Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Wexner fight not over, new group plans appeal

    Organizers say they are likely to appeal the recent denial of at least one of three protests filed over a controversial land swap between the federal Bureau of Land Management and an Aspen couple, Leslie and Abigail Wexner, involving land at the base of Mt. Sopris near Carbondale. The appeal, according to area resident Anne Rickenbaugh, would be based on arguments that the BLM undervalued the public lands included in the exchange, by calculating the public lands’ value according to appraisal standards that assumed public ownership, instead of appraisals based on private-land values. “They didn’t apply the free-market standards at all,” said Rickenbaugh, “even though they could have.” Rickenbaugh is the board secretary of the Colorado Wild Public Lands, Inc. (CWPL), a relatively new organization which has members throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, which filed one of the protests over the land swap. read more →
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    Crystal Village Plaza sold to billionaire developer

    Carbondale’s second-oldest shopping center, the Crystal Village Plaza at the southwest corner of Highway 133 and Main Street, has been sold to a nationally-ranked real estate investment company with ties to the Walton family, of Wal-Mart fame. Neill Taylor, a resident of River Valley Ranch and former co-owner of the shopping center, confirmed on Monday that the property had been sold recently to the Kroenke Group, headquartered in Missouri, though he would say no more. “The rest of it is under a confidentiality agreement,” he told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Administrators post memo on Sirko controversy

    Following a Sopris Sun guest opinion on Nov. 20 that publicized Superintendent Diana Sirko’s request to have her contract extended, the Roaring Fork School District Executive Team e-mailed the following memo to school district staff members. The Sun asked for and received a copy of the memo and prints it here in its entirety: read more →
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    Phillips stars in “The Creep Behind the Camera”

    Roaring Fork Valley resident Josh Phillips stars in the feature film “The Creep Behind the Camera,” which will play for one day only at the Crystal Theatre at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6. Originally from northern California, Phillips has been an on-again, off again Carbondale resident since the early 1990’s. While he is well known in the valley as an accomplished rock/blues guitarist, Phillips also has an acting career that many were unaware of, according to a press release. Long-time locals may remember him as the front man for 12BarFlies, Big Swifty, Zec Nebula, Fire In the Asylum, and more recently Betty Ford Explorer, The Roosters, and the acoustic duo Josh and Ananda. After spending the 1990’s in the Roaring Fork Valley as a ski-lift operator by day and rocker by night, Phillips headed back to Los Angeles where he spent 11 years working as an actor in films, television shows, commercials, video games and anime voice-overs. Upon returning to Colorado in 2010, one of his Los Angeles contacts suggested that Phillips read for the starring role of Vic Savage in a Colorado Springs-based independent film. read more →
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    ‘How to Succeed’ set to take Carbondale by storm

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    CDOT closing in on final Highway 133 design

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    Fire restrictions begin for Garfield County, BLM land

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    Meet Pa Fig: Hat-shaper with worldwide clientele

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    Music festival finding its niche

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    Tourism council promotes C’dale on a shoe-string