Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Locations: News Published

    Trustees hope to get proactive with bear ordinance

    Carbondale's elected leaders decided on Sept. 12 that they need to get a little tougher in enforcing the town's ordinances aimed at requiring local households to have bear-proof containers, though the exact nature of the changes has yet to be decided. At the very least, it appears that starting next spring the town will be requiring local homeowners to have certified bear-proof trash containers and to closely follow the town's schedule for putting the trash out on the street for pickup. read more →
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    Veteran reporter John Colson retiring

    "If you’re not pissin’ people off, you’re not doing your job." That’s what veteran journalist John Colson remembers Publisher Bil Dunaway telling him one day in the early 1980s, after a pack of prominent Carbondalians spent the better part of an hour complaining about the way Colson ran The Valley Journal, which Dunaway owned then. It has become something of a mantra for Colson, who at 66 is retiring from The Sopris Sun this week after almost 40 years of newspapering from Rifle to Aspen. read more →
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    ​A new lens on women in the outdoors

    For founder Aisha Weinhold, the reality of this weekend’s third annual flagship No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is a trip.“Oh my gosh, being in The Sopris Sun, and showing the films at the Crystal, I feel like I made it, This is a Carbondale girl’s dream!” says Weinhold, a cereal box cover of wholesome goodness. At 25, Weinhold is an alpinist, trail runner and business woman. read more →
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    Local DREAMers prepare for the end of DACA

    The battle over the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which came to a head on Sept. 5 when President Donald Trump announced he would end the program in six months, has barely begun, according to published national reports and comments by local immigration advocates in the Roaring Fork Valley region. In fact, Colorado immigration activists have scheduled a statewide DACA registration drive for Sept. 16 at the Glenwood Springs High School, starting at 1 p.m., to help current DACA recipients whose documentation will expire on or before March 5, 2018 — shortly before the deadline Trump has given for shutting down the DACA program. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: When the potato was king

    Sept. 17, 1987: Albert Cerise, former manager of the Carbondale Potato Growers Association, reflected on the days when potatoes were the area’s main cash crop. Literally tons of potatoes would go out every morning by rail, he told the Journal, particularly during World War II. read more →
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    Drug stings lead to slew of arrests

    The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) has made numerous arrests following an almost two-year investigation, according to a pair of press releases from the interagency task force on Sept. 11. read more →
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    Ps & Qs: Kate the Cattle Queen

    Each time I make an appointment for a haircut I tell myself I will try something new; bangs perhaps, or a pixie cut. Although, I’ve never been what you would call pixieish. I come from a long line of large-boned, well-over-six-foot, whiskered highlanders named Horace who lived for 90 years. In fact, I’m not even sure what a ‘pixie’ is… sort of like an elf meets a bird-boned girl from the rainforest? Anyway, I think it sounds adorable! read more →
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    Gate squashes illicit access to Hubbard Cave

    My first trip to Hubbard Cave could probably stand in for most visits over the last hundred odd years. I was maybe 6 years old when my family piled into whichever SUV my dad happened to be driving and made our way up a four-wheel-drive track to the rim of the Glenwood Canyon. Whether the cave was our actual destination or not I’m not sure, but we ended up taking the narrow trail to the mouth of one entrance with one flashlight among us. I’d like to say it made an instant caver out of me, but in truth I barely made it past the drip line before fear of getting lost like Tom Sawyer drove me back. read more →
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    Many town staff come from ‘beyond the bridge’

    It has not been a month yet that the Grand Avenue bridge in Glenwood Springs has been closed to traffic, while construction crews have worked on building a new bridge and taking down the old one and dramatically snarled the daily commute of some area workers in the process. In Carbondale, the reactions mostly have been resignation at a necessary bump in the road (the idea being that the modern bridge will add efficiency and a new sparkle to the interconnection between I-70 and the streets of the city). read more →