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Glenwood Downtown Market Opening June 7

Glenwood’s Downtown Market begins its twelfth season on Tuesday, June 7 with local songwriter and musician Frank Martin performing that evening. His performance begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Glenwood Downtown Market, located at 9th and Grand Avenue in Centennial Park, includes thirty to forty vendors: Z’s Orchard and Early Morning Orchards provide farm fresh produce each week. Colorado Mountain Honey offers locally harvested honey. Artists, soap makers and many more crafts people and growers fill the street and park. Hot food vendors provide healthy options; local musicians perform and cooking demos are given by area chefs and cookbook authors.

The market accepts credit cards, debit cards and WIC vouchers and doubles the value for Ebt SNAP benefits. The volunteer-organized market will continue every Tuesday from 4 p.m. until dusk through September 13, opening at 4 p.m. For more information, email

Wild West Rodeo Opens

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo begins June 2 and Rodeo Royalty will be on hand for the opening festivities. Queen Shannon Weeks is a graphic design student at the Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College. Princesses Shannon Pitout and Laiken Groom are locals from Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, respectively. They will be joined by Queen Attendants Anna Lassiter and Hannah Cole.

This year, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo will be held every Thursday night from June 2nd through August 18th, rain or shine. It features 13 great rodeo events ranging from a children’s calf scramble and mutton bustin’ to macho bull riding and the popular ranch bronc riding and cowhide race. Slack events begin at 6 p.m. and the main performance at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Roaring Fork Valley Coop.  Purchase a book of 6 for $50, a savings of $2.00 off the gate price of $10. The rodeo takes place at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road) just outside Carbondale.

Cowboy Corral Singing Locally 
in June

The Cowboy Corral, a local Western-themed choir, will be singing old-time cowboy songs at multiple venues over the summer. The 11-member local group shares the history of the cowboy era, tells stories of cattle drives and even throw in some mighty fine cowboy poetry from time to time. The group’s members and their personas are: Trail Boss, aka Kate Friesen; Hollybelle, aka Holly Richardson, the music director; Hattie Lou, aka Hattie Branson; Donna Sue, aka Donna Dale; Sassafrass, aka Natasha Seedorf; Deputy Lassoo Loo, aka Deputy Loo, aka Shelly Merriam; Shellbelle, aka Shelly Franklin; Barbewire, aka Barbe Chambliss; Wildcat, aka Brian Colley; Big Dave, aka David Franklin and Pecos Pete, aka Peter Westcott.

The Cowboy Corral will offer a free performance on June 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carbondale Library/]. They also perform at 7 p.m on June 11 at the Silt Historical Park, where a donation is requested.

Ride for the Child on June 25th

The Sopris Century Ride for the Child, a fundraiser for CASA of the Ninth, rolls out on Saturday, June 25th offering endless miles of paved, gently rolling, scenic country roads with spectacular mountain and riverfront views.

The Ride for the Child now hosts four different distance courses: 100-mile, 60-mile, 31-mile and a 12-mile family/fun course, starting and ending at Sopris Park in Carbondale. Riders’ entry fee will support the critically important cause of CASA of the Ninth, which provides well-trained, court-appointed volunteer advocates to support abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District. Visit CASA online to learn more and to register for the Ride for the Child:

Ride the Rockies Bike Event Starts June 12

Bike race enthusiasts can view the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour from several local vantage points this year. The Ride will begin in Carbondale, roll through Aspen and then continue on to Copper Mountain, Grand Lake and Estes Park, finishing in Fort Collins on June 17.  On June 11, a 47-mile preview ride will run through Aspen, Snowmass and Woody Creek before going on to the Watson Divide.

Thousands of cyclists join this tour, which is sponsored by the Denver Post. Bicyclists traverse 403 lung-bursting miles, covering nearly 30,000 vertical feet over famed passes and scenic roadways. On day one, the riders will trek 50 miles from Carbondale to Aspen along the Rio Grande Trail, climbing 4,253 feet. From there, they will climb Independence Pass and then Fremont Pass, tackling the most elevation gain of any single day in the race.

