Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Homecoming: a chance for school and town to come together

    In days of yore, Homecoming meant balloons on Veterans Memorial Bridge, painted signs in every shop window and most of the town watching the game. While the Rams still enjoy community support, Athletic Director Jade Bath wouldn’t mind if it stepped up a notch this week. “I think it’s huge for the kids to see the stands full,” she said. “It means a lot to them whether they’re winning or losing, but particularly if they’re not having the best season.” read more →
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    Goat gypsies pack up after hard trail work

    The end of September and the close of summer brought with it the departure of some of Carbondale’s most honored guests: the 220 goats that munched their way along several miles of the Rio Grande Trail destroying weeds and rehabilitating soil in year two of three in a standing contract with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA). After about 36 days of being corralled in temporary enclosures along the iconic trail, the goats were loaded into trailers and moved to their next job reducing potential wildfire fuel near the location of the infamous Storm King fire. Moving with them were co-owner Donny Benz, full-time employees Harmony Davies and Russ McKenna, and a couple of sturdy sheep dogs. read more →
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    Genesha statue installed as True Nature gatekeeper

    It’s hard to miss the newest addition to the True Nature Peace Garden: a 6-foot-tall, 2,860-pound granite statue of Ganesha, a well-loved figure in Hinduism and Buddhism. “Ganesha is a very important deity in India. He is the remover of obstacles to our happiness and purpose in this life,” Eaden Shantay, co-founder and co-owner of True Nature, said in an email while in Costa Rica. Shantay shares his founder and owner credits with his wife, Deva Shantay. In December, the pair traveled to Tiruvannamalai in southern India to further their studies of Vedanta, a spiritual philosophy based on India’s sacred scriptures. read more →
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    Keeping winter at bay

    The Historic Thompson House will soon be getting a new furnace thanks to a grant from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), but its historic counterpart will stay in place so that Lew Ron Thompson can tell its story. read more →
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    So you vant to be a vampire

    I opened the door to the stairwell and found myself face to face with a trio of living dead. With a weapon in each hand, I did my best to fend them off — but even as I dispatched his brethren, one broke through my defenses and, with a touch, made me one of them. “Humans vs. Zombies,” a sort of team-based marathon game of tag, has become a popular activity on college campuses since Brad Sappington and Chris Weed did it at Goucher in 2005. The full rules are available at humansvszombies.org, but while we’re taking inspiration there for a new activity, The Sopris Sun is changing things up. read more →
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    Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection by the numbers

    While “fire” is right there in the name, it’s just one small facet of the services Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District provides across 323 square miles and six stations. “Maybe Emergency Services is more accurate but not as much fun to say,” observed Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin. In fact, volunteers actually spend more time running the ambulance. According to data provided by the department for the past 12 months, of 1,197 calls for service, 576 were emergency medical service (EMS) related, with 101 motor vehicle accidents included in that figure. read more →
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    Illegal marijuana grow site eradicated near Redstone

    An interagency team of law enforcement officers removed over 2,700 marijuana plants from an illegal grow site near Redstone on Sept. 28, according to a White River National Forest press release. In addition to the plants, infrastructure including irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash, tarps, chemicals to deter wildlife and fertilizer was removed, and one suspect is in federal custody. read more →
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    Snow it goes

    We have a winner! It snowed some on Sept. 22, but the real dump — which we're still seeing on the slopes days later — was on Sept. 23. That day belonged to The Sun's own Jane Bachrach, who obtained photographic evidence of her victory. The only person likely to dispute this decision is the bloke who guessed the day before (since that snow is presumably also still there underneath), but luckily that happens to be Editor Will Grandbois. read more →
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    Spectrum Dance Fest features workshops, performance and ‘Mr. Gaga’

    For choreographer Stacee Pearl and her company dancers, this weekend’s Spectrum Dance Festival is all about work and progress, so it’s fitting that a work in progress is exactly what they will be showcasing Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Launchpad. “Wherever we are, that’s what you’ll see,” Pearl said of the modern-dance debut’s status. The piece will be the culmination of a weeklong in-house residency sponsored by Dance Initiative, an arts-focused nonprofit that co-facilitates the Launchpad and produces the Spectrum Dance Festival. read more →
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    Education, preparation keys to backcountry safety

    Education. That is the word that comes up again and again regarding last summer’s death toll on Colorado’s highest peaks. Of the 11 people whose lives were claimed by the state’s fourteeners, eight of the incidents occurred on mountains in Pitkin County. Mountain Rescue Aspen recovered five bodies from Capitol Peak, two from Maroon Bells and one from Conundrum, MRA president Jeff Edelson said of the climbing season. Those are not numbers anyone wants to see in future years. read more →