Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Considering sustainable uses on our public lands

    What did you do last weekend? That’s a common question in these parts, which is often answered with a list of outdoor activities, no matter what the season. There are now more backcountry recreation options than ever: camping, climbing, cycling, fishing, hiking, horse packing, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, trail riding and wildlife viewing to name a few. With so many locals and visitors enjoying public lands in so many ways, it’s important that everyone do their part to minimize the impact they make on habitat and wildlife. read more →
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    The River: how to keep yourself and your family safe

    Whenever my life feels out of balance my first instinct is to get on the river. Over the past 19 years I have floated over 15,000 miles of rivers — kayaking, raft-guiding and doing swiftwater rescue/CPR training. The river feels like home to me. However, I have seen and experienced some life-threatening moments in those years. Recently, I watched a woman lose consciousness after two other boats with small children got surfed and almost flipped in the ledge-hole (on-river left) at the kayak park in Glenwood Springs. Incredibly, the woman was resuscitated by five kayakers that got her to shore. They began CPR and revived her before the paramedics arrived. read more →
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    Trustees move ahead on Surls roundabout proposal

    What’ll it be for the center of the new roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street? A specially commissioned piece from Missouri Heights sculptor James Surls? How about a rotating work of art as part of the town’s on-going Art aRound Town series? Then there’s always the minimalist approach — nothing but concrete. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Scuttlebutt, 7/25/13

    Credit-card “Town” mystery solved • Meet the new volleyball coach • Another Sun? • Looking at clouds that way • GarCo fields Komen team read more →
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    Solar Friendly says C’dale is just that

    Solar Friendly Communities has awarded the town of Carbondale a Silver Level certification for adopting “best practices” designed to make it faster, easier and more affordable for residents to go solar. “Carbondale has long been a solar leader…,” said Rebecca Cantwell, senior program director for Solar Friendly Communities. read more →
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    Tailgate: A day in the life of a fishing guide

    Nearing the end of July and I haven’t had a day off since the middle of June, won’t have one until late August, and while at first I was staying socially buoyant by going to the Snowmass Concert Series, hanging out with friends and sleeping, more than a few weeks ago I hit full-tilt hustle, became a pinball wizard, and have had my eyes glued to the silver ball of my life bouncing around the bumpers and chutes of various local rivers racking up enough fish, funds and clients to keep me afloat in non-profit-teaching-writing land for another year. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    All about apples and saving the planet

    So, two planets are shooting the breeze. One says, “OMG. I’ve just discovered I’ve got people. The other says, “I was just talking to a planet in the next galaxy, he had some. Don’t worry, they don’t last long.” Alan Watts was a popular philosopher back in the 1960’s — back when we still had philosophers. They are still playing his talks on a Boulder radio station, I learned recently. Watts was known as a Zen philosopher. He loved to tell stories and was very funny at times. In one of his talks he was looking to put the human existence in perspective. He said the earth “peoples” — in exactly the same way an apple tree “apples.” Kind of like, well, we are not such a big deal in the scheme of things. Kind of like the planet joke. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Letters 7/11/13

    We all claim Randy • Dump the tents • Celebrate the Divide • We need drones • What’s up with Four Mile? • Burlesque was repulsive • Farewell friends, welcome vols read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Community Briefs, 7/11/13

    CDOT holds 133 open house • Valley View holds blood drive • CMC informs students • RFOV goes 14ers • Pitkin County distributes broadband survey • Bike park open house slated • Library district holds finance meeting • Senior matters starts Chatter Box • Crystal Caucus meets read more →
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    Scuttlebutt, 7/11/13

    Send in Mountain Fair memories • Grett heading to Lindenwood • Free yoga session • Renegade Band rehearsal • Sopris Run-off returns • C’dale residents graduate CMC • Dr. Peters joins Red Hill read more →