From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

Sept. 28, 1978

After seven years of meeting around kitchen tables, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities opened its first office in the Dinkle Building. The space was intended to serve as a hub for information and tickets to local events, and a resource center for folks involved in the arts. (CCAH, now Carbondale Arts, later moved into the old Post Office building that now houses Carbondale Beer Works, then was a founding tenant of the Third Street Center before finally moving to its current location at The Launchpad.)

In other news… A disco dance marathon was planned as a March-of-the-Dimes fundraiser.

Sept. 29, 1988

The first round of public hearings took place on a proposal to rezone and annex 46 acres west of the Emma Bridge as part of the Highway 82 bypass project. The developers had plans to develop 138,000 square feet of commercial space and 84 apartment units on the property. Alpine Liquor Store Owner Ted Lupe urged trustees to move forward and “make good” which local real-estate mogul Frank Traverna thought they ought to hold off until there was a better indication of how much the town of 1,000 was going to grow.

In other news… A reward was offered for the “toilet terrorists” that had been trashing public restrooms.

Oct. 1, 1998

Carbondale Trustees rejected bids for a planned bike path along Highway 133 from Weant Boulevard to Main Street. The lowest bid came in at $150,000 compared to the budgeted $70,000, due mostly to unexpected requirements by the Colorado Department of Transportation that the path be 10 feet wide with two foot shoulders. There were hopes that postponing the project until spring might give some time to cut costs and put aside funds. The paving of a previously dirt trail through Roaring Fork Village, however, was expected to go ahead as planned.

In other news… Carbondale Mayor Randy Vanderhurst’s wrongful termination suit against Colorado Mountain College went to trial in Denver.

Sept. 25, 2008

Numerous natural gas leases totalling six square miles had been issued in Coal Basin, Thompson Creek and Four Mile. When exactly drilling might begin seemed uncertain, with Bureau of Land Management Public Information Officer David Boyd pointing out that companies may sit on a lease for up to 10 years before starting production when the market was right. Opposition was already forming, however, with Wilderness Workshop Executive Director Sloan Shoemaker calling it “Carbondale’s backyard.” (The area would later become known as The Thompson Divide thanks to a fairly successful preservation Coalition of the same name.)

In other news… The Bus Rapid Transit system cleverly known as VeliciRFTA was slated to go before voters on election day.

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