Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Congrats to the Class of 2016! Check out the insert this week.

  • Retiring Science teacher Laura French shares wisdom & wishes at the RFHS Baccalaureate (Courtesy photo).

  • Local kids join in the inaugural Autism Walk (Jane Bachrach photo).

  • Why did two mallards cross the road? (Lynn Burton photo).

  • Rivers are getting bigger. Be careful out there! (Lynn Burton photo)

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Hiding in plain sight, a pair of osprey has taken up residence on top of the Excel tower across Highway 133 from Alpine Bank.
Sharp-eyed bank customers first noticed the birds building their lofty nest two or three weeks ago. By last weekend, word had spread and at least one group of viewers munched on the bank’s Saturday donuts as they watched the birds’ comings and goings. Read more >
While proponents seeking “wild and scenic” designation for the Crystal River believe they have a strong contingent of locals on their side, at least one Marble area resident opposes the idea and believes he will not be alone in his opposition.
“They say they’ve talked to everybody along the river and they’re all for it,” said Larry Darien, a native of the Roaring Fork Valley region and long-time owner of property near Marble in Gunnison County. “But they haven’t talked to anybody in Gunnison County.”
Darien said there are a number of landowners along the Crystal as it passes through Gunnison County who oppose the designation, and whom he expects will be there alongside him for a pair of meetings on June 14 at which the matter is to be publicly debated. Read more >
Folks who plan their Mountain Fair around the Gazebo Stage music lineup can start looking ahead to the weekend of July 29-31.
As usual, expect an eclectic blend of everything from world beat to cumbia, with a healthy dose of rock, blues, Americana, country and the unclassifiable. Read more >
A Carbondale man arrested earlier this year in Ohio on marijuana-related charges will go to trial on May 26, and could find himself in prison for the next eight years.
But the man, Kelly Harding, 48, maintains he was unaware that there was roughly 123 pounds of pot in the back of the car he was driving east on I-70 through Ohio, bound for New York State, when the car was stopped on Jan. 13 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
And at the most recent of three hearings on the case, Harding’s attorney maintained that the traffic stop that lead to the arrest was illegal. Read more >
A dedicated group of local activists are hoping once and for all to achieve a goal that has eluded them and others for nearly half a century — designation of a stretch of the Crystal River as a Wild & Scenic River under the 1968 National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed by Congress.
If proponents Dorothea Farris, Bill Jochems and Chuck Ogilby are successful, the Crystal will become the second officially designated Wild & Scenic river in Colorado.
The only Colorado river designated Wild & Scenic at present is the Cache La Poudre, a 126-mile stretch that rises from Poudre Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park and empties into the South Platte River near Greeley. Read more >
Carbondale’s firefighters will undergo a new training program this month, using what is known as the “Mobile Live-Fire Training Unit,” a large trailer that can simulate a blazing inferno in a house or other structure that lets trainees run through their paces and learn to work together.
The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) training officer, Frank Nadell, explained that the mobile unit is owned by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control, created four years ago by the state legislature to take over responsibility for wildfires and other fire-related issues.
The mobile unit, though, was only purchased by the division recently, Nadell said, and Carbondale is one of the first of Colorado’s 400 or so fire departments to use it in training exercises. Read more >