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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 get rid of an old car, they can no longer transfer their old license plates to their new car. Law also revives a previously retired style of white-numbered plaques against a backdrop of green mountains, if requested, for an additional fee of $25.
Teacher loan help
Qualified teachers are eligible for an annual payment of up to $5,000 for their outstanding education loans. The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s higher education program is funded for five years. To apply by April 15, educators, administrators, and private service providers must first complete an online survey at: www.bit.ly/COforgiveness
The Carbondale Clay Center’s 23rd Annual Cup Auction raised $1,559 on bids for 254 mugs with 236 bidders. The cups sold for less than $15 and the highest bid was $195 for a latte made of dark yellow salt-glazed clay by local potter Kendall Lucy.
Those interested in running for a Carbondale trustee, or even the mayor’s seat, can file their petition starting January 4. Petitions can be received at Town Hall during business hours and must be completed and returned by January 24. More information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
With snow forecast, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center wants winter recreation buffs to be aware of the increased avalanche risk over the weekend of December 25. The state experienced a dry autumn, so the ice mass was very weak. For more information visit www.colorado.gov/avalanche And be safe there!
Eagle County has extended a public health order requiring face coverings in schools and childcare settings through January 17. It only applies to staff, students and visitors while they are indoors in child care centers or schools.
Bitkin in red
As of December 17, Pitkin County has moved to “high” or “red” on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 risk scale. Recently, Pitkin County Public Health reported that the county’s infection rate rose from 73/100,000 to 135/100,000, prompting a move to the red. This does not change the existing public health orders for Pitkin County. Meanwhile, Garfield County remains at the pre-holiday “orange” level.
Carbondale Arts has launched a bilingual online survey that promises “It’s Fast!” Even better, your answers will help guide the nonprofit’s employees in their efforts and programming over the next few years. Check it out at www.bit.ly/CASurveyENG
related to STEM
In 2020, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) alumna Madison Moxworthy was the first CMC graduate to be accepted into the Scripps Institute’s prestigious and competitive oceanographic training program at the Western Weather and Extreme Water Center. Muxworthy started a trend – in 2021, two more CMC students, Rachel Satney and Rachel Jones, were accepted into the same internship program.
They say it’s your birthday
People celebrating another trip around the sun this week are: Ember Dahl (December 24); Greg Mohl (December 25); Caitlin Causey, Emma Danciger and Daryl Fuller (December 26); Laura Hader and Eduardo Torres (December 27); Chip Bishop (December 28).
Thursday 23 December
under the sun
Join Sopris Sun reporters and guests on KDNK’s Everything Under The Sun every Thursday at 4pm.
True Nature welcomes you to sip and shop with live music every Thursday in December from 6 to 8 pm
Friday December 24
The store near the New Thrift Store, operated by Seven Stars Rebekah Lodge, will be closed until January 4. And when it opens again, business hours will be noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Libraries are closed
Garfield County Libraries will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
Steve’s Guitars brings Bradman on stage along with a musical entourage for the Christmas Eve show that begins 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 playing holiday classics. The party starts at 9pm and runs until closing.
Monday 27 December
Crystal Theater presents “The Rescue” at 7:30 PM
Tuesday 28th December
Little ones and their parents are invited to story time at the Glenwood Springs Library every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. More information at www.gcpld.org
Crystal Theater Belfast presents at 7:30 pm
Wednesday December 29
Every first and third Wednesday, the Aspen Science Center invites pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students to participate in science activities and experiments at the Carbondale Library. More information at www.gcpld.org
Ask a lawyer
Alpine Legal Services offers a clinic hotline Wednesday 5-7 pm, call 970-368-2246 and visit alpinelegalservices.org for a schedule of appointments organized by legal subject matter.
Jeff Andrews performs at Heather’s Savory Pies in Basalt starting at 6:30 p.m.
Create your very own little piñata popper in the Basalt Library to help bring in the New Year. The workshop runs from 8 to 9 pm. More information at www.basaltlibrary.org
Thursday December 30
The Center for Human Prosperity is broadcasting a panel discussion on Indigenous wisdom starting at 6:30 p.m. More information at www.davinikent.com
Those looking to enhance their Microsoft Outlook skills can take part in this training from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. More information at www.basaltlibrary.org
Friday December 31
New York in the theater
Celebrate the New Year at Thunder River Theatre, where you’ll be treated to a roster of distinguished guests. Celebration starts at 5:30 PM Tickets and info at www.thunderrivertheater.com
The Craft Coffee House at 689 Main Street is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 7 p.m.
West side story
The Crystal Theater presents Steven Spielberg’s 2021 show of “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m.
The Redstone Inn hosts a New Year’s Eve champagne tasting event from 8-10 p.m. For reservations, call 970-963-2526.
Saturday January 1
AA . meeting
The Meeting Place in Carbondale (981 Cowen Drive) hosts an AA New Year’s Day meeting at 5 p.m. More information at www.meetingplacecarbondale.org
ECSTATIC . DANCE
Start the new year in free-form motion at 13 Moons Ranch at 5 p.m. Bring a journal and something to write with. Request to reply to the invitation at email@example.com
Tuesday 4 January
Nicolette Toussaint will begin teaching a basic four-part drawing class from 3-4:30 p.m. at Basalt Library. More information at www.basaltlibrary.org