Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Pages of the Past: Looking back on Potato Day’s roots

    Oct. 6, 1977: The Journal took the town’s oldest festival opportunity to share a bit of potato history. According to Martha Witchey, then viewed as the preeminent authority on the subject, Eugene Grubbs was testing potato varieties in the Carbondale area back in the 1880s before he was appointed to the State Board of Agriculture and wrote the definitive work on the subject. His work inspired area farmers, and Potato Day got its start in 1909 as much for buying and trading as for entertainment read more →