Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    From trails to rails to roads to… trails again?

    A trio of men steeped in historical knowledge about the Crystal River Valley recently described the narrow gorge’s long history as a critical travel route, traversed by moccasin, horse, wagons, trains and cars over a century and a half. The occasion was a presentation on Aug. 24 to a standing-room-only crowd at the Carbondale Fire Department headquarters. “We’re going to look backwards to see how we got to where we are today,” said Dale Will of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department. read more →
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    The light that was Shaw Lewis

    Rainbows. That’s one of the topics of conversation Amanda Ingle fondly remembers discussing with her husband before he died. “Before he passed, it was rainbow season here in Rifle,” Ingle said. “And he told me he likes to read up on rainbows because he feels it has something to do with the meaning of life. If you read up on rainbows, it’s really interesting. There’s a lot to it,” she continued. read more →
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    Taking all bets!

    You may have noticed a light dusting on Mother Mountain earlier in August, but in The Sun’s collective opinion, it doesn’t really count unless it sticks for at least two days. With that in mind, we’re taking bets — strictly for bragging rights — on when what Pat Noel used to call a “mantle” will make its appearance on the slopes of Sopris. Email news@soprissun.com or call 510-3003 through Sept. 6. read more →
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    Think cosmically, act locally

    How amazing are the people of the Roaring Fork Valley! I write these words after a wonderful series of events in the past few weeks of live music, theater, and even a community dinner in the street. The creative process flows strong through our Valley. There was also a delightful offering of celestial origin, a rare alignment between sun, moon and earth. read more →
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    What to expect when you’re eclipsing

    90 minutes before totality: After days of planning and an eight-hour drive, you pull off the highway into a dirt parking lot by a bluff overlooking the river. You exchange pleasantries (and snacks) with the other groups parked near you, and unwrap your cardboard and plastic eclipse safety glasses. The sky above you is a sunbleached blue, clear of clouds, and you feel excitement mounting. read more →
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    The bridge home

    Dear Editor: The bridge replacement in Glenwood Springs got off to a rough start. On the first day, there were unexpected back-ups on I-70 all the way to Rifle. read more →
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    What were you doing on April 18, 1970?

    As all of us know, life takes various turns and twists. In the spring of 2014 I ran for a 4 year term on the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and was successfully elected to that term. This spring my wife and I decided to consider selling our home in the Crystal Valley. We talked to four Real Estate Brokers and they all projected that the average time on the market in the Crystal Valley was 270 days. We thought this timing was perfect for a number of things including my term on the Fire District Board. As often happens, with the best laid plans of all of us, they sometimes prove to be in error. Our home sold and closed in 63 days. As a result, I no longer meet the qualifications to be a District Board Member. read more →
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    Atomic racism

    Dear Editor: Daily North Korea, other “Third World” countries and oppressed people of color must deal with racism, colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism. read more →
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    Dandelion Market reblooms in new location

    Dandelion Market, Carbondale’s natural foods outlet, is in the midst of a kind of resurrection following its closure earlier this year due to the loss of its lease on its original Main Street location. Over the past couple of months, a band of volunteers and board members have worked feverishly to reopen the market in a new location next to the Rhumba Girls liquor store on Highway 133, across the highway from the Wells Fargo bank. With a new board of directors, a new manager, and a new location, the byword of the day for the store is simple, said board member Richard Vottero: “survival.” read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Don’t close the road… bridge… hot spring!

    Aug. 25, 1977: Several years of litigation came to a close when a judge ordered the sale of some 90 residential lots that were part of the defunct Marble Ski Area. The envisioned resort community might have had a population of up to 20,000 during peak seasons, but the company ended up filing for bankruptcy after drawing opposition from local environmentalists and state commissions alike. (There now numerous homes in the area.) read more →