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    Covert Critique: A linear society in a circular universe

    Round and round and round we go. Are we spiraling up or are we spiraling down? Like everything the answer comes in perspective. It is time to bring some perspective to the centerpiece of Carbondale, the roundabout, or rotary as our friends from across the pond call it. In our typically linear society what better way for The Covert Critic to start their first column then to circle back around to the circuitous traffic interchange that’s got us spinning counter-clockwise (also perspective dependent). read more →
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    Five Laws of Fish: A poetic response to the 2017 Five Point Film Festival

    First Law of Fish Fish in the river shall remain in the river unless acted upon by an outside force. Force of nature. Failure of dam. Flood. Famine. Kingfishers. read more →
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    New science for a new future of food

    We are in the midst of a global food supply “predicament” due to the impacts of a rapidly changing climate. Very conservative research shows yield declines of up to 19 percent by midcentury and 63 percent by the end of the century in the Midwest. And this doesn’t take into account the collapse of yields in other areas of the world upon which we are now dependent, because in Colorado we only source a mere 1% of our food supply locally. read more →
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    Teacher housing motors ahead, City Market is still stalled

    Carbondale is projected to soon be home to a new, 16-unit teacher housing project, a new drive-through banking institution and a new downtown bar, following decisions by the Board of Trustees at the April 25 meeting at Town Hall. The construction of a First Bank branch at the Carbondale Marketplace/City Market site, however, is dependent on final plat approval for the grocery store, which on Tuesday was put off for the fifth time due to a requested extension by the store’s owners and is not due for another vote by the trustees until June 28. read more →
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    Carbondale’s monumental commitment to CMC

    Colorado Mountain College is celebrating 50 years of operation this year, and while Uncle Jimmy’s Pig Roast and Carnival at the Spring Valley Campus on April 28 is certainly a local celebration, there are plenty of stories even closer to home. For Debra Burleigh, who worked for CMC in Carbondale for most of the ‘90s and served as the location director on several occasions, the defining moment was in January 1995, when Ginny Lappala paid her a visit. Ginny and her late husband Paul were familiar faces at the school, and Ginny recently read an article about how the school was struggling to secure space as its numerous leases began to expire. She had spoken with her heirs and had decided to offer CMC half a block of property across the alley from their old house downtown. read more →
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    Dandelion Market financials look grim

    The Dandelion Market in downtown Carbondale has been in financial trouble for some time, and following last week’s layoff of its general manager, Katrina Byars, may soon close or be transformed into a different kind of operation, representatives of the organization said this week. But Byars and others remain determined to find ways to maintain some kind of outlet for locally generated produce, meats and processed foods that she said offers an alternative to the products sold at the Whole Foods Market in Willits. read more →
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    Harrington sticks with us

    Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington this week informed the Town of Vail that he was pulling himself out of the running to become the new town manager there. Referring to a phone call to the recruitment firm acting on Vail’s behalf, Harrington told The Sopris Sun, “I told him that, even if offered the job, I would not be accepting it.” He said that family considerations played the biggest role in his decision, and that “there comes a time when money is not the main consideration” in whether to switch jobs, a reference to the fact that the Vail job carries a considerably higher salary than his current position, and comes with housing. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Soakers discuss Penny Hot Springs’ future

    April 28, 1977: An ad hoc group called the Redstone Hot Springs Foundation scheduled a meeting at the Crystal Theatre to determine what, “if anything,” should be done with the Penny Hot Springs between Carbondale and Redstone. Locals, including Crystal River Valley resident Roy Rickus, created the foundation after an upstream property owner “buried” the mineral hot springs, located alongside Highway 133. read more →
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    Lost in translation (en español, también)

    Public schools are public resources. They’re our schools. Every voice in our school community deserves to be heard and understood. That doesn’t mean we’re all going to agree with every decision each administrator makes, but it does mean we can’t give up on sharing our views, working to understand views different from our own, and stepping up to support our schools. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: In search of a Golden Rule

    When the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on the probable impact of the first TrumpCare bill, I wrote this rant: “What the CBO measures is dollars. What it doesn’t measure is human misery: The leading cause of bankruptcy in this country is medical debt. The most contentious marital issue is money. Divorces rise in times of financial distress, and divorce, in turn, is the greatest cause of financial distress among women, especially those with children. Suicide rates rise at times of recession and depression, measured all the way back into the 1930’s. read more →