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    Carbondale adopts mask ordinance

    Cloth face coverings are required in businesses and public buildings in Carbondale effectively immediately, following a 6-1 trustee vote on May 19. 

    The ordinance is geared toward indoor establishments and specifically addresses common areas, lobbies and front desks as well as any portions of grocery storesread more →

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    CRES kids take action for endangered animals

    After learning about endangered animals in 1st grade, a group of nine students at Crystal River Elementary School returned to 2nd grade determined to do something to help these creatures. “They are beautiful and I don’t want them to be gone,” reads a quote by Campbell Maybon posted on the classroom wall. The kids approached their teacher, Marie Voss-Patterson, asking if she would help them organize some kind of project which would contribute to saving endangered animals. While her schedule was completely full, Voss-Patterson volunteered to spend her lunch hour once a week on such a project if any of the kids wanted to come in during their lunch and recess time. All nine kids jumped at the opportunity—and the 2nd Grade Lunch Bunch was born. read more →
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    Murder suspect threatened wife’s life last year

    The Carbondale man accused of slashing his wife to death with a machete on Feb. 16 had threatened to kill her at some point late last year, and to then kill himself by crashing his car, according to an interview with the victim’s sister. The sister told authorities that the two had separated for a couple of months last year and that, during that separation, Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, 46, had sent an email to his wife, the late Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, containing those threats. Court documents also seemed to offer conflicting information about whether Navarrete-Portillo and his wife were alone in the apartment where the victim died. read more →
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    Saturday is annual Spring Clean-Up Day in C’dale

    Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is Carbondale’s annual Spring Clean-Up and Waste Diversion Day, when the town accepts a variety of trash, recyclables and electronic waste for free or very low charges. The day-long event is sponsored by the town’s public works department and the Environmental Board, known as the E-Board, (made up of volunteers Richard Scott Mills, Matt Gwost, Jeff Lauckhart, Jason White, Christopher Paul Ellis, Patrick Hunter, Julia Farwell and Sasha Williams). According to the town website ( the funding that makes the cleanup day possible comes from revenues generated by the town’s disposable bag fee. read more →
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    County rezoning application has trustees worried

    Carbondale officials expressed anxiety on Tuesday over plans concerning the proposed River Edge development project, halfway between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, where developers want to rezone part of the project site from residential to commercial in apparent hope of creating a commercial and retail hub at that location. read more →
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    Heritage fruit tree project gets $10,000 boost

    The effort to identify and care for heritage fruit trees in the Roaring Fork Valley recently got a major boost, in the form of a $10,000 grant from the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund, which will be used to survey fruit trees in the Carbondale and Missouri Heights area this summer and start a program aimed at caring for and harvesting the fruits from those trees into the future. read more →
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    Judge unseals Navarrete-Portillo warrant

    The man accused of slashing his wife to death in Carbondale earlier this year told police he “kind of went crazy” on the morning of Feb. 16 read more →
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    Caucus grabbing Bull Mountain by the horns

    The Crystal River Caucus is holding a special meeting on April 9, at 7 p.m. at the Church in Redstone, to talk about plans by the energy industry to drill up to 150 wells in a 20,000-acre area known as the Bull Mountain Unit on the western side of McClure Pass. Of that total, approximately 13,000 acres of gas leases are on federal land. The wells would be located to the north and west of Paonia Reservoir, directly west of the Raggeds Wilderness Area, according to a map published by the Western Colorado Congress (WCC), a non-profit community-organizing group that operates around the Western Slope. The Crystal River Caucus, according to its chair, Delia Malone of Redstone, is “concerned” about many aspects of the drilling plan, which has been proposed by SG Interests of Houston, Texas, but mainly about the prospect of big trucks coming over the pass and heading north to Carbondale and beyond. read more →
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    Carbondale Rhythm Collective: one of a kind

    In many world cultures, it’s said that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Eric Baumheier goes a step further, suggesting that the village that makes music and dances together is the ideal environment for child-raising, community-building and coming together to celebrate life. He describes Carbondale as just that kind of place. “For one thing,” says Baumheier, “I’ve noticed that Carbondale has a population that really likes to dance. Just go to Mountain Fair one time and you can see that there a lot of people here who love to dance.” Aja, his partner in music and dance as well as in living and raising their three daughters together, agrees and expands on the idea. “The original connection between dancing and drumming is about ceremony, healing, and celebration,” she says. “A lot of people are receptive to that, and seek that expression in a safe space to experience transformation, letting go, releasing stress, or just celebrating together and bonding with other people who feel that same way.” read more →
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    Glenwood Insurance, Carbondale Insurance combine forces

    On March 1, Glenwood Insurance Agency completed the purchase of Carbondale Insurance Service, according to a press release. Rona Fischer purchased Carbondale Insurance Service with a silent partner in April 1990 from Mary Boland. Fischer grew Carbondale Insurance Service from one employee in 1991, to six full-time employees at the time of the sale. “Glenwood Insurance exceeded our hopes for an agency to combine with and continue the tradition we have for excellent customer service, deep expertise, and an environment where our clients feel comfortable,” said Fischer. Carbondale Insurance Service will continue to offer insurance coverage for businesses, as well as home, auto, health and life insurance for individuals and families. read more →
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    Crystal River restoration gains town’s attention

    Public and private entities are working on a plan to restore and revitalize a stretch of the Crystal River that is publicly owned but passes through the River Valley Ranch (RVR) subdivision at the southwestern edge of Carbondale. The project is a partnership among the town of Carbondale, the managers of RVR and the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT), a non-profit organization based in Carbondale, and is called the Crystal River Restoration and Enhancement Project. According to a “conceptual design” of the project on the AVLT website (, the objectives of the project are to improve aquatic habitat along the 1.4-mile (7,500 feet); provide “a diversity of fishing opportunities and access;” introduce “oxbows” in the river’s course that will enhance fishing and other recreational opportunities; reconnect a series of “historical small, off-channel streams and oxbow lakes” to the river itself; stabilize the stream bed and banks; and improve the access for all users, including the handicapped, in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, among other goals. read more →