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    Dandelion Market financials look grim

    The Dandelion Market in downtown Carbondale has been in financial trouble for some time, and following last week’s layoff of its general manager, Katrina Byars, may soon close or be transformed into a different kind of operation, representatives of the organization said this week. But Byars and others remain determined to find ways to maintain some kind of outlet for locally generated produce, meats and processed foods that she said offers an alternative to the products sold at the Whole Foods Market in Willits. read more →
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    Harrington sticks with us

    Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington this week informed the Town of Vail that he was pulling himself out of the running to become the new town manager there. Referring to a phone call to the recruitment firm acting on Vail’s behalf, Harrington told The Sopris Sun, “I told him that, even if offered the job, I would not be accepting it.” He said that family considerations played the biggest role in his decision, and that “there comes a time when money is not the main consideration” in whether to switch jobs, a reference to the fact that the Vail job carries a considerably higher salary than his current position, and comes with housing. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Soakers discuss Penny Hot Springs’ future

    April 28, 1977: An ad hoc group called the Redstone Hot Springs Foundation scheduled a meeting at the Crystal Theatre to determine what, “if anything,” should be done with the Penny Hot Springs between Carbondale and Redstone. Locals, including Crystal River Valley resident Roy Rickus, created the foundation after an upstream property owner “buried” the mineral hot springs, located alongside Highway 133. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: In search of a Golden Rule

    When the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on the probable impact of the first TrumpCare bill, I wrote this rant: “What the CBO measures is dollars. What it doesn’t measure is human misery: The leading cause of bankruptcy in this country is medical debt. The most contentious marital issue is money. Divorces rise in times of financial distress, and divorce, in turn, is the greatest cause of financial distress among women, especially those with children. Suicide rates rise at times of recession and depression, measured all the way back into the 1930’s. read more →
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    Rams land Matthew Phelan as football coach

    Look for some changes at Roaring Fork High School after athletic director Marty Nieslanik hired Carbondale Middle School teacher/coach Matthew Phelan as its new football head coach last week. For one thing, Phelan told The Sopris Sun he is going to recruit soccer players to also play on the football team. read more →
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    Thousands of uses but gettin’ high ain’t one

    Jackie Chenoweth is what one might call an industrial-hemp enthusiast; someone who, with a silent partner, has been working for about four years through their organization, the Colorado Hemp Education Association (www.coloradohemped.org), to bring about what she sees as a necessary change in laws governing hemp at the state and federal level. The Carbondale-area resident firmly believes the plant, a non-psychoactive member of the cannabis family of plants — meaning one cannot get “high” on hemp — can change the world for the better if only people can learn that hemp is not the same thing as “pot” and that hemp has more than 25,000 known uses that have nothing to do with altering one’s consciousness. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Money for medicine, not for trains

    April 24, 1997 In the continuing saga of proposals to return passenger rail service to the valley, Carbondale declined to contribute to a $60,000 price tag to help pay for a train demonstration project in the summer. Town trustees felt the price was too high, and the prospect of learning anything useful too low, to justify spending taxpayers’ money on the train proposal, which downvalley residents felt was really an upvalley thing anyway. read more →
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    Marijuana industry optimistic despite federal rhetoric

    Marijuana has been legal for adult recreational use (meaning the over-21 crowd) since 2012, and for medical uses (including minors aged 18 or older with parental permission) since 2000, but it remains listed as a “controlled substance” as dangerous as heroin by the federal government. But it took another nine years before cannabis, its formal designation, became widely available to the public, after the Obama administration announced it would not pursue enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the drug had been legalized. read more →
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    Stringer excited to be new RFHS principal despite debate

    Brett Stringer has taken a hands off approach as the community discussed Superintendent Rob Stein’s decision to offer him a job as principal of Roaring Fork High School, but now that the School Board has approved the move, he’s eager to introduce himself to the community. “I really want to meet people,” he told The Sopris Sun. “I’m extremely appreciative of what I’ve learned from afar. They want what’s best for their kids, and you can’t argue with that.” Stringer, 39, spent most of his childhood in Eagle County, went to high school in Colorado Springs, and studied film at The University of Denver, where he met his future wife, Mandy. He didn’t take a direct path to administration. read more →
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    The journey, not the destination

    Let’s get this out of the way to begin with: they didn’t beat the record. And while it would have been a satisfying ending for the six world-class rafters to make it through the Grand Canyon in less than 34 hours, it’s not essential to the story of “The Time Travelers.” Sponsored by Chaco and REI, the Gnarly Bay film is as much about the training process and the people waiting at the finish line as the 277 miles between Lees Ferry and Grand Wash Cliffs. read more →