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Carbondale Hosts Creative Summit May 4 and 5

The Colorado Creative Industries’ summit is coming to Carbondale. About two years ago, under the guidance of the Carbondale Council for Arts & Humanities (CCAH), Carbondale was accepted as a candidate for the state’s certified creative district program, an incubator program that provides economic development guidance geared toward creative businesses.

The conference, entitled “Culture of Possibilities,” begins May 5 and will bring in 300 visitors to hear more than 30 panelists and speakers from Colorado and beyond. On the night of May 4, Main Street traffic will be shut down for the summit’s opening festivities. On Friday May 6, a Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards luncheon will be held; among the awardees will be Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño, director of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Glenwood Springs Center for Arts is helping to market the summit and to prepare for guests. Christina Brusig, the Center’s executive director said, “We’re working on getting the downtown beautiful even during the bridge construction process.” She noted that many murals, including a collage-based children’s mural, are being planned to help beautify the construction area. As Lifestyle was going to press, plans were still being made and Brusig encouraged those wanting to contribute to email her:

June Art Walk to Premier New Outdoor Sculptures

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission will show off its 2016-17 sculptures on a June 2 walking tour featuring talks by the artists. The newly-selected artists are Andrew Arvanetes of DeKalb, Illinois; Joan Benefiel of Brooklyn, New York; James Burnes of Santa Fe; Steven Darrow of Fruitland, Maryland; Matthew Duffy of Washington D.C.; Francis Fox of Boise and Joe Sackett of Albuquerque. The Colorado artists selected are Steven Cramer of Fort Collins, Tim DeShong of Denver, Dimitry Domani of Durango, Yul Jorgensen of Walsenburg, Ted Schaal of Loveland, Daniel Romano of Colorado Springs and John Hoffman of Carbondale. A total of 14 sculptures were selected from entries submitted by 75 artists across the U.S. The Best of Show artist is awarded $1,000.

Roaring Fork Leadership Seeks 
Class of 2017

Roaring Fork Leadership, the Valley’s foremost leadership and professional development program, is seeking applicatants for this year’s program. The program takes 40 community members through more than 100 hours of training, and participants take on civic projects as a laboratory for practicing new ways of being a leader. Graduates leave with newfound confidence and the skills needed to solve personal, professional and civic challenges. All sessions are held in the Roaring Fork Valley; they meet monthly from August to May and are presented by dynamic leadership development educators. Apply at

Webcam Captures osprey home life

If you have wondered about that enormous nest perched atop a power pole along the Emma Trail in Basalt, it’s an osprey nest. Also known as fish hawks, ospreys typically mate for life and live 15 to 20 years. These raptors migrate during the winter, but for several years, our birds have returned to the huge nest, which been seen from Highway 82. You can more intimately view the osprey’s home life via a live webcam at Pitkin County Open Space and Trails teamed with Holy Cross Energy and other partners to install the remotely-controlled camera on a separate, nearby power pole last fall.

Local CRMS Student Sues Feds over Climate Change

Jaime Butler, a member of the student class due to graduate in 2019 from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, is one of 21 youth plaintiffs who have joined climate scientist Dr. James Hansen in a lawsuit over climate change. Their lawsuit alleges that government policy is violating their  constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by taking actions that permit, encourage and enable continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels. The suit asks the federal government to end practices that promote fossil fuel extraction and consumption, and to instead develop and implement a science-based climate recovery plan.

Wild West Rodeo Starts June 2

The 2016 Wild West Rodeo season starts in June and will run every Thursday through August 18th. Held at the Gus Darien rodeo rink on Catherine Store road, the 12th rodeo season will feature 13 entertaining weekly events ranging from a children’s calf scramble and mutton busting to macho bull riding and bronco busting. Rodeo President Mike Kennedy notes that the nonprofit-run rodeo is always looking for sponsors and volunteers. “If you’ve got livestock experience, it’s a plus, but it’s not necessary,” he says. Look for rodeo details at

Rodeo tickets—$10 each or a book of six for $50, for a savings of $2 per ticket—can be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Roaring Fork Valley Co-Op. (The newly remodeled Co-Op is worth a visit. It’s celebrating a Grand Opening May 13 through 15 with a children’s bounce house and give-aways that include gift certificates and Country Jam tickets. See Lifestyle calendar for details.)