Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Local thrift stores accept gently used items … but only during store hours. Volunteers at the Near New thrift store, pictured above, are constantly managing the trash piles that are left on the front step. Carbondale Hazardous Waste Day is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue. Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • Volunteers dig in to build new parks as part of Rio Grande ARTway. Photo by Trina Ortega

  • Gaby Santano goes for the kill in a set against the Basalt Longhorns Oct. 5. The Rams fought hard but lost all three games. 
    Photo by Trina Ortega

  • Alpine Animal Hospital won for best commercial float in the Potato Parade on Oct 7. Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • The Roaring Fork High concert and jazz bands joined forces with Glenwood Springs High music students to blast out some tunes during the Potato Day Parade. Student combos and ensembles also took to the gazebo stage at Sopris Park while community members enjoyed brisket and baked potatoes. Photo by Jane Bachrach

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I opened the door to the stairwell and found myself face to face with a trio of living dead. With a weapon in each hand, I did my best to fend them off — but even as I dispatched his brethren, one broke through my defenses and, with a touch, made me one of them. “Humans vs. Zombies,” a sort of team-based marathon game of tag, has become a popular activity on college campuses since Brad Sappington and Chris Weed did it at Goucher in 2005. The full rules are available at, but while we’re taking inspiration there for a new activity, The Sopris Sun is changing things up. Read more >

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Years of planning and discussion between the town of Carbondale and the Colorado Department of Transportation will translate into actual construction this September, when crews begin removing power lines along Highway 133.
Electric, cable TV and fiber-optic lines should be completely relocated and buried by November, opening the door to a major overhaul of the highway itself in April-October 2014. A third traffic lane will be added in the center of the highway to function as a left-turn lane for both northbound and southbound cars, and a new roundabout will take the place of the existing signalized intersection at Main Street and 133.
While they’re at it, crews will also make a series of pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented improvements — adding paved trails and crosswalks to ease travel along the highway and across the highway. Read more >
With a recent investment in energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration, Mi Casita in Carbondale was able to cut its utility bills by 15–25 percent.
Owner Kiko Peña has replaced all 67 light bulbs in his authentic Mexican restaurant — a combination of multi-lamp chandeliers and recessed cans in the ceiling — along with several fluorescent kitchen fixtures. Read more >
Dolores Way is one of Carbondale’s more problematic streets and most of it isn’t even in the town limits.
Coming into Carbondale on Highway 133 from Highway 82, Dolores Way is the first right-turn option. It leads past the blue-roofed Ajax Bike & Sports, then into unincorporated Garfield County and greater Satank itself before dead-ending at the Roaring Fork bridge. Read more >
Local llama rancher Linda Hayes has opened her barn to rescued and surrendered llamas. The ranch, Llama Linda Ranch, is now an official adoption center for South West Llama Rescue (SWLR).
“With the poor economy, price of hay and aging llama owners, many are giving up their animals to new homes,” said Hayes Read more >