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  • Sections: News Published

    Fatal wreck prompts mourning, warnings, arrest

    The tire tracks traced the upward slope of the hill and veered across the road to where a group of teens stood by a broken fence, a rough wooden cross and a steadily growing floral memorial on the lip of a 200 foot drop. School had just let out on May 15, and friends of 17-year-old Ayleen Ruiz Alvarado had come to pay their respects at the site of the car accident that had claimed her life and sent five others to the hospital the night before. The accident on the evening of May 14 — Mother’s Day — was all too reminiscent of the other incidents that have marred graduation season here and elsewhere, right down to the spot on Thompson Creek Road (CR 108) known as Sweet Hill. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Teachers don’t strike, but students stage walkout

    May 10, 2007: Students at Roaring Fork High School staged a walkout in response to what they viewed as the forced resignation of longtime teacher Jill Knaus — part of a broader trend of teacher turnover. “Our school has lost its meaning — it is education,” said senior Jay Engstrom. “A lot of… the most important teachers in our school are being pushed away when we need them.” read more →
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    Wild Mountain Seeds breeds plants for right here

    There’s a story behind the some of the seeds and starts you’ll see at Dandelion Day, and Casey Piscura is happy to tell it. “When you buy a start from us, it’s been under the Colorado sun the whole time,” he told The Sopris Sun. “I’m giving you a packet of seeds for four bucks that are outgrowing hybrids in our greenhouse that are a dollar a seed.” read more →
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    Thompson Park development plans ‘in a hiatus’

    The Thompson Park housing project, which has been in the works for nearly eight years, is likely to be reduced in scope in the coming weeks, according to town officials and developer Frieda Wallison of Basalt. The project, which initially was planned for a little more than 10 acres along Highway 133 between Triangle Park and the Keater Grove neighborhood, at one time was expected to result in construction of between 45 and 85 homes. read more →
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    Trustees swing at curveball, trade horses

    A last minute change in a housing mitigation plan ruffled some feathers at the Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting on May 9, but didn’t stop things from moving forward. In the original plan submitted to the trustees and reproduced in the packet, the construction of the remaining 18 units of a 27 unit development in the Kay Planned Unit Development next to the Carbondale Community School on Dolores Way would have included 11 income restricted apartments. read more →
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    Dandelion Day turning into a trash-free event

    Achieving 100 percent recycling and composting, and zero trash, at events such as Dandelion Day may not be possible as long as there are babies that must be diapered, and folks who tote in non-recyclable items such as waxed paper, Styrofoam, Magic Markers and a few other others. "We can’t rule on what people bring in,” said EverGreen ZeroWaste co-owner Alyssa Reindel. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Nothing simple about bike trail

    Dear Editor: Crystal River Trail discussions have been ongoing since the 1990’s. I will get right to the point of my letter. I would ask Bill Spence what he is referring to when he says ‘a simple bike trail’. What is this? When there is a bike trail or any type of trail is it not ‘simple’. read more →
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    Homeless assistance fundraiser slated for May 13

    The Carbondale Homeless Assistance coalition (or Carbondale Habitat-Challenged coalition, as some prefer it) has been in business for about a year and a half, and has successfully helped local habitat-challenged individuals with everything from dental surgery to meals to showers at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center (CRCC). read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    West is the best for Crystal River Trail

    Dear Editor: It’s time for me to weigh in on the Crystal River Trail controversy. There is no question a trail is needed. We have to get the mountain bikes off of Highway 133. That is a tragedy waiting to happen. The issue is where should that trail be: Along the railroad tracks on the east side of the river and 133 or on the west side. read more →
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    Middle school Issues Club tackles immigration, law enforcement

    Up to 45 eighth graders at a time have been staying late at Carbondale Middle School on Mondays to discuss social issues and will offer suggestions at a forum in Denver, and propose a resolution to the Carbondale Board of Trustees. The students are members of the school’s new Issues Club. Speakers so far have included a 9th Judicial District public attorney, a police officer, local mayor, and spokespeople from Planned Parenthood and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, among others. read more →