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    C’dale fire weighs options for capital improvements

    The Carbondale fire department is considering whether to ask voters in November to authorize borrowing up to $10.5 million to pay for deferred capital improvement projects over the next 25 years or so, in light of the fact that otherwise the district’s tax rate will drop at the end of this year. At a meeting on Feb. 8, the board of directors for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District agreed to further explore the idea, after a presentation from the district’s bond counsel, Wes Bradish of RBC Capital markets, who indicated the district could seek voter approval for a new bond issue, but keep the property-tax rate, or mill levy for bonded indebtedness, right where it is today. read more →
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    Pages of the past: ‘Can’t we just clone Fred?’

    Feb. 13, 1997: The Town of Carbondale was searching for a new police chief after long-time and highly popular chief Fred Williams retired, and the town board of trustees asked the citizens what kind of chief they’d like to see. “Can’t we just clone Fred?” was one citizen’s response, though most took the question more seriously and advocated for someone a lot like Fred — compassionate, able to listen to constituents, possessing a solid understanding of the community, and who’s more interested in Carbondale than building a career as a cop by moving to ever-larger jurisdictions. read more →
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    C’dale author explains how gardening changes lives

    • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; • The University of California, Davis; Coming soon: • The Carbondale Branch Library; • The Tattered Cover book store in Denver. • Canada in March. That’s a bit of Illené Pevec’s speaking schedule, after New Village Press published her book “Growing a Life: Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy." read more →
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    Slam represents culmination of weeks of workshops

    Owen O’Farell stands before a group of kids just a little younger than he was when he discovered poetry. Now a junior at Roaring Fork High, he has just finished reading a poem from his phone and has kept the Carbondale Middle School students engaged almost as well as Mercedez Holtry, who introduced him and does this for a living. read more →
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    Bogus school threat provides practice, lessons

    While the threat that triggered closures and lockouts in the Roaring Fork School District on Feb. 9 was ultimately deemed not credible, school officials and law enforcement stand by their cautious approach. “Our job is to ensure as much as possible the safety of the students, the schools and the community,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. read more →
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    Sopris Theatre Company presents ‘Sixteen Wounded’

    A passionate young Palestinian hurtles through a bakery window in Amsterdam and encounters the baker, a lonely and emotionally remote survivor of the Holocaust. That’s the opening premise of “Sixteen Wounded,” the latest production by Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company. It features Bob Moore as Hans, Jesse Monsalve as Mahmoud, Becky Levin as Nora, Kelly Ketzenbarger as Sonya, and Raleigh Burleigh as Ashraf. read more →
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    Valley students seize hands-on learning

    In the Roaring Fork Valley, opportunities for hands-on learning experiences abound. Children in elementary and middle school can get a taste of entrepreneurship by designing and operating their own lemonade stand on the YouthEntity’s Lemonade Day. Older youth can also participate in a sustainability and education-based apprenticeship at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, YouthEntity’s culinary arts program, or a journalism internship at The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Jewelry designers putting Carbondale on the map

    Carbondale is home to many artists and craftspeople known throughout the state, country and beyond for their distinctive creations. The town is also home to a pair of five-star-rated jewelry designers/retailers – Harmony Scott, and Colby June Fulton. Harmony Scott and Colby June (as her company is known) are both full-time jewelry designers with galleries and work spaces in town, as well as prominent internet presence and retail outlets beyond Colorado’s borders. They also employ several local residents to help make their designs a reality as needed, operate their retail operations, and travel to trade shows. read more →
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    Naturalist Nights continue with wildlife and energy lecture

    Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon are about halfway through their Naturalist Nights winter speaker series. With topics ranging from wildlife biology to geology, and climate science to environmental policy, they run Wednesdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. 3rd St., Carbondale) and Thursdays at ACES (100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen). Early bird Sopris Sun readers still have a chance to catch Sarah Reed’s presentation on Feb. 9, “Energy Development Impacts on Wildlife: Lessons Learned for the Next Energy Boom” with George Wittemyer is the next event to come downvalley. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Foreign foreman and a trailer park under threat

    Feb. 10, 1977 State officials revoked certification for a former Mid-Continent mine foreman after he reportedly neglected to file a form indicating his intent to become a citizen. Tom Johansen, whose nationality was not specified, had been working as an engineer for several months after an accident that left one miner hospitalized and was also the subject of several complaints regarding worker safety. read more →