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

    Remembering the Storm King Mountain fire

    July 6 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Storm King Mountain Fire just outside Glenwood Springs, as tragic and momentous an event as this area has ever seen. Fourteen firefighters were killed. For this innocent from back east, it was heart-wrenching and intimidating. I was the Glenwood Post’s man on the scene. 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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    ‘Bioblitz’ examines the ecological diversity of Powers’ ranches

    Start with what you have. That’s the sentiment of Garfield County resident and properties-owner John Powers, and it’s why he commissioned the Colorado National Heritage Program (CNHP) to bring in almost 20 scientists, student interns and expert volunteers for five days to survey the species that also call his Spring Valley and Rifle Creek ranches home. read more →
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    Carbondale moving toward fiber internet

    As local governments grapple with questions about providing broadband Internet service to area homes and businesses, one local provider has been hooking up “community anchor institutions” in Carbondale for years and stands ready to begin signing up residential customers as well, according to a company spokesman. 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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    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 →