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LETTER: Let’s embrace Carbondale’s future

I’ve heard quite a bit of comment recently about the sculpture that James Surls is currently creating to be placed in the roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street.

My good friend, Molly Swanton, spoke in her letter to the issue from the perspective of honoring our history as a ranching, farming and mining community. I, too, am a fan of the mining and agriculture industries in our valley. I have served on the board of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society and intend to return to the board soon. I have spent some of the best days of my life here helping some of our local ranchers brand cattle in the spring, driving them up to the high country for the summer, and gathering them back in the fall. We honor our miners in many ways — Miner’s Park holds a wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives in the mine. On a wall in the Pour House is another testimonial to the terribly hard work that these men and women did. Sopris Park speaks to the beauty of Mt. Sopris and the man after whom it is named. Our annual celebration of the farming background of our community, Potato Day, takes place every fall.

To me, Mr. Surls’ sculpture speaks to the future of our town. In the needles, I see growth, like tall grass waving in the breeze. Carbondale has become synonymous with the arts. Our art around town project attracts visitors and has made us all proud of Carbondale’s place in the valley’s art culture. James Surls’ sculpture will enhance that connection. We will never forget our town’s heritage. Let us now embrace Carbondale’s future.


Skip Bell

manager, The Pour House Restaurant


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