Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • 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 →
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    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 →
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    And the winners are…

    Here are the folks who came out on top in the various Mountain Fair competitions, according to Carbondale Arts and Independence Run and Hike. See their respective websites for full results. read more →
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    Learning leadership from outside in

    First Ascent, an annual outdoor youth leadership program held each summer at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, is teaching teenagers lessons learned by climbing mountains and running rivers. The program is the brainchild of Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl, the college’s former youth outreach coordinator. She has served as First Ascent’s program manager since it began in 1995. Velasquez-Schmahl is stepping down this year, passing responsibilities to Carolyn Larsen, who, like all First Ascent leaders, first joined the program as a student. Larsen climbed the ranks of student counselor, lead counselor and lead facilitator to her new role as program director. read more →
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    A closer look at the Carbondale trustee candidates

    If all goes according to plan, the Carbondale town trustees will interview six candidates and pick a replacement to serve out the remaining months of Trustee Katrina Byars’ vacated term during their next meeting on Aug. 8. There have been some who have questioned the use of the appointment process rather than allowing the voters to pick Byars’ replacement, but the trustees have maintained that it would cost an unacceptable $8,000 to go to the voters so soon before the spring election. read more →
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    School board seats up for election

    There are three Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education seats up for election on Nov. 7: District A (currently held by Jen Rupert) for a four-year term; District D (currently held by Shane Larson), to serve the remainder of Daniel Biggs’ four-year term, which ends in November 2019; and District E (currently held by Bob Johnson), for a four-year term. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Mountain lions and dogs, oh my

    Aug. 4, 1977: Carbondale became the first town on the Western Slope to plan for an emergency water supply from Ruedi Reservoir when the town council unanimously authorized $1500 for 100 acre feet of water. The purchase, which was facilitated by the Colorado River Water Conservation District, was negotiated to alleviate any possible shortages in town, and would be drawn from wells rather than directly from the Roaring Fork River. read more →
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    Volunteers improve, expand Crown trail system

    The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) organization is working on new hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the Crown area off Prince Creek Road near Carbondale, and the group is inviting participation from anyone in the area who has an interest in improving the trails in that area. According to the RFOV website, the work projects began on the evening of July 25 and are to continue every Tuesday evening through Aug. 15, from about 4 p.m. until dusk. read more →
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    Light as a medicine of the future

    The human body emits, communicates with, and is made from light. Now that the Valley is in the full effect of summer’s sun, people aren’t thinking about light deficiency. Probably most of us were attracted to living here because of the quality of earth vibration, air, water, and atmosphere. We have more natural vitality, and feel more alive than most people who work in cubicles inside air-conditioned offices in an air polluted city. read more →
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    Whatever floats your boat

    If you took woodshop in high school, you may have made a cutting board or candle holder or maybe a blanket chest — but probably not a river worthy boat. That’s precisely the challenge Roaring Fork High Schoolers Wes Engstrom and Nick Penzel took on more than a year ago. The pair have been river buddies since freshmen year, when they took their first unsupervised excursion down the Crystal together. read more →