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    Women protest dark streets, Cortez declares

    Tuesday night’s Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting at Town Hall produced a curious mix of unusual activity and inactivity, beginning with a protest by 20-30 local women who heavily criticized the trustees over what the protesters felt was a lack of serious attention regarding the safety of the town’s streets at night. In addition on Tuesday night, the trustees were unable to complete a series of interviews of applicants interested in taking the board seat being vacated by outgoing Trustee A.J. Hobbs, because two of the applicants were unable to be there for the interviews. The interviews will be continued on Sept. 13. read more →
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    Crystal River Elementary embarks on its new Innovation Plan

    With the start of this school year, a new “Innovation Plan” will be set in motion at Crystal River Elementary School. A 34-page document outlining this plan was unanimously approved by the RE-1 School Board in June. According to CRES principal Matt Koenigsknecht (or Mr. K as he is known at the school), nothing in the plan will be a big surprise for CRES teachers. It primarily outlines the key ideas that emerged from staff discussions during the 2015-16 school year about the mission, vision and identity of the school. read more →
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    Hobbs makes last minute push for town-wide bag ban

    Carbondale Trustee A.J. Hobbs is soon to step down from his post; his final act as an elected official will be attendance at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) on Aug. 23, and will include participation in interviews of citizens hoping to take his place on the town board (he will not be permitted to vote on a choice for his replacement). But at a BOT work session on Tuesday he tried to get a final policy debate onto the agenda of the Aug. 23 meeting, concerning something he has advocated for some time — read more →
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    Mountain Fair reports solid numbers, T-shirts up

    Attendance at the 45th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 29-31, might have been up a bit from that of previous years, and the event contributed perhaps up to $100,000 in combined revenues to the fair’s sponsoring organization, Carbondale Arts, and to the Town of Carbondale, according to Carbondale Arts Director Amy Kimberly. Kimberly said that the Mountain Fair typically draws between 15,000 and 20,000 revelers over the course of the three-day event, and this year saw more of the same. read more →
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    Local schools enter new era of security vestibules

    When students enter Roaring Fork High School and Crystal River Elementary School for the first day of school next week, they’ll find an additional set of doors to walk through. The new doors are part of the recently constructed security vestibules at these schools. The construction of the vestibules was funded by the passage of last November’s bond issue for the Roaring Fork School District. When all the bond-funded projects are complete—which the district estimates will be sometime during the 2017-18 school year — all RFSD schools will have a security vestibule at their front entrance. read more →
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    Recent assaults prompt safety discussion

    Carbondale’s elected leaders on Tuesday continued an ongoing discussion about installing lights along town streets, trails and paths that historically have been dark sections, out of a concern for public safety stemming from recent nighttime attempted sexual assaults and other problems. Discussions about public safety have taken on added urgency following reports by women of attempted sexual assault in recent weeks, and Trustee Ben Bohmfalk announced at the trustee meeting that the town’s Bike/Pedestrians/Trails Commission recently talked about the need to provide better lighting on trails and streets, particularly along the Rio Grande Trail. read more →
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    Basalt Chamber kicks of “Topics at Twelve” series

    The Basalt Chamber of Commerce has launched a series of monthly business education luncheons featuring different speakers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library. The series is called “Topics at Twelve.” CMC assistant professor Rob Martin was scheduled to present a talk titled “New Media & Marketing: A Look Over the Precipice” on Aug. 11. “Topics at Twelve” will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Basalt Chamber business education committee members include: Nikki Soda (Jaywalker Lodge); Danielle Howard (Wealth by Design); and Shayla Groves (Design Finch). read more →
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    Trustees air out AirBnB, short-term rental concerns

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees did not quite come up with a final response to the town’s “short-term-rentals” (STRs) problem at Tuesday night’s trustee meeting. But they did informally conclude that the official response will be to impose restrictions on “non-owner-occupied” houses that are rented out to vacationers, and avoid placing any such restrictions on “owner-occupied” properties where the owners are renting out rooms to help out with family-related expenses or simply to earn a little income while away on family vacations or other absences. That, the trustees told planners Janet Buck and John Leybourne, should be the substance of regulations aimed at preventing a loss of locally-oriented and affordable housing in favor of more profitable commerce in the vacation-rental sphere. read more →
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    P&R considering offer for upgrades to Nuche Park

    Carbondale’s citizen managers of the town parks and recreation facilities will meet next week to consider a proposal by a local ranching family to make some improvements to Nuche Park, a rustic expanse of pasture and grassland tucked between the Crystal River and Highway 133 at the south end of town. The topic is scheduled to come up at the Aug. 10 meeting of the Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Sopris Park Picnic Shelter, rather than in the confines of a meeting room at Town Hall, according to Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. read more →
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    TD news is good, but maybe not final word

    Regional public lands conservationists cheered last week when the BLM announced, as its “preferred alternative” under a recently completed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), that it plans to cancel 25 controversial gas-drilling leases in the remote region known as the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. While the news generally was acknowledged as good by those who want to keep drilling rigs out of the relatively untrammeled Thompson Divide area, that outcome is by no means assured by the BLM's announcement, according to experts on the situation. read more →