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    City Market developer slates open house at TSC

    The developers who hope to put a new City Market grocery store on the west side of Highway 133 have scheduled an informal open house to present the project to the public at the Third Street Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 26, according to a notice sent to nearby by residents. “This meeting is being held as a courtesy to the community that the proposed development site is on,” said the notice. “ … The intent of the meeting is to inform you of the proposed project and to engage an open dialogue of any issues and/or concerns you may have.” According to the notice, the applicant is City Market/King Soopers, 65 Tejon St., Denver, CO 80223. The rest of the project team is Galloway & Company Inc, (consultant), 6162 S. Willow Dr., Suite 320, Greenwood Village, CO 8011 and Aaron McLean (site development coordinator) 303-770-8884; Sopris Engineering, LLC (engineer) at 502 Main St., Carbondale; and Naos Design Group, LLC (architect) 5031 S. Ulster St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80237. Next Wednesday’s open house comes nearly 15 years after plans first emerged for development of a 24-acre parcel of land on Carbondale’s western edge. Recently, the town accepted an “an introductory application” from King Soopers (locally known as City Market under the corporate banner of the Kroger grocery store chain). The land in question is located to the north and west of the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street, and does not include the existing 7-Eleven store at that corner, or the real estate office next to it. read more →
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    Local Bernie Sanders organizer says he can win in 2016

    Carbondale resident John Field had not expected to become the local organizer of a “Roaring Fork 4 Bernie Sanders” presidential campaign organization. But, he admitted somewhat ruefully on Aug. 10, that’s essentially what he is, at least in terms of his role in the 2016 presidential election. “I’ve never really done anything … as far as organizing is concerned,” said Field, who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley about three years ago and currently works as a bus driver for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. A few weeks ago, however, he went to the presidential campaign website for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and learned that there was to be an online, live-stream campaign event for the candidate on July 29. Impressed by what Sanders had been saying on the campaign trail, Field reserved the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center for the time of the event and started telling people to come and watch the man that Field believes will be the next President of the United States. He did not advertise beyond word of mouth, although the candidate’s website (berniesanders.org) contained a listing for the Third Street Center as a place to go, and he was happily surprised by the turnout. read more →
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    Bull rider shoots for the Guinness

    Bull riders hang on for eight seconds to make their ride. Greg Casteel has been hanging on for 41 years and his biggest ride might still be to come. He applied to Guinness World Records to be recognized as the world’s oldest professional bull rider and expects a company representative to visit the Carbondale area to check him out. “It (the Guinness) is a goal to ride for,” Casteel told The Sopris Sun, few days after competing in the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo on Aug. 6. He plans to ride on Aug. 13 as well, and in Cody, Wyoming later in the summer. Casteel, 54, grew up in Arkansas, “on the west bank of the Mississippi.” He met a bull rider when he was 12 and was fascinated with him. “He told me I should come and ride a bull.” When Casteel was 13, he talked his father, Arlen, into taking him to a rodeo to get on a bull. “He wasn’t involved with rodeo … He said ‘we’re going to get this over with real fast.’” That was in 1975 and Casteel is still riding. “It’s my passion.” read more →
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    Former coal miner looks to reconnect with others

    Guys found their way into the Mid-Continent coal mines west of Redstone in lots of ways. Some took the good pay and headed underground straight out of local high schools. Some became coal miners after serving in Vietnam. For others, coal mining ran in the family for generations and they continued the tradition. Rob Mulford came to the job in a different way. He and his wife were living in Philadelphia in the late 1970s, when he saw a “60 Minutes” segment on TV about coal mining in western Colorado. He had a desk job designing electric controls at the time but wanted to get out of the rat race. “So I asked my wife if she wanted to move to Colorado, and she said ‘yea, yea, yea,’” Mulford told The Sopris Sun. “That was my dream … to live in the mountains and get out of the rat race.” The wife’s go-head was good enough for him, so after contacting the Colorado Coal Mine Association for a list of mines, he settled on Mid-Continent. “They paid the best.” read more →
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    Art writ large: Pencil Garden pops up

    More than three months in the making, the Pencil Garden has popped up in downtown Basalt, with the official unveiling during the Wyly Art Center’s “Pencil Us In” gala on Aug. 8. “Basalt’s arts and cultural assets are vital to our downtown’s redevelopment,” said Mike Scanlon, Basalt town manager. “The presence of community art, like The Wyly Art Center’s Pencil Garden, will increase attention and foot traffic downtown by attracting visitors and increasing the length of time and money they spend in Basalt.” Artists, designers, creators and dreamers of all ages and abilities were asked to interpret what the pencil – the humblest of all art supplies and integral to many art forms – means to them. read more →
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    City Market submits “introductory application” for new store

