Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Project Graduation needs support to keep kids safe

    Around here, most kids don’t go to wild, unsupervised parties on high school graduation night. Instead, you’ll find most of them at Project Graduation, a parent-sponsored event that got its start in Glenwood Springs 28 years ago and has since spread to Carbondale and Basalt. “It’s usually at least 90 percent turnout, if not more,” said Cathy Derby, one of the organizers for the Carbondale event this year. “I think even more than prom it’s an emotional day. It’s their last night together, and we want to keep them safe.” read more →
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    How ‘Smiley’ made a name for himself

    Smiley Wise, the current streets foreman for Carbondale’s Public Works department, is a ubiquitous presence around town, checking out the condition of the streets, the progress of ongoing streets projects, and generally being a kind of unofficial ambassador of goodwill for residents and town workers alike. But on Saturday, April 29, he will be one of the ramrods overseeing the town’s annual Waste Diversion and Spring Cleanup Day, Carbondale's increasingly popular opportunity for clearing out the house or the shed at a subsidized cost (see related story). read more →
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    Ditch fire turns into barn fire

    No people or livestock were hurt when a ditch burning got out of control on April 7 and spread to a nearby barn. Carