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    Pages of the Past: Foreign foreman and a trailer park under threat

    Feb. 10, 1977 State officials revoked certification for a former Mid-Continent mine foreman after he reportedly neglected to file a form indicating his intent to become a citizen. Tom Johansen, whose nationality was not specified, had been working as an engineer for several months after an accident that left one miner hospitalized and was also the subject of several complaints regarding worker safety. read more →
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    Best kept secret: the Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders

    The best kept secret label is not so widespread anymore, but one local nonprofit certainly qualifies – the Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders snowmobile club. Consider, for just a moment, what this club of 40-100 members takes on each year. • Grooming and maintaining (with the Snow Skippers and Delta SnoKrusers) the 100-mile Sunlight-Powderhorn trail; read more →
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    ‘Rosybelle’ mobile art classroom to debut this spring

    Waldorf School 8th graders are preparing to present the results of year-long projects on topics of their choice, ranging from glassblowing to sportscasting. Each has been working with a mentor, including The Sopris Sun’s John Colson, who coached the author of the story below. Folks are also invited to hear the students share their experiences at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 13 and 14 at the school. read more →
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    Locals consider next move as Dakota Access Pipeline moves forward

    A mixture of sorrow, confusion and commitment to further resistance were expressed by activists, in reaction to news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had gone back on a pledge made last December to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. On Feb. 7, the Corp announced it would comply with directives from President Donald Trump, canceling any further review and issuing the final permit needed to get the pipeline underway. read more →
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    Final land swap agreement inked

    The controversial land-swap deal known as Sutey-Two Shoes is to be completed on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the signing of final documents by the Wexner family, owners of the Two Shoes Ranch at the base of Mount Sopris, and officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The swap, which has been a source of debates and disputes among local governments and land-conservation advocates since it was first proposed in 2009 by Leslie and Abigail Wexner. Leslie Wexner is an Ohio billionaire, chairman and CEO of the Limited Brands apparel company. read more →
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    A local connection for ‘La La Land’

    The story and themes in the musical romance “La La Land” may be straight out of Los Angeles, but the dancing is pure Colorado Western Slope. Or at least, choreographer Mandy Moore is. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: ‘Old Joe’ dies, senior housing moves forward

    Feb. 3, 1977 Old Joe, who apparently amused more folks with his antics than he offended, died of pneumonia the previous Friday at an undetermined age. “He’d been sick for a several days and people urged him to go to the doctor,” but he wouldn’t go,” said the lead story in that week’s newspaper. “He confided to one friend that he was afraid they’d put him away and wouldn’t let him come back to Carbondale.” read more →
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    ‘Ski for Sisu’ fundraiser epitomizes the Spring Gulch spirit

    Dust off your historically inaccurate horned helmets and grab your cross-country skis; “Ski for Sisu” returns to Spring Gulch on Feb. 5. The 25th annual noncompetitive family event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with refreshments, Norse costumes, a silent auction and short course for youngsters. read more →
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    Flag goes up at ‘Stokes Speedway’

    For the first and potentially only time, the “Stokes Speedway” will be open to the public on Feb. 4 for a special Carbondale Clay Center fundraiser. Sponsored by the Stokes family, Carbondale Clay Center, Amoré Realty and Marble Distillery, the event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Blue Creek Ranch (3220 CR 100, just down the way from Catherine Store) and gives locals a chance to race slot cars on the track that took Jim Stokes more than two years to build. read more →
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    Ps & Qs: Living with our past

    Research shows that humans may be born with our ancestors’ emotional experiences already imprinted in our genetic makeup. I mean, if we inherit things like eye color, bone structure, and mannerisms, why not emotional conditioning? In theory, this would make each generation better than the last, giving us the psychological tools to cope with anything our ancestors had already overcome. read more →