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    Trustees vote to accept Surls sculpture, a few locals object

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved an agreement to accept a large sculpture, titled “Sewing The Future,” from internationally renowned artist James Surls, to be the centerpiece of a new traffic roundabout now under construction at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133. The decision, passed by a vote of 6-1 with Trustee Pam Zentmyer dissenting, overrode objections from local residents who argued that the year-long selection process leading to the agreement was flawed and did not involve adequate citizen participation. read more →
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    State picks Carbondale for “creative district” program

    The town of Carbondale was recently chosen to participate in the 2014-15 Creative District program, instituted by Colorado Creative Industries — a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. “These (creative districts) are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to live and visit,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a press release. Carbondale began its creative plan in 2013, focusing on “connectivity” and “wayfinding” (signage), according to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Director Amy Kimberly. read more →
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    Doctors reflect on a half-century of family practice

    Carbondale is about to take its next step in the continuing evolution of small-town medical care, when the doctors, nurses and technicians who have met the town’s medical needs for decades move into a new building and a new kind of business arrangement. The Roaring Fork Family Practice clinic, 1340 Highway 133, will move later this month to a new home just two blocks away, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Highway 133 — a short stroll for a pedestrian but a big jump for the doctors. read more →
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    Carbondale Soda Company: from hobby to business

    On May 11, during Dandelion Day, the Carbondale Soda Company popped the cork on a dandelion honey crème soda, offering its first public samples to passers-by. Since then, the new firm has quickly bubbled to life, so far brewing up around 80 gallons of fizzy fun, even though it has advertised only on Facebook and by word of mouth. “We didn’t realize that we had a company until people started asking for sodas!” chuckles Adam Phillips. “It was more of a hobby at first.” read more →
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    E-board talks trash, trash haulers talk back

    They were talking trash at Carbondale’s Town Hall on Monday night, but in the end it all came to little beyond a call for more meetings and more talk. The town’s Environmental Board (aka E-board) called the meeting to get public input for a proposal to rewrite the town’s trash-hauling ordinance, and possibly to rearrange the entire system of trash pickups and disposal. But after hearing from several local trash haulers, including a lengthy presentation from Scott Eden, a self-described “professor of garbology” and a part-owner of InterMountain Waste and Recycling in Carbondale, the meeting broke up for lack of time. read more →
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    Haugen takes a bow as director of “American Buffalo”

    If you live in or around Carbondale, you’ll be very much at home when you step into Thunder River Theater to see the company’s latest production, “American Buffalo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. It’s as if you’ve stepped into the Back Door Consignment Store, the Near New, or Miser’s Mercantile. The play takes place in a similar shop in an unnamed city, although Chicago, Mamet’s hometown, is implied (if you go, listen for clues). The set is chock full of good stuff from the stash of props Thunder River Theater Company (TRTC) has collected in its basement over the years, the kind of good stuff that easily could have passed through any or all of Carbondale’s well-loved secondhand stores at one time or another. You have until July 5 to see this first-rate production, skillfully directed by TRTC’s own favorite leading lady, Valerie Haugen. read more →
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    Trustee puts pot-shop owner in hot seat, Barber Drive folks riled

    Carbondale trustee Allyn Harvey, at the board of trustee’s regular meeting on Tuesday, objected to what he termed a local pot shop owner’s “disregard” for city regulations and led his fellow trustees toward denial of that shop’s medical marijuana license renewal application. Harvey, and other trustees, also objected to the level of local ownership at the CMED medical marijuana shop, which does business as Rocky Mountain High at 66 Buggy Circle, which according to the town amounts to “one tenth of one percent” of the business in local ownership. The remaining 99.9 percent, Harvey noted, is in the hands of owner Michael Weisser, who lives in Edwards, Colo., and has ties to the state of Florida, and who told the trustees he controls nearly 20 medical marijuana businesses around Colorado. read more →
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    Marble Distillery a pioneering spirit in new industry

    Connie Baker certainly does not look like anyone’s typical image of a whisky maker, but she is about to become one. Baker, 49, is a partner in the Marble Distillery, to be located at 150 Main St. in Carbondale once construction is completed on what she described as a first-of-its-kind distillery operation with an emphasis on “green,” or eco-friendly construction and operating techniques. The distillery plans to produce liqueurs, vodka and barrel-aged whisky, and to offer a tasting room and a shop where drinks can be sold and served, as well as a couple of rooms to lodge tourists and other guests. “We can’t find anyone who’s doing it yet,” she said of the building, which is being constructed under Carbondale’s new green-building code and will use water and crushed marble from the Yule Quarry in Marble in its distilling process. read more →
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    Fire district continues work on finances, other issues

    The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District may not be asking voters for a tax hike in November, based on an informal polling of members of a special citizens advisory task force at its monthly meeting on Monday. Fire district voters rejected the district’s plea for a tax increase last year, largely due to a public perception that the omission of a “sunset clause” on the tax increase could result in a windfall of unneeded cash for the district, and unnecessarily high tax bills for district residents. read more →
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    Ballot question not a sure thing

    It wasn’t an up or down vote, but fire district citizens advisory task force members on Monday indicated they are leaning away from recommending the fire board put a tax-hike proposal on the November ballot. After the monthly meeting on June 16, task-force member Allyn Harvey told The Sopris Sun an informal poll at the meeting came up and then went down as follows. read more →