Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Finding recovery through service

    One of the men a group of Jaywalkers encountered on a recent Houston service trip was living in his car after the flooding (the car had also flooded, but it provided better accommodations than his destroyed home). “Insurance wasn’t helping,” said Cordes Symmes, Solutions Program coordinator at the Jaywalker Lodge sober house. “He’s eating mangoes that he’s picked off a tree. He doesn’t know what to do. I can’t imagine how somebody lives like that, [but] you see it.” read more →
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    Water buffalo rancher models mobile milking

    Jose Miranda grew up raising Asian water buffalo on his family’s 3,000-acre ranch in the flatlands of central Venezuela. He helped his father care for 500 water buffalo, 100 of which were milking cows, and he made cheese every day. Due to the political and social climate in Venezuela, however, his father sold the ranch. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: ‘To the kids of Carbondale’

    Dec. 22, 1978: Well before his own stint as a trustee, sculptor John Hoffman presented the town with a gift in the form of “Unckle Henry,” a life sized man constructed of railroad spikes bearing the inscription, “To the kids of Carbondale.” It still sits in a section of the Garfield Avenue right-of-way near Sopris Park. read more →
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    Trustees approve 2018 budget

    The die is cast for Carbondale’s spending next year, though Town Manager Jay Harrington characterized the budget approved on Dec. 12 as “a living document.” If anything, it’s conservative projections for income — a 2 percent sales tax increase compared to 3.4 percent this year — and expenses may help avoid dipping into reserves. That’s precisely what happened last year, when trustees accepted the possibility of reducing savings to 75 percent of annual operating costs. read more →
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    Event task force recommends common consumption

    It has been a fairly quiet year for Carbondale’s Special Event Task Force, but that may be about to change. The committee seems to have resolved many of the complaints that corresponded with its creation several years ago, Co-Chair Jake Boyles told trustees on Dec. 12. And with the calendar looking almost identical 2017 except for applying street closures to every single First Friday, it didn’t take long to approve the schedule. read more →
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    Local organizations provide resources for ‘silence breakers’

    Last week, Time Magazine announced its 2017 person of the year: the “Silence Breakers.” It’s referring to the group of women who spoke out about sexual misconduct in their respective industries, launched the #MeToo movement on social media and generally cultivated the national dialogue that’s led to seemingly unending headlines and allegations. It’s a literal and figurative snapshot of the issue. Yes, sexual misconduct is pervasive in high-profile industries like Hollywood, and those allegations garner equally high-profile media coverage. read more →
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    A festival for the Virgin of Guadalupe

    Every Dec. 12, those devoted to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe take the time to pause from the business of daily life to remember and honor the miracle that happened almost 500 years ago. It is believed that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a humble Aztec named Juan Diego on Dec. 9, 1531, ten years after the Aztec Empire fell to the Spanish Conquistadores. It was on a hill covered with nopal cactus, by the name of Tepeyac in what is now Mexico City. read more →
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    Practice makes perfect for ‘Messiah’ performers

    The spirit was already there in the area’s first performance of George Frideric Handel’s choral epic “Messiah” 40 years ago, but the substance had room for improvement. “We were terrible when I think back,” said Steve Child who, along with his wife, Molly, has been participating almost since Day One. “Over the years we’ve added more parts of it and become more expert… Now the group has really blended.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Unions, lawsuits and global warming

    In something of a surprise vote, miners at the Anschutz Thompson Creek mine west of Carbondale voted to become a non-union operation. The national United Mine Workers of America and local Redstone Workers Association had vied for the votes of 92 eligible hourly workers, but in the end an independent shop won out. read more →
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    Quilting together a community of crafters

    Hanging out with the Roaring Fork Quilt Guild feels something like wrapping yourself in one of their creations. Each of the roughly two dozen members brings a different character and experience that somehow stitches together into a warm, welcoming whole. The group usually gathers at the Carbondale Branch Library, but more intimate gatherings and special retreats are all part of the program read more →