    Nearly a decade and a half after plans first emerged for development of a 24-acre parcel of land on Carbondale’s western edge, the town government has received paperwork meant to start a development review process for a new grocery store and associated businesses on a portion of what once was known as the Crystal River Market Place site. Last week, according to Town Manager Jay Harrington, the town’s planning department accepted “an introductory application” from King Soopers (locally known as City Market under the corporate banner of the Kroger grocery store chain). The land in question is located to the north and west of the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street, and does not include the existing 7-Eleven store at that corner, or the real estate office next to it. read more →
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    Shindig returns with even more firepower

    After the smashing success of last summer’s inaugural Shindig, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society fund-raiser returns with an even finer tuned program, including Telluride Bluegrass Festival MC Pastor Mustard, the pre-announced Hattie Thompson award recipient (Mary Lilly), a roving actress playing Thompson, historical exhibits, a Charlotte Graham book signing and more. Because the historic Thompson House is closed for the time being due to nearby construction, the whole shebang has been shifted to River Valley Ranch barn, where Shindiggers will have the run of the spread, both inside the barn and out on the patio and grounds. There’ll also be plenty of pit barbecue. It all takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Tickets are $75 at the door, the Pour House and mtsoprishistoricalsociety.org. For details, call 781-632-3326. Friends of Mary Lilly will want to head to RVR to see her accept the Hattie Thompson award. Lilly, who is 99 years old but still attends weekly peace vigils at the town hall flagpole, first discovered Carbondale and the Crystal River Valley when she visited with her husband John in the 1950s. She and her son Charles moved to a small ranch between Carbondale and Redstone in the early 1970s and she quickly became involved in several civic, religious and political organizations, including the League of Women Voters. read more →
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    Folklorico students perform at dance gala in Chicago

    “I was psyched” were the words that dancer Lindsay Vega used to describe her reaction when she found out that she would be performing in Chicago. Vega is part of the advanced/performing group of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico, an after-school program under the direction of Francisco Nevarez-Burgeño, which teaches students traditional Mexican dance. The program has been in the Roaring Fork Valley for several years and has served hundreds of students. Towards the end of last month, 15 students ages 12 to 17 (and five chaperones) loaded their dance costumes into suitcases and boarded an airplane for Chicago, where the dancers explored the city and performed at the National Museum of Mexican Art. read more →
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    Red Hill group investigating “violent” vandalism incidents

    The Red Hill Council, the non-profit group that manages trails and trail maintenance on Red Hill, is taking recent vandalism of trail work as a sign of protest. The problems are occurring mainly on the lower half-mile stretch of Blue Ribbon Trail, which starts at the trailhead off County Road 107. In a number of spots, the trail switches back, and trail users have been cutting the corners, causing erosion and “trail braiding” (spur trails caused by trail users veering off the regular path — sometimes only by 20 feet — for shorter, more direct routes). The Red Hill Council has been trying to cover up the “shortcut” trails by placing larger woody material, dead logs, rocks and pine needles. Volunteers, including work crews from Backbone Media, have spent several days revegetating areas of the fragile desert soil. The council, furthermore, installed small signs with the words “Trail closed. Restoration area. Please stay on trail.” In early July, however, the council discovered that someone removed the material. Volunteers then returned to re-do the work of revegetating the shortcuts. According to Davis Farrar, president of the council, the dismantling of trail work has occurred at least a half-dozen times in 2015. read more →
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    Developer presents for-profit senior housing project

    A plan to build a 70-unit senior-citizens housing project on the north side of Carbondale was officially placed in the lap of the town’s board of trustees on Tuesday night, though a lengthy discussion of the topic focused mainly on how to get to the project, if it ever is built. No actual land-use application has been filed for the project, and scant details were mentioned during the discussion at the Tuesday meeting. The main spokespersons at the meeting about the project, proposed by a for-profit company called Sopris Lodge LLC, were Terry Claassen, one of three managers of the LLC, and local real estate agent Lynn Kirchner, who is the broker for the sellers and the buyers of the property where the senior housing complex would be built. Claassen acknowledged on Wednesday, in a telephone conversation with The Sopris Sun, that he had previously been part of a group that won approval for a separate senior housing project, on a site along the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs adjacent to the 27th Street bridge. read more →