Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Rancher, ex-Congressman Mike Strang dies at 84

    Mike Strang wore many hats — jean-clad rancher, businessman, and tuxedoed auctioneer, perennial MC at numerous events and devoted family man — but there was one hat he wore most of the time. “He could wear a cowboy hat to almost any event,” daughter Bridget Strang told The Sopris Sun on Wednesday afternoon. Strang passed away at his Missouri Heights ranch on Jan. 12. He was 84. read more →
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    Hoopsters return to the court

    After a mixed start in December, the Roaring Fork High School basketball season returns in earnest this week, with both teams traveling to Gunnison on Jan. 10 and hosting Glenwood Springs on Jan. 11. The boys enter the month at 3-2, with a pair of losses at their own Brenda Patch Tournament followed by a series of victories over Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Olathe. That’s a better record than the Gunnison boys’ 1-5, but falls short of Glenwood’s six game domination last month. read more →
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    History in the remaking

    A distinguished old dame with a checkered past recently had some major work done, in order to, in the words of construction specialist David Fischer, “bring her back to her former luster.” Fischer was the contractor chosen to renovate the building on 55 N. Fourth St. that private account manager Ron Speaker is leasing from Tom Bailey, who purchased it in 2001 through an LLC called Morningwood. read more →
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    Obamacare: deadlines, misunderstandings and such

    If you missed the December deadline to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, you can breathe a small sigh of relief. The open enrollment period to get coverage for 2014 continues through March. But local insurance brokers are advising individuals who still need to sort out their coverage or who need new plans altogether to sign up for a plan sooner versus later. “Don’t wait till the last minute,” said April Trulove of Martin Insurance Group in Carbondale. “This is a yearlong decision; you don’t make a decision like this on the fly. You want to make sure you’re making the right decision for your needs.” read more →
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    "Let Them Roar": The Band Formerly Known as "All The Pretty Horses"

    When Carbondale band "All the Pretty Horses" announced the retirement of their old name at their Dia de Los Muertos concert in November, some folks drew comparisons to Prince's 1993 moniker change. But by the time this issue hits the stands, fears that the band will adopt an unpronounceable symbol as their new name will have proven unfounded. After nearly two months of input and discussion; Oliva Pevec, Mateo Sandáte, Ashton Taufer, Frank Martin, Aaron Taylor, and Sophia Clark will be known collectively as "Let them Roar". read more →
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    Jump-starting English language instruction in RE-1

    “It’s like we’re at the starting line and we’re ready to floor it.” That’s how Amy Galicia describes the RE-1 school district’s readiness to address the needs of English language learners. Galicia was hired this past summer as the new coordinator of the district’s English Language Development program (ELD). read more →
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    Ivone Muñoz: Remembrances from friends, co-workers, students

    Ivone Munoz, most recently an English Language Learner teacher at Roaring Fork High School, died on Dec. 27 following a long battle with cancer. Muñoz, 40, was a Carbondale native and mother of four, with an extended family that included her grandmother, parents, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Here are some recently compiled remembrances and those included in a Sopris Sun article: “I have a single word to describe Ivone: graceful. The way she advocated for her students, made her disagreements known, led her life, accepted her illness, and left this world were done with a grace that few people share.” — Sharon Moya read more →
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    After almost 10 years, Russets closing its doors

    The rumors have been confirmed. Sunday, Jan. 5, will be the last day of business at Russets restaurant. After just shy of 10 years of operation, including the recession’s rough years, owners Sue and Claude Van Horton are hanging up their hats. The decision is, according to Sue, purely economic. Although billed as a “neighborhood restaurant and bar,” the establishment has a reputation for fine dining that has been both a blessing and a curse. When the eatery opened in February 2004, times were good and people had income to spare. When things got tough, Sue surmises, people didn’t think of Russets as a place to just grab an appetizer and glass of wine. Since word began to get out that they’re closing their doors, they’ve been packed almost every night. Folks are eager to get one last taste of their favorite dishes. In particular, the wild mushroom soup and lobster bisque have been in great demand. read more →
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    Scuttlebutt

    Secret revealed on Dec. 31 “It’s a secret,” according to vocalist Olivia Pevec. The band that she founded, formerly known as All the Pretty Horses, will perform at Steve’s Guitars on New Year’s Eve. Not only will the band reveal its “secret” that evening, it is also the official release of their new EP, which they’ve been working on for the last two years. “Actually, it’s the coming out party for our new name,” Pevec told The Sopris Sun in an exclusive interview. Although she won’t reveal the moniker before the night of Dec. 31, she did say that “it’s inspired by audience participation and it contains a local reference.” The reason the band changed their name, she said, is mostly for Internet search reasons but also because they have grown a lot from their beginnings. Band members include Pevec, Mateo Sandate, Aaron Taylor, Ashton Taufer, Frank Martin and Sophia Clark. read more →