Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Easter egg hunters in Sopris Park (Jane Bachrach photo)
  • Easter bunny time in Sopris Park (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Brianne Jones performing during Dance Spectrum at Thunder River Theater (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Dance Spectrum Director Peter Gilbert and dancers thank audience at recent performance at Thunder River Theater. (Jane Bachrach photo)

  • Senator Mark Udall testifies at BLM hearing at Carbondale Town Hall. (Lynn Burton photo)

  • Jacob Barlow scores on a penalty kick in recent Carbondale Soccer Club action (Lynn Burton photo)

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After the first round of bids came in too high for CDOT’s Highway 133 construction project, the second round attracted more interest and an apparent low bid from a Grand Junction company. “The apparent low bidder was United Companies … and CDOT is in the process of awarding the construction contract to United Companies,” CDOT resident engineer Roland Wagner told The Sopris Sun. Read more >
Houston and Carbondale don’t seem to have much in common. Houston boasts a population of 2.1 million, while Carbondale logs in at about 6,000. Houston sits near the Gulf of Mexico, while Carbondale rests in the Rocky Mountains. Houston is generally hot and muggy, while Carbondale is cool and dry. Houston is home to a National Football League team, while Carbondale must rely on the Roaring Fork Rams for its football fix. And, Houston probably has more yoga studios than Carbondale. So, what’s one noticeable similarity between Houston and Carbondale? Come October, Carbondale’s soon-to-be roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street will be graced with a 20-foot-tall James Surls sculpture, the 35-foot sister piece of which was installed at a prominent intersection in Houston’s Upper Kirby district earlier this month. Read more >
Curbside dining will be coming to Main Street in Carbondale this summer, when at least two restaurants — phat thai, 343 Main St., and Allegria, 335 Main St. — erect dining platforms in the parking spaces in front of the two adjacent establishments. The Carbondale Board of Trustees gave its approval for the plan on Tuesday at the trustees’ regular meeting. “We contemplate the design/construction of a contiguous platform the length of our collective storefronts and the depth of a standard parking spot,” stated a letter from the restaurants to the trustees, which was part of the meeting packet on Tuesday. The wooden platforms are to be nine feet deep from the curb outward into the street, and traverse the storefronts of the adjoining restaurants, eliminating several parking spaces on Main Street. The sidewalk would be left open to pedestrian traffic. Read more >
In recent years, Carbondale has developed a reputation for being an environmentally friendly place, but 30 years ago the Town lacked any sort of environmental regulations. Taking matters into their own hands, a group of citizens calling themselves “Down Valley Trash” started working on a recycling program. The group, which included Steve Standiford and Jeff Dickinson, eventually formed an informal “environmental board” to deal with broader issues. Read more >
An arts center, a chamber of commerce, a startlingly non-traditional cafe and gathering spot, and a boarding house or hostel — those are the four options being proposed for the still-vacant former home of the old Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. All four were presented to the town’s board of trustees at a work session on Tuesday, and all four will be the subject of a future, formal town board meeting, probably on May 13, said Town Manager Jay Harrington. Read more >
Since starting as principal of Roaring Fork High School in 2012, one of Drew Adams’ primary goals has been to enhance the rigor of every student’s educational experience at RFHS. As part of that effort, three new Advanced Placement (AP) courses were added to the curriculum this past school year, and three additional AP courses will be offered next fall. Advanced Placement is a program created by a non-profit organization, The College Board, which designs the curriculum, and creates and grades the final exam for each AP course. Most colleges grant credit to students who receive a high score on the final AP Exam. Read more >
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