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  • Sections: Breaking News Published

    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 →

  • Sections: News Published

    Overhead utilities head underground

    Construction at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street is scheduled to begin on Oct. 21 and continue for six weeks so that Excel Energy, Century Link, Cedar Networks and Comcast can put their overhead utilities underground before the Colorado Department of Transportation’s highway project starts next year. read more →
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  • Sections: News Published

    Bus rollover closes Highway 82 Saturday night

    At least eight people were injured when a down-valley bound bus rolled over on Highway 82, coming to rest sideways on a concrete barrier pointing up-valley. According to Valley View Hospital, all patients were in stable condition as of midnight Sunday. read more →
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  • Sections: News Published

    Residents asked to hike fire district property tax

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District residents are being asked to permanently increase their property taxes by approximately 50 percent on mail-in ballots that the Garfield County clerk and recorder will send out later this month. If the ballot issue is approved, the total mill levy will stand at 12.038, according to a resolution approved by the five-member district board in September. The new levy will combine a 2.233 temporary hike voters approved in 2011, with a new levy of 3.902. read more →
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  • Sections: News Published

    PAC3 hits reset button, TSC posts RFP on lease

    After two and a half years, the Third Street Center and the operators of the PAC3 performance space are casting about for new ways of doing business. On page 9 of this issue of The Sopris Sun, readers will see a request for proposals from potential future tenants of the PAC3 space at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The Center is looking for a new plan to use the room and fill it with people more often. In the words of current tenant Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions, “unfortunately, it’s underutilized.” read more →
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  • Sections: News Published

    Cheering for school possibilities at C’dale visioning meeting

    “It was sort of like a pep rally,” said Re-1’s Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein, describing the school district’s visioning meeting in Carbondale on Oct. 3. “I’ve never before seen crowds of people cheering for academic choices,” Stein told The Sopris Sun. The meeting drew about 150 community members, approximately 80 percent of whom were parents of current students. read more →
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  • Sections: News Published

    Congratulations to the winners of the Sopris Sun Birthday Cake Bake-Off!

    The ribbon for the Prettiest cake went to Jessica Gonzales for her lovely vanilla cake. Tastiest was the yummy salted caramel layer-cake with butterscotch dipped potato chips baked by Nikki Smeins. The chocolate potato cake made by Heather Wilson and the Carbondale Community School won for Best Representation of Carbondale because it was made with local potatoes harvested by the students. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    13 questions: Marijuana in Carbondale and Colorado

    The market for recreational marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales in Colorado officially opens for business this coming January, but the licensing process actually began this week at the state level. Carbondale is among a handful of communities around the state that has adopted local marijuana licensing rules so that existing medical marijuana businesses can expand into the recreational side of the market, and new businesses can open. The Sopris Sun put together a list of questions about what the legalization of recreational marijuana means for Carbondale and sent them over to Town Hall for answers. Those answers are informative and revealing about the near-term future for this new industry. read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Classic, quirky furniture from Board by Design

    The playfully modern furnishings that Brad Reed Nelson crafts in his Carbondale studio are sold nationwide, and it’s easy to see why. Despite the name of his company — Board by Design — he’s clearly not! read more →
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    Residents oppose rezoning library to suit Surls museum

    When the proposal to build a museum curated by and featuring the art of sculptor James Surls goes in front of the Town Trustees on Oct. 8, it will likely face opposition from neighbors. The trustees will be deciding whether to rezone the site of the old library, on Fourth Street between Main and Garfield, from Residential/Low Density to Historic Commercial Core. read more →
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    Potato Day celebrates Carbondale’s 125th

    The 104th annual Potato Day celebrates all 125 years of Carbondale’s history, with the Tater Trot on Sept. 27 and a parade, farmer’s market, barbecue, music and more on Sept. 28. Naturally, this year’s parade theme is “Happy Birthday, Carbondale.” Service sorority Xi Gamma Tau, with about 15 members, is the primary organizer this year, according to Lisa Quint, although don’t be surprised to see members of Beta Epsilon pitching in. read more →