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    Standing Rock protesters brace for changing political landscape

    While resistance continues at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation against an oil pipeline routed through reservation lands straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive order that caused alarms to be raised among the pipeline’s opponents. The president’s executive order, according to press reports, called for resumption of work on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the equally controversial Keystone Pipeline, which is meant to take an estimated 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect with existing pipelines that would carry the crude to refineries in Texas. read more →
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    New principal sought at RFHS as Adams seeks new horizons

    Roaring Fork School District is accepting applications for a new Roaring Fork High School principal after Drew Adams announced he will be leaving the position at the end of the school year. Adams took the helm at RFHS five years ago. In an email to community members on Jan. 11, he explained that he had previously contemplated working abroad and felt that the time had come to pursue his options in that regard. read more →
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    Community responds to Crystal trail plans

    The Pitkin County Open Space & Trails department last week got its first look at public preferences regarding plans to build a bicycle trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte (a former mining town turned ski resort in Gunnison County), following open-houses that drew more than 130 people to two meetings in Redstone and Carbondale. The county has about $300,000 to work with in the trail-planning task — $100,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GoCo) and $200,000 from the Open Space & Trails (OS&T) itself. read more →
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    KDNK selects news director to manage station

    Gavin Dahl, who has been news director for about nine months at KDNK-FM, Carbondale’s community access radio station, was promoted to the post of general manager by the station’s board of directors this week. He formally takes the reins of the station on Feb. 1, according to Andi Korber, chair of the station’s board. When contacted on Wednesday, Dahl, 35, prefaced his remarks by stressing that he was grateful for the work done by Skinner over the decade that he ran the station, and to the community for starting and maintaining the station’s vitality over its 38 years of existence. read more →
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    Court unseals Martin case, appoints prosecutor

    A local judge this week unsealed a court file containing charges of embezzlement against Garfield County Commissioner John Martin, and appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of those charges. Ninth Judicial District Judge James Boyd, in an order dated Jan. 22, has appointed Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown, whose district includes Eagle County, to look into whether Martin is guilty of improper use of public funds. The Ninth District comprises Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties, with its central district offices in Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: New high schools, trains and the Dalai Lama

    Jan. 27, 1977: Carbondale and Basalt students and teachers all reported that the newly constructed Basalt High School and Roaring Fork High School were working out well, despite deficiencies, electrical-system problems and other hitches about the buildings. In Carbondale, the new Roaring Fork High School on Snowmass Drive (which has since been replaced with a bigger, more modern building further south) offered a more spacious environment than the old building, including a much larger cafeteria space, a well-equipped auditorium and classroom space that made way for a broadened science curriculum. read more →
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    Teens harness tech for better restaurant recommendations

    This week, a local entrepreneur and his team are taking the next step toward launching an innovative new app with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign. In addition to raising at least $5,000 to get GoRound off the ground, they hope it will demonstrate widespread interest in a different kind of dining app. Already, the company is incorporated as an LLC, with officers in markets around the country. read more →
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    P&Z and advisory boards: the town’s work horses

    Up until a few years ago, the town trustees didn’t always know what their advisory boards were up to. Sometimes, the advisory boards’ plans didn’t “align” with the trustees’, Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington told The Sopris Sun. The upshot was that on at least one occasion, an advisory board spent an entire year heading in one direction, and it didn’t head back in the right direction until the trustees figured out what was up and reined it in. read more →
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    Retiring officer Mark Luttrell celebrates 29 years with C’dale PD

    With police officer and firefighter Mark Luttrell preparing for retirement, Carbondale is losing a fixture of late nights downtown who sought to defuse situations before they started. “I always saw my position as more of a peace officer than a law enforcement officer,” he said. “I loved working with the Carbondale people.” That’s not to say he hasn’t seen some action in three decades on the force. He was on scene for some of the area’s worst disasters like the MidContinent mine explosion, South Canyon Fire, and Rocky Mountain Natural Gas blow up. read more →
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    Locals march in Carbondale, Junction, Denver and D.C.

    At roughly the same time as huge Saturday demonstrations take place in Washington, D.C., Denver, and other national and international venues too numerous to count, activists in the Roaring Fork Valley will be engaged in exactly the same kind of activity. The rallies, aimed primarily at mobilizing women but also open to men, are being held in opposition to the pronouncements, policy proposals and behavior of President-elect Donald J. Trump, on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration. read more →