Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Ginny Lappala, left, donated to Colorado Mountain College several lots of land at Seventh and Colorado, leading to the construction of the Lappala Center in 1996. Read more > 

  • While the cows and their calves cried endlessly against a background of smoke and the stench of seared hair, Sunny (#168) and 237 other calves were temporarily separated from their moms and branded for life on April 22. Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • Mercedes Sprinters and Volkswagen Westfalias were the norm at 5Point’s Van Life Rally on April 27, so Casey O'Flannery and Laurie Lindberg’s 1969 Dodge stood out from the crowd. Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • Alice the magazine saw another strong turnout with its March for Science — the latest in its ongoing series of marches accompanying national protests. Next up, the Alice March for Climate Change will depart at 10 a.m. on April 29 from Cowen Drive and Highway 133 to coincide with the People's Climate Movement. 

  • Heather Craven prepares to move in the yoga pose “downward dog” as Aretha the cat calmly strolls by during the recent “Yoga with Cats” fundraiser in Colorado Animal Rescue cat room. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Breaking News

Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington this week informed the Town of Vail that he was pulling himself out of the running to become the new town manager there.
Referring to a phone call to the recruitment firm acting on Vail’s behalf, Harrington told The Sopris Sun, “I told him that, even if offered the job, I would not be accepting it.”
He said that family considerations played the biggest role in his decision, and that “there comes a time when money is not the main consideration” in whether to switch jobs, a reference to the fact that the Vail job carries a considerably higher salary than his current position, and comes with housing. Read more >

Latest News

The Dandelion Market in downtown Carbondale has been in financial trouble for some time, and following last week’s layoff of its general manager, Katrina Byars, may soon close or be transformed into a different kind of operation, representatives of the organization said this week.
But Byars and others remain determined to find ways to maintain some kind of outlet for locally generated produce, meats and processed foods that she said offers an alternative to the products sold at the Whole Foods Market in Willits. Read more >
Carbondale is projected to soon be home to a new, 16-unit teacher housing project, a new drive-through banking institution and a new downtown bar, following decisions by the Board of Trustees at the April 25 meeting at Town Hall.
The construction of a First Bank branch at the Carbondale Marketplace/City Market site, however, is dependent on final plat approval for the grocery store, which on Tuesday was put off for the fifth time due to a requested extension by the store’s owners and is not due for another vote by the trustees until June 28. Read more >
Get your kids hooked on theater early with “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” part of Thunder River Theatre Company’s ongoing effort to engage new audiences.
Based on the beloved children’s book series, directed by Wendy Moore and starring Jennetta Howell as the titular character, it runs April 29-30 at 4 p.m. and May 13-14 at both 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and is perfect for youngsters ages five to 10 and their families.
It’s a refreshing challenge for Moore to dabble in theatre for children — albeit with adult actors.
“The principals are the same,” she noted. “I try to make children’s theater as real as adult theater.” Read more >
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) would have gotten an earful on April 21 in Glenwood Springs, had he stopped to chat with protesters outside the Hotel Colorado demanding that he hold Town Hall meetings with constituents rather than restricting himself to private fundraising gatherings with supporters.
The senator was in town as a guest at a Garfield County Republican Party dinner, meant to raise money for local party candidates.
Gardner, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2015, has not held a Town Hall meeting for constituents during the most recent Congressional recess, which ran from April 10-21, or apparently during previous 2017 recess sessions, according to his critics and his website. Read more >
April 28, 1977: An ad hoc group called the Redstone Hot Springs Foundation scheduled a meeting at the Crystal Theatre to determine what, “if anything,” should be done with the Penny Hot Springs between Carbondale and Redstone. Locals, including Crystal River Valley resident Roy Rickus, created the foundation after an upstream property owner “buried” the mineral hot springs, located alongside Highway 133. Read more >
Colorado Mountain College is celebrating 50 years of operation this year, and while Uncle Jimmy’s Pig Roast and Carnival at the Spring Valley Campus on April 28 is certainly a local celebration, there are plenty of stories even closer to home.
For Debra Burleigh, who worked for CMC in Carbondale for most of the ‘90s and served as the location director on several occasions, the defining moment was in January 1995, when Ginny Lappala paid her a visit. Ginny and her late husband Paul were familiar faces at the school, and Ginny recently read an article about how the school was struggling to secure space as its numerous leases began to expire. She had spoken with her heirs and had decided to offer CMC half a block of property across the alley from their old house downtown. Read more >