Sopris Sun

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Columns

On Oct. 19, I volunteered for house arrest. I choose to go into sanctuary to avoid being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — to avoid being placed in an immigration system that’s broken. In case you have not already read my story, I was put into the deportation system when I was wrongfully arrested in 2010 after one of my kids dialed 911 and hung up. Read more >
The U.S. is now top-of-the-heap worldwide when it comes to mass shootings. Under the definition used by the Gun Violence Archive – that four or more people shot killed in roughly the same place and time equals a “mass shooting” – we’re now experiencing seven such incidents a week.
It’s an everyday event. Read more >
There’s a resounding silence from people like me who dread conflict and public scrutiny — who aren’t homeowners, bike commuters or recreationists. So I’d like to speak quietly about Nature, to you.
Before the Rio Grand Trail ran beyond the Catherine Store Bridge, I used to explore those tracks with my dog. It had a magic aura to it: generations ago, this area was altered by a man-made path, a railroad. Read more >
My greatest fear is that the light at the end of the tunnel, that bright light people report seeing when they have a near-death experience, is the overhead light in the delivery room, and we go from one life to another without so much as a nap.
“I said, but I’m tired.” – George Thorogood Read more >
Nothing makes you appreciate someone like their absence, and over the past month almost everyone at The Sopris Sun has taken some time away.
I actually started the trend myself by taking off for Canadian Thanksgiving with my family in Windsor, Ontario. I skipped town right after Potato Day and missed almost a week of newspapering, including the big internet outage and some important breaking news. Didn’t notice my absence? That’s all thanks to Trina Ortega, The Sun’s original editor. Few people in my position have ever had access to such a talented substitute. I am immensely grateful. Read more >
I see through the local papers that the proposed Crystal Valley trail is still being considered for placement on the east side of the Crystal River. This controversial placement has been discussed and rejected by the public, local governments, local environmental organizations and the state Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division (CPW). Read more >
When I heard that rock icon Tom Petty passed away, it hit me harder than I expected. He somehow felt like a friend who helped me get through some tough times. I know, that’s totally ridiculous because I never even met the dude. But his music brought me comfort through the prickly years of adolescence and solace during the anxious years when I found myself living away from home for the first time. Read more >
“You’re not special enough to overcome a bad marriage.” That line, from the 1983 film “Terms of Endearment,” set my teeth on edge when I first heard it.
Decades later, I think that Shirley MacLaine’s character, Aurora Greenway, had a point. It flies in the face of my feminist credentials to say so, but marrying the wrong man is probably the worst mistake a young woman can make. Read more >
Did you know that the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, answers more than 1,200 emergency 911 calls annually? Seems like a lot of fires, right? On average, Carbondale Fire responds to 420 emergency fire calls and nearly 800 emergency medical calls annually. How does that work, you might ask? Read more >
Don’t forget! Humans vs. Vampires begins Friday the 13th. Get your ribbons at Bonfire Coffee or Dandelion Market. You can still sign up after the official start, but your chances of winning decrease the more you delay. Start as a human with a yellow ribbon clearly displayed around your wrist. Vampires can’t tag you when you’re actively holding a copy of The Sopris Sun. If you put it down or stash it in your back pocket, one little tag and you’re one of them. Surrender your human ribbon to your sire, don the red one and begin seeking out your prey. Read more >