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    Talks of Wild & Scenic for the Crystal turn serious

    A dedicated group of local activists are hoping once and for all to achieve a goal that has eluded them and others for nearly half a century — designation of a stretch of the Crystal River as a Wild & Scenic River under the 1968 National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed by Congress. If proponents Dorothea Farris, Bill Jochems and Chuck Ogilby are successful, the Crystal will become the second officially designated Wild & Scenic river in Colorado. The only Colorado river designated Wild & Scenic at present is the Cache La Poudre, a 126-mile stretch that rises from Poudre Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park and empties into the South Platte River near Greeley. read more →
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    Distillery gives bees a boost with rooftop hives

    Honey bees are dying the world over, prompting alarming cautionary articles about the possible destruction of the food chain and incipient devastation to human populations that depend on bees in ways most people don’t recognize. But here in Carbondale, one local business is doing something to work against what is known as the global honeybee colony collapse disorder [HCCD] by putting two hives on the rooftop of the Marble Distilling Company Luxury Inn & Lounge [or MDC for short], a small distiller of vodka and other spirits that opened up last year. read more →
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    Group proposes new farmer’s market

    A group of local food producers is working on plans to establish an afternoon-evening Wednesday farmers market in Carbondale, to complement the existing farmers market that has taken place on Wednesday mornings at the 4th Street Plaza downtown for more than a decade. read more →
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    Art Base feature’s Wewer Keohane, young curators

    The Art Base (formerly the Wyly Art Center) presents “Evolution of a Dream” by Cattle Creek artist Wewer Keohane through June 4, while at the Art Base Annex it’s “Young Curators of the Roaring Fork 2016: Generation Now” through May 21. Both shows open from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 13. “Evolution of a Dream” explores how dreams, inspired by collected ephemera, can translate into a series of artworks with a moving, underlying theme of symbolism to minimalism to abstraction, according to a press release. “Her love of paper translates into a unique body of work with graphic boldness and deep meaning,” said an Art Base spokeswoman. read more →
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    Bernot reflects on years as mayor, trustee

    Whenever outgoing Mayor Stacey Bernot talks about her reasons for leaving the job she’s held for six years (not to mention her previous decade of service, first as a member of the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission for four years, then six years as a trustee), her family is the most often-cited influence on her decision. “If now is the time for them to make a change,” she wrote of her family’s recent relocation to a house outside Carbondale, “I wholeheartedly and unequivocally choose them” over continued service on the town’s board of trustees. Her remarks came in an April 27 letter announcing her decision to give up the mayor’s gavel as a consequence of moving (with her family) to a newly acquired home in Redstone. read more →
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    Bull rider earns title of the world’s oldest…and he’s only 54

    For Greg Casteel, climbing onto a bull named Ground Zero turned out to be the easy part. After successfully riding the bull at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo on Aug. 6, 2015, Casteel, who turned 54 the day before, applied for inclusion in Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Professional Bull Rider. Seven months later, and after so many e-mails back and forth from Guinness that he lost count and had to hire a computer guy to help with the application process, the Carbondale resident unexpectedly received the notice he’d been waiting for. The e-mail started “We are thrilled to inform you … and ended with “ … you are now the Guinness world record holder.” “Don’t let anyone tell you the (Guinness) process isn’t complicated,” Casteel told The Sopris Sun. “This was a long time coming.” read more →
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    Trustees approve CRMS preschool

    Carbondale’s elected leaders last week gave approval for the use of a house at 126 E. Main St. for the Children’s Rocky Mountain School, a pre-school for up to 20 students. The house, which has been the home of Mary Anderson and her son, Pat, for decades, is under contract for purchase by the school at a price of approximately $500,000, is to be significantly renovated to accommodate the school’s use. The unanimous approval came after a contentious series of hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission, which unanimously recommended approval by the Board of Trustees [BOT], and the BOT itself. read more →
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    Mayor helps turn tide on Highway 82 rezoning

    When the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently voted to deny a plan to rezone some 43 acres of vacant land between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, the rejection was not for lack of arguments on the project’s behalf by Commission Chair John Martin. The denial was aided, however, by testimony from Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot and representatives of Glenwood Springs, who asked the BOCC to reject the rezoning application on a variety of grounds. On April 18, the BOCC voted 2-1, with Martin on the losing end, to deny a rezoning application that would have created a 43-acre commercial zone, with capacity for nearly 982,000 square feet of commercial or retail space situated roughly halfway between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    No more ‘cah-cah’ for local arts organization

    Some time around the last full weekend of July, in conjunction with the 2016 Carbondale Mountain Fair, close observers of signs and that sort of thing may notice something different about how the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) identifies itself in marketing and other formats. Starting at about that time, according to Amy Kimberly, executive director of what is now vocally referred to as “cah-cah” in local shorthand parlance, will be changing its name to Carbondale Arts (CA, or “cah”). Why? read more →
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    Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño: Teaching dance and so much more

    When Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño, director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, first meets with his five- and six-year-old beginning dancers, he tells them to clap. After their typically subdued clapping he tells them, “No, no, no ... really clap! LOUD!” Once they clap to his satisfaction, Nevarez then shows these budding dancers how to make that same resounding sound with their feet. What he loves most about teaching Mexican folk dancing, Nevarez told The Sopris Sun in an interview earlier this month, are “the faces of the kids when they learn how capable they are to move their bodies and stomp their feet and do it with strength and confidence.” At the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Summit in Carbondale on May 5-6, Nevarez (or Paco, as most people call him) will be awarded a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for his work with folklórico. According to the CCI website, three such awards are presented each year to “community members that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism ...”. read more →