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The state of Colorado is implementing a new law to replace old license plates with new ones that are easier to read in low-light situations. When Coloradans sell or dispose of an older vehicle, they will no longer be able to transfer their old plates to their new vehicle. The act also revives a previously retired style of plates with white numbers on a background of green mountains, if requested, for an additional fee of $25.
Educator loan help
Qualified educators are eligible for an annual payment of up to $5,000 toward their outstanding educational loans. This Colorado Department of Higher Education program is funded for five years. To apply by April 15, teachers, administrators and special service providers must first complete an online survey at: www.bit.ly/COforgiveness
The Carbondale Clay Center’s 23rd Annual Cup Auction raised $12,559 on bids for 254 cups with 236 bidders. Cups sold for as little as $15 and the highest bid was $195 for a latte cup made of dark clay, glazed in yellow salt, by local potter Kendall Lucy.
Those who are interested in running for a Carbondale trustee position, or even the mayoral seat, can submit their petition starting Jan. 4. Petitions can be picked up at Town Hall during business hours and must be completed and returned by Jan. 24. For more info, email email@example.com
With snow in the forecast, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center wants winter recreationalists to be aware of increased avalanche risk over the weekend of Dec. 25. The state experienced a dry autumn and therefore the snowpack is quite weak. For more information visit www.colorado.gov/avalanche and be safe out there!
Eagle County extended a public health order requiring face coverings in schools and childcare settings through Jan. 17. The order pertains only to staff, students and visitors while indoors at childcare centers or schools.
Pitkin in the red
As of Dec. 17, Pitkin County moved to “high” or “red” on the CDC’s COVID-19 risk scale. Recently, Pitkin County Public Health reported that the county’s incidence rate went from 73/100,000 to 135/100,000, prompting the move to red. This does not alter current public health orders for Pitkin County. Meanwhile, Garfield County remains at level “orange” ahead of the holidays.
Carbondale Arts has initiated a bilingual, online survey promising “it’s quick!” Even better, your answers will help to guide the nonprofit’s staff in their efforts and programming for the next few years. Check it out at www.bit.ly/CASurveyENG
In 2020, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) alum Madison Muxworthy was the first CMC graduate to be accepted into the prestigious and competitive Scripps Institution of Oceanography internship program at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes. Muxworthy started a trend — in 2021, two more CMC students, Rachel Satni and Rachael Jones, were accepted into the same internship program.
They say it’s your birthday
Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Ember Dahl (Dec. 24); Greg Mohl (Dec. 25); Caitlin Causey, Emma Danciger and Darryl Fuller (Dec. 26); Laura Hader and Eduardo Torres (Dec. 27); Chip Bishop (Dec. 28).
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23
UNDER THE SUN
Join Sopris Sun correspondents and guests for Everything Under The Sun, airing every Thursday on KDNK at 4 p.m.
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS
True Nature welcomes you to sip and shop with live music every Thursday in December from 6 to 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24
The Near New Thrift Store, operated by Seven Stars Rebekah Lodge, will be closed through Jan. 4. When it opens again, the hours will be from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Garfield County libraries will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Steve’s Guitars brings Bradman on stage along with a musical entourage for a Christmas Eve show beginning at 8:30 p.m. The show can also be streamed at www.grassrootstv.org/stevesguitars
The Black Nugget hosts a Christmas Eve dance party with DJ Grim Nymph will play holiday classics. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes till closing.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 27
Crystal Theatre presents “The Rescue” at 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28
Young ones and their parents are invited to storytime at the Glenwood Springs Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. More information is at www.gcpld.org
The Crystal Theatre presents “Belfast” at 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Every first and third Wednesday, The Aspen Science Center invites pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students to participate in science activities and experiments at the Carbondale Library. More info at www.gcpld.org
ASK A LAWYER
Alpine Legal Services offers a hotline clinic on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 970-368-2246 and visit alpinelegalservices.org for the schedule of dates organized by legal topic.
The Jeff Andrews Band plays at Heather’s Savory Pies in Basalt beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Create your very own mini piñata popper at the Basalt Library to help bring in the new year. The workshop lasts from 8 to 9 p.m. More info at www.basaltlibrary.org
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30
The Center for Human Flourishing streams a panel discussion about indigenous wisdom beginning at 6:30 p.m. More info at www.davinikent.com
Those looking to enhance their Microsoft Outlook skills can participate in this training from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info at www.basaltlibrary.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31
NYE AT THE THEATRE
Ring in the new year at Thunder River Theatre, where a list of special guests will entertain. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and info at www.thunderrivertheatre.com
Craft Coffee House at 689 Main Street hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration beginning at 7 p.m.
WEST SIDE STORY
The Crystal Theatre screens Steven Spielberg’s 2021 rendition of “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m.
The Redstone Inn hosts a New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting event from 8 to 10 p.m. To make a reservation, call 970-963-2526.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1
The Meeting Place in Carbondale (981 Cowen Drive) hosts a New Year’s Day AA meeting at 5 p.m. More info at www.meetingplacecarbondale.org
Start the new year with free-form movement at 13 Moons Ranch at 5 p.m. Bring a journal and something to write with. RSVPs are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
Nicolette Toussaint will begin teaching a four-part basic drawing class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Basalt Library. More info at www.basaltlibrary.org