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    Mountain Fairy volunteers

    Dead Editor: A volunteer is essentially a fairy: “a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers.” Here in Carbondale our fairy volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and forms. read more →
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    ‘Bioblitz’ examines the ecological diversity of Powers’ ranches

    Start with what you have. That’s the sentiment of Garfield County resident and properties-owner John Powers, and it’s why he commissioned the Colorado National Heritage Program (CNHP) to bring in almost 20 scientists, student interns and expert volunteers for five days to survey the species that also call his Spring Valley and Rifle Creek ranches home. read more →
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    Carbondale moving toward fiber internet

    As local governments grapple with questions about providing broadband Internet service to area homes and businesses, one local provider has been hooking up “community anchor institutions” in Carbondale for years and stands ready to begin signing up residential customers as well, according to a company spokesman. read more →
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    One Carbondalian’s journey to U.S. citizenship

    If you think the Department of Motor Vehicles is the worst kind of bureaucracy, you might ask Jesus Ortiz about his 17-year journey to citizenship. “It’s been hard,” he’ll tell you. “It’s not just sending in an application. It’s a long, long process.” Ortiz, 46, has been part of Carbondale’s Public Works crew since 2012 and officially became an American in April, an accomplishment he credits largely to his sponsor, former Pour House Manager Skip Bell. read more →
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    Sopris Music Fest returns on First Friday

    Local music lovers this Friday will once again get the chance to watch, listen to and dance to a sampling of Western Slope bands on the stage at the Fourth Street Plaza, as well as to music performed at several downtown bars and establishments — all timed to coincide with the First Friday celebration for July. The 17th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest, put together by well-known Carbondale impresario Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars fame, starts at 5 p.m. with the Lookout Mountain Showdown, which KDNK music director Luke Nestler in April called “a promising new string band from Glenwood Springs.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Looking back on folks who were looking back

    July 7, 1977: Prominent Crystal Valley painter Jack Roberts released a 220-page book of illustrations and prose entitled “The Amazing Adventures of Lord Gore.” Despite Gore’s prominence — his name is applied to a pass, a peak, a range, a canyon, a lake and more — information was few and far between and no photos or portraits were to be found, making the work a challenge even for an artist of Roberts’ caliber. read more →
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    Sierra Club director: ‘We have weathered difficult times before’

    Michael Brune, the executive director of the national Sierra Club, told an audience of some three dozen in Carbondale on June 29 that he got his first taste of environmental awareness while growing up near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. He recalled that hospitals were dumping medical waste that often turned up on beaches in the form of used needles and other potentially infectious equipment, and area chemical companies were dumping vast amounts of their own waste into the ocean, which together rendered the beaches all but unusable for nearby residents and visitors alike. read more →
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    Spears stepping back, stepping forward

    Carbondale is beginning to rub off on Clay Center Resident Artist Collette Spears. In the year since her last solo show, her intricate, double walled carving style has given way to more experimentation and less perfectionism — a mirror, perhaps, of a new philosophy. “Art, for me, has always been in some way a reflection of the life I’m living,” she said. “Growing up, everyone always asked about my career and how I was going to fund my life. Here, people don’t care what you do as long as you’re happy. People have very balanced lives here, which is the influence I think I needed.” read more →
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    Grand Hogback Fire halts spread at 100 acres

    After consuming over 100 acres in a few hours on July 3, the Grand Hogback Fire near New Castle appears to have laid down and stayed put with at least 50 percent containment, according to Garfield County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Walt Stowe. "It didn't really spread much beyond that," he said. "We had a good breeze through come through (July 4) that would have flared anything up that wasn't pretty well out." read more →
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    Let’s talk about the weather

    It may sound mundane, but for a lot of locals — human and otherwise — a lot depends on the seasonal and shorter patterns of temperature and precipitation. That’s particularly evident in the winter, when ski resorts track the snowpack in daily detail, but they’re not the only ones watching. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is in charge of estimating the amount of water that will trickle down from the Rockies toward the Pacific Ocean April through July. read more →