Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Clear out the toxins at town Hazardous Waste Day

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, driving one mile emits about 411 grams of carbon dioxide. So, roundtrip from Carbondale to the South Canyon Landfill in Glenwood Springs, the average driver will emit 12,330 grams of carbon dioxide — not to mention having to spend more than one hour in the car. Fortunately, locals wanting to also be exemplary environmental stewards won’t have to make that trek Saturday; they can simply go to the town’s Household Hazardous Waste Day. read more →
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    Volunteers dig in to build new parks as part of Rio Grande ARTway

    After nearly two years of planning, community members celebrated boots-on-the-ground progress of the Rio Grande ARTway last weekend with two volunteer work sessions at the new DeRail Park near Highway 133. A third volunteer work day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Latino Folk Art Garden along the path near Eighth Street. Carbondale Arts has been developing the Rio Grande ARTway, a 1-mile section of the Rio Grande Trail that bisects Carbondale. The concept is to establish a “creative place-making project that reflects the cultural diversity of the community, inspires greater use of non-motorized transportation, preserves our heritage, and strengthens our core creative community,” according to the ARTway master plan. read more →
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    Town raises a stink, trustees don’t buy it

    Many on the Board of Trustees presumed the public hearing would be relatively straightforward: The Laughing Dog Group, which manages a marijuana infused products (MIP) facility at 500 Buggy Circle, has been noncompliant regarding managing odors. The town was officially requesting that the board, therefore, revoke the company’s special use permit that allows Laughing Dog to do business in the marijuana industry. After hearing all witness testimonies and public comment, however, it became clear that the case wasn’t so clear. read more →
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    Friends near and far mourn the death of Carbondale’s own Hayden Kennedy

    As alpinists around the world mourned the death of talented climber Hayden Kennedy, Carbondale locals struggled to find words to express the deep heartbreak over the loss of one of their own. Hayden, 27, a Carbondale native, took his own life Oct. 8, one day after he and his girlfriend, Inge Perkins, were caught in an avalanche in the southern Madison Mountains near Bozeman, Mont. Perkins, 23, of Bozeman, Mont., did not survive the slide. According to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Hayden was able to escape the avalanche debris and proceeded to search for Perkins before trekking out of the area for help. On Monday, rescuers discovered Perkins’ body beneath 3 feet of snow. read more →
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    Federal suspect in pot grow identified

    One suspect fled and another was taken into federal custody when law enforcement raided an illegal marijuana grow on public land near Redstone on Sept. 28, according to a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court. The complaint provides an affidavit by a special agent for the United States Forest Service for the events leading up to the arrest of Fernando Esquivel Herrera, 25 or 26. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    TRTC delivers a comedic meditation on mortality and media with ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

    The ringing of a cell phone, that ubiquitous irritation, interrupts Thunder River Theatre Company’s funny new production almost from the get-go. But it’s not an audience transgression this time; it’s the play itself. Jean, played by TRTC newcomer Sonya Meyer, occupies a café with a lone stranger, and it’s his phone that’s ringing, ringing, ringing… Jean prompts him: “Your phone is ringing… “Aren’t you going to answer… Answer the damn phone!” read more →
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    Illegal grow highlights the problems with pot on public land

    While the recent discovery of a 2,700 plant illegal cannabis grow on Forest Service land near Redstone is dramatic, it’s far from unprecedented. In fact, according to Regional Press Officer Lawrence Lujan, 51 such sites and more than 160,000 plants have been eradicated statewide since 2009, with Colorado ranked third behind California and Kentucky for such seizures in 2016. It’s a major challenge for the Forest Service on several fronts. First, there’s the matter of public safety, with booby traps, armed growers and toxic chemicals par for the course. 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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    Indulge in the analogue while supporting nonprofits

    Money talks, as the adage goes. During Potato Day weekend, a little money can say — and do — a lot. As both printed books and vinyl records continue to enjoy industry-wide renaissances, locals will have the opportunity to expand their collections in both arenas without paying retail prices — all while helping two Carbondale nonprofits. Carbondale Homeless Assistance (CHA) will be temporarily taking over the 689 building on Main Street for their second annual book sale from 9 a.m. Oct. 6 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8. 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, but while we’re taking inspiration there for a new activity, The Sopris Sun is changing things up. read more →