Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Carbondale Rotary not only raised more than $22,000 for local scholarships at its Wild Wild West Casino Night at the fire station on June 17, but gamers had a great time as well. Photo by Lynn Burton

  • KDNK community access radio will soon have a colorful mural on the north side of their building at 76 S. Second St. thanks to artist Eliza Rogan, the kids of the Andy Zanca youth empowerment program and Carbondale Arts. Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • A Dumpster fire inside a Willits town center building brought out 17 Basalt firefighters responding and plenty of gawkers inside and out, but caused minimal damage. Photo by Will Grandbois

  • Sun contributor Megan Tacket got engaged to her boyfriend, Aaron Luttrell, on June 11 and fellow freelancer Caito Foster happened to be there to photograph the proposal at sunset on Mushroom Rock.

Breaking News

Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 27 in Garfield County for unincorporated private lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands. Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Read more >

Latest News

Valley residents interested in plans to improve mountain biking, hiking and other recreational uses in the Prince Creek area near Carbondale have until June 30 to make their feelings known. That is when a public comment period on the draft Prince Creek Open Space management plan will come to an end, followed by what Pitkin County recreation planners hope will be the start of construction of a new trail alongside the road leading to trails in the Crown area. Read more >
One of the Roaring Fork Valley region’s longest-running humanitarian organizations, Lift-Up, is holding a three-day celebration event this weekend, June 23 – 25, called “Lift Off for Lift-Up,” a hot-air balloon festival at Crown Mountain Park and other venues in the El Jebel and Willits communities. The events, which marks the organization’s thirty-fifth year of operations, will run from Friday evening (starting with a 6 p.m. concert at Triangle Park in the Willits Town Center. Read more >
If you’ve been mourning the loss of The Novel Tea Shop or Town Center Booksellers, take heart — the midvalley has a bookstore again. Bookbinders Basalt, located at 731 E Valley Rd. across from Bristlecone Sports and next to the Midland Clothing Company in the Willits Town Center, celebrates its grand opening all day on June 22 after a little more than a week of quiet business. Read more >
One of the last historic ranches between Aspen and Glenwood Springs recently sold for $7.2 million, according to records at the Garfield County Clerk & Recorder’s office. Variously known in recent years as the TCI Lane Ranch and McClure River Ranch, the 100-acre parcel sits on the south side of Highway 82 along the Roaring Fork River, just upvalley from Catherine Store. Read more >
Ben Armstrong thinks a farmer’s market would make a great setting for a reality TV show.
The Aspen native has been involved in the Carbondale markets as a vendor for Roaring Gardens in the past, but this year he’s in charge of the whole event. “I kind of didn’t know how much work it was going to be to manage,” he said. “Now that it’s starting it’s a lot more rewarding.” Read more >
June 25, 1987: KDNK, Carbondale’s then four-year-old community radio station, expanded its reach by striking a deal to join other local broadcasters on the Pitkin County translator system. Though the move reportedly was preceded by “months of tinkering” by engineers and political wrangling, KDNK’s signal finally reached Aspen this week, with plans to ultimately serve listeners in Marble, Redstone, Snowmass, Basalt and the Fryingpan River Valley, not to mention Glenwood Springs.
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