Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Annual reunion brings out alumni of all ages

    In 1960, Carbondale Union High School and Basalt High School came together under one roof and became Roaring Fork High School. The arrangement only lasted for two years while Basalt’s facilities were improved, but it left a lasting impression in Carbondale. The high school, now two buildings along, still has the conjoined name, mascot (Rams rather than Bulldogs) and colors (Blue and gold instead of blue and white). read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Slow is the New Fast: For the love of local farms

    You may have heard there’s an additional polo field going in near the existing one at the Catherine Store intersection. What you might not know is that we’re losing a productive local farm in the process. Why should you care? In this time on the planet, with so much uncertainty about the future coming at us, we do know that we will need to eat. And we will need to grow MUCH more of our food locally as our global food supply is increasingly vulnerable to climate impacts. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Trustees hope to get proactive with bear ordinance

    Carbondale's elected leaders decided on Sept. 12 that they need to get a little tougher in enforcing the town's ordinances aimed at requiring local households to have bear-proof containers, though the exact nature of the changes has yet to be decided. At the very least, it appears that starting next spring the town will be requiring local homeowners to have certified bear-proof trash containers and to closely follow the town's schedule for putting the trash out on the street for pickup. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Charter schools start new year amid big changes

    A local non-profit since 1970, COMPASS… For Lifelong Learning operates two public, tuition free K-8 charter schools serving 270 students in the valley: Aspen Community School and Carbondale Community School. COMPASS is pleased to welcome two educational leaders to the organization. Michael Hayes has been hired as the Executive Director of COMPASS, following the retirement of Skye Skinner who held the post for 22 years. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: When the potato was king

    Sept. 17, 1987: Albert Cerise, former manager of the Carbondale Potato Growers Association, reflected on the days when potatoes were the area’s main cash crop. Literally tons of potatoes would go out every morning by rail, he told the Journal, particularly during World War II. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Local DREAMers prepare for the end of DACA

    The battle over the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which came to a head on Sept. 5 when President Donald Trump announced he would end the program in six months, has barely begun, according to published national reports and comments by local immigration advocates in the Roaring Fork Valley region. In fact, Colorado immigration activists have scheduled a statewide DACA registration drive for Sept. 16 at the Glenwood Springs High School, starting at 1 p.m., to help current DACA recipients whose documentation will expire on or before March 5, 2018 — shortly before the deadline Trump has given for shutting down the DACA program. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    ​A new lens on women in the outdoors

    For founder Aisha Weinhold, the reality of this weekend’s third annual flagship No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is a trip.“Oh my gosh, being in The Sopris Sun, and showing the films at the Crystal, I feel like I made it, This is a Carbondale girl’s dream!” says Weinhold, a cereal box cover of wholesome goodness. At 25, Weinhold is an alpinist, trail runner and business woman. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Veteran reporter John Colson retiring

    "If you’re not pissin’ people off, you’re not doing your job." That’s what veteran journalist John Colson remembers Publisher Bil Dunaway telling him one day in the early 1980s, after a pack of prominent Carbondalians spent the better part of an hour complaining about the way Colson ran The Valley Journal, which Dunaway owned then. It has become something of a mantra for Colson, who at 66 is retiring from The Sopris Sun this week after almost 40 years of newspapering from Rifle to Aspen. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Drug stings lead to slew of arrests

    The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) has made numerous arrests following an almost two-year investigation, according to a pair of press releases from the interagency task force on Sept. 11. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Gate squashes illicit access to Hubbard Cave

    My first trip to Hubbard Cave could probably stand in for most visits over the last hundred odd years. I was maybe 6 years old when my family piled into whichever SUV my dad happened to be driving and made our way up a four-wheel-drive track to the rim of the Glenwood Canyon. Whether the cave was our actual destination or not I’m not sure, but we ended up taking the narrow trail to the mouth of one entrance with one flashlight among us. I’d like to say it made an instant caver out of me, but in truth I barely made it past the drip line before fear of getting lost like Tom Sawyer drove me back. read more →