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Pages of the Past: Malcontent miners and train trials

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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal
(Available for public perusal at the Carbondale Branch Library)

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Sept. 22, 1977

Mid-Continent miners were back at work after a one day walkout over uncompleted shower facilities. The bathhouse had been destroyed in a flash flood over the summer, and Ma Mid had apparently promised to have them done by the previous week. The workers apparently felt the failure to do so was deliberate, so the graveyard shift walked off the job and the morning shift never showed up. Following negotiations, however, the “misunderstanding” was apparently corrected.

In other news… Foundation work began on St. Mary of the Crown Catholic church.

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Sept. 24, 1987

Carbondale got its first television station when KREG decided to locate its headquarters within sight of its Sunlight Mountain transmitter. Broadcasting on channel 5, the station was affiliated with KREX out of Grand Junction and planned to cover news from Aspen to Rifle and Vail.

In other news… The Basalt Longhorn volleyball team had its first victory over the Roaring Fork Rams following 15 years of frustration.

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Sept. 25, 1997

More than 3,000 people came out for a demonstration of the RegioSprinter passenger train on existing track between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. “I don’t care what it costs, let’s just do it,” said Doug Rohrbaugh of El Jebel. “I think whoever is making the decisions needs to spend just one week driving up and down the Valley in rush hour traffic, so they can understand it.” (The right of way remains railbanked but currently hosts the Rio Grande bike path.)

In other news… The Carbondale Clay Center opened its doors.

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