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    ‘Misery makes strange bedfellows’: The magically contemporary message of ‘The Tempest’

    At the Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC), “The Tempest” begins with a roar and a crash. While Prospero, played by Jeff Carlson, magically conjures up a storm, Prospero’s ocean-tossed enemies are disgorged from the bowels of the theatre itself, appearing through a trap door. As they writhe and struggle to hang onto their sinking ship, cries ring down from dark catwalks encompassing the ceiling. Thunder crashes from all sides, the darkened theatre rumbling and shaking the audience. read more →
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    Rams, Longhorns ready for a run

    After a competitive Western Slope League season that saw Roaring Fork win one game on a buzzer beater, and Basalt reel off 14 straight wins at one point, the teams take 17-5 and 19-3 records respectively into the 32-team state 3A basketball playoffs starting on March 3. Meanwhile, Western Slope tournament winner Coal Ridge stays at home on March 3 in its bid to advance beyond the regional leg of the state tournament. read more →
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    Carbondale businesses take the day off in protest

    A smattering of Latino and Anglo businesses in Carbondale closed in conjunction with nationwide political “actions” on Feb. 16 and 17. On Feb. 16, it was a nationwide Day Without Immigrants strike to show how much the U.S. needed its immigrant workforce, and an informal survey of the town showed that at least four businesses closed their doors for the day. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Pioneer Project, popcorn and Pearlington

    In articles from the Feb. 22, 1977 issue of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal: • The Carbondale Board of Trustees was preparing to hold their meeting in the “new” town hall building at Second and Garfield. Previous to that, town hall was located on Main Street in one of the bottom spaces in the Dinkel Building. read more →
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    Family provides drinking water to Peruvians

    Lucianna Phillips witnessed a Peruvian woman this week, who thought she herself witnessed a miracle at the same time. The miracle, as conveyed by Lucianna in her Feb. 20 blog: murky, undrinkable water poured from one bucket to another, turned into clear, clean drinking water in Huanchaco, Peru. read more →
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    Armed robbery leads to manhunt

    Authorities on Feb. 22 were still looking for two suspects in a Feb. 16 armed robbery in Carbondale, after two men thought to be the robbers eluded police on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 21, by jumping out of an emergency window on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus stopped at the Holland Hills area on Highway 82 near Basalt. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Sutey swap stayed by federal judges

    The Sutey-Two Shoes land swap, involving a total of roughly 1,200 acres of publicly-owned property at the base of Mount Sopris near Carbondale and other public lands in western Colorado, remains in a state of suspended animation. As the trade now stands – according to officials of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and volunteer members of a group fighting against the swap – a panel of administrative judges in Washington, D.C., is preparing to mull over questions about whether the public is getting fair value for its property in the proposed land trade with Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail. read more →
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    Taking the stage by storm

    For years, Lon Winston’s name has been practically synonymous with the Thunder River Theatre Company. This week, it’s official. After the opening performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Feb. 24, the black box performance space at the heart of the building will be dedicated “The Lon Winston Theatre.” “I’m proud, of course,” Winston acknowledged. “It just says something so deep in my heart about giving to the community and all the people who were involved. If we don’t maintain the legacy and love of theatre, we’re going to lose something so important as a civilization.” read more →
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    Valley Settlement Project stands on its own as nonprofit

    The Valley Settlement Project, a Carbondale-based project that aims at improving the lives and educational opportunities of immigrants (primarily Hispanic) in the Roaring Fork Valley region, is confident it will continue to provide services and support for numerous clients of all ages following its recent “launch as a stand-alone nonprofit,” according to executive director Jon Fox-Rubin. read more →
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    Public hearing set for a two-acre annexation north of town

    Carbondale’s overall size may grow by two acres in the coming months, as the Board of Trustees considers a proposal to annex vacant land along Highway 133, between the Xcel power substation and the Roaring Fork Tire Center at the north end of town. In a presentation to the trustees on Tuesday, planning consultant Mark Chain described the intended use of the property as a site for a large mini-storage facility. This would be the first annexation to the town in six years, since the town annexed the Gateway Park property in 2011, according to Town Manager Jay Harrington. read more →