Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • This year’s agility championships are dedicated to Bill Lukes, who helped bring it to Carbondale. Read more >
    File photo by Jane Bachrach

  • The Dead Iron Mule sits today in a meadow along the North Lost Creek Trail. Read more >
     Photo by Justin Patrick

  • CARE's “Dressed to the K9s” fundraiser lived up to its name as animals and people flaunted their outfits on and off-stage.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • This huge evergreen on Red Hill was struck by lightning during last week’s thunderstorm and split in pieces.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Due to the omission of a header, two items in this week's print calendar — "African Dance" and "Brainstorm" — appear to be taking place on the wrong day. Both events are on Monday, Sept. 25. Read more >

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For founder Aisha Weinhold, the reality of this weekend’s third annual flagship No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is a trip.“Oh my gosh, being in The Sopris Sun, and showing the films at the Crystal, I feel like I made it, This is a Carbondale girl’s dream!” says Weinhold, a cereal box cover of wholesome goodness. At 25, Weinhold is an alpinist, trail runner and business woman. Read more >
Carbondale's elected leaders decided on Sept. 12 that they need to get a little tougher in enforcing the town's ordinances aimed at requiring local households to have bear-proof containers, though the exact nature of the changes has yet to be decided.
At the very least, it appears that starting next spring the town will be requiring local homeowners to have certified bear-proof trash containers and to closely follow the town's schedule for putting the trash out on the street for pickup. Read more >
A local non-profit since 1970, COMPASS… For Lifelong Learning operates two public, tuition free K-8 charter schools serving 270 students in the valley: Aspen Community School and Carbondale Community School. COMPASS is pleased to welcome two educational leaders to the organization.
Michael Hayes has been hired as the Executive Director of COMPASS, following the retirement of Skye Skinner who held the post for 22 years. Read more >
The battle over the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which came to a head on Sept. 5 when President Donald Trump announced he would end the program in six months, has barely begun, according to published national reports and comments by local immigration advocates in the Roaring Fork Valley region.
In fact, Colorado immigration activists have scheduled a statewide DACA registration drive for Sept. 16 at the Glenwood Springs High School, starting at 1 p.m., to help current DACA recipients whose documentation will expire on or before March 5, 2018 — shortly before the deadline Trump has given for shutting down the DACA program. Read more >
Sept. 17, 1987: Albert Cerise, former manager of the Carbondale Potato Growers Association, reflected on the days when potatoes were the area’s main cash crop. Literally tons of potatoes would go out every morning by rail, he told the Journal, particularly during World War II. Read more >
"If you’re not pissin’ people off, you’re not doing your job."
That’s what veteran journalist John Colson remembers Publisher Bil Dunaway telling him one day in the early 1980s, after a pack of prominent Carbondalians spent the better part of an hour complaining about the way Colson ran The Valley Journal, which Dunaway owned then.
It has become something of a mantra for Colson, who at 66 is retiring from The Sopris Sun this week after almost 40 years of newspapering from Rifle to Aspen. Read more >
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) has made numerous arrests following an almost two-year investigation, according to a pair of press releases from the interagency task force on Sept. 11. Read more >
When Brett Stringer, the new Roaring Fork High School principal, was a high schooler himself, he jumped at the opportunity to take a creative approach to his education. His history teacher offered students the option of writing papers or creating videos, and Stringer and his brother began shooting movies of themselves rolling down the street inside of a “time machine” (made out of a trash barrel) which would depart in a trail a flames (á la the movie Back to the Future) as it left their Colorado Springs neighborhood to transport them to another time and place, such as the landing of the Mayflower. Read more >