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    Pages of the Past: When the potato was king

    Sept. 17, 1987: Albert Cerise, former manager of the Carbondale Potato Growers Association, reflected on the days when potatoes were the area’s main cash crop. Literally tons of potatoes would go out every morning by rail, he told the Journal, particularly during World War II. read more →
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    Drug stings lead to slew of arrests

    The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) has made numerous arrests following an almost two-year investigation, according to a pair of press releases from the interagency task force on Sept. 11. read more →
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    Many town staff come from ‘beyond the bridge’

    It has not been a month yet that the Grand Avenue bridge in Glenwood Springs has been closed to traffic, while construction crews have worked on building a new bridge and taking down the old one and dramatically snarled the daily commute of some area workers in the process. In Carbondale, the reactions mostly have been resignation at a necessary bump in the road (the idea being that the modern bridge will add efficiency and a new sparkle to the interconnection between I-70 and the streets of the city). read more →
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    Gate squashes illicit access to Hubbard Cave

    My first trip to Hubbard Cave could probably stand in for most visits over the last hundred odd years. I was maybe 6 years old when my family piled into whichever SUV my dad happened to be driving and made our way up a four-wheel-drive track to the rim of the Glenwood Canyon. Whether the cave was our actual destination or not I’m not sure, but we ended up taking the narrow trail to the mouth of one entrance with one flashlight among us. I’d like to say it made an instant caver out of me, but in truth I barely made it past the drip line before fear of getting lost like Tom Sawyer drove me back. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: There’s a pole in the road!

    Sept. 8, 1977: A Grand Junction contractor had little to no luck moving the old Carbondale bridge, which had been sold to Pitkin County the previous year. The 10-story crane brought out for the job apparently exceeded its 27-ton limit and almost tipped into the Roaring Fork, prompting workmen to put it back and try to think of a new plan. read more →
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    New leadership at Roaring Fork High, Crystal River Elementary

    When Brett Stringer, the new Roaring Fork High School principal, was a high schooler himself, he jumped at the opportunity to take a creative approach to his education. His history teacher offered students the option of writing papers or creating videos, and Stringer and his brother began shooting movies of themselves rolling down the street inside of a “time machine” (made out of a trash barrel) which would depart in a trail a flames (á la the movie Back to the Future) as it left their Colorado Springs neighborhood to transport them to another time and place, such as the landing of the Mayflower. read more →
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    Man rescued, hospitalized after 75 foot fall

    A 35-year-old Denver man fell approximately 75 feet near Hays Creek Falls on Sept. 3, according to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. and the release did not specify what the man — identified as Nicholas Baltuch — was doing before the fall. read more →
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    Happy 106th birthday, Vera!

    Roaring Fork Valley native Vera Diemoz, whose homes in the area have ranged from Old Snowmass to Silt, turns 106 years old Sept. 1, having welcomed family members from California and other locales to help celebrate the occasion. Diemoz, who lives at Heritage Park in Carbondale, until three years ago was living at a senior residential complex in Glenwood Springs and doing her own cooking, shopping and other chores, according to her regular companion, Diane Welter. Photo by John Colson read more →
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    From trails to rails to roads to… trails again?

    A trio of men steeped in historical knowledge about the Crystal River Valley recently described the narrow gorge’s long history as a critical travel route, traversed by moccasin, horse, wagons, trains and cars over a century and a half. The occasion was a presentation on Aug. 24 to a standing-room-only crowd at the Carbondale Fire Department headquarters. “We’re going to look backwards to see how we got to where we are today,” said Dale Will of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department. read more →