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    Voters reject fire district mill levy hike

    After approving a temporary tax hike two years ago, Carbondale Fire District voters rejected a permanent property tax mill levy hike 57 percent to 43 percent on Tuesday, setting the stage for probable staff cuts and other budget reductions in 2014. “No matter what, we’ll (still) have to dip into our reserves,” fire district board member Michael Kennedy told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Lisa’s Hot Mess constantly evolving

    “The bar is open!” declares the nattily dressed gorilla, togged out in coat and tie and reflective sunglasses. This gorilla, name unknown, is featured in all the ads for Lisa’s Hot Mess at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, as well as on the restaurant’s wall. The bar he is referring to is the latest addition to the restaurant, which has been owned by Lisa Hook for about two years. She does all the cooking and creates the menus, which are “constantly evolving.” Lisa says she has been in the restaurant business for 30 years and was manager at The Brickyard in Rifle before coming to Carbondale. read more →
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    Glenwood Springs school moving toward project-based learning

    (This article is the second of a two-part series on the transformation process at Glenwood Springs Elementary School). While the Re-1 school district’s visioning process has encouraged community members to begin dreaming about possible changes in our schools, Glenwood Springs Elementary School has already embarked on a path of significant change. read more →
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    Rams close but fall in State Tournament

    Manitou nips Roaring Fork 56-54 read more →
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    Dia de los Muertos procession returns for First Friday

    The annual Dia de los Muertos procession and performances return to Carbondale for First Friday on Nov. 1, as the Crystal Theatre brings in Woody Allen’s new film and the Main Street Gallery and Framer shows new paintings by Virginia Broyles. read more →
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    Teachers jazzed, energized and rejuvenated at GSES

    The Re-1 school district’s visioning meetings earlier this fall opened the door for people to start dreaming. A strong consensus emerged at the Carbondale meetings around the idea of including more real world, project-based learning in schools and putting a greater emphasis on character development. While many people in Carbondale are feeling skeptical about the possibility of real change, Glenwood Springs Elementary School is undergoing a transformation toward some of the very ideas that emerged at the visioning meetings: project-based learning and character development. read more →
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    Voting notes

    Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico is urging voters to take mail-in ballots to drop-off sites on or before Nov. 5 if they were not returned to her office before Oct. 31. “Postmarks do not count and ballots must be received at a drop-off location by 7 p.m. on Election Day,” Alberico said in a press release. Besides the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, the drop-off site for Carbondale residents is town hall at 511 Colorado Avenue. Alberico and other county clerks mailed out ballots the week of Oct. 15-18. read more →
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    ... And email, and Twitter. The Sopris Sun is working to bring you online coverage of breaking news. Find out how you can help. read more →
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    The Last Minute Obituary

    In the process of an interview for the Sopris Sun, Valley Journal co-founder Rebecca Young recounted her best memory from her time there. There wasn’t room for it in the final article in the print edition, but we’re able to include it here for anyone who might be interested:  … read more →

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    Fire district tax proposal prompts citizen backlash

    Funding your local fire department is about as American as apple pie, and firefighters rarely have trouble at the ballot box. But the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District has stirred up some opposition this election season with its request for a $1 million tax increase. Several residents, including a town trustee and a former trustee, have written letters to The Sopris Sun, complaining about the size of the proposed increase, along with its timing and its permanence. read more →