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    Scuttlebutt

    Check it out Andy and Mollie Roache are taking their Christmas decorations one step further this year. Andy put together a light display that is sequenced to music. The nine-minute loop runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and folks can tune in to 95.3 FM in their vehicle or on their cell phone to dig the show, which will run through New Year’s Eve. Andy and Mollie live on Second Street, immediately south of the Methodist church. read more →
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    The year in review: What a town for a newspaper

    Sopris Sun reporters sometimes point out that Carbondale is a great town for a newspaper, because each week there is always something interesting, fun or important to write about and to photograph. For example, in just the first half of 2016 alone: • Sopris Sun readers got first-hand news about a massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent rebuilding projects in Nepal, when former local resident Hamilton Pevec began sending in dispatches and photos from that country, where he had been living with his Nepali wife, Devika, and working on a filmmaking project when the disaster occurred. • A $10,000 grant from the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund helped several organizations survey “heritage” fruit trees, some of which were planted more than 100 years ago. The overall goal for the heritage fruit tree project is to care for the trees and to harvest the fruit for local food pantries such as LIFT-UP. read more →
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    Former Wyly Art Center now The Art Base

    The Wyly Art Center has changed its name to The Art Base, according to a press release. The Art Base will provide a base of operations for artists through education, exhibitions and events that support and stimulate the vitality of the community, and foster creative expression for all ages and abilities. It’s website and logo will evolve over the next few months. The Art Base’s location has not changed. It is still located in historic downtown Basalt, serving the Roaring Fork community of artists and art enthusiasts. read more →
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    Fire district hiring in 2016

    The Carbondale Fire District goes into the new year with a considerably rosier outlook, financially speaking, than has been the case for the last couple of years, thanks to a recent tax hike approved by district voters. And a large portion of that improved outlook concerns the district's paid personnel — 18 full-time firefighters and emergency medical technicians currently, but with plans to hire three more full-time fire fighters/paramedics in 2016. The district's voters on Nov. 3 approved a tax hike that, along with increases in the assessed values of property throughout the district, is expected to generate nearly $1 million in new revenues for the coming year, according to a report on the 2016 budget by Fire Chief Ron Leach. read more →
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    Trustees talk turkey on taxes: carbon & property

    Carbondale’s elected leaders on Tuesday talked about two revenue-raising ballot questions currently being pursued by the town, one a “carbon tax” proposed for inclusion on utility bills for local residential and commercial consumers, the other a property tax to pay for a variety of capital improvement projects. The discussion was held at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, called to talk about the possible ramifications of putting one or both questions on the ballot in April, 2016. read more →
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    Suspects flee in red Mustang, busted in green Honda

    The two suspects in Monday morning’s marijuana shop armed robbery snagged $1,000 in cash and $3,500 in related product, allegedly fled the store in a stolen red Mustang, and were apprehended south of Glenwood Springs at the intersection of Four Mile and Dry Park roads. That’s the long and short of Carbondale police reports, an arrest affidavit and Sopris Sun interviews. As of Wednesday afternoon, three young men were in Garfield County Jail while a juvenile had been released to his parents. All four were arrested for armed robbery of the Sweet Leaf cannabis shop on Village Road, following a manhunt that involved four different law enforcement agencies and the area’s district attorney’s office. The escapade started on Monday morning when two men walked into the Sweet Leaf cannabis shop and one of the men brandished a gun, according to police, and later walked out with cash and goods from the shop. The arrest affidavit said the men were wearing camouflaged masks and socks on their hands when they entered the shop. Police were alerted to the incident at shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the Carbondale Police Department, and were told that the two male suspects had left in a red Ford Mustang. read more →
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    Artist cracks adult coloring book market

    The publishing world has discovered “adult coloring books” at about the same time Carbondale artist Staci Dickerson printed her own, titled “Mountain Life COLORado.” The coloring books — sold at retail giants such as Amazon, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Nobel — caught the attention of The Atlantic magazine senior editor Julie Beck. In the Nov. 4 issue, in her article headlined “The Zen of Adult Coloring Books,” Beck started out “I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books.” I found the trend mostly baffling and a little dumb.” After buying one, however, Beck writes “ … it has filled a particular activity niche for me, which is ‘something to do with my hands while I watch Nexflix. … In part it’s because I feel a little less lazy if I’m making something while I wile away the hours with (the TV show) Friday Night Lights.” She said studies have shown the effectiveness of art therapy in reducing stress, “ … and coloring seems to offer some similar benefits.” Enter Staci Dickerson: “As an artist and a practicing meditator, I am completely aware that drawing and painting calm my mind, relax my body and allow me to be in the present moment.” read more →
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    BLM slates three meetings on gas leases

    The Bureau of Land Management is hosting three public meetings to provide information and accept public comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes 65 existing oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest (including leases in the Thompson Divide area), according to a BLM press release. The meetings will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They begin with a 45-minute open house in which BLM specialists will be available to answer questions with the public one-on-one. A brief BLM presentation will begin at 4:45 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. The BLM will begin taking oral comments at about 5:15 p.m. The meetings will be held at the following dates and locations: • Dec. 14, Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfson Rd, Glenwood Springs; • Dec. 15, DeBeque Elementary School, 730 Minter Ave, DeBeque; • Dec. 16, Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Highway 133, Carbondale. read more →
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    Bighorns don’t beware: Avalanche Creek closed

    The Forest Service has implemented its annual winter season closure in the Avalanche Creek area located nine miles south of Carbondale in the Crystal River Valley, according to a press release. Forest Service Road 310 (the Avalanche Creek Road) is closed to vehicles. The area north of Road 310 is closed to human occupancy and the entire area is closed to dogs. The closures to human occupancy and dogs are in effect from until May 1. The road remains closed until June 21, under the White River National Forest winter travel restrictions. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is allowed on the road, but dog walking is prohibited. read more →
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    Kroger submits City Market development plan

    The Kroger national grocery store chain, owner of the King Soopers and City Market chains in Colorado, has submitted a development plan to build a new grocery store on the central portion of the property known as the Crystal River Market Place (CRMP), located along the west side of Highway 133 and the north side of West Main Street in Carbondale. The proposal was received at Town Hall last week, and the development application documents are available for public inspection at the front reception desk. Town Hall is located at 511 Colorado Ave. The site of the proposed development currently is owned by Crystal River Marketplace LLC, a development group that tried to develop the CRMP project over the course of about a decade. Those plans were twice shot down by Carbondale voters, once in a 2003 vote about the CRMP, and again in 2012 concerning a second development plan called the Village at Crystal River. The present City Market proposal, known as the Carbondale Marketplace, has been in the works for about a year and calls for development on three distinct lots, which are to be purchased by Kroger from CRMP LLC at some undetermined point. The remainder of the 24-acre property, or roughly 14 acres, is labeled as “reserved for future development.” read more →