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    Whatever floats your boat

    If you took woodshop in high school, you may have made a cutting board or candle holder or maybe a blanket chest — but probably not a river worthy boat. That’s precisely the challenge Roaring Fork High Schoolers Wes Engstrom and Nick Penzel took on more than a year ago. The pair have been river buddies since freshmen year, when they took their first unsupervised excursion down the Crystal together. read more →
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    The folks behind the fair

    While the leading economic nations of the world have their G-20 group to work on global economic issues, Carbondale has it’s own informal “group of 20,” an assembly of individuals that essentially puts together the annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, as described by Gazebo stage manager Jeff Britt. To introduce readers to some of the “folks behind the fair” The Sun is profiling three of the more prominent managers or supervisors who for years have been in charge of key parts of the overall celebration, but who may not be that well known to the general public. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Just stick the receiver on the ol’ silo

    July 28, 1977: Television enthusiasts in Basalt and El Jebel were looking forward to the completion of a 34-mile cable line connected to a microwave receiver on Floyd Crawford’s silo. Service was slated to begin in mid September with five Denver channels, a Sacramento-based movie station and KREX out of Grand Junction. read more →
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    Ameral sentenced, Weeks going to trial in robbery case

    Nicholas Ameral, who pleaded guilty to robbery charges related to an armed stick-up at the Cowen Center convenience store in north Carbondale earlier this year, was sentenced on July 25 to six years in prison followed by five years of mandatory parole. According to Deputy District Attorney Zachary Parsons, Ameral might have faced up to 32 years in prison had he gone to trial on multiple counts of armed robbery and other charges. Ameral, 19, and his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, also 19, were arrested last February and charged with robbing the convenience store at gunpoint, after the two led police on a two-day chase through the backcountry near Basalt. read more →
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    Where the columbines grow

    Rocky Mountain Columbines (Aquilegia caerulea) were blooming in profusion on the Flat Tops a couple of weeks back, but luckily nobody seemed to be picking ’em. As the state flower, they’re protected with a possible fine for pulling one up by the roots or taking more than 25 stems from public land. It’s a good thing, too, as there was once quite a craze for them akin to the Dutch tulip mania in the 1600s. read more →
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    Learn about mushrooms in a series of ACES events

    Well, if that quote grabs you, explore more through The Aspen Center for Environmental Study’s annual mushroom event, kicking off Wednesday evening, July 26, with a free presentation of “Colorado Mushrooms: A World of Wonder at Your Feet,” 7-8:30 p.m. at Hallam Lake in Aspen. Dr. Andrew Wilson, Assistant Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens, will take you on “an imaginary hike through aspen groves, along waterways, on high passes and in the subalpine regions of spruce/fir while examining the animals, plants, and mushrooms we might find there,” promises ACES read more →
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    Trustees discuss daycare shortage in special meeting

    Carbondale’s board of trustees want to help alleviate a shortage of infant and young-child daycare options in the valley, and they told a group of pre-school personnel, parents and other advocates at a meeting on July 18 that the town will do what it can. But, as Trustee Ben Bohmfalk said during a report about the meeting on KDNK-FM on the following day, “The town doesn’t have a big pot of money” that it can devote to boosting the availability of childcare in Carbondale or elsewhere in the valley. read more →
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    Fire department plans tax question, working on details

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s board of directors expects to ask constituents for authorization for some kind of tax increase in the upcoming November election, but they do not yet know exactly how much they need or want. But the directors recognize they need to figure it out pretty quickly, as the deadline is approaching to submit ballot language to the three counties in the district’s jurisdictions — Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison. read more →
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    TRTC takes home two Henry Awards

    If the audience breaks into applause at the sight of the next Thunder River Theatre Company set, Sean Jeffries may or may not be pleased. His various roles as facilities manager, technical director and sound and lighting designer are the kind of things spectators aren’t really supposed to notice consciously, but recognition is always nice. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: A Carbondale state of mind

    July 21, 1977: Valley Journal Editor Pat Noel addressed a growing sense that Carbondale was becoming Aspenized by pointing out that the influx of upvalley folks was nothing new. “In the end, I suspect everything will have changed quite a bit from what it used to be, but if ‘what it used to be’ had any real merit, the vestiges of it will certainly remain,” he wrote. “Carbondale is, after all, more than a name — it’s a state of mind.” read more →