Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • A moment between Ray Adams and Cully Crumpacker captured for an award winning cover 40 years ago. Read more >
    Photo by Rebecca Young

  • Lucky for Batcat, his human, Brian Buell, takes him for at least one walk every day. 
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • Best wishes to Matt Roeser and Gwen Garcelon on their engagement. 
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • CRES students performed an array of patriotic songs to honor visiting veterans on Nov. 10.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

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It’s officially open enrollment season, and those “hunting” for affordable healthcare plans in the Valley may be in for less-than-pleasant, though not surprising, sticker shock: premiums for plans not sponsored by an employer are about 27 percent higher than last year — and that’s just on average. It’s a symptom of a systemic issue, at least according to Drs. Lauren Whittaker and Jade Wimberley, co-owners of Lux Wellness Center in Carbondale. Read more >
While interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers declines nationwide, local schools and organizations are finding ways to take potentially stuffy topics and make them engaging and hands on. Case in point, Family Science Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Basalt Middle School. It’s a five year tradition made fresh by a new partnership with the Aspen Science Center. For $10 — register in advance at — fourth through eighth graders and their families will have a chance to answer questions like… Read more >
For 41 years, local artists have been convening annually to sell their wares at the Emma Schoolhouse Christmas Bazaar just west of Basalt. This year is no exception, and about a dozen artists will be selling a range of hand crafted goods at the first schoolhouse built in the area. It marks a great opportunity to complete some holiday shopping for everyone on the list, as well as a chance to meet the local artists in an intimate, culturally significant setting. Read more >
Nov. 10, 1977: A soft spoken outlaw with “some kind of accent” was still on the loose after walking into Roaring Fork Bank (now Alpine Bank) with a .375 magnum revolver and getting away with a day-pack full of bills. Bank president Lynn Pittman refused to divulge the exact amount stolen, but the Journal estimated it at between $5,000 and $15,000. Read more >
Ballot Issue 4B, which would have authorized the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees to increase its mill levy to offset revenue losses in the event of a Gallagher-mandated tax assessment rate decrease, has apparently failed. The preliminary results, which totaled at 32,334 votes, show a 47 to 53 percent defeat for the measure. Read more >
Garfield County voters rejected a tax increase of $3.42 per $100,000 of assessed property value that would have supported seven historical societies located in Garfield County. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday night, unofficial results showed Measure 1A losing with 3473 votes in favor and 4399 against it. Out of 7872 votes, 55 percent of voters were turning thumbs down. Read more >
Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District will get three more years at their current property tax level, if preliminary election results are any guide. Voters across the district’s three counties came out almost two to one in favor of measure 4C, with 1,421 votes for and 796 against. Read more >
It happens to many of us as we shoot past the fish hatchery on Highway 133: that deep, relaxing breath many of us take as we motor upvalley into the land of the unplugged. Up ahead, the horizon is wide, embraced by familiar peaks brushing blue skies. Green pastures flood the valley floor. Cottonwood and willow flow with the gentle tumble of the Crystal River and irrigation ditches. Their clear yellow tops mingle with the jewel tones of the landscape, a dazzling tapestry billowing across the skirts of Sopris. Read more >