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    Town forester alerts board to possible tree problems

    Is Carbondale’s “urban forest” in danger of a precipitous decline? David Coon, the town’s urban forester (among numerous other duties) believes it might be, and has cautioned other town officials that something needs to be done about it. Coon, who took over the position last May, recently issued a round of blast e-mails to members of Carbondale’s Tree Board, warning of a looming infestation of something called the emerald ash borer, which he said could quickly mow down nearly a tenth of the town’s “urban canopy” of trees. read more →
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    Candidates talk budget, development, Home Rule

    In the contest to become the next Garfield County commissioner for District 1, incumbent Tom Jankovsky and his challenger, Michael Sullivan, both are essentially running on Jankovsky’s record. The difference is that Jankovsky feels his record has been exemplary and justifies keeping him in office, while Sullivan feels Jankovsky has not represented his constituents in District 1 and should be kicked out of office. District 1 encompasses the Garfield County portion of the Roaring Fork River Valley, including the Town of Carbondale and most of Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Ditty dazzles CRES students

    The third graders in Danny Stone’s classroom at Crystal River Elementary School received a special treat for their Carbondale history lesson last week: a visit from one of the student’s 95-year-old great-grandmother, Ruth “Ditty” Perry. The children gathered at her feet as she told stories about “the old days” in the Roaring Fork Valley. Ditty’s father, David Brown, was born in 1856. He moved from Denver to Aspen in 1880 when “there was nothing there.” Brown built the first building to stand in Aspen: a two-story structure, with living quarters upstairs and a general store on the first floor. read more →
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    County commissioner candidates lay out their views

    In the contest to become the next Garfield County commissioner for District 1, incumbent Tom Jankovsky and his challenger, Michael Sullivan, both are essentially running on Jankovsky’s record. The difference is that Jankovsky feels his record has been exemplary and justifies keeping him in office, while Sullivan feels Jankovsky has not represented his constituents in District 1 and should be kicked out of office. District 1 encompasses the Garfield County portion of the Roaring Fork River Valley, including the town of Carbondale and most of Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Solar Rollers program expanding to other states

    The checkered flag has been dropped! High school student teams are signing up to build Solar Rollers this month, and the race is on. Thrilling as it is, the mini Daytona 500 that will be held next May isn’t just about the clash of remote-controlled, solar-powered cars hurtling along at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour. It’s really a race to educate students about energy. And this year, it will be zipping out of the Roaring Fork Valley into other states. “This will be the first time that Solar Rollers has gone beyond the local region,” said Noah Davis, the program’s founder. In 2013, four Roaring Fork Valley teams participated; in 2014, a total of 10 teams came from a geographical area that stretched from Aspen to Summit County. “We are going be challenged to handle 40-50 teams this year,” Davis muses. Teams from Reno, Nevada and Austin, Texas have already signed up. read more →
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    Roundabout slated to open on Sept. 29

    Song request for KDNK at exactly 7 a.m. on Sept. 29: “Roundabout” by Yes from their 1971 album “Fragile.” That’s the time and date the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to open the Highway 133/Main Street roundabout to through traffic. It’s a day that some locals have dreaded, some have welcomed because they are sick of construction at that intersection, and that a few don’t much care about. In any case, the biggest change to Highway 133 since a traffic signal was installed at Main Street about 30 years ago is not big enough to warrant a police presence to ensure that motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians successfully navigate the new spin cycle on opening day. “Unless we get some calls, I don’t think anyone (a police officer) will be there,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. read more →
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    Trustees OK bear ordinance

    The town of Carbondale wants your trash to be stored in containers strong enough to resist a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), even though it is highly unlikely that a “grizz” will ever visit your trash can or your home. That is one of the provisions contained within an emergency ordinance passed by the town’s trustees at a meeting on Tuesday, which is intended to prevent the local population of black bears (much smaller and less fierce than grizzlies, but troublesome enough in their own right) from getting into your trash and triggering a process that too often ends when the bear is “put down” or killed by wildlife officials. “With the confluence of the Roaring Fork and the Crystal (rivers), they’re just starting to come into town more and more frequently,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Manager John Groves, about Carbondale’s growing bear problems. “As we’ve seen in Aspen, it’s going to be a perpetual problem.” read more →
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    Cops bust teens for pilfering pot plants

    Three Carbondale teenagers — one of whom is implicated in another crime — have been arrested and charged with felony burglary after they allegedly stole pot plants from a private, back-yard garden over a period of weeks earlier this summer. The three are to appear in court on Oct. 8 to learn exactly which formal charges they are facing, which likely will include underage possession of pot, according to Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey of the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. The identities of the three are being withheld because they are minors, according to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. All three, Schilling said, were arrested and released into the custody of their parents. read more →
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    Plug in to the Electric Vehicle Rally of The Rockies

    On Oct. 3, prepare yourself to spot electric vehicles (EV’s for short) cruising the I-70 corridor. The cars will be marked with placards noting the Electric Vehicle Rally of The Rockies and the drivers are encouraged to wear costumes, expanding on the fun factor for the affair. The event — hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, Colorado Mountain College, CORE and the city of Aspen — is drawing attention to the availability of EV charging stations from Grand Junction to Vail. The idea is to promote EV tourism in the central Colorado Rockies. read more →
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    Students fuel drive for RFHS solar array, school board gives OK

    There is something incredible about watching a dream one has had for years finally come true. For us and all members of the Roaring Fork High School Energy Club, that is what is happening now. After years of trying, we have cleared the final hurdle and are now on the way to getting solar panels at our school. On Sept. 10, a proposal for installing solar panels at Roaring Fork High School was passed unanimously by the school board. Within a year, the solar array, which will provide 100 percent of the school’s electrical energy, will be outside our library windows. The 379 kW solar array will also be installed with no upfront cost to the Roaring Fork School District. read more →