Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Our Town: Marianne Ackerman

    The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before as a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week, we caught up with Marianne Millard Ackerman — not to be confused with her neé Quigley counterpart. A mother of three, she has filled many roles and lived many lives, from growing up in the San Francisco Bay area to doing production for The Valley Journal and other local papers to doing early computer work for KDNK’s Labor of Love auction to helping run Ackerman Log and Timber to manning the desk for Colorado Mountain College. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Valley faces fiery summer, RFHS turning around

    June 16, 1977: Following the “no-snow winter of 1976-1977,” Roaring Fork Valley firefighters, government officials and residents were concerned about the upcoming wildfire season. The final winter and spring tally put moisture accumulation at less than 40 percent of normal. Altogether for the past week, members of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District had been called out virtually every day, and sometimes more than once a day. read more →
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    Carbondale Salon continues centuries-old tradition

    If one were to Google “Carbondale Salon” in years to come, one might learn the inaugural Carbondale Salon at the Launchpad took place from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 17, and featured: Zack Ritchie (drummer); soloist Carolyn Yates and the cast of “Vacuum Carbondale CO” (dance); Sarah Graf (cellist); Stefano Da Fre (filmmaker/actor); and Harry Babar (comedian). “I am excited to welcome this diverse group of performers opening the first-ever Salon at the Launchpad,” said Carbondale Salon curator Alya Howe. “I find the artists through having seen or hear them perform, through recommendation, and via YouTube/MP3 samples of their work. Then I consider the flow and balancing of a program,” she told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Third Street Center steams into eighth year

    Maybe it was a typical cool summer Wednesday morning at the Third Street Center on June 14. A little before 8 a.m., name tags, coffee and snacks awaited the more than two dozen community leaders who would soon file through the front doors and into the Calaway Room for the new Communities that Care “key leaders” orientation meeting. Due to the Communities that Care meeting, tai chi with Lyn Byars/John Norton was bumped down the hall to the Round Room, while in the Down the Rabbit Hole room that abuts the Round Room, SoL Theatre kids were smiling, laughing, jumping around and dancing to “Happy.” Thirty feet away from the SoL Theatre dance party, back in the Round Room, Norton started his tai chi session “ … We’re finding a still place in the middle of chaos … Isn’t that what tai chi is all about?” read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Positive preschool

    Dear Editor: Our family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Waldkinder Preschool. read more →
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    Sheriff DiSalvo’s honesty

    Dear Editor: I believe Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo is the first law enforcement officer I have heard describe the federal immigration crackdown as what it is: blatant racism. read more →
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    Introducing our Carbondale commercial inventory

    Carbondale has been growing at a considerable rate in recent years, both in terms of residential population and commercial activity. Where not too long ago there were unkempt open lots and vacant fields, there now are businesses, parking lots and all the other facilities that come with new businesses in a highway-oriented town that happens to possess a lively historic commercial core, with the promise of more business growth around the corner. read more →
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    The pride and joy of graduation

    Good communities, Roaring Fork High School Co-Valedictorian Tavia Teitler observed, are the best form of magic, and while each of the school’s record-breaking 82 graduates have something to be proud of, and the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. After all, this was the class that spearheaded a solar array and the seal of biliteracy, put together lip-sync battles and dance-offs, and decided to waffle in instead of walk out. They boast a 100 percent graduation rate, and 84 percent are college bound. read more →
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    Positive feedback at development open house

    Between 20 and 30 people came out on June 7 to check out a new development proposal by local builder Briston Peterson and his partners, who hope to create a mixed-use residential and commercial project in between the planned new City Market store and West Main Street. “I haven’t heard one negative comment (about the plan),” said Peterson at the meeting. read more →
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    Our Town: Dru Handy

    Dru Handy was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1960. His family moved to the Front Range when he was 5 years old after the Good Friday earthquake. He grew up in Niwot, Colorado (near Boulder) and rolled in to the Roaring Fork Valley in the fall of 1978 to attend Colorado Mountain College. From there he worked three winters at Aspen Highlands, and also in the local firewood industry, the now defunct Buffalo Valley and T-Joe’s Mexican restaurants. read more →