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    (Re)made in C’dale: Distinguished Boards & Beams

    America’s history — tons of it — rests in the Distinguished Boards and Beams lumberyard. The timber here comes from old factories and barns all across the United States, a few dating back to before there was a United States. “Right now we have wood from a 1775 Kentucky chestnut cabin and a barn built in 1890 in Michigan,” DB&B owner Robbie Williams told The Sopris Sun. “We took those buildings down ourselves and numbered all the boards, so they can be put back up again.” The barn was huge: 40-by-70 feet with a roof peak 48 feet high. The trees harvested to build it were at least 100 years old, so they began their lives around the time when Peter the Great was crowned Czar of Russia. read more →
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    John and Arlette celebrate 70 years

    Lucky for John Lawyer: The U.S. Navy sent him to Brazil for his World War II service in Naval intelligence. John and Arlette Ondine Carrijo Cord’homme later met at a Carnival party in Santos, Brazil in 1943. The most popular new song was “My Love is a Bald Head.” Due to a teenage bout with scarlet fever, John had lost his hair and was the only young bald head there for people to dance around while they sang. More dances, dinners and flowers followed. John and Arlette married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1943 right after Arlette took her final exam in dental surgery that morning. They rode bikes on their weekend honeymoon at Guaruja Beach. read more →
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    Red Hill: An outdoor amenity years in the making

    The 3,000 acres of public land known as Red Hill contains 14.5-miles of established trail for Carbondale area residents to explore, and to play, get fit and reflect in. Like it or not, there’s a reason Carbondale continues to get named in magazines as one of the nation’s coolest towns. The chamber of commerce’s “Basecamp for Adventure” moniker reflects what makes this little slice of heaven special, and Red Hill is a signature piece of the recreational draw. read more →
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    Clay Center launches $45K fund-raising campaign

    An anonymous donor has pledged up to $45,000 in matching funds to the Carbondale Clay Center so the non-profit can pay off a $90,000 loan and concentrate on looking ahead. “We’re excited (about the campaign) … so our future can start,” said Carbondale Clay Center Executive Director Jill Oberman. “It’s hard to go to donors … apply for grants … raise money for building improvements when we’re saddled with debt.” read more →
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    Carbondale trustees considering energy-tax ballot question

    Chances are, Carbondale residents will be asked next April to vote on whether to tax themselves to pay for energy-efficiency projects and programs, such as those conducted the past few years by CLEER and CORE. “This funding would give the town the ability to invest in renewable energy projects,” said trustee Allyn Harvey after Tuesday night’s board meeting. “It would be an opportunity for residents to decide if they want to make those energy efficiency programs permanent.” read more →
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    Don’t let wildlife tangle with holiday decorations, yard objects

    Pedestrians headed north on Third Street near the library heard an unexpected “clomp, clomp, clomp” behind them last Friday afternoon. A split second later the sound identified itself in the form of a bounding deer who was last seen between the library’s back porch and the Bridges Center heading west as fast as she could. “Our dog barked and scared it,” an out-of-breath little boy dragging his coat backpack told this reporter. “He ran into the fence three times then jumped over.” read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Chase Engel brewing Belgian ales

    Chase Engel has won more than 40 medals in national beer competitions, including one at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. With wife Aly Sanguily, he plans to open a tasting room for their Roaring Fork Beer Company brewery in February. read more →
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    Meet Mike

    Our calendar item stated the wrong weekday to learn about Mike Johnston, his values, his vision for Colorado, and why he's running for Governor. The event actually takes place from 5 to 6:30 at Tuesday, April 4 at the Third Street Center (520 South Third St.). read more →
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    KDNK/Zanca program empowers local youth

    There are 168 hours in a week. KDNK broadcasts something for every one of those hours, but there are five hours in particular that are very unusual in the broadcast landscape. KDNK partners with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP), a separate non-profit, to provide training and opportunity to local youth in community broadcasting. Our collaboration is now 14 years in the making. read more →
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    Carbondale students learn about importance of wilderness

    Students from Roaring Fork High School and Carbondale Community School were among approximately 150 that attended EcoFlight’s “The Value of Wilderness” seminar at Aspen High School on Nov. 8. Presenters included Sloan Shoemaker of Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, and local author and founder of Huts for Vets, Paul Andersen. read more →