Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper


Maybe you’re a poet — and you do know it. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at slam poetry, Friday might be your night. Alya’s Umbrella, Aspen Words and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) have collaborated to bring award-winning John “Meta” Sarmiento to the Temporary at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 for the first-ever poetry slam at the venue.Tickets are $8 in advance at and $11 at the door. Read more >
There are several reasons why one employee may receive higher compensation than another — education, experience and salary negotiations at the time of hiring, among others. But the numbers for Garfield County also reveal another discrepancy among incomes: gender. Men who are employed full time in Garfield County earn, on average, more than 1.5 times than a woman working full time, according to Data USA, an online platform for public, government-published data. The average income of a man in the area is $55,599, whereas the average income of a female is only $37,594. Read more >
Rocks talk to Garry Zabel, and he’s looking forward to sharing their stories.
“If you pick up a rock that has a ripple, it’s telling you something,” he said. “Every type of rock has characteristics that geologists know how to read.”
A professor emeritus at Colorado Mountain College, Zabel is perhaps best known for the field trips he leads to Utah and Arizona. As part of the ongoing Naturalist Nights speaker series, however, he’s preparing to tackle geology closer to home with a presentation at the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the next day in Aspen. Read more >
Until recently, sexual assault victims in the Valley had a choice: make the trek to Grand Junction or Frisco in order to obtain the medical exam often necessary for effective legal action or forgo that option. Valley View Hospital ended its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in 2012, leaving a void that could make someone’s worst day worse. Fortunately, the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA) has replaced that loss. Read more >
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay the United States Postal Service, but a dearth of workers can certainly gum up the works a bit. For the last few months, the Carbondale office has been struggling to get ahead after several employees left to pursue other opportunities and some of the remaining staff were affected by illness, injury and the like. Heading into the holidays down 20 percent of their staff and Sunday Amazon delivery suddenly added to their plate, they borrowed employees from other offices as far away as Delta, Montrose and Craig, worked long hours, and still found it an uphill battle. Read more >
Jan. 19, 1978: Aspen was experiencing a dearth of local seasonal help — with anywhere from 40 to 60 percent fewer employees available to each lodge than theoretically needed. “I have been doing maid work. My assistant manager has spent all day helping the housekeeping department,” said Mike Norton, president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Gant. Some business people put it down to the bad season the previous year (some have drawn comparisons between the winter of ’76-77 and the current one), while Norton blamed the cost of living. Read more >