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    Roaring Fork High School students stage ‘waffle-in’

    Students, staff and volunteers pushed Roaring Fork High School’s electrical system to its limits as nearly 1500 waffles were served up on April 4. The event was organized in part as a show of support for Vice Principal Keslie Goodman, who was passed over to fill the role of principal in favor of Brett Stringer — a decision which goes before the school board on April 12. read more →
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    Maroon Bells Wilderness environmental assessment released for comment

    Growing alarm about overuse of certain campgrounds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area has prompted forest managers to propose setting up a permit system for overnight use at such highly popular spots as the Conundrum Hot Springs and others located in the eastern portion of the wilderness area. But, according to a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed management plan for the 181,535-acre wilderness area, the permit system and possible fees for campers will not have much effect on the western part of the wilderness area adjacent to the Crystal River Valley — at least not initially. read more →
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    ACLU lawyer to talk asset forfeiture and more in Carbondale

    The law enforcement action is called “asset forfeiture.” Police, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol troopers confiscate money, vehicles and other assets following what is often a routine traffic stop or call to a private residences or business. The officers seize assets such as cash if they suspect a crime is or was involved prior to their confiscation. read more →
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    Notes from the underground: Western Slope Caving

    Are you afraid of the dark? How about small spaces? Bats? No? You might make a caver yet. Micah Ball, chairman of the National Speleological Society’s Rocky Mountain Region, certainly never minded any of that stuff. “It was natural for me. I’ve been going underground ever since I could crawl, pretty much,” he recalled. “It’s an extreme sport that doesn’t require you to be a natural athlete and there’s always something around the next corner. Lorie Sheader, by contrast, worried about all those things. “I needed to face my fears,” she said. read more →
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    Sit up. Step up. What’s up?

    Five reps and five sets of sit-ups, burpees, air squats and 50 meter sprints gave second graders at Crystal River Elementary School a good taste of what a real workout is when two coaches from Sopris CrossFit came by on April 3 to share the importance of being physically active and get them excited for an upcoming project. read more →
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    Residents give feedback in Emma Open Space meeting

    Several dozen valley residents turned up at Pitkin County’s open house on March 30 at Basalt Town Hall, eager to learn more about and contribute ideas to the county’s plans for the property known as the Emma Townsite and Emma Open Space. The open house was called to gather public input about how to approach management of the roughly 72-acre property, which actually comprises two distinct areas straddling Highway 82 near where it crosses over the Roaring Fork River west of Basalt. read more →
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    Gubernatorial candidate lays out platform for Carbondalians

    In a rapid-fire delivery laced with anecdotes and humor, Mike Johnston, the 42-year-old former Colorado state senator who in January was the first state Democrat to announce his run for governor’s seat, spent about an hour with Carbondale constituents on April 4. He told more than 100 voters about his background in education, his determination to help immigrants get a better deal in everything from school to jobs, and his campaign plan to create “local leadership teams” around the state who can help him learn more about what the voters want from their government. read more →
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    Carbondale changes Easter activities this year

    Who says little kids are the only ones who like Easter Egg Hunts? That was the feeling of the Carbondale Recreation Department when they decided to change the age group for the event. This year’s event will now be limited to those 80 and over. “We always do something for the little kids and most of them just cry when they see the Easter Bunny anyway,” said Mayor Ed McMcMuphin. “And we’ll extend the event from April 15 until July 30 in order to give everyone time to find all the eggs.” There will be 15,000 unboiled eggs hidden in obvious places and service dogs will be allowed, although any eggs that are peed on will be disqualified. The dogs, not the eggs…And the participants are being warned to be careful when using their canes or walkers because it could smash the eggs into smithereens. read more →
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    Taking the “car” out of Carbondale

    Meet the Royal Bonedalian Mounted Police – the first step in a 90 day adjustment period before all motor vehicle traffic ceases in town proper. “It starts with law enforcement setting the example,” explained Police Chief Gene Schilling, who was on pooper scooper duty Saturday morning thanks to a blown ACL. Existing staff will have first priority in the hiring process as the town phases out its streets department in favor of new positions as mucker and stablehands. Foreman Smiley Wise, a blacksmith and former rodeo star, will head the new crew. The proposal, passed unanimously at a special town council meeting on March 21, has drawn some criticism by earth-hating residents. read more →
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    Smoke scare at Basalt Post Office

    A fire call at the Basalt Post Office on the evening of March 29 turned out to be more smoke than anything, according to Fire Chief Scott Thompson. The building was closed for business, Thompson said, when someone smelled smoke – though the alarm system wasn’t triggered. “We didn’t know what we had and it seemed to be getting worse, so we treated it like we had a fire,” Thompson said. read more →