Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Leach’s legacy and 40 years of firefighting

    In Ron Leach’s opinion, his 40-year career with the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District isn’t about him.
    “I want my legacy to be about the people I worked with,” he told The Sun on Feb. 4 — his official last day at the helm after 36 years… read more →

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    Pages of the Past: Water, snow and illicit apricots

    Feb. 9, 1978
    Roland Fischer of the Colorado RIver Water Conservation District penned a guest column in opposition to the Division of Wildlife’s attempts to enforce minimum stream flow laws on the Crystal River. While he praised the idea of supporting fish and habitat, he feared it would improve… read more →

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    Check out our new website!

    Have you ever tried to share one of our stories on Facebook only to have a big “X” pop up where the picture should be? Or struggled to navigate the home page on your phone?
    Well, not anymore. Our new website is up at and full of more-than-cosmetic… read more →

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    Sisu endures — but we could use six weeks of winter

    On a warm January day, a group of men regarded the muddy entrance to the Spring Gulch Trail system with the practiced eyes of recreationalists, ranchers and engineers.

    It’s ostensibly a meeting about parking lot improvements, but the spectre of drought is pervasive.

    “Weread more →

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    Pages of the Past: Art, snow and natural gas

    Feb. 2, 1978
    Although newly enacted “Per cent for Art” legislation wasn’t slated to take effect until summer, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities advocated for applying it to the new town hall when it began construction earlier in the year. In essence, they planned to request that… read more →

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    Ram hoopsters going strong

    Hosting Moffat County on Jan. 26, the Roaring Fork girls’ loss came down to the final seconds while the boys’ victory seemed assured almost from the start.

    While the lady Rams held the lead for most of the three-pointer-laden game, the Bulldogs managed to pull aheadread more →

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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 →