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    Shop owners turning downtown into antiques district

    With three antique stores now clustered in a one-block section of Main Street, shoppers can amble between the Old West and ancient Orient, ogling treasures at Strange Imports and Out West Antiques, then stop for coffee at Bonfire and later on hop across the street to peruse period French and English furniture and other items at European Antiques. And then there’s the venerable Miser’s Mercantile (“The best second hand store in the West”) at the east end of Main Street, and Back Door Consignment just north of Main Street behind The Pour House. Both stores see a steady flow of antiques, collectibles and vintage items come and go through their busy doors. read more →
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    Fire election heating up

    Just when voters in the Carbondale area thought they could relax for a while following the recent municipal election, the ongoing contest for seats on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District board of directors has been heating up in anticipation of another Election Day, May 6. Two challenging candidates are charging that the current members of the fire district board have lost touch with the 15,000 or so residents they serve, as shown by the voters’ rejection last year of a proposed property-tax hike, and that new blood is needed to face the district’s fiscal challenges. read more →
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    5Point: Watch a movie, change your life

    Little did 5Point Film Festival director Sarah Wood know that one of last year’s films would change her father’s life. Robert Wood was visiting his daughter last spring and attended the festival. “When he came to 5Point, we were bugging him to retire,” said Sarah, meaning she and her mother and sister. Sarah describes her father as a hard-working man. “He was always a curious person but did not take risks. It was pretty much work and family.” Robert Wood has been a tool-and-die maker for most of his life. He and his father, who was also a machinist, are Sarah’s inspirations. “They both rode motorcycles,” she said one afternoon at her motorcycle studio behind SAW. That’s right: a motorcycle studio called Woody’s Motor Cyclery. read more →
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    Raised in Carbondale

    Forty years ago, Becky Young, fresh out of Colorado State University, moved to Carbondale to start the Roaring Fork Review newspaper with her friend Pat Noel. When the paper was bought out a year later, the duo moved on to start The Valley Journal, Carbondale’s beloved paper for 32 years. She had come into journalism after having worked for CSU’s daily paper for a year, and was following a talent and passion, though she left The Journal after 14 years for other professional pursuits. read more →
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    Wilderness Act from a family perspective

    The bipartisan bill that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law in 1964 took eight years and over 66 revisions before Congress passed it for the president to sign into law. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that landmark legislation of courage and compromise known as the Wilderness Act. A number of activities are being planned on the White River National Forest to celebrate its passage. read more →
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    ACES deals students winning hand

    As the new education director at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, I have the privilege of working with 5,000 students from 45 schools in the area. In my first few months here, I have learned so much from these students as we built watershed models with students at Crystal River Elementary School, turned over rocks in the Roaring Fork River to test macro-invertebrate diversity, dug potatoes and collected organic eggs at Rock Bottom Ranch, and tracked snowshoe hare across Richmond Ridge on Aspen Mountain. The youth of this valley understand more about watershed and ecosystem health, biodiversity, and sustainable food than most adults I have worked with. read more →
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    Wilderness Workshop analyzing proposed BLM plan

    The Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop is busy analyzing a proposed BLM management plan released on March 21 that includes Red Hill, the Crown and parts of Thompson Divide. “This (plan) is a biggie,” said Wilderness Workshop spokesman Dave Reed. “It’s the blueprint for how over 500,000 acres of BLM lands in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties will be managed for the next 20-plus years.” The Bureau of Land Management’s proposed plan also covers federal land in Grand, Jackson, Routt, Summit and Larimer counties. “Our proposed Resource Management Plan for the Kremmling Field Office is based largely on the comments we received from the public and our State and local cooperating agencies when we put our Draft Plan out for comment in 2011,” said BLM spokeswoman Stephanie Odell in a press release. “We believe the proposed plan provides a balanced approach to managing the public’s land and resources … for the next two decades.” read more →
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    Cosmic Blast celebrates shift

    The little town of Carbondale became the center of the universe last Saturday for the passionate group of people attending the Cosmic Love Blast. The event was sponsored by A Spiritual Center and held at the Third Street Center. The ceremony/celebration was designed to enable participants to “receive an initiation into the new energies of the Great Shift underway for planet earth and humanity,” according to organizer Golden Sha. read more →
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    Renewable Energy Update

    Carbondale has made positive strides toward its goal of a more resilient and energy secure economy, but there is still a long way to go. That’s according to information presented at a workshop titled “Clean Energy Progress in Carbondale,” held at the Carbondale Library on March 19. The workshop was hosted by members of the Clean Energy 2020 campaign, a coalition of energy non-profits, the town of Carbondale, and the Carbondale Environmental Board. It was the first of three public meetings designed to inform the community of the town’s energy goals and seek input on how to meet those goals. read more →
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    Questioning the candidates

    Carbondale voters have until 7 p.m. on April 1 to cast their ballots in the 2014 municipal elections. Mayor Stacey Bernot is running unopposed. The four candidates for the three trustee seats are: Katrina Byars, Alexander (AJ) Hobbs, Wayne Horak and Frosty Merriott. The Sopris Sun asked the candidates the following questions to answer via e-mail. On a related note, The Sopris Sun article about the March 10 candidate forum can be accessed at; so can the GrassRoots TV coverage of the event. read more →