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    CDOT closing in on final Highway 133 design

    By Lynn Burton

    Sopris Sun Staff Writer

    This time next year, residents might not recognize Highway 133 through town but they’ll probably be familiar with features such as a temporary signal at Colorado Avenue, Main Street closures at approaches to the proposed roundabout at Highway 133, and… read more →

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    Fire restrictions begin for Garfield County, BLM land

    Sopris Sun Staff Report

    Stage 1 fire restrictions on private lands within Garfield County and on Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office are now under way, according to a press release.

    Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements… read more →

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    Meet Pa Fig: Hat-shaper with worldwide clientele

    By WB

    Special to The Sopris Sun

    Pa Fig, hat-shaper, has laid hands on more than 10,000 hats for clients all over the world. Discretion prohibits mention of his more notable customers, but Carbondale’s crowned heads are quietly finding their way to Pa’s stand, which he sets up around… read more →

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    Music festival finding its niche

    By Lynn Burton

    Sopris Sun Staff Writer

    It started with a borrowed Aspen Earthmoving flatbed truck at Fourth and Main, and a handful of local musicians on a summer Saturday in 2001.

    The next year the Mountain Music Fair expanded to two days to accommodate more players… read more →

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    Tourism council promotes C’dale on a shoe-string

    Submitted article

    The town of Carbondale — all its history and diversity, outdoor recreation, arts and culture — is promoted through the Tourism Council, a tentacle under the jellyfish auspices of the Chamber of Commerce.

    The Tourism Council of Carbondale (TCC) recently unveiled its summer marketing campaign to encompass… read more →

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    Is Carbondale shovel-ready?

    How a small town is balancing the need for a boost from ‘The Stim’

    By Trina Ortega

    While many small town mayors are scrambling to get their communities a piece of the stimulus pie, Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig is not so quick to grab taxpayer money for hastily… read more →

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    New committee to brainstorm ideas for affordable housing

    By Jeremy Heiman

    Looking for a way to spend all that spare time? The Town of Carbondale is calling for residents to volunteer for a housing committee being formed this spring to brainstorm ways to fund and create more affordable housing.

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees will appoint committee… read more →

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    Why is RFSD considering changing course?

    As Chief Academic Officer of the Roaring Fork School District, Dr. Rob Stein has spearheaded the monumental task of bringing our communities together to create an inspiring new vision for our schools. The task that lies ahead — actually bringing that vision to fruition — is even more daunting. Stein, who led an extraordinary transformation of Denver’s Manual High School after it was closed as a low-performing school, has the experience and expertise needed to take on that task. He is not afraid to ask tough questions and to be asked tough questions by others. His responses always cut to the chase. He has an exceptional ability to think outside the box and find innovative solutions. So why has the school board, with two newly appointed (not elected) board members, suddenly decided to change course and consider extending Dr. Diana Sirko’s contract after it expires this spring? The next board meeting is less than three weeks away, including Thanksgiving break during which the school district is closed for an entire week. I urge the school board to give the public more than this short time frame to weigh in on this critical matter. read more →
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    Infill redevelopment project on Sopris riles neighbors

    A proposed new four-plex at the corner of Second Street and Sopris Avenue has churned up considerable resistance among some neighbors of the project, including an accusation by one critic that the owner of the property was engaging in “class warfare” in her remarks at a recent public hearing. The four-plex, if approved, would be built at 191 Sopris, on the site of an existing 2,600-square-foot, one-story, single family home, most recently owned and occupied by long time local resident Harold Leonard but now owned by 13-year local resident Kim Kelley and a development company, Sopris Properties LLC. read more →
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    Long simmering trash talk reaching a boiling point

    The multifaceted questions surrounding the issue of trash pickup in Carbondale, debated for five years now, may finally be headed toward resolution following a decision Tuesday night that it is time for the town’s board of trustees to get to work on an actual ordinance on the topic rather than simply calling for more discussion. The actual work, however, is not likely to start until December at the earliest, and perhaps not until some time after the new year begins. read more →