Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Red Hill agreement a win win

    The Carbondale Board of Trustees on Jan. 23 unanimously approved a memorandum outlining how Aspen Valley Land Trust will transfer ownership of a 24.96 acre property at the base of Red Hill to the Town. Although both organizations have considered attempting to buy the land in the past but it only become financially viable when the asking price was reduced last year. read more →
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    Former Ram garners state recognition

    This week, the Colorado High School Activities Association reiterated what many Carbondalians have known since 1989 — that Tricia Bader Binford was one of the finest athletes the state has ever seen. “She was definitely a special player,” said Larry Williams, who was an assistant coach when Binford played for the Roaring Fork Rams. “Her basketball IQ was well above average, for a freshman especially and her speed made her an incredible defensive player and helped her offensive game.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Trains, buses and schools

    In the Journal’s new Basalt section, 81-year-old Walter Hyrup reflected on the history of the town. J.P. Hyrup, Walt’s father, had moved the family from Helena, Montana and been killed in a pile up on the Colorado Midland Railroad, leaving behind a widow, four boys and a girl who put down deep roots. “From the time the school opened up until a couple of years ago there has always been a Hyrup in the school,” he said. “That’s continuous service.” read more →
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    Five vie for four trustee seats

    With the deadline for applications past, five candidates have stepped forward as potential trustees for the municipal election in April: incumbents Luis Yllanes, Erica Sparhawk, Heather Henry and challengers April Spaulding and Lani Kitching. read more →
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    Exploring local history, from the ground down

    Rocks talk to Garry Zabel, and he’s looking forward to sharing their stories. “If you pick up a rock that has a ripple, it’s telling you something,” he said. “Every type of rock has characteristics that geologists know how to read.” A professor emeritus at Colorado Mountain College, Zabel is perhaps best known for the field trips he leads to Utah and Arizona. As part of the ongoing Naturalist Nights speaker series, however, he’s preparing to tackle geology closer to home with a presentation at the Third Street Center at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the next day in Aspen. read more →
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    Post office struggles with staff shortage

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay the United States Postal Service, but a dearth of workers can certainly gum up the works a bit. For the last few months, the Carbondale office has been struggling to get ahead after several employees left to pursue other opportunities and some of the remaining staff were affected by illness, injury and the like. Heading into the holidays down 20 percent of their staff and Sunday Amazon delivery suddenly added to their plate, they borrowed employees from other offices as far away as Delta, Montrose and Craig, worked long hours, and still found it an uphill battle. read more →
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    Several debuts at Valley Visual Art Show

    The Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) is a longstanding Carbondale tradition — Friday’s opening will mark the 38th time Carbondale Arts has hosted the exhibit. The show, which runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 at the Launchpad, is an open call to local artists to show their work, and this year, that call was answered faster than ever. read more →
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    Fire Chief Ron Leach on the way out the door

    Longtime Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Chief Ron Leach will be presented a separation agreement by the District’s Board during a meeting after press time on Jan. 10. The move will end Leach’s nearly four-decade tenure with the department as soon as Jan. 13 and no later than Feb. 15 — depending on when he opts to actually sign the final document. It would also entitle him to a $98,500 lump sum payment and 13 months of family health insurance while binding him to a non-disparagement clause. read more →
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    Local women arrange a simple way of giving

    The newly created “Sopris 100 Who Care” group is back-to-basics charity. At 5 p.m. sharp on Jan. 25, a group of women will gather at the Pan and Fork restaurant in River Valley Ranch. Each will be asked to contribute $100 to a pool of funds and nominate a charity, cause, family, individual or other purpose for the money. Three causes will be drawn, discussed, a favorite selected and the whole sum — hopefully thousands of dollars — donated accordingly. read more →
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    No contest yet in trustee race

    Only two people have begun the process to fill the four Carbondale Board of Trustee seats up for election in April. One application is pending for the mayor position, which is also on this year’s ballot. read more →