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    Northwest CO fires consume more than 18,000 acres

    The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black held an informational community meeting in Rangely Tuesday, June 13, for updates on the Dead Dog and Hunter fires. The Hunter Fire, located in the Piceance Creek area about 20 miles southwest of Meeker, had burned 992 acres and was 70 percent contained. The fire, which started June 10, is believed to have been caused by lightning and is burning in pinyon, juniper, grass and brush. Despite continued windy conditions, Tuesday brought quick progress with the Hunter fire, as the blaze went from only 30 percent to 70 percent contained with no growth. Wednesday, crews will continue to strengthen containment lines and, as conditions allow, will be relocated to the Dead Dog fire. read more →
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    Our Town: Marianne Ackerman

    The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before as a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week, we caught up with Marianne Millard Ackerman — not to be confused with her neé Quigley counterpart. A mother of three, she has filled many roles and lived many lives, from growing up in the San Francisco Bay area to doing production for The Valley Journal and other local papers to doing early computer work for KDNK’s Labor of Love auction to helping run Ackerman Log and Timber to manning the desk for Colorado Mountain College. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Valley faces fiery summer, RFHS turning around

    June 16, 1977: Following the “no-snow winter of 1976-1977,” Roaring Fork Valley firefighters, government officials and residents were concerned about the upcoming wildfire season. The final winter and spring tally put moisture accumulation at less than 40 percent of normal. Altogether for the past week, members of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District had been called out virtually every day, and sometimes more than once a day. read more →
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    Carbondale Salon continues centuries-old tradition

    If one were to Google “Carbondale Salon” in years to come, one might learn the inaugural Carbondale Salon at the Launchpad took place from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 17, and featured: Zack Ritchie (drummer); soloist Carolyn Yates and the cast of “Vacuum Carbondale CO” (dance); Sarah Graf (cellist); Stefano Da Fre (filmmaker/actor); and Harry Babar (comedian). “I am excited to welcome this diverse group of performers opening the first-ever Salon at the Launchpad,” said Carbondale Salon curator Alya Howe. “I find the artists through having seen or hear them perform, through recommendation, and via YouTube/MP3 samples of their work. Then I consider the flow and balancing of a program,” she told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Introducing our Carbondale commercial inventory

    Carbondale has been growing at a considerable rate in recent years, both in terms of residential population and commercial activity. Where not too long ago there were unkempt open lots and vacant fields, there now are businesses, parking lots and all the other facilities that come with new businesses in a highway-oriented town that happens to possess a lively historic commercial core, with the promise of more business growth around the corner. read more →
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    The pride and joy of graduation

    Good communities, Roaring Fork High School Co-Valedictorian Tavia Teitler observed, are the best form of magic, and while each of the school’s record-breaking 82 graduates have something to be proud of, and the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. After all, this was the class that spearheaded a solar array and the seal of biliteracy, put together lip-sync battles and dance-offs, and decided to waffle in instead of walk out. They boast a 100 percent graduation rate, and 84 percent are college bound. read more →
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    Positive feedback at development open house

    Between 20 and 30 people came out on June 7 to check out a new development proposal by local builder Briston Peterson and his partners, who hope to create a mixed-use residential and commercial project in between the planned new City Market store and West Main Street. “I haven’t heard one negative comment (about the plan),” said Peterson at the meeting. read more →
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    Our Town: Dru Handy

    Dru Handy was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1960. His family moved to the Front Range when he was 5 years old after the Good Friday earthquake. He grew up in Niwot, Colorado (near Boulder) and rolled in to the Roaring Fork Valley in the fall of 1978 to attend Colorado Mountain College. From there he worked three winters at Aspen Highlands, and also in the local firewood industry, the now defunct Buffalo Valley and T-Joe’s Mexican restaurants. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: A manhunt, teen gangs and plenty of hot air

    June 9, 1977: Accused serial killer Ted Bundy was on the run in Pitkin County after leaping from an Aspen court room. Road blocks were in place up and down the valley as a manhunt continued in the backcountry. In the process, they happened to catch a Carbondale man with 200 pounds of marijuana in his car. read more →
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    Crystal River Valley ripples with live music

    Redstone rocks this summer with a new ukulele group, new faces in the Redstone Tones, and some imported acts in the Magical Moments series. The free music action kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Redstone Art Gallery Summer Jazz series on Tuesday, June 13, and continues with Magic Moments at Redstone Park through Saturday, Sept. 2. Both series share at least one thing in common: quality sounds rippling through the cool air with the nearby Crystal River providing a gentle backdrop. read more →