Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Who was Gus Darien?

    As the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo wraps up its summer season, it’s worth remembering that the Gus Darien Arena takes its name not from a star rider but from a hard working rancher and steady stopwatch man. “Gus was an amazing character and one of the last of the old guard,” said John Armstrong, who worked with the Dariens for years. “He could do pretty much everything — farming, ranching, woodworking… He was from that self sufficient generation.” John gave his son, Ben, Gus as a middle name. He remembers the original as a tall man of short stature who styled himself as the meanest guy in town but was really a pillar of the community. read more →
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    New ownership, old memories at Miser’s Mercantile

    Carbondale’s signature consignment store, Miser’s Mercantile at 303 Main St., is now a week into a transition, following seizure of the store and its contents by landlord Dale Eubank on Aug. 10. Eubank contends that former owner Sam Hunter owes more than $12,000 in back rent. Most of the existing employees have been retained and continue to work at the store, according to a statement on Aug. 15 by spokesperson Diane Angelo. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: In Satank, hydrant trickles as house burns

    Aug. 18, 1977: An investigation was underway after a series of issues plagued fire department attempts to douse a burning home in Satank, which was completely consumed. It reportedly took 20 minutes for word of the fire to reach the volunteer department after the dispatcher put out the call on the wrong channel. When crews did arrive, they were unable to get any usable pressure out of a nearby hydrant, while Fire Chief Ron Richards had reportedly taken one of the tanker trucks and the coupling for the other one to a fire in New Castle. read more →
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    Pony Club pride

    Dear Editor: The Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club was a part of a historic moment July 17-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington at the US Pony Club National Championships. read more →
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    What would Sutey have wanted?

    Dear Editor: Concerning the Sutey-Wexner land swap: I would like to provide information regarding Frank Sutey Sr. as his voice and moral character will soon be lost forever in the Roaring Fork Valley and Today’s America. read more →
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    In search of true grit

    I’ve become obsessed with the idea of acquiring grit. My driving motivation is raising two boys in a world totally different than the one I knew as a kid. My family had its share of hard knocks. Like so many immigrants who arrive in this new land, we were initially strapped for money and living on a prayer. read more →
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    Dentist Gene Covello opts out of Carbondale commute

    For the past 20 years, garrulous Carbondale dentist Gene Covello has been a long-distance commuter, driving the 90-plus miles from Grand Junction (where he has a home and a practice) to Carbondale, in order to continue seeing patients who are as much his friends as they are clients. But that has come to an end. Covello, 67, on Aug. 8 had his last appointment as a dentist in Carbondale, though he will continue to practice at an office in Grand Junction, which he opened after moving there in 1997 for family reasons. Meanwhile, his practice is now owned by his former partners, Matt and Taylor Verheul. read more →
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    Meet Carbondale’s new postmaster, Reza Tehrani

    The 81623 zip code has a new postmaster — and his door is always open. Well, except when The Sopris Sun and KDNK sat down with him to find out a bit about his background and philosophy. Soft spoken and polite, Reza Tehrani ushered us past the folks waiting to buy stamps and into his simple office just off the public area. read more →
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    Miser's Mercantile under new ownership

    Miser’s Mercantile was open under new ownership on Friday, Aug. 11 after being closed most of the week. Although some residents recalled the consignment shop being open in the interim, staff members — who were retained in the transition — told The Sun that it had been closed since Aug. 7. A printed notice was posted on the glass front door of the store on Aug. 10, detailing landlord Dale Eubank’s assertion that the store's former management owes $12,380 in back rent. read more →
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    Governor candidate talks renewable energy, preschool in Valley visit

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO Dist. 2) came to the Roaring Fork Valley last week to drum up support for his bid to become the next governor of Colorado, after incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper steps down in 2018 due to term limits. Polis, who has represented the Boulder region since 2009, is hoping that a majority of Coloradans agree with him that the state needs to move decisively to achieve a portfolio of 100 percent renewable energy statewide within the next few decades, put together a statewide program of free preschool and kindergarten classes, and find a way to ensure that the state’s economy “works for everybody, not just a few CEOs,” he told an audience of local voters at a series of recent campaign stops in the Roaring Fork Valley. read more →