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    Sierra Club director: ‘We have weathered difficult times before’

    Michael Brune, the executive director of the national Sierra Club, told an audience of some three dozen in Carbondale on June 29 that he got his first taste of environmental awareness while growing up near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. He recalled that hospitals were dumping medical waste that often turned up on beaches in the form of used needles and other potentially infectious equipment, and area chemical companies were dumping vast amounts of their own waste into the ocean, which together rendered the beaches all but unusable for nearby residents and visitors alike. read more →
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    Spears stepping back, stepping forward

    Carbondale is beginning to rub off on Clay Center Resident Artist Collette Spears. In the year since her last solo show, her intricate, double walled carving style has given way to more experimentation and less perfectionism — a mirror, perhaps, of a new philosophy. “Art, for me, has always been in some way a reflection of the life I’m living,” she said. “Growing up, everyone always asked about my career and how I was going to fund my life. Here, people don’t care what you do as long as you’re happy. People have very balanced lives here, which is the influence I think I needed.” read more →
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    Grand Hogback Fire halts spread at 100 acres

    After consuming over 100 acres in a few hours on July 3, the Grand Hogback Fire near New Castle appears to have laid down and stayed put with at least 50 percent containment, according to Garfield County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Walt Stowe. "It didn't really spread much beyond that," he said. "We had a good breeze through come through (July 4) that would have flared anything up that wasn't pretty well out." read more →
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    Property tax cuts not as deep as expected

    As area governments begin to put together their budgets for 2018, officials are breathing a little easier thanks to news that changes in state property tax rates for commercial and residential property will not be as financially troublesome as once anticipated. State and local officials have been told that a recalculation of state property-tax rates, as governed by the Gallagher Amendment to the state constitution, will result in a 2018 tax cut, already planned due to constitutional requirements, that is likely to be roughly half as deep as once predicted. read more →
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    Trustees will appoint replacement for Byars’ seat

    Carbondale’s Board of Trustees decided on June 27 that they will appoint a replacement for outgoing Trustee Katrina Byars, rather than hold a special election. Among other effects, that means local voters next spring will be electing four trustees — including seats for three who will have been recently appointed — and a mayor. Trustee Frosty Merriott will be stepping down because of term limits, putting his seat up for election as well. read more →
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    Let’s talk about the weather

    It may sound mundane, but for a lot of locals — human and otherwise — a lot depends on the seasonal and shorter patterns of temperature and precipitation. That’s particularly evident in the winter, when ski resorts track the snowpack in daily detail, but they’re not the only ones watching. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is in charge of estimating the amount of water that will trickle down from the Rockies toward the Pacific Ocean April through July. read more →
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    A discount guide to the Aspen Music Festival

    The Aspen Music Festival summer season opens June 29, and if $60 to see Arnaud Sussmann and Wu Han that evening seems steep, don’t worry — there are plenty of events in keeping with a downvalley budget. Chief among them is a free concert in memory of Carbondalian Mary Crouch Lilly, which features the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra playing Verdi, Kraft and Brahms at 4 p.m. July 3 at the Benedict Music Tent (960 N 3rd St, Aspen). read more →
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    Buddy Program blossoms, new ‘gardeners’ welcome

    Arbaney Park in Basalt was probably the happiest, happenist place in town on the evening of June 22, with dozens of Buddy Program mentors and mentees chowing down on potluck picnics and pizza, slugging down soft drinks, swarming around on cool green grass, playing games and engaging in various ball-related activities, chasing each other and generally having a good time under clear skies and pleasant temperatures. read more →
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    Pitfalls, priorities and patience for a new City Market

    The troubled Carbondale Marketplace development proposal, on a parcel of land adjacent to the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street, has been granted its sixth extension in a year and a half for the submission of critical documents that must be filed before any development can proceed on the property. The approval of the 90-day extension for filing a final plat for the project, however, came only after the Board of Trustees (BOT) listened to a litany of problems outlined by spokesmen for the project’s development partnership. read more →
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    Food Co-Op gets a chance to survive (and thrive)

    This is not the end for Dandelion Market — but for a moment it sure looked like it might be. A few weeks ago, the 10-year-old local food cooperative, which hasn’t turned a profit since 2013, is tens of thousands of dollars in debt to vendors and staff and is expected to be out of its current location on July 1, was facing the possibility of bankruptcy. read more →