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GYPSUM, Colorado – A California man died Thursday after his car went off Interstate 70 and over a 70-foot cliff near Gypsum, police said.Stanley J. Strychaz, 69, of West Hills, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the State Patrol.Strychaz was driving westbound about one mile east of the Gypsum exit when his car, a gray 2007 Honda CR-V, struck the left guardrail, authorities said. The car then crossed the median and went across both eastbound lanes, continuing off the south side of the road, where it struck a deer fence, police said.The Honda continued rolling until it went off a 70-foot cliff, according to the State Patrol. The car came to a stop on its wheels.A passenger, Marianne Strychaz, 64, was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries, police said.Police were notified of the accident at 11:55 a.m.

“Split Estate,” a documentary film about the oil and gas industry in Colorado and New Mexico and its effects on the people who live nearby, has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding individual achievement in a craft: Research,” according to an announcement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.The film, which was released in October 2009, was produced and directed by filmmaker Deb Anderson, narrated by actress Ali McGraw, and uses research from Mitchell Marti and Matt Vest, according to the film’s website. It features numerous residents of Garfield County.”Congratulations to our researchers,” said Anderson by e-mail. “We are grateful for the honor, and I hope that this will continue to bring attention to the plight of an increasing number of communities across the country who are dealing with oil and natural gas drilling in their back yards.”The film has aired numerous times on the Planet Green network as part of the “Reel Impact Series,” and has been shown at several venues in Garfield County and the surrounding region.The winners of Emmy Awards will be announced on Sept. 27, according to the academy.

The town of Carbondale has openings on seven volunteer boards and commissions, including the Environmental Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Public Arts Commission, Board of Adjustment and Appeals, Planning & Zoning Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission and the Tree Board.The town advertises all expiring terms, and persons interested in applying or re-applying must submit an application, which is available at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.Applications and information about the various boards and commissions, duties and when they meet are also on the town website, http://www.carbondalegov.org, under “Community Governance.”Completed applications should be submitted in person to Town Hall, or via e-mail to community@carbondaleco.net, by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.

The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees agreed Wednesday to purchase a 1.49-acre piece of land next to the college’s Steamboat Springs campus, which will allow for construction of a new access road.The land belonged to Harry and Mary Dike. The purchase agreement included a $600,000 donation from the sellers, capping months of negotiations between the college and the landowners, according to a CMC press release issued Wednesday following a board conference call meeting.The new road is required by the city of Steamboat Springs for fire and emergency services access, and was needed before construction can begin on a planned new student services and academic building on the 65-acre Alpine Campus. The new building would replace two to three outdated buildings that originally were built as dormitories in the mid-1960s and have since been adapted for academic use. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2011 and be completed the following summer.The new building will include an auditorium, a new cafeteria and food service area, a new bookstore and cybercafe, as well as classrooms for current programs such as ski business, outdoor studies, resort management, art and emergency medical training.

The board of directors of the Third Street Center in Carbondale has appointed Jody Ensign as executive director and Mark Wolfe Webber as interim facility manager.The appointments are the most recent step in transforming the former Carbondale Elementary School at 520 Third St. into a multi-tenant home for more than 20 nonprofit organizations and a few complementary businesses and artists.Ensign moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1975 and has worked continuously with many of the local nonprofit organizations, including as director of Arts West Aspen and Friends of the Wheeler Opera House, administrative director of Aspen Filmfest, and the first director of the Aspen Youth Center.She opened the Basalt Gallery in 1993, and has continued serving on various nonprofit boards, including the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Valley Hospital, Neighbor to Neighbor, ACES, Valley View Hospital, Carbondale Rotary Club, Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities, and Carbondale Public Arts Commission. She and her husband, Don, have lived in Carbondale since 2001.Wolfe Webber has been the owner/operator of a successful general contracting company, Wolfe Brand Construction Inc., focusing on energy efficient and environmentally friendly design and construction. He attends many classes at Colorado Mountain College and Solar Energy International. He has been a resident of Carbondale for more than 21 years, volunteering for KDNK and participating in numerous projects with the Mount Sopris Montessori School and the Carbondale Community School.His life partner, Annemarie Zanca, is a lifetime valley resident who works as a counselor for troubled youth. They have two daughters, Megan and Lily. The nonprofit Third Street Center is the result of a three-year joint effort by the town of Carbondale, Alpine Bank, the Manaus Fund, Sustainability Center of the Rockies and the Roaring Fork Community Development Corp.