Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Evacuation order lifted in Red Canyon Fire

    Update: As of Friday morning, the evacuation order for homes near the Red Canyon Fire has been lifted. The fire is now 75% contained and several engines and two SEATs have been released from duty. *** Though the plume of smoke that shrouded the lower Valley on Monday evening has mostly dissipated, the Red Canyon Fire continues to burn along the flank of Lookout Mountain. For newcomers to the area, it’s an unnerving welcome to the arid West. For longtime locals, it dredges up not-to-distant memories of 2002’s Coal Seam fire, which torched more than ten thousand acres and at least two dozen homes, and 1994’s Storm King fire, which claimed the lives of fourteen firefighters.

    At an estimated 390 acres, the Red Canyon Fire has not yet approached the severity of either. After it’s initial flare up from 15 to 150 acres on Monday evening, the fire progressed fitfully, making short runs through mixed pinyon-juniper with islands of sage. Containment is at 27%, with about 100 personnel; two helicopters, two single engine and two heavy air tankers; and roughly 20 engines assigned to fight the fire. Although resources have been difficult to obtain due to other fires across the west, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team A has been assigned to Red Canyon, and took command Wednesday at 6 am MST. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Proof of Heaven: An Evening with Dr. Eben Alexander

    What happens when a renowned scientist has an experience of the afterlife that changes the way he looks at … everything? Find out this Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Roaring Fork High School auditorium when bestselling author Dr. Eben Alexander pays a special visit to Carbondale. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery of Tibet visit C’dale

    Monks from the 600-year-old Gaden Shartse Monastery of Tibet visit Carbondale for presentations on Aug. 12-14. They are being hosted by Davi Nikent and Green Weaver. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Historic Thompson House makes national register

    The historic Thompson House, Carbondale’s pioneer-home museum, is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places. The announcement was made by Beth White, executive director of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society, on Monday. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

    Carbondale restaurant-owner Freddy Argueta Cabrera, 39, is the prime suspect in a fatal shooting after turning himself into Mesa County law enforcement authorities on Aug. 1, according to a Garfield County sheriff’s department press release. Cabrera owns El Horizonte restaurants in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, and lives in Blue Lake in El Jebel. The shooting victim was a 21-year-old male and an employee at the Carbondale El Horizonte. An 18-year-old woman female was also shot in the incident and airlifted to a hospital in Denver. According to published reports, the shooting took place at about 11 p.m. on July 31 at a south Glenwood Springs apartment complex near the Roaring Fork River on County Road 154. A Garfield County sheriff’s department spokesman said an investigation is under way. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Letters, 8/1/13

    Mountain Fair thanks • A fair adventure • Lovin' the burlesque • Over turning two • Remember Randy Udall • Divide thanks • Bait and switch • Elizabeth Warren rocks • Take a hike • Get engaged on Highway 82 • Pour House thanks • Remembering Drew read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Ps & Qs: A hitchhiker’s guide to Highway 133

    One of my favorite books of all time is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” It contains truths that I’m certain are universal. And yes, I believe in aliens. Mostly because I find it incredibly arrogant to think we are the only life forms out there, but also because it’s lonely and sad to think that we’re as good as it gets. (And I am not alone in my belief. Astronaut Gordon Cooper believed in aliens, probably because he went to space, where they live, as does the Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Canadian minister of national defense. Believe in aliens, I mean; I do not think that the former Minister lives in space). read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Carbondalians hit the books, launch “encore careers”

    Mark Chain, Shelle de Beque and her husband Hank van Berlo, all of whom are 60ish, are planning or engaged with “encore careers.” They are part of a national trend. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    First Friday heads to the beach

    This month’s First Friday on Aug. 2 heads to the beach, with live music, limbo, Hula-Hoop contests, a conga line down Main Street and goldfish races in front of the Black Nugget. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Rico connecting Carbondale to a corn revolution

    Just before Dandelion Day in May, Carbondale resident Alejandra Rico launched a campaign to raise awareness and funds to support an independent documentary film, “Sunnú”, about the struggle of indigenous northern Mexican communities to preserve their native corn seed and their way of life. read more →