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    Bernot reflects on years as mayor, trustee

    Whenever outgoing Mayor Stacey Bernot talks about her reasons for leaving the job she’s held for six years (not to mention her previous decade of service, first as a member of the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission for four years, then six years as a trustee), her family is the most often-cited influence on her decision. “If now is the time for them to make a change,” she wrote of her family’s recent relocation to a house outside Carbondale, “I wholeheartedly and unequivocally choose them” over continued service on the town’s board of trustees. Her remarks came in an April 27 letter announcing her decision to give up the mayor’s gavel as a consequence of moving (with her family) to a newly acquired home in Redstone. read more →
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    Bull rider earns title of the world’s oldest…and he’s only 54

    For Greg Casteel, climbing onto a bull named Ground Zero turned out to be the easy part. After successfully riding the bull at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo on Aug. 6, 2015, Casteel, who turned 54 the day before, applied for inclusion in Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Professional Bull Rider. Seven months later, and after so many e-mails back and forth from Guinness that he lost count and had to hire a computer guy to help with the application process, the Carbondale resident unexpectedly received the notice he’d been waiting for. The e-mail started “We are thrilled to inform you … and ended with “ … you are now the Guinness world record holder.” “Don’t let anyone tell you the (Guinness) process isn’t complicated,” Casteel told The Sopris Sun. “This was a long time coming.” read more →
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    Trustees approve CRMS preschool

    Carbondale’s elected leaders last week gave approval for the use of a house at 126 E. Main St. for the Children’s Rocky Mountain School, a pre-school for up to 20 students. The house, which has been the home of Mary Anderson and her son, Pat, for decades, is under contract for purchase by the school at a price of approximately $500,000, is to be significantly renovated to accommodate the school’s use. The unanimous approval came after a contentious series of hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission, which unanimously recommended approval by the Board of Trustees [BOT], and the BOT itself. read more →
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    Mayor helps turn tide on Highway 82 rezoning

    When the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently voted to deny a plan to rezone some 43 acres of vacant land between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, the rejection was not for lack of arguments on the project’s behalf by Commission Chair John Martin. The denial was aided, however, by testimony from Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot and representatives of Glenwood Springs, who asked the BOCC to reject the rezoning application on a variety of grounds. On April 18, the BOCC voted 2-1, with Martin on the losing end, to deny a rezoning application that would have created a 43-acre commercial zone, with capacity for nearly 982,000 square feet of commercial or retail space situated roughly halfway between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    No more ‘cah-cah’ for local arts organization

    Some time around the last full weekend of July, in conjunction with the 2016 Carbondale Mountain Fair, close observers of signs and that sort of thing may notice something different about how the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) identifies itself in marketing and other formats. Starting at about that time, according to Amy Kimberly, executive director of what is now vocally referred to as “cah-cah” in local shorthand parlance, will be changing its name to Carbondale Arts (CA, or “cah”). Why? read more →
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    Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño: Teaching dance and so much more

    When Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño, director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, first meets with his five- and six-year-old beginning dancers, he tells them to clap. After their typically subdued clapping he tells them, “No, no, no ... really clap! LOUD!” Once they clap to his satisfaction, Nevarez then shows these budding dancers how to make that same resounding sound with their feet. What he loves most about teaching Mexican folk dancing, Nevarez told The Sopris Sun in an interview earlier this month, are “the faces of the kids when they learn how capable they are to move their bodies and stomp their feet and do it with strength and confidence.” At the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Summit in Carbondale on May 5-6, Nevarez (or Paco, as most people call him) will be awarded a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for his work with folklórico. According to the CCI website, three such awards are presented each year to “community members that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism ...”. read more →
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    Dandelion Day getting back to its roots

    It is time once again to celebrate the dandelion, Carbondale’s humble municipal flower, with the annual extravaganza in Sopris Park known as Dandelion Day, which this year falls on May 7, according to a Web site dedicated to the event ( Dandelion Day is now in its 18th year and is sponsored by the Environmental Board, or E-Board as it is known, which is an advisory board appointed by the elected Carbondale Board of Trustees. This year’s event has been consolidated to a single day of programs, according to Dandelion Day Committee member Candace Goodwin, who also is a past member of the E-Board. Others on the committee are Alyssa Reindel, Sue Gray and Robin Van Norman, all of whom are listed on the Web site with contact information. read more →
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    What do Flint (Michigan) and Carbondale have in common?

    Does Carbondale’s drinking water contain lead that has leached from the town’s water delivery system? The short answer is, not as far as local officials know. Ever since the news broke that residents of the city of Flint, Michigan was suffering from lead poisoning in its municipal water system, towns all over the U.S. have been wondering if they have the same problem. And the question does not seem to be one that can easily be answered. A Feb. 8 a New York Times article reported unsafe lead levels have recently turned up in Washington, D.C.; Durham and Greenville, N.C.; and Jackson, Miss, to name just a few. While lead water pipes were federally banned more than three decades ago, according to the article, there are millions of instances of lead pipes in the ground that predate the ban, most of them in the “service pipe” networks that carry water into homes or businesses. read more →
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    RFTA rolls out plan for the Rio Grande ArtWay

    Plans moved forward last week for the Rio Grande ArtWay through Carbondale, although it is not likely that actual work on the gardens, supplemental trails, sculpture installations and other aspects of the ArtWay will begin until summer at the earliest, and perhaps not until next year. Amy Kimberly, executive director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and a main driver behind plans to make Carbondale a designated “Creative District,” said roughly 35 people took part in a meeting on April 14 between CCAH and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), which controls the Rio Grande Trail as it winds through town. “It went great,” Kimberly recalled. “It was a pretty diverse swath of the community, and everybody was pretty positive.” The plan behind the ArtWay effort is to beautify the trail as it runs through Carbondale, with a variety of locally-sponsored, volunteer-initiated projects. read more →
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    CRMS eco-warrior a plaintiff in climate lawsuit

    Proponents of a lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of violating the rights of American young people and future generations, by contributing to global warming through the promotion of fossil fuels, recently won a victory in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon when a judge ruled that the lawsuit has sufficient merit to continue through the federal court system. And there on the steps of the Oregon courthouse was a student from Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Jaime Butler, 15, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who is one of 21 plaintiffs in the precedent-setting lawsuit. The suit, filed last year with the help of an Oregon-based nonprofit organization named Our Children’s Trust, a group of attorneys, and climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, moves ahead after a March 10 decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin in Eugene, Oregon. “In this case, the government has allegedly taken action through subsidies, regulations, etc., that creates massive CO2 emissions, and has failed to limit such emissions despite a duty to do so,” states the judge’s decision, in part. read more →