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    Rams notch wins across the board

    Roaring Fork High School’s official Homecoming is still two weeks away, but the Rams are already proving their ability to seize the home field advantage, with all three teams picking up wins in the last week. read more →
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    Must testing in the schools shape the education system?

    From Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation to Obama’s Race to the Top grant program, standardized testing persists as the primary measure of a school’s success and the focus of our nation’s education policies. Punishing or rewarding schools based on their test scores continues to be our government’s key strategy for attempting to improve schools. read more →
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    Susy Ellison: Out to sea, be back later

    Carbondale resident Susy Ellison is heading out to sea. Way out. A science teacher at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs, she is one of 25 teachers from around the nation selected by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for its Teacher at Sea (TAS) Program. read more →
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    Obituary - Frank A. Smotherman, 1943-2013

    Frank A. Smotherman, 69, passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2013 with his daughter and wife by his side as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident at home. He was born on Sept. 13, 1943, in Hazel, Kentucky to J.P. and Lottie Smotherman. He was one of seven children. His family relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where he fell in love with the music of Motown and carried that love of music with him for the rest of his life. He excelled through high school as president of his class, a leader in varsity football and was a state-ranked wrestler. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in business and was honorably discharged from read more →
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    Bee here now: Xeriscaping teaches enviro lessons

    “That bee is humongous!” The comment comes from my 5-year-old neighbor Sam Stableford. Sam and his sister Annabelle, who is 7, showed up and began lugging rocks into place the day I first started to build my xeriscaped meditation garden in Crystal Village. I was surprised that kids would be interested. I laid out the path in the snow in early 2012. As soon as the ground thawed, a contractor stripped out the lawn – about 800 square feet of it – and I began installing the spiraling flagstone path and berms with help from my two young volunteers. I designed the spiral with four goals in mind: to save fuel, water and bees – and to deliver an environmental message. read more →
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    P&Z looks at library rezoning application Sept. 12

    The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is considering the rezoning of the old Gordon Cooper Library property at Fourth and Garfield from Residential Low Density (R/LD) to Historic Commercial Core (HCC), in order to accommodate the Surls Center for Visual Art. The P&Z will hold a public hearing on the rezoning application at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at town hall, at which point P&Z can either recommend approval or denial, or continue the public hearing to a later date. The rezoning application is the current step in the establishment of an art center that will showcase the works of James Surls, a prominent sculptor who has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1997 and now lives on Missouri Heights, as well as other local, regional and nationally known artists. read more →
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    Town trustees roll out marijuana tax for November vote

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees unanimously approved language to put a sales and excise tax question for recreational marijuana sales on the Nov. 5 ballot. The taxes would be five percent respectively, for a total of 10 percent on retail sales. The state of Colorado is also asking voters whether to approve statewide marijuana sales tax of 10 percent and excise tax of 15 percent. read more →
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    Fighting hunger at home – can you dig it?

    In a YouTube video made last April, El Jebel resident Kim Doyle Wille speaks excitedly in front of Carbondale’s Third Street Center and gestures towards several brown, seemingly lifeless garden beds behind her. The spring wind buffets the microphone and tries to drown out her words, but Wille is nothing if not determined. Today that determination is stronger than ever, and the bare dirt beds have been transformed into abundant vegetable gardens. read more →
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    West Divide/Placita Dam: A brief history

    For over a century, ranchers in the Divide Creek area south of Silt and Rifle looked to the Crystal River for irrigation water. Their hopes were lifted by a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plan to divert water from large reservoirs on the Crystal River to the dry mesas of the Divide Creek area. The plan, the West Divide Project, was included as a priority item in the Colorado River Storage Act of 1956. The project included the construction of two reservoirs on the Crystal; one on Yank Creek, a tributary to Thompson Creek; and two in the West Divide Area. read more →
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    Marijuana ordinance taking shape

    Faced with a state-mandated deadline of Oct. 1, the Carbondale trustees are moving closer to nailing down a licensing ordinance to regulate the retail marijuana trade that Colorado voters authorized when they approved Amendment 64 last November. read more →