Stuff by Megan Tackett

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    Brannigan’s All State Choir performance a first for RFHS

    More than 2,000 singers across the state registered to audition, but it’s so notoriously rigorous that only 1,717 of them completed the process. Less than 30 percent were selected, and Roaring Fork High School senior Cal Brannigan was among them.

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    Senior living proposal headed to trustees

    The proposed Sopris Lodge Assisted Living Community is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the Planning and Zoning Commission’s unanimous vote to approve the special use permit required.
    The commission, with staff approval, also recommended that the Board of Trustees move to approve the overall… read more →

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    Dandelion Market’s future in question… again

    Carbondale Community Food Cooperative members will face a number of options at their next meeting, but one looms larger than the others: dissolution. Without more volunteers to take on shifts to keep the Dandelion Market operating, that’s exactly what will likely happen.

    “We are truly at a crucial point,” said… read more →

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    Panic elsewhere illustrates benefits of preparation here

    In the midst of evacuations earlier this month in Montecito, Calif., Laura Bartels’s retreat group maintained calm in the literal storm. That’s because Bartels, executive director of the Mindful Life Program and who was leading the California retreat, had taken several precautions in the event that their plans would have to change. “There were red-flag warnings — they’d had 100-degree days and high winds,” Bartels said. read more →
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    Habitat ReStore gets a new home of its own

    Sharing is caring, as the adage goes, and now there’s a 40,500-square-foot embodiment of the sentiment in the Valley. The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 53 Calaway, Ct., officially opened Jan. 19, and it’s been abuzz ever since. “I’m guessing, based on how busy it was, we had to have over 500 people — easy — on Friday and Saturday,” Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley President Scott Gilbert said of the store’s opening weekend. “It’s kind of like a frenzy.” read more →
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    Wax, from a shed in Carbondale to gear everywhere

    Praise be! There’s finally snow! Wet, heavy snow. And while this reporter is all about earning turns, there’s a way to work smarter — not harder — while on the hill, thanks largely in part to Carbondale local Peter Arlein and friends. Arlein is the founder and CEO of Snow Shed Wax. The company, which makes a topsheet spray for skis and snowboards, distributes to retail stores in the United States and Canada and online behemoths like read more →
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    Poetry fits under the umbrella

    Maybe you’re a poet — and you do know it. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at slam poetry, Friday might be your night. Alya’s Umbrella, Aspen Words and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) have collaborated to bring award-winning John “Meta” Sarmiento to the Temporary at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 for the first-ever poetry slam at the venue.Tickets are $8 in advance at and $11 at the door. read more →
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    Locally as well as nationally, women make less than men

    There are several reasons why one employee may receive higher compensation than another — education, experience and salary negotiations at the time of hiring, among others. But the numbers for Garfield County also reveal another discrepancy among incomes: gender. Men who are employed full time in Garfield County earn, on average, more than 1.5 times than a woman working full time, according to Data USA, an online platform for public, government-published data. The average income of a man in the area is $55,599, whereas the average income of a female is only $37,594. read more →
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    Resource for sexual assault victims returns through River Bridge

    Until recently, sexual assault victims in the Valley had a choice: make the trek to Grand Junction or Frisco in order to obtain the medical exam often necessary for effective legal action or forgo that option. Valley View Hospital ended its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in 2012, leaving a void that could make someone’s worst day worse. Fortunately, the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA) has replaced that loss. read more →