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Pages of the Past: New infrastructure, from highways to radio towers

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 From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

Jan. 20, 1977

The Colorado Highway Department held one of an ongoing series of meetings on potential improvements to State Highway 82. In addition to the potential to expand from two lanes to four between Carbondale and Aspen – a possibility that had generated considerable debate at a meeting the previous November – several potential changes to the route were discussed, including lanes on the north side of the Roaring Fork River through Snowmass Canyon (which didn’t happen) and bypassing downtown Basalt (which did).

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“I would say that a 20-year period for construction is conservative unless everyone in this area makes a concerted pitch… to get money for this highway,” District Designing Engineer Tom Arnold told the assembly.

Jan. 22, 1987

KDNK community radio was searching for a new station manager after interim manager Susie Strode announced she wouldn’t stay on after her six month commitment.

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“It’s an all-encompassing job, more than I want to handle being a single mother,” she explained.

Then just a few years old and still in the Dinkel Building, KDNK was then “in its best financial shape ever,” and planned to hire a half time office assistant. The station was also working hard to get a translator on Red Mountain to bring the signal to Aspen, Snowmass Village and Woody Creek.

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Jan. 23, 1997

Kurt and Elsbeth Wigger listed the Sopris Restaurant for sale for $1.35 million. The restaurant, described by reporter John Stroud as having a “distinctive modest and rustic exterior but elegant French interior and some of the best dinner entrees around,” had been a fixture on Highway 82 between Carbondale and Glenwood for 24 years.

Jan. 18, 2007

The RE-1 school board voted to move ahead with a dual language program at Crystal River Elementary School. Native English and Spanish speakers would have received instruction in both languages during the course of a normal day, an endeavor that never quite took off.

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– Compiled by Will Grandbois

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