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    Poetry fits under the umbrella

    Maybe you’re a poet — and you do know it. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at slam poetry, Friday might be your night. Alya’s Umbrella, Aspen Words and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) have collaborated to bring award-winning John “Meta” Sarmiento to the Temporary at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 for the first-ever poetry slam at the venue.Tickets are $8 in advance at ticketfly.com and $11 at the door. read more →
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    Locally as well as nationally, women make less than men

    There are several reasons why one employee may receive higher compensation than another — education, experience and salary negotiations at the time of hiring, among others. But the numbers for Garfield County also reveal another discrepancy among incomes: gender. Men who are employed full time in Garfield County earn, on average, more than 1.5 times than a woman working full time, according to Data USA, an online platform for public, government-published data. The average income of a man in the area is $55,599, whereas the average income of a female is only $37,594. read more →
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    Exploring local history, from the ground down

    Rocks talk to Garry Zabel, and he’s looking forward to sharing their stories. “If you pick up a rock that has a ripple, it’s telling you something,” he said. “Every type of rock has characteristics that geologists know how to read.” A professor emeritus at Colorado Mountain College, Zabel is perhaps best known for the field trips he leads to Utah and Arizona. As part of the ongoing Naturalist Nights speaker series, however, he’s preparing to tackle geology closer to home with a presentation at the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the next day in Aspen. read more →
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    Resource for sexual assault victims returns through River Bridge

    Until recently, sexual assault victims in the Valley had a choice: make the trek to Grand Junction or Frisco in order to obtain the medical exam often necessary for effective legal action or forgo that option. Valley View Hospital ended its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in 2012, leaving a void that could make someone’s worst day worse. Fortunately, the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA) has replaced that loss. read more →
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    Post office struggles with staff shortage

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay the United States Postal Service, but a dearth of workers can certainly gum up the works a bit. For the last few months, the Carbondale office has been struggling to get ahead after several employees left to pursue other opportunities and some of the remaining staff were affected by illness, injury and the like. Heading into the holidays down 20 percent of their staff and Sunday Amazon delivery suddenly added to their plate, they borrowed employees from other offices as far away as Delta, Montrose and Craig, worked long hours, and still found it an uphill battle. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Sign of the season

    Jan. 19, 1978: Aspen was experiencing a dearth of local seasonal help — with anywhere from 40 to 60 percent fewer employees available to each lodge than theoretically needed. “I have been doing maid work. My assistant manager has spent all day helping the housekeeping department,” said Mike Norton, president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Gant. Some business people put it down to the bad season the previous year (some have drawn comparisons between the winter of ’76-77 and the current one), while Norton blamed the cost of living. read more →
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    Several debuts at Valley Visual Art Show

    The Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) is a longstanding Carbondale tradition — Friday’s opening will mark the 38th time Carbondale Arts has hosted the exhibit. The show, which runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 at the Launchpad, is an open call to local artists to show their work, and this year, that call was answered faster than ever. read more →
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    Fire Chief Ron Leach on the way out the door

    Longtime Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Chief Ron Leach will be presented a separation agreement by the District’s Board during a meeting after press time on Jan. 10. The move will end Leach’s nearly four-decade tenure with the department as soon as Jan. 13 and no later than Feb. 15 — depending on when he opts to actually sign the final document. It would also entitle him to a $98,500 lump sum payment and 13 months of family health insurance while binding him to a non-disparagement clause. read more →
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    Local women arrange a simple way of giving

    The newly created “Sopris 100 Who Care” group is back-to-basics charity. At 5 p.m. sharp on Jan. 25, a group of women will gather at the Pan and Fork restaurant in River Valley Ranch. Each will be asked to contribute $100 to a pool of funds and nominate a charity, cause, family, individual or other purpose for the money. Three causes will be drawn, discussed, a favorite selected and the whole sum — hopefully thousands of dollars — donated accordingly. read more →
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    No contest yet in trustee race

    Only two people have begun the process to fill the four Carbondale Board of Trustee seats up for election in April. One application is pending for the mayor position, which is also on this year’s ballot. read more →