Stuff by Ken Pletcher

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    Carbondale Fire acquires new equipment

    The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) announced in mid-March that it had recently received shipment of five pieces of new fire-fighting equipment. Included were three fire trucks and two water tenders (tanker trucks).
    The fire trucks are replacing ageing equipment at the Marble, Redstone and Missouri Heights… read more →

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    Solar power initiative brought to Garfield County

    On March 1, Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) kicked off Solarize Garfield County (Solarize), a three-month initiative intended to increase the number of residences in Garfield County utilizing solar power generation. The Solarize program is a component of GCE’s overall objectives of increasing energy production from renewable resources, increasing energy efficiency… read more →

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    A caboose comes to Carbondale

    A caboose, you say? Here in Carbondale? Well, yes, right behind the big yellow house at the corner of 3rd and Capitol. So how did that get here and when? It’s a good story, but first …

    The house
    According to a survey of historic structures put out by… read more →

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    LEAD students get Wilderness First Aid training

    A LEAD student practices cleansing a simulated wound on Buddy Program instructor John Brasier. Photo by Ken Pletcher.

    Over the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, The Buddy Program held Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training events for high school students in Rifle and Basalt.…

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    Our Town - Meet Ed Holub, our bona fide Deadhead

    Q: Where did you grow up?
    A: In New Jersey. I lived in Newark for 13 years and then moved to a place called Cranford. My parents were both Polish immigrants. My dad was taken to Siberia during World War II, and my mom was run out of her… read more →

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    Local schools struggle with tough pandemic-era semester

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a level of disruption, uncertainty and hardship unprecedented in our country and the world. This has been especially true for our education system at all levels, which has faced enormous challenges in how to conduct cohesive, sustained and effective instruction at a… read more →

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    Restaurants deal with mixed COVID directives

    Text by Ken Pletcher
    Photos by Laurel Smith

    On Dec. 10, Garfield County’s COVID-19 status was changed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) from orange (“high risk”) to red (“severe risk”). Per CDPHE rules, it meant that restaurants were no longer permitted to have in-house… read more →

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    Wolves winning by a whisker

    Proposition 114, the ballot initiative mandating the reintroduction of gray wolves into Western Colorado by the end of 2023, appears to have been approved by voters by the slimmest of margins in the Nov. 3 election. The overall unofficial tally, as of press time, gave those for theread more →

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    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 →