Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Pot a no brainer, voters nuke fire-tax hike

    An interesting year: 2013 Even for Carbondale — which in recent years saw residents slap a 20 cent fee on paper bags at City Market in order to protect the environment, and hammered shopping-center developers so badly they have yet to return – the year 2013 was an interesting one. While other towns and counties dithered, dathered and weaseled around with whether to allow licensed stores to sell marijuana, the Carbondale Board of Trustees barely nodded to each other before plowing into an eventual nine-month discussion that would result in ordinances that allow up to five “pot shops” to sell limited amounts of the still federally-banned plant in 2014. Meanwhile, a special taxing district (in this case the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District), got the word from voters loud and clear they did not want to pay more money in the form of increased property taxes, even though it could mean emergency response times might be slower than in previous years. On a sunnier note, Carbondale Mountain Fair started charging for folks who want to enjoy the festivities under private shade tents; town trustees gave an internationally known sculptor the old library building for $1 a year so he can display his work under the auspices of a museum; and the 100+year-old Thompson House received federal historic designation status. read more →
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    Firefighters knock down blaze

    Dec. 15 at 6:37 p.m., the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged for a report of a structure fire at 251 Bobcat Lane, (Redstone Ranch Acres subdivision) Redstone, according to a press release. Upon firefighters arrival, flames were visible outside the chimney chase. The first fire officer on scene worked with a neighbor and they were able to keep the fire from spreading until the first fire engine arrived. read more →
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    Fire district slashes budget, cuts services for 2014

    Faced with a projected $1 million decrease in property tax revenues for 2014, the Carbondale Fire District will dip into its reserves to the tune of $700,000 next year and also cut services or programs, such as the Wildfire Patrol that puts crews on the ground to locate and fight fires before they spread. The cuts come after the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s five-member board approved a 2014 budget of approximately $2 million on Dec. 11, down about $1.2 million from 2013 due to a decline in property values. read more →
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    TRTC’s “The Fourposter”: a charming romp

    If you didn’t catch the opening performances of “The Fourposter” at Thunder River Theater last weekend, you have four more chances to see this delightful play. Performances continue this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with shows at 7:30 p.m. each evening. read more →
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    Clay Center moves closer to fund-raising goal

    Carbondale’s last First Friday of 2013 was one of the coldest in memory, topping out at about 17 degrees. That didn’t deter the steadfast community spirit that permeates all First Friday events however, as the streets were filled with crowds of bundled up revelers. After the lighting ceremony, caroling kids, Santa visit and marshmallow roasting at Fourth Street Plaza, restaurants and bars filled up with shivering souls looking to get warm. But a good majority set their sights on another target at the east end of town: the annual Benefit Cup Auction at the Carbondale Clay Center. read more →
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    On the passing of Ray Adams

    Many of us who migrate from here and there to someplace else arrive as righteous pilgrims aspiring to liberations of one sort or another. Just such a pilgrim I once met a long. long time ago in a galaxy far, far away in Nexus 81623. The pilgrim’s name was Ray Adams. read more →
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    Trustees ask RFTA to sideline circulator until 2014

    Prompted by complaints from a bus rider, the town trustees voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to ask RFTA to delay its Carbondale circulator bus until 2014. Joanne Teeple told the trustees Tuesday night she was “disgruntled” and “disgusted” over the new circulator route, which RFTA will implement on Dec. 14, and that other riders are “fairly apoplectic.” read more →
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    Coredination moves to Bridges, triples its space

    When Anthony and Alexandra Jerkunica opened Coredination: A Movement Studio in Carbondale in 2004, they introduced the Roaring Fork Valley to a new approach of offering pilates, yoga and ballet instruction under one roof. “The three (disciplines) compliment and support each other,” Alexandra told The Sopris Sun. The husband/wife team expanded to the Third Street Center three years ago and have now moved to the Bridges Center on Sopris Avenue. “We’re in the west wing and we’ve tripled our space.” read more →
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    Light Up Carbondale closes out First Fridays 2013

    It takes six miles of wire, 682 rolls/strands and 30,000 individual lights to officially light up Carbondale. Throw in privately owned lights and what do you get? Light Up Carbondale, as the 2013 First Friday close out on Dec. 6. read more →
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    RFHS reverses trend: enrollment at all-time high

    With the October count tallied and reviewed, enrollment at Roaring Fork High School is at an all time high of 335 students, according to school district officials. That’s up 8 percent from last year and up 17 percent from the decade low of 290 in 2011-12. It also marks the first time since 2007 that the incoming class at the high school exceed the combined exiting classes of Carbondale Middle and Carbondale Community School. The figures suggest the school might be regaining momentum as a choice for students and their parents, and also has immediate implications for academic funding. read more →