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    Fire ban back for GarCo, Carbondale

    After a brief respite, Garfield County and the Town of Carbondale have opted to reinstate Stage II fire restrictions.

    That means no smoking or open flames except within an enclosed or barren area, no explosives or engines without a spark arresting device and no campfires exceptread more →

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    Teachers jazzed, energized and rejuvenated at GSES

    The Re-1 school district’s visioning meetings earlier this fall opened the door for people to start dreaming. A strong consensus emerged at the Carbondale meetings around the idea of including more real world, project-based learning in schools and putting a greater emphasis on character development. While many people in Carbondale are feeling skeptical about the possibility of real change, Glenwood Springs Elementary School is undergoing a transformation toward some of the very ideas that emerged at the visioning meetings: project-based learning and character development. read more →
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    Voting notes

    Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico is urging voters to take mail-in ballots to drop-off sites on or before Nov. 5 if they were not returned to her office before Oct. 31. “Postmarks do not count and ballots must be received at a drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day,” Alberico said in a press release. Besides the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, the drop-off site for Carbondale residents is town hall at 511 Colorado Avenue. Alberico and other county clerks mailed out ballots the week of Oct. 15-18. read more →
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    ... And email, and Twitter. The Sopris Sun is working to bring you online coverage of breaking news. Find out how you can help. read more →
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    The Last Minute Obituary

    In the process of an interview for the Sopris Sun, Valley Journal co-founder Rebecca Young recounted her best memory from her time there. There wasn’t room for it in the final article in the print edition, but we’re able to include it here for anyone who might be interested:  … read more →

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    Fire district tax proposal prompts citizen backlash

    Funding your local fire department is about as American as apple pie, and firefighters rarely have trouble at the ballot box. But the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District has stirred up some opposition this election season with its request for a $1 million tax increase. Several residents, including a town trustee and a former trustee, have written letters to The Sopris Sun, complaining about the size of the proposed increase, along with its timing and its permanence. read more →
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    GarCo submits Red Hill grant application

    Garfield County has received approval to apply for a $750,000 state GOCO grant to build an underpass at the intersection of Highway 82/133 and other improvements to County Road 107 extending to the Red Hill trailhead, according to the weekly report from Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington. GOCO received 26 such applications and 12 (including Garfield County’s) were chosen to move forward. “The 12 recommended projects were the highest quality projects in terms of meeting … goals: public input and planning, ability to complete within the timeframe, and matching and leveraging potential.” The GOCO board will decide on grant funding in June. read more →
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    Valley Journal collection comes home

    After years in limbo, The Valley Journal is coming home, with 33 years of bound volumes of the weekly newspaper and its predecessor, the Roaring Fork Review, available for perusal at the new Carbondale Branch Library. The move, free of fan-fair, was made possible by the Garfield County Library system and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. “We’re excited to have them here. It’s a valuable resource,” Carbondale Branch Library Manager Mollie Honan told The Sopris Sun. The public can browse, scan, and copy (though not check out) every edition from when ink first hit the paper on April 4, 1974, to when the Post Independent’s parent company closed its doors on the Valley Journal, Christmas 2008. read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Nature-inspired jewelry by Colby June

    Inspiration can be found growing in a Carbondale town ditch, next to the Crystal River or where dried leaves curl into the snow. “Almost all of my inspiration comes from nature. I like to find something that’s interesting in nature, a thing that has a shape or texture and that’s the theme for a series,” said jewelry designer Colby June Fulton. read more →
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    Rams vs. Oysters: A friendly rivalry continues

    It’s not really an “away” game for either when the Roaring Fork Rams play the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Oysters, as they did in a quick pair of matches on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15. Less than two miles separate the teams’ soccer fields and the close-knit community’s two high school teams are close in more than geography. Rams’ head coach Nick Forbes is a CRMS alum, and his father Arthur “A.O.” Forbes is a long-time teacher and soccer coach at the private school. Several CRMS students play for Roaring Fork volleyball and basketball teams, including at least one member of their current soccer lineup. A.O. also teaches a pair of night classes for the RE-1 school district, in coordination with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and has had some of Roaring Fork sports-team members in his class. “You kinda have to make up a competitive spirit that’s not really there,” Nick observed following the second of the public school’s pair of victories over CRMS this year. read more →
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    Local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby forming

    A local group of Roaring Fork Valley residents is gearing up to lobby for a nonpartisan solution to what they say is one of the most challenging issue of all time — climate change. The group is the newest chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a fast-growing national nonprofit that recruits and trains citizens to lobby their own members of Congress for climate legislation, according to a press release. The Roaring Fork group will hold an introductory training led by CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds at the Third Street Center at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 19. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Dave Reed at 970-366-8766. read more →
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