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    Candidates discuss issues, don’t much disagree

    In Aspen, it’s called “Squirm Night,” where candidates often field nasty questions and everyone gets the opportunity to vent. At Monday night’s candidate forum at the Third Street Center, it was more like “Cozy Up to the Microphone” night, where the four candidates running for three trustee seats didn’t disagree on much of anything. Four candidates are running for three Carbondale Board of Trustee seats: incumbent Frosty Merriott, plus Alexander (AJ) Hobbs, Katrina Byars and Wayne Horak. Mayor Stacey Bernot, a fifth-generation Carbondale native, is running unopposed for a second term. read more →
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    Hentschel boys finally coming home

    Last Monday, Lindsay and Hadley Hentschel were elated to receive the phone call they’ve been waiting 3 ½ years to receive: their adopted sons finally will be allowed to leave Haiti and come live with them in Carbondale. Mykerson (6) and Leander (4) have lived in the same orphanage in Haiti for most of their lives. The Hentschels committed to adopting Mykerson in August of 2010. When they travelled to Haiti to meet him for the first time in December of 2010, they also met Leander, another boy in the orphanage. The Hentschels originally hoped to adopt two boys and it seemed to them that Leander was meant to be a part of their family. By January of 2011 they had officially added Leander to their adoption paperwork. read more →
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    Fashions vary but the tribe stays pure

    With the CCAH fashion show on the horizon, those of us at The Sopris Sun thought Carbondale’s sense of everyday fashion was worth a closer look. We are already keenly aware of the cultural mix that fills our nest of a town, but do the social, professional, political, and age spectrums somehow lose their delineations with how we present ourselves? Perhaps we can attribute the looming Mount Sopris, which has come to represent us, with lending a sense of personal power to the very air we breathe. read more →
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    Residents share “Obamacare” stories

    March 31 marks the final deadline for individuals and families to enroll in a health care plan under the new Afford- able Care Act. While many Carbondale residents have sifted through their op- tions, others have yet to wade through the state system or make a decision on their health plan. read more →
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    Re-1 slates visioning meetings

    The Roaring Fork School District is organizing another round of community meetings in Carbondale, Basalt and Glen- wood Springs as part of the district’s on- going visioning process. The Carbondale meeting will be held on March 12 at 6 p.m. at Crystal River Elementary School. read more →
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    Remembering Clifford Duncan

    He called me and asked what the weather was like in Greece. Puzzled by his question, mine was “Why are you concerned about things in Greece?” ”Could you look it up on the computer for me?” he answered. Knowing he didn’t have a computer my answer was “Sure Clifford I’ll look it up for you.” Before asking another question he said, “I need to know what I should wear. I’m flying to Athens to bring the Olympic torch to Atlanta for the games.” It wouldn’t be first or last time Northern Ute Elder Clifford Duncan would be an ambassador of international good will. read more →
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    State education group recognizes Skye Skinner

    The Colorado League of Charter Schools has recognized Compass Executive Director Skye Skinner for its 2014 Charter School Leadership award. The annual award, which recognizes a leader who “demonstrates significant influence in developing or maintaining a charter school, improving school accountability and performance, or driving other aspects of school excellence,” was presented on Feb. 20 at the league’s annual conference in Denver, according to a press release. read more →
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    Carbondale trustees adopt special event proposals

    Carbondale officials on Tuesday adopted a set of proposals from a Special Event Task Force appointed by the board of trustees in response to ongoing complaints about noise and other disruptions emanating from events staged at Sopris Park. The task force, created last September, was made up of neighbors of the park (Jeri Alberts and Frank Nadell), town trustees Allyn Harvey and Pam Zentmyer, Amy Kimberly of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and other citizens, business representatives and town staff members. A list of 15 specific events was drawn up, including seven that take place in Sopris Park, with the annual Mountain Fair weekend as the report’s main target. read more →
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    Election 2014

    Carbondale voters elected Katrina Byars, AJ (Alexander) Hobbs and Frosty Merriott to the town’s board of trustees on Tuesday, and returned incumbent mayor Stacey Bernot who was running unopposed. For more information, see this week’s print version of The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Balentine Collection International

    Driving by, few would guess that the boxy-looking building at 398 Merrill Ave. houses what may be the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility in Carbondale. During a recent tour, Balentine Collection International Operations Manager Whitney Linman opens the door to a vast room. “We fabricate and finish stone here to make kitchen counters, vanities, fireplace surrounds, table tops and benches. We have even made a few memorial headstones; the shop can do some engraving. … Watch your step. There’s water on the floor.” As the shop’s five huge machines carve, cut and polish, they spew out finely powdered stone. To settle the dust and cool the cutting blades, water constantly sluices across the machines’ work beds and runs onto the floor. Both the water and the dust are recycled. read more →