Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Governor candidate talks renewable energy, preschool in Valley visit

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO Dist. 2) came to the Roaring Fork Valley last week to drum up support for his bid to become the next governor of Colorado, after incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper steps down in 2018 due to term limits. Polis, who has represented the Boulder region since 2009, is hoping that a majority of Coloradans agree with him that the state needs to move decisively to achieve a portfolio of 100 percent renewable energy statewide within the next few decades, put together a statewide program of free preschool and kindergarten classes, and find a way to ensure that the state’s economy “works for everybody, not just a few CEOs,” he told an audience of local voters at a series of recent campaign stops in the Roaring Fork Valley. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages Past: An exciting history of parking and taxes

    Aug. 11, 1977: In the style of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, The Youth Conservation Corps was putting local teens to work over the summer in an effort to combat some of the highest unemployment rates in years. Locally, the eight-week paid gig involved helping the U.S. Forest Service. Over the course of the summer, they restored the Lily Lake ranger station, work on the fish breeding ponds on Kline Creek, did winter range improvement for elk, constructed the parking lot at the Thomas Lakes trailhead and build a bridge across Hell Roaring Creek. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Trustees select Luis Yllanes to replace Byars

    Luis Yllanes, 43, a Florida-born man with a background in the arts, was appointed to join the Carbondale Board of Trustees at a meeting of that board on Tuesday night. Yllanes, who is married with two children, has lived in town for close to two years but has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a total of about eight years. He is fluent in both Spanish and English and offered himself as a liaison between the town government and Carbondale's Hispanic population, among other attributes. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Better together in the Roaring Fork Valley

    Last week’s front-page news about David Perry signing off from Aspen Skiing Company after fifteen years got me thinking: Is the departure of Aspen Skiing Company’s number two a one-off, or is it the sign of more such relocations to come as the new “Better Together” Intrawest/Mammoth Resorts/Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows conglomerate takes shape? read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Mountain Fair tops Woodstock

    Dear Editor: “Three days of fun and music and nothing but fun and music.” That’s how Max Yasgur described the Woodstock music festival he hosted on his farm in 1969. If that’s all it was, Carbondale’s Mountain Fair last weekend surpassed it by far. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Ps & Qs: Party girls

    Despite what they may think, the Trumps are not American royalty (the only royal thing about that family is the pain in my arse.) If America has a royal family I think it should be Willie, Waylon & the boys. No one else even comes close to owning such a crazy, limitless brood. The rumors, the innuendos, hell — the facts are over the top; even compared with the British royal family. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Burglars nab $62,000 worth of bikes in Carbondale

    Sometime between closing July 28 and opening July 29, someone broke into Basalt Bike and Ski (formerly Ajax Bike and Ski) in Carbondale and got away with seven bikes with an estimated total value of $62,000, according to a Carbondale Police press release. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Remembering longstanding elementary educator Bonnie Fischer

    The passing of teacher Bonnie Fischer has left a hole Crystal River Elementary — and, indeed, in Carbondale — 47 years deep. “It won’t be the same. It can’t be,” said CRES Principal Matt Koenigsknecht. “I know that her impact will be felt for a long time. Her legacy is one of love and dedication to kids.” Fischer, neé Mortensen, 75, succumbed to a years-long battle with cancer on Aug. 1. She grew up in Utah but graduated from Glenwood Springs High School after her father was transferred to the Mid-Continent mine in Redstone. She married her high school sweetheart, the late Jack Fischer, who was a soldier, and they had three children. read more →
  • Sections: Opinion Published

    The Czech Republic by bike

    I am on a train to the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, South Moravia, to the town of Breclev (jits-luv) where I will get my bicycle to begin my trip. The last two days in Prague were all about history. I learned about King Charles IV (thumbs up), the years under Soviet rule (thumbs down), Vaclav Havel, the first Czech President after the fall of the Soviet Republic (two thumbs up) and the passion Mozart had for Czech women (understandable). It is claimed he wrote the overture to Don Giovanni the morning it premiered, as he was preoccupied and distracted by his carousing. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    The Carbondale spirit shines at Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

    The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo kicked off Monday and is already into full gear. The venerable event is now in its 79th year, and offers rich outdoor experiences for all corners of Garfield County. There is a saying that a person passes nine planets while crossing through Garfield County, but we’re not really all that different in this 3,000 square mile county. Residents throughout have a deep-rooted love for the land, wildlife, things that grow, and natural beauty, as well as a keen eye for colorful and unique artwork. read more →