Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    The organization behind the big balloon bash

    One of the Roaring Fork Valley region’s longest-running humanitarian organizations, Lift-Up, is holding a three-day celebration event this weekend, June 23 – 25, called “Lift Off for Lift-Up,” a hot-air balloon festival at Crown Mountain Park and other venues in the El Jebel and Willits communities. The events, which marks the organization’s thirty-fifth year of operations, will run from Friday evening (starting with a 6 p.m. concert at Triangle Park in the Willits Town Center. read more →
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    TCI Ranch sells for $7.2 million

    One of the last historic ranches between Aspen and Glenwood Springs recently sold for $7.2 million, according to records at the Garfield County Clerk & Recorder’s office. Variously known in recent years as the TCI Lane Ranch and McClure River Ranch, the 100-acre parcel sits on the south side of Highway 82 along the Roaring Fork River, just upvalley from Catherine Store. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Reaching out to Aspen, Nicaragua, Kroger

    June 25, 1987: KDNK, Carbondale’s then four-year-old community radio station, expanded its reach by striking a deal to join other local broadcasters on the Pitkin County translator system. Though the move reportedly was preceded by “months of tinkering” by engineers and political wrangling, KDNK’s signal finally reached Aspen this week, with plans to ultimately serve listeners in Marble, Redstone, Snowmass, Basalt and the Fryingpan River Valley, not to mention Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Prince Creek management plan available for comment

    Valley residents interested in plans to improve mountain biking, hiking and other recreational uses in the Prince Creek area near Carbondale have until June 30 to make their feelings known. That is when a public comment period on the draft Prince Creek Open Space management plan will come to an end, followed by what Pitkin County recreation planners hope will be the start of construction of a new trail alongside the road leading to trails in the Crown area. read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Plenty to do here

    Dear Editor: Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 were big days in Carbondale. Thursday was the annual Art Walk. Attendees were led up and down Main Street to see the numerous artworks in town, many of which I’ve never noticed before. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    A daddy daughter bucket list college graduation trip

    In 2009, our first ever Daddy Daughter Trip was Yellowstone and we stayed in a cabin with no lock on the doors and there had been grizzly sightings! It was my first alone time with Shiloh and no Carly and she was a teenager for God’s sake! When the Pillow Pet came out, though, I knew I was still just Daddy. The Lamar Valley was referred to as the “American Serengeti” and that stuck; I wanted to take her to see the real thing. I began saving my money. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Seeking Higher Ground: The problem with pre-existing conditions

    Last week, during a Glenwood Springs town hall meeting with Senator Michael Bennet, many locals worried about congress replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Bennet thinks the senate will consider the replacement, the American Health Care Act (ACHA), sometime before July 4. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo: It’s a family tradition!

    Of all Carbondale’s many celebrations and traditions, the Wild West Rodeo stands out as a huge testimony to the agricultural way of life that has long been a part of this valley. The dedication of the large number of volunteers and the board to put on a weekly event during the summer is truly remarkable and we salute each and every one. The original Rodeo Club, which started in 1948, enjoyed much success and fun as they put on an annual Potato Days rodeo for the community. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Byars to resign from board at end of June

    Carbondale’s cost of living has finally caught up with Trustee Katrina Byars. “I’ve really put my heart and soul into trying to make my life work here, and it’s just not in the cards for myself and my kids,” she announced as part of her comments at the start of the June 13 Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting. “It’s been an honor and an extraordinary opportunity to serve with each of you. I’m confident that this board represents many things that are dear to my heart.” Byars was elected to the position in 2014, making her the second longest serving member of the current seven-person board. read more →
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    Northwest CO fires consume more than 18,000 acres

    The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black held an informational community meeting in Rangely Tuesday, June 13, for updates on the Dead Dog and Hunter fires. The Hunter Fire, located in the Piceance Creek area about 20 miles southwest of Meeker, had burned 992 acres and was 70 percent contained. The fire, which started June 10, is believed to have been caused by lightning and is burning in pinyon, juniper, grass and brush. Despite continued windy conditions, Tuesday brought quick progress with the Hunter fire, as the blaze went from only 30 percent to 70 percent contained with no growth. Wednesday, crews will continue to strengthen containment lines and, as conditions allow, will be relocated to the Dead Dog fire. read more →