Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    RFSD passes 2017-18 budget

    Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education approved the 2017-18 budget on June 28 with a combined total budget appropriation of $189 million. Of the district’s 12 funds, the building fund and general fund are the two largest funds with appropriations of $89 million and $67 million, respectively. The building fund is a temporary fund established to account for the proceeds of the $122 million bond issue authorized by voters in November 2015. The majority of bond projects are scheduled to be completed by December 2017, with a handful of projects carrying into 2018 including staff housing and the completion of Glenwood Springs Elementary School’s addition and renovation. read more →
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    The tale behind the tiles

    Hiding in plain sight, the Carbondale Clay Center’s Sopris Park restroom-tile project was four years in the making. “I always say this took four Mountain Fairs and two Potato Days,” project organizer Diane Kenney told The Sopris Sun. “I think we started in 2000 at Mountain Fair.” The project eventually wrapped 600 individual ceramic tiles around the restrooms on the west side of Sopris Park. read more →
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    When the cards are stacked against you, open Tom’s Door

    Need has no season, but Tom’s Door keeps track anyway. For 15 years, the nonprofit has been mostly recognizable to the public through the cards it sells to raise money for folks facing emergencies. Available at dozens of local stores, they feature local scenes from around 65 area photographers appropriate to the time of year. read more →
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    Highway aligned Crystal Trail would be best for wildlife, biologist says

    A 114-page report on possible wildlife impacts from construction of a pedestrian and biking trail up the Crystal River was not intended to identify one particular trail route or another, said the study’s author, Boulder-based wildlife biologist Rick Thompson on Monday. Nonetheless Thompson’s report, which was outlined at a meeting on July 10 in Redstone (with a second meeting scheduled for Carbondale the following day), seemed to lean toward keeping the proposed trail along the Highway 133 right-of-way for most of its 20-mile length. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Ps & Qs: Missing the ’80s as the country loses ground

    I recently binge-watched the entire first season of the show Stranger Things, and it made me nostalgic for the 1980s. The storyline is a cross between The Goonies and a Stephen King novel- think Firestarter. But it was the costumes and set design that really took me back — all the way to the way-back of the station wagon we had when I was growing up. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Mountain Fairy volunteers

    Dead Editor: A volunteer is essentially a fairy: “a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers.” Here in Carbondale our fairy volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and forms. read more →
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    One Carbondalian’s journey to U.S. citizenship

    If you think the Department of Motor Vehicles is the worst kind of bureaucracy, you might ask Jesus Ortiz about his 17-year journey to citizenship. “It’s been hard,” he’ll tell you. “It’s not just sending in an application. It’s a long, long process.” Ortiz, 46, has been part of Carbondale’s Public Works crew since 2012 and officially became an American in April, an accomplishment he credits largely to his sponsor, former Pour House Manager Skip Bell. read more →
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    Sopris Music Fest returns on First Friday

    Local music lovers this Friday will once again get the chance to watch, listen to and dance to a sampling of Western Slope bands on the stage at the Fourth Street Plaza, as well as to music performed at several downtown bars and establishments — all timed to coincide with the First Friday celebration for July. The 17th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest, put together by well-known Carbondale impresario Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars fame, starts at 5 p.m. with the Lookout Mountain Showdown, which KDNK music director Luke Nestler in April called “a promising new string band from Glenwood Springs.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Looking back on folks who were looking back

    July 7, 1977: Prominent Crystal Valley painter Jack Roberts released a 220-page book of illustrations and prose entitled “The Amazing Adventures of Lord Gore.” Despite Gore’s prominence — his name is applied to a pass, a peak, a range, a canyon, a lake and more — information was few and far between and no photos or portraits were to be found, making the work a challenge even for an artist of Roberts’ caliber. read more →
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    Sierra Club director: ‘We have weathered difficult times before’

    Michael Brune, the executive director of the national Sierra Club, told an audience of some three dozen in Carbondale on June 29 that he got his first taste of environmental awareness while growing up near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. He recalled that hospitals were dumping medical waste that often turned up on beaches in the form of used needles and other potentially infectious equipment, and area chemical companies were dumping vast amounts of their own waste into the ocean, which together rendered the beaches all but unusable for nearby residents and visitors alike. read more →