Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper

  • Folks behind the Fair: Mark Taylor, James Gorman and Jeff Britt carry a scrim into Sopris Park during setup Wednesday. Read more
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

  • Nick Penzel and Wes Engstrom spent a year and a half building a river-worthy dory as a high school woodshop project. Read more >
    Courtesy photo

  • The third session of the MARBLE marble symposium kicks off this weekend, with artists from near and far learning and working.
    Photo by Will Grandbois

  • Alpine Animal Hospital is giving kids the opportunity to mount up, can brush, pet and kiss horses at the Wild West Rodeo.
    Photo by Jane Bachrach

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Carbondale is beginning to rub off on Clay Center Resident Artist Collette Spears.
In the year since her last solo show, her intricate, double walled carving style has given way to more experimentation and less perfectionism — a mirror, perhaps, of a new philosophy. “Art, for me, has always been in some way a reflection of the life I’m living,” she said. “Growing up, everyone always asked about my career and how I was going to fund my life. Here, people don’t care what you do as long as you’re happy. People have very balanced lives here, which is the influence I think I needed.” Read more >
Michael Brune, the executive director of the national Sierra Club, told an audience of some three dozen in Carbondale on June 29 that he got his first taste of environmental awareness while growing up near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. He recalled that hospitals were dumping medical waste that often turned up on beaches in the form of used needles and other potentially infectious equipment, and area chemical companies were dumping vast amounts of their own waste into the ocean, which together rendered the beaches all but unusable for nearby residents and visitors alike. Read more >
July 7, 1977: Prominent Crystal Valley painter Jack Roberts released a 220-page book of illustrations and prose entitled “The Amazing Adventures of Lord Gore.” Despite Gore’s prominence — his name is applied to a pass, a peak, a range, a canyon, a lake and more — information was few and far between and no photos or portraits were to be found, making the work a challenge even for an artist of Roberts’ caliber. Read more >
Start with what you have. That’s the sentiment of Garfield County resident and properties-owner John Powers, and it’s why he commissioned the Colorado National Heritage Program (CNHP) to bring in almost 20 scientists, student interns and expert volunteers for five days to survey the species that also call his Spring Valley and Rifle Creek ranches home. Read more >
After consuming over 100 acres in a few hours on July 3, the Grand Hogback Fire near New Castle appears to have laid down and stayed put with at least 50 percent containment, according to Garfield County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Walt Stowe.
"It didn't really spread much beyond that," he said. "We had a good breeze through come through (July 4) that would have flared anything up that wasn't pretty well out." Read more >
It may sound mundane, but for a lot of locals — human and otherwise — a lot depends on the seasonal and shorter patterns of temperature and precipitation. That’s particularly evident in the winter, when ski resorts track the snowpack in daily detail, but they’re not the only ones watching. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is in charge of estimating the amount of water that will trickle down from the Rockies toward the Pacific Ocean April through July. Read more >