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    PAC3 hits reset button, TSC posts RFP on lease

    After two and a half years, the Third Street Center and the operators of the PAC3 performance space are casting about for new ways of doing business. On page 9 of this issue of The Sopris Sun, readers will see a request for proposals from potential future tenants of the PAC3 space at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The Center is looking for a new plan to use the room and fill it with people more often. In the words of current tenant Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions, “unfortunately, it’s underutilized.” read more →
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    Cheering for school possibilities at C’dale visioning meeting

    “It was sort of like a pep rally,” said Re-1’s Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein, describing the school district’s visioning meeting in Carbondale on Oct. 3. “I’ve never before seen crowds of people cheering for academic choices,” Stein told The Sopris Sun. The meeting drew about 150 community members, approximately 80 percent of whom were parents of current students. read more →
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    Congratulations to the winners of the Sopris Sun Birthday Cake Bake-Off!

    The ribbon for the Prettiest cake went to Jessica Gonzales for her lovely vanilla cake. Tastiest was the yummy salted caramel layer-cake with butterscotch dipped potato chips baked by Nikki Smeins. The chocolate potato cake made by Heather Wilson and the Carbondale Community School won for Best Representation of Carbondale because it was made with local potatoes harvested by the students. read more →
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    13 questions: Marijuana in Carbondale and Colorado

    The market for recreational marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales in Colorado officially opens for business this coming January, but the licensing process actually began this week at the state level. Carbondale is among a handful of communities around the state that has adopted local marijuana licensing rules so that existing medical marijuana businesses can expand into the recreational side of the market, and new businesses can open. The Sopris Sun put together a list of questions about what the legalization of recreational marijuana means for Carbondale and sent them over to Town Hall for answers. Those answers are informative and revealing about the near-term future for this new industry. read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Classic, quirky furniture from Board by Design

    The playfully modern furnishings that Brad Reed Nelson crafts in his Carbondale studio are sold nationwide, and it’s easy to see why. Despite the name of his company — Board by Design — he’s clearly not! read more →
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    Residents oppose rezoning library to suit Surls museum

    When the proposal to build a museum curated by and featuring the art of sculptor James Surls goes in front of the Town Trustees on Oct. 8, it will likely face opposition from neighbors. The trustees will be deciding whether to rezone the site of the old library, on Fourth Street between Main and Garfield, from Residential/Low Density to Historic Commercial Core. read more →
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    Potato Day celebrates Carbondale’s 125th

    The 104th annual Potato Day celebrates all 125 years of Carbondale’s history, with the Tater Trot on Sept. 27 and a parade, farmer’s market, barbecue, music and more on Sept. 28. Naturally, this year’s parade theme is “Happy Birthday, Carbondale.” Service sorority Xi Gamma Tau, with about 15 members, is the primary organizer this year, according to Lisa Quint, although don’t be surprised to see members of Beta Epsilon pitching in. read more →
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    Carbondale OK’s pot licensing ordinance

    Carbondale joins 10 other Colorado municipalities after trustees approved a retail marijuana licensing ordinance 5-0 on Tuesday night. Among other provisions, the ordinance allows for up to five retail marijuana establishments to open sometime after Jan. 1, 2014. After the meeting, trustee Frosty Merriott said the board’s vote reflects the will of Carbondale’s voters. “ … 71 percent voted for Amendment 64,” Merriott told The Sopris Sun read more →
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    Dreaming big for the schools

    “There is a country where students start school at a later age ... spend less time in school per day ... have barely any homework ... are rarely tested … .” So begins a video showcasing Finland: the country whose education system consistently ranks at the top of the world by almost every measure. Portions of this video and others were screened last Monday at an event organized by Our Children, Our Schools (OCOS) — an ad hoc group of parents from local private, charter and public schools and other community members who are working to spark conversations about innovative ideas in education. read more →
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    Dance Initiative finds its space

    Dance Initiative is the realized half of Peter Gilbert’s dream. The dream’s other half is the not-yet established Carbondale Academy of Performing Arts. Gilbert’s entire vision is inching toward reality, however, after he signed a year’s lease on a 3,000-square-foot upstairs space in the industrial park (aka Foulkrod’s industrial park) immediately north of town hall.
    About 800-square-feet of the space is an existing dance studio (complete with a floor-to-ceiling wall mirror that runs the length of the room and makes it seem twice as large); it’s being called Studio C. Gilbert is turning the remaining space into a large room that he hopes will be used for groups and individuals to rehearse dance, music, theatre and other arts-related activities — maybe even the martial arts. read more →