime travel. The Board of Trustees also agreed to a number of “next steps” in making the streets as safe as possible at night, including adding lights to the east-side pedestrian trail along Highway 133 at the north side of town; and installing a sidewalk along Village Road at Gianinetti Park, where people currently must walk either in the road or through the dark park. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: Mending fences versus building walls

    Last week, lured by abnormally-early spring weather, I started repairing the stone walls that enclose my raised garden beds. This spring task was memorialized by Robert Frost in “Mending Wall,” a poem that talks about two neighbors rebuilding the wall between their farms. read more →
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    The end of the beginning at Standing Rock

    By Feb. 15, snow on the ground at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock – or at what most water protectors by now called the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camp – was melting, fast. When I had arrived to camp a few days before, an uneven sheet of ice covered the terrain. But now, slowly rising waters had reached the wooden floor of the Colorado-donated army tent used by Cheyenne River tribe elders Amos Cook and Phyllis Baldeagle. read more →
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    Turning leftover veggies into hearty Nepalese cuisine

    While most grocery stores don’t even compost their leftover produce, Dandelion Market goes above and beyond by turning it into hot meals for the hungry. The donation-based Nepalese meal of the day is ready at around noon each weekday, thanks to Devika Gurung, 40, who hails from Nepal’s Mustang District and more recently from Pokhara. read more →
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    Chicago Cubs fan in Carbondale

    Spring training is here and I can finally get into my favorite sport. That’s right, you pigskinheads. This is one Coloradan who loves baseball and doesn’t care much for football. What’s more, I’m a life-long, die-hard, true-blue Cub fan, 2016 was the best year of my life, and I’m so looking forward to 2017. read more →
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    Lodging tax tops $100K for first time

    Carbondale’s dedicated lodging tax hit $100,000 for the first time in 2016, fueled in part by an increase in the number of vacation rental properties, the town-owned Gateway RV Park and a wide-ranging tourism promotion campaign. “The ($100,000) amount represents a 17 percent increase over 2015, and is 109 percent higher than 2011,” said a Carbondale Chamber of Commerce press release this week. read more →
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    Dandelion Market looks for new direction

    Dandelion Market needs some help. That message came across loud and clear as members of what’s still generally known as the Carbondale Food Co-op came together at the Carbondale Branch Library to discuss the store’s future on March 1. Less certain was what form that might take. Bill Shepherd, the member who called the meeting, advocated for dissolution of the board and perhaps the whole organization to allow for a fresh start as a nonprofit. “Don’t patch, fix it,” he said. “Do it right.” read more →
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    Fashion show celebrates the power of ‘SHE’

    “SHE” takes the stage at this week’s “Green Is The New Black” fashion show, a sold-out fundraiser for the Carbondale Arts organization to be held March 10 and 11 in the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. This year’s offering, the show’s creators say, is shaping up to be the most professionally produced extravaganza in the event’s 11-year history. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Tax hikes, smoking ban, battling teens and Marketplace

    March 10, 1977: Garfield County tried to persuade the state government to give the county a pass on paying about a $4 million increase in property taxes due to a rise in the county’s assessed valuation of commercial, residential and industrial property, which was estimated at a rise in individual tax payments of 29 percent over the year before. read more →
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    Judge weighs in on easement dispute near Satank Bridge

    As the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) continues the lengthy process of updating its controversial Access Control Plan governing the Rio Grande Trail, the agency recently reached a tenuous and perhaps only temporary truce with one of the private property owners who lives next to the trail. Amy Fulstone, owner of the Confluence Lodge located near the juncture of the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers, reached a sort of stand-off with RFTA in a federal court case last year. read more →