Stuff by Laurel Smith

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Can we ask schools to do the impossible?

    When I was a second grade teacher I set my watch’s second hand to match the clock in my classroom. 

    Every day, at 30 seconds past 9:28, my students split off into six different rooms to receive their small group reading instruction. As my students left,read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Our Town: Yarely Valasco connects cultures

    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 Yarely Valasco, a first generation American who was born in Aspen and just graduated…… read more →
  • Locations: Opinion Published

    To the class of 2020: I hope we are not forgotten

    After four years, last Friday I graduated from Colorado Mountain College with my A.A.S. in professional photography. It has been a long journey starting with taking night classes while still teaching elementary school fulltime and ending with one final Zoom critique at my kitchen table. 

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    Sunlight is closed

    Sunlight Mountain announces it is closed to all activates including uphill travel Skiers, snowboarders and uphill hikers fill Sunlight’s parking lot yesterday. Sunlight announced today that they will be closed to all uphill traffic in accordance to Colorado and Garfield County public health recommendations. Local and state health officials recommend… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Almost homeless

    The growing almost homeless population is a dire situation in the area according to Lynn Kirchner, real-estate agent at Amore Reality and volunteer with the non-profit organization Carbondale Homeless Assistance (CHA). “The recommendation for sustainable and healthy living is one to two years’ worth of savings. The situation is… read more →