Stuff by Ken Pletcher

  • Locations: News Published

    Counting folks during a pandemic

    The decennial census of U.S. citizens, mandated by the Constitution (Article I, Section 2), is a daunting task in any year. In 2020, however, the national enumeration has been particularly challenging, principally because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which early in the count process prevented census workers fromread more →

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    Our Town: Miles Phillips —“I just like making things”

    The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before – a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week we caught up with Miles Phillips, musician, instrument maker and metal worker.

    Q: You and [step-brother James Steindler] grew up… read more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Did corona pay a visit? Well, maybe

    I’m a healthy guy; almost never get sick. It’s pretty much been like that since getting my tonsils out decades ago. Oh, I had the childhood diseases one got back before modern vaccines — measles, chicken pox — and occasionally I’ve been knocked out by some kind ofread more →

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    Death in the time of coronavirus

    Among the myriad ways our lives have been changed, disrupted and put on hold by this unprecedented health crisis, one of the most difficult aspects has been how to deal with death. Losing a loved one is often one of the most traumatic experiences during “normal” times, butread more →

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    Grocery shopping in the time of COVID-19

    My wife and I are both “senior citizens,” and while that status does have its perks — free rides on RFTA, discounted Skico season passes — it also has apparently become a liability in this age of the coronavirus pandemic. We are in one of the at-risk more →

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    Marty Stouffer — Mr. ‘Wild America,’ valley resident

    It was nearly two years ago, and my wife and I were trying to figure out how to get a heavy sofa sleeper out of our son’s pickup and into our house. A vehicle pulled up, a fellow hopped out and offered to lend a hand. Moments later, mission… read more →

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    A brief history of the ‘dog park’

    Contrary to the article in the Jan. 9 edition of The Sopris Sun, the Carbondale Nature Preserve was purchased outright from the previous owners, the Delaney family. A clarification was published in the paper the following week, but we thought it would be useful to our readership toread more →

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    Rookie on Richmond Ridge — my day of avalanche training

    I am pretty new to Alpine Touring (AT). Before my son booked us a three-day hut trip over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, I had taken just a couple of day trips into the backcountry and a bunch of skins up Tiehack and main Buttermilk. Mountainread more →

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    Parks & Recreation releases Dog Park survey

    Should there be changes at the Carbondale Nature Preserve (CNP) — known to most as Delaney Dog Park?

    That is what the Carbondale Parks & Recreation Department wants to know. Parks & Rec Director Eric Brendlinger thinks some issues need to be addressed, while others like dog owner… read more →

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    Art career after the video store

    Staci Dickerson is having her first solo art show this month and next. She readily admits that it’s a big deal for her.

    For longtime Carbondale residents, her name might more immediately conjure up fond memories of the popular video rental shop that she ran hereread more →