Register for July 4th Firecracker 
4K Run

The third annual Firecracker 4K run, sponsored by Lion’s Club, will trek along the beautiful Rio Grande trail on Independence Day with all the money raised going to providing eyesight care for those less fortunate. The run will start at 7 a.m. at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. The race is open to runners of all ages, who will be broken into nine age groups. Participants may register at 7 a.m. the day of the race, or sign up early by contacting Darryll Stanley at 970.618.0596 or

SkiCo Awards Local 
Environmental Grants

Aspen Skiing Company (SkiCo) and its employees’ environment foundation awarded the Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy $50,000 in grants to jumpstart Basalt’s stalled plan to build a river center near downtown. In a news statement, Roaring Fork Conservancy Executive Director Rick Lofaro said, “Planting roots at Old Pond Park allows the Conservancy to promote its work in a public setting while providing a space to analyze river health and allow visitors to experience wetlands through an on-site living lab just outside of our doors. The River Center is not just a building; it is an innovative concept to demonstrate, experience and share the actions and interactions necessary to protect these exceptional rivers and our watershed.”

SkiCo also gave $10,000 to the White River National Forest to fund four wilderness ranger interns for the summer of 2016. SkiCo donated $5,000 to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ trail and restoration projects while giving another $3,404 to the Colorado Outward Bound School for its Marble Basecamp.

Carbondale Food Co-Op Changes Name

At a meeting in April, member-owners of the Carbondale Community Food Co-op voted to change the name of  the natural and local foods store to “Dandelion Market.” Decision-making is democratic in cooperatives, so all fully vested member-owners were eligible to vote on the rebranding effort, which passed overwhelmingly.

Changes have already taken place around the store; a reorganization and remerchandising project took place in late March. On May 1, a sign with the co-op’s new logo and name went up above the store’s entrance. “While some people think of the dandelion as a weed, we in Carbondale know it’s a resilient, nutritious flower—and Carbondale’s town flower to boot,” said Emily Steers, chair of the co-op’s board. “We think it’s a perfect name for our community food cooperative.”

Dandelion Market is located at 559 Main Street and is open seven days a week. Everyone is welcome, but member-owners receive discounts and other benefits. Visit 
or call 970.963.1375 for membership information.

Students Receive Order of 
the Dandelion

During Dandelion Day in May, the 2016 Order of the Dandelion was awarded to the Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) Energy Club for the promotion, planning and execution of the RFHS solar array. The 385-kilowatt 1,242 solar panel array went online in late January 2016. It will provide all of the high school’s annual electric needs as well as feed electricity into Xcel Energy’s grid. The array is expected to produce nearly 613,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, which is the amount of electricity used in a year by 85 homes.

The first order of the Dandelion award was given in 2011. It recognized John Philip, aka Doc Dandelion, for citizen activism that resulted in ridding the schools and parks of toxic herbicide, and to former Carbondale Mayor Randy Vanderhurst for his proclamation naming the dandelion as the Official Flower of the Town of Carbondale.

Housing Issues Force Two Local Mayors to Resign

Both New Castle and Carbondale have recently due lost their mayors due to local housing pressures. The civic rules of both towns require that mayors live within the town limits.

In April, New Castle Mayor Bob Gordon resigned due to his impending relocation to Battlement Mesa. Gordon said that he recently sold his New Castle home and had been planning to build a new one before discovering an appropriate retirement home in Battlement Mesa. Gordon took over as mayor in 2014 when New Castle’s municipal election was canceled because of a lack of candidates.

Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot resigned after her family received a housing opportunity in Redstone. Bernot was elected in 2014 to her second term as Carbondale mayor. Bernot, who is a fifth-generation Bonedalian, recently told Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, that native Carbondale families are “an endangered species” because of rising housing costs. Bernot said that she wasn’t sure that her children could afford to live in the town if they wanted to.