Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Many town staff come from ‘beyond the bridge’

    It has not been a month yet that the Grand Avenue bridge in Glenwood Springs has been closed to traffic, while construction crews have worked on building a new bridge and taking down the old one and dramatically snarled the daily commute of some area workers in the process. In Carbondale, the reactions mostly have been resignation at a necessary bump in the road (the idea being that the modern bridge will add efficiency and a new sparkle to the interconnection between I-70 and the streets of the city). read more →
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    New leadership at Roaring Fork High, Crystal River Elementary

    When Brett Stringer, the new Roaring Fork High School principal, was a high schooler himself, he jumped at the opportunity to take a creative approach to his education. His history teacher offered students the option of writing papers or creating videos, and Stringer and his brother began shooting movies of themselves rolling down the street inside of a “time machine” (made out of a trash barrel) which would depart in a trail a flames (á la the movie Back to the Future) as it left their Colorado Springs neighborhood to transport them to another time and place, such as the landing of the Mayflower. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: There’s a pole in the road!

    Sept. 8, 1977: A Grand Junction contractor had little to no luck moving the old Carbondale bridge, which had been sold to Pitkin County the previous year. The 10-story crane brought out for the job apparently exceeded its 27-ton limit and almost tipped into the Roaring Fork, prompting workmen to put it back and try to think of a new plan. read more →
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    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 →
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    Man rescued, hospitalized after 75 foot fall

    A 35-year-old Denver man fell approximately 75 feet near Hays Creek Falls on Sept. 3, according to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. and the release did not specify what the man — identified as Nicholas Baltuch — was doing before the fall. read more →
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    Happy 106th birthday, Vera!

    Roaring Fork Valley native Vera Diemoz, whose homes in the area have ranged from Old Snowmass to Silt, turns 106 years old Sept. 1, having welcomed family members from California and other locales to help celebrate the occasion. Diemoz, who lives at Heritage Park in Carbondale, until three years ago was living at a senior residential complex in Glenwood Springs and doing her own cooking, shopping and other chores, according to her regular companion, Diane Welter. Photo by John Colson read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Taking command of ‘Fort Carbondale’

    Sept. 1, 1977: Frank Dasovich, owner of the Mt. Sopris Body and Radiator Shop, was contemplating surrounding the lot with an eight foot tall wall of junked cars (spiked on the end with broken Pepsi bottles) to protest the town’s trash ordinance. “Even though it’s right in the heart of town, this is still my land and this is how I make my living,” said Dasovich, who was featured on the Journal’s cover with a gun in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a maniacal look on his face. read more →
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    Our Town: Paul Manes

    If you haven’t made it to the R2 Gallery at The Launchpad this month for Paul Manes’ solo exhibition of paintings, you have a couple more chances before the show comes down this weekend. The gallery will be open during First Friday, September 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manes (pron. May-nis) was born in 1948 in Austin and studied art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas before moving to New York City in the early 1980s, where he continued to paint in earnest, over time gaining international recognition read more →
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    Mary Hernandez awarded ESL Teacher of the Year

    The Roaring Fork Schools are excited to announce that Carbondale Middle School’s Mary Hernandez was awarded English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). This award recognizes leaders, outstanding teachers, and advocates for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy who play active and useful roles in their communities, as well as in their schools, and have a proven ability to inspire Emerging Bilingual students of various backgrounds to excel. Amy Fairbanks, the district’s Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, who nominated Hernandez for the award says, “This award was made for Mary.” read more →