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Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival was one of the first events to feel the effects of the pandemic last spring. The annual festival runs each April, but new social-distancing protocols left organizers with few options aside from postponing the full mountain film showcase altogether.

Since then, 5Point’s reimagined its annual festival into a fully virtual event running each night from Wednesday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 18. Audiences can livestream a curated selection of short adventure films each night, which are followed by Q and A sessions with the filmmakers. 

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The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers Memorial Day weekend sparked protests around the country, including in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dan Richardson, the mayor of Carbondale, said those events inspired him to explore racism in the town and find ways to build a more equitable Carbondale. 

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Aspen Public Radio’s reporting project Rocky Mountain Why? starts with what you’re curious about when it comes to life in the Roaring Fork Valley. You submit questions, then our news team does the digging and shares the answers with our community.


Listener Esmeralda Osorio asked, “Is Mount Sopris a volcano or not?”

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Carbondale is one of many towns in Colorado putting plans in place to help local businesses adjust to the economic effects of COVID-19. The town closed Carbondale’s Main Street between Third and Fourth streets so businesses can give customers space to safely shop and dine. 

Some local business owners said the closure is helping, while others said it is bad for business.

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Carbondale’s Mountain Fair typically draws hundreds of spectators, vendors, artisans, artists and musicians to Sopris Park each summer. Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, organizers say they're bringing this festivities into individual neighborhoods for this year's event, planned for July 24-26.

(HS)2 / Colorado Rocky Mountain School

As schools everywhere are faced with the dilemma of cancelling summer programs amid the pandemic, ‘High School, High Scholar,’  known as '(HS)2' at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, or CRMS, in Carbondale is going virtual. 

Town of Carbondale

Earlier this week, Carbondale officials launched a campaign encouraging residents to wear face coverings in public due to COVID-19. 

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Carbondale is moving forward with plans to reduce traffic and improve bike and pedestrian access on 8th Street, which intersects Main Street near the end of downtown. The town says people raised concerns about narrow sidewalks and limited access for bikes on a street with plenty of car traffic in residential areas.

Candidates for Basalt Town Council, Basalt mayor and the Carbondale Board of Trustees on the April 7 ballot were announced Monday.

Running for the three open town council seats are incumbent Jennifer Riffle and newcomers Tiffany Haddad, Glenn Drummond, David Knight, Elyse Hottel and Kirk "Dieter" Schindler. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected onto the council. 

The Town of Carbondale will start working to reduce the use and sales of single-use plastics over the next ten years. 

The town’s Board of Trustees is working with consulting company LBA Associates. The company will conduct research and public outreach in collaboration with PR Studios to draft a plan by July 2020. 

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Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees was presented with a year-end rundown of accomplishments by Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER). The Carbondale-based organization collaborates with the Town of Carbondale and Garfield County to assist in the adoption of renewable energy.

Middle Mamm Fire Updates

Oct 4, 2019
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12:20 p.m. October 7 - More Resources Used To Suppress Middle Mamm Fire

Firefighters are focusing efforts on constructing and improving containment lines in all areas that threaten private property. Authorities say fire managers will use retardant, bucket drops, and other direct and indirect tactics to suppress the fire’s movement.

Recent winds have been predominantly from the southwest, pushing the fire north. On the southern sections, crews are focusing efforts to suppress sections adjacent to private properties. Officials say they will not put firefighters at risk to suppress fire that remains on National Forest System Lands. 

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Columbus Day has become more controversial, with some arguing that the Italian explorer represents violence suffered by native people when the Americas were colonized. Carbondale will join other cities and states in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead. 

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Construction at the intersection to access the Red Hill trail system in Carbondale was supposed to be completed this fall. Now that winter is quickly approaching, the project is delayed. 

A series of projects began in 2017 when the Town of Carbondale receieved a donation to build new public trails to connect to the recreation area.

Pickleball Hits The Roaring Fork Valley

Sep 10, 2019
Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio

A game that combines badminton, ping pong, and tennis has put racquet sports in quite a pickle.


That’s pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

It’s played on a miniature tennis court with oversized ping pong paddles and something kind of like a whiffle ball, and it's making an impact on the Roaring Fork Valley.

Marci Krivonen

We-Cycle’s bike share system is already in Aspen and Basalt.  Now, it wants to expand to Carbondale. At a work session last week, the town took a step toward making that happen.  


Carbondale granted We-Cycle’s request to include a $30,000 placeholder in their 2020 draft budget.  We-Cycle asked for the placeholder to help it raise the rest of the money needed to place its bikes throughout the town. 


Town of Carbondale

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees got behind the effort to make Carbondale more livable for seniors.


The Carbondale Age-Friendly Communities Initiative (CAFCI) is made up of local seniors; members packed Town Hall earlier this week to encourage the town to join a network of communities through AARP.

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Carbondale’s Environmental Board wants the town’s trustees to ban single-use plastic bags from all town businesses.


The Environmental Board cites a 2016 survey in which the respondents overwhelmingly favored banning single-use plastic bags. / Drug Enforcement Agency

Twice a year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The next one is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Anyone in the valley can take unused prescription drugs to the Carbondale Police Department, which will dispose of them safely.

Carbondale wants one waste hauler to take out the trash and recycling. At its meeting last night, the board of trustees awarded a five-year contract to Mountain Waste, which most people in town already use.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees discussed how the town is preparing for a changing climate.

CoVenture is a new business incubator in Carbondale; the town and Garfield County have promised $25,000 to help it get off its feet. They hope CoVenture can catalyze economic diversification.

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Carbondale wants one company to haul away most of its trash and recycling. Starting Friday, the town is accepting proposals.

The new business incubator, CoVenture, wants to develop a coworking space in downtown Carbondale and is asking the town to commit $25,000 to help make it happen.

Carbondale Begins To Hammer Out 2019 Budget

Oct 11, 2018
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On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees discussed where the town stands, financially speaking, and where it’s headed. In 2019, the town doesn’t expect any increase in marijuana sales and excise taxes, but does anticipate slight increases in sales and property tax revenue.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

On Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees voted to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

Town of Carbondale

Childcare is hard to find in the Roaring Fork Valley. In Carbondale, some say the town’s zoning isn’t making it any easier.

Carbondale to discuss vaping

Apr 9, 2018

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will discuss how the town might regulate electronic smoking devices.

Claire Woodcock

Artspace is a nonprofit that looks at the feasibility of building affordable spaces for a community’s arts and culture sector. Last week, it gave the town of Carbondale its recommendations on creating more housing for artists.  

It's Election Day in Basalt and Carbondale

Apr 2, 2018
Elise Thatcher

Voters in Basalt and Carbondale have until 7 p.m. to drop off their ballots.