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    GarCo submits Red Hill grant application

    Garfield County has received approval to apply for a $750,000 state GOCO grant to build an underpass at the intersection of Highway 82/133 and other improvements to County Road 107 extending to the Red Hill trailhead, according to the weekly report from Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington. GOCO received 26 such applications and 12 (including Garfield County’s) were chosen to move forward. “The 12 recommended projects were the highest quality projects in terms of meeting … goals: public input and planning, ability to complete within the timeframe, and matching and leveraging potential.” The GOCO board will decide on grant funding in June. read more →
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    Valley Journal collection comes home

    After years in limbo, The Valley Journal is coming home, with 33 years of bound volumes of the weekly newspaper and its predecessor, the Roaring Fork Review, available for perusal at the new Carbondale Branch Library. The move, free of fan-fair, was made possible by the Garfield County Library system and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. “We’re excited to have them here. It’s a valuable resource,” Carbondale Branch Library Manager Mollie Honan told The Sopris Sun. The public can browse, scan, and copy (though not check out) every edition from when ink first hit the paper on April 4, 1974, to when the Post Independent’s parent company closed its doors on the Valley Journal, Christmas 2008. read more →
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    Made in Carbondale: Nature-inspired jewelry by Colby June

    Inspiration can be found growing in a Carbondale town ditch, next to the Crystal River or where dried leaves curl into the snow. “Almost all of my inspiration comes from nature. I like to find something that’s interesting in nature, a thing that has a shape or texture and that’s the theme for a series,” said jewelry designer Colby June Fulton. read more →
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    Rams vs. Oysters: A friendly rivalry continues

    It’s not really an “away” game for either when the Roaring Fork Rams play the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Oysters, as they did in a quick pair of matches on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15. Less than two miles separate the teams’ soccer fields and the close-knit community’s two high school teams are close in more than geography. Rams’ head coach Nick Forbes is a CRMS alum, and his father Arthur “A.O.” Forbes is a long-time teacher and soccer coach at the private school. Several CRMS students play for Roaring Fork volleyball and basketball teams, including at least one member of their current soccer lineup. A.O. also teaches a pair of night classes for the RE-1 school district, in coordination with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and has had some of Roaring Fork sports-team members in his class. “You kinda have to make up a competitive spirit that’s not really there,” Nick observed following the second of the public school’s pair of victories over CRMS this year. read more →
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    Local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby forming

    A local group of Roaring Fork Valley residents is gearing up to lobby for a nonpartisan solution to what they say is one of the most challenging issue of all time — climate change. The group is the newest chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a fast-growing national nonprofit that recruits and trains citizens to lobby their own members of Congress for climate legislation, according to a press release. The Roaring Fork group will hold an introductory training led by CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds at the Third Street Center at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 19. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Dave Reed at 970-366-8766. read more →
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    Overhead utilities head underground

    Construction at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street is scheduled to begin on Oct. 21 and continue for six weeks so that Excel Energy, Century Link, Cedar Networks and Comcast can put their overhead utilities underground before the Colorado Department of Transportation’s highway project starts next year. read more →
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    Bus rollover closes Highway 82 Saturday night

    At least eight people were injured when a down-valley bound bus rolled over on Highway 82, coming to rest sideways on a concrete barrier pointing up-valley. According to Valley View Hospital, all patients were in stable condition as of midnight Sunday. read more →
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    Residents asked to hike fire district property tax

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District residents are being asked to permanently increase their property taxes by approximately 50 percent on mail-in ballots that the Garfield County clerk and recorder will send out later this month. If the ballot issue is approved, the total mill levy will stand at 12.038, according to a resolution approved by the five-member district board in September. The new levy will combine a 2.233 temporary hike voters approved in 2011, with a new levy of 3.902. read more →
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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 →