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    Burning up the track (and field)

    With the Roaring Fork High School track and field season rounding the backstretch and steaming toward the finish line, there are several athletes to keep an eye on – including juniors Jasper Germain and Justin Thompson. Germain was the 3A high-jump champ in 2016 and is undefeated in 2017, while Thompson finished sixth in the long jump in 2016 and has taken first place at several meets this year. read more →
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    Rams land Matthew Phelan as football coach

    Look for some changes at Roaring Fork High School after athletic director Marty Nieslanik hired Carbondale Middle School teacher/coach Matthew Phelan as its new football head coach last week. For one thing, Phelan told The Sopris Sun he is going to recruit soccer players to also play on the football team. read more →
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    Thousands of uses but gettin’ high ain’t one

    Jackie Chenoweth is what one might call an industrial-hemp enthusiast; someone who, with a silent partner, has been working for about four years through their organization, the Colorado Hemp Education Association (www.coloradohemped.org), to bring about what she sees as a necessary change in laws governing hemp at the state and federal level. The Carbondale-area resident firmly believes the plant, a non-psychoactive member of the cannabis family of plants — meaning one cannot get “high” on hemp — can change the world for the better if only people can learn that hemp is not the same thing as “pot” and that hemp has more than 25,000 known uses that have nothing to do with altering one’s consciousness. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Money for medicine, not for trains

    April 24, 1997 In the continuing saga of proposals to return passenger rail service to the valley, Carbondale declined to contribute to a $60,000 price tag to help pay for a train demonstration project in the summer. Town trustees felt the price was too high, and the prospect of learning anything useful too low, to justify spending taxpayers’ money on the train proposal, which downvalley residents felt was really an upvalley thing anyway. read more →
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    Marijuana industry optimistic despite federal rhetoric

    Marijuana has been legal for adult recreational use (meaning the over-21 crowd) since 2012, and for medical uses (including minors aged 18 or older with parental permission) since 2000, but it remains listed as a “controlled substance” as dangerous as heroin by the federal government. But it took another nine years before cannabis, its formal designation, became widely available to the public, after the Obama administration announced it would not pursue enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the drug had been legalized. read more →
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    Harrington in the running for Vail town manager

    Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington confirmed on April 13 that he is one of three finalists for the job of town manager in Vail. Harrington, 50, who has been the town manager for Carbondale since the summer of 2011, said he should learn more about his chances of being offered the job after interviews of the finalists have been concluded on April 18-19. read more →
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    Fire and Water

    There were several plumes of smoke in the air on April 7 when Brad Palmer, caretaker for the HHH property just east of Carbondale, set to work burning a ditch he’d cleaned out many times before. He could have moved the bales of hay in the back of the nearby barn, or started with the tall grass on the outside of the barn’s wide slats to create a firebreak before things really got going. He could have scooted the tank of water a little further into the back of his pickup or called one of his neighbors with a full sprayer setup to help. “Hindsight is 20/20,” he said later. “There’s probably 10 ways I could have done it different … I was just too complacent.” read more →
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    Trustees weigh in on TD court battle

    Carbondale’s town leaders on April 11 agreed to “intervene” on behalf of federal land managers in a court fight over a recent decision to cancel oil drilling leases in the controversial Thompson Divide region southwest of town.But the Board of Trustees declined to take a second step that, according to Mayor Dan Richardson, would have gotten the town involved in the litigation in a much more direct way. “I was comfortable saying ‘no’ and following Jay’s (Town Manager Jay Harrington) recommendation, until we can get more information,” said Richardson in a telephone interview the following morning. read more →
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    Managed burns help wildlife

    Bighorn sheep no doubt hate fire, but they will sure warm up to its aftermath following a Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit controlled burn up Avalanche Creek south of Carbondale on April 7. Early this week, White River National Forest wildlife biologist Natasha Goedert explained how the controlled fires help bighorn sheep. “This area is winter range,” Goedert told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Spring Clean-up, waste reduction slated for April 29

    Carbondale’s increasingly popular Spring Clean-up and Waste Reduction Day, scheduled for April 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sponsored by the town’s Environmental Board and Public Works Department, is expanding this year to include recycling of mattresses, ink and toner cartridges for printers, and other electronic devices. And, according to organizer Julia Farwell, chair of the E-Board and member of the Waste Diversion subcommittee of that board, volunteers will be handing out twice as much compost as was distributed last year, thanks to an expected increase in demand. read more →