Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    From ‘Be-News’ to the ‘Insane-A-Cycle’: Bill Morrow’s whimsical sculptures

    On the street, William S. Morrow looks like a Harley guy-meets-Christmas elf playing hooky from the North Pole. His chest-length silver beard is smooth and clean, blending in with the long curtain of clean, silky hair hanging from under a welder’s cap. The eyes shining from the shade of a visor hold a lifetime of self-amusement. “William” is too formal for this guy. He goes by “Bill.” “I was always a daydreamer. I barely got out of high school, graduating with maybe a low-C, high-D average. People knew I was smart; I was just bored,” he laughs. Thus, the “Insane-A-Cycle .” read more →
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    Ameral sentenced, Weeks going to trial in robbery case

    Nicholas Ameral, who pleaded guilty to robbery charges related to an armed stick-up at the Cowen Center convenience store in north Carbondale earlier this year, was sentenced on July 25 to six years in prison followed by five years of mandatory parole. According to Deputy District Attorney Zachary Parsons, Ameral might have faced up to 32 years in prison had he gone to trial on multiple counts of armed robbery and other charges. Ameral, 19, and his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, also 19, were arrested last February and charged with robbing the convenience store at gunpoint, after the two led police on a two-day chase through the backcountry near Basalt. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Just stick the receiver on the ol’ silo

    July 28, 1977: Television enthusiasts in Basalt and El Jebel were looking forward to the completion of a 34-mile cable line connected to a microwave receiver on Floyd Crawford’s silo. Service was slated to begin in mid September with five Denver channels, a Sacramento-based movie station and KREX out of Grand Junction. read more →
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    Six candidates to interview for trustee

    Although the original plan had been to winnow down a list of applicants for an open trustee seat, the Carbondale Board of Trustees on July 25 opted instead to interview all six of the people who had submitted applications to fill out the term recently vacated by former Trustee Katrina Byars. The interviews are to take place at the regular meeting on Aug. 8, and the trustees agreed they might go ahead that same night and appoint a new face to the town board. Byars resigned her trustee position earlier this year due to difficulty in finding affordable housing in Carbondale for herself and her two children. read more →
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    Water is more than a theme, it’s about life

    This year’s theme for the 46th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair (July 28-30) in Sopris Park is water — the need for it in clean, potable form; the predicted scarcity of it if things go on as they have been; and the challenge to people to prevent that eventuality. The idea for the theme, said Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly, came partly from her experiences at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation last year, when countless Roaring Fork Valley residents traveled to the border lands of North and South Dakota to help the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members of that region, known as “water protectors,” fend off efforts to build an oil pipeline through their lands and underneath the Missouri River that provides them with water. read more →
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    Where the columbines grow

    Rocky Mountain Columbines (Aquilegia caerulea) were blooming in profusion on the Flat Tops a couple of weeks back, but luckily nobody seemed to be picking ’em. As the state flower, they’re protected with a possible fine for pulling one up by the roots or taking more than 25 stems from public land. It’s a good thing, too, as there was once quite a craze for them akin to the Dutch tulip mania in the 1600s. read more →
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    Trustees discuss daycare shortage in special meeting

    Carbondale’s board of trustees want to help alleviate a shortage of infant and young-child daycare options in the valley, and they told a group of pre-school personnel, parents and other advocates at a meeting on July 18 that the town will do what it can. But, as Trustee Ben Bohmfalk said during a report about the meeting on KDNK-FM on the following day, “The town doesn’t have a big pot of money” that it can devote to boosting the availability of childcare in Carbondale or elsewhere in the valley. read more →
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    Fire department plans tax question, working on details

    Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District’s board of directors expects to ask constituents for authorization for some kind of tax increase in the upcoming November election, but they do not yet know exactly how much they need or want. But the directors recognize they need to figure it out pretty quickly, as the deadline is approaching to submit ballot language to the three counties in the district’s jurisdictions — Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: A Carbondale state of mind

    July 21, 1977: Valley Journal Editor Pat Noel addressed a growing sense that Carbondale was becoming Aspenized by pointing out that the influx of upvalley folks was nothing new. “In the end, I suspect everything will have changed quite a bit from what it used to be, but if ‘what it used to be’ had any real merit, the vestiges of it will certainly remain,” he wrote. “Carbondale is, after all, more than a name — it’s a state of mind.” read more →
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    TRTC takes home two Henry Awards

    If the audience breaks into applause at the sight of the next Thunder River Theatre Company set, Sean Jeffries may or may not be pleased. His various roles as facilities manager, technical director and sound and lighting designer are the kind of things spectators aren’t really supposed to notice consciously, but recognition is always nice. read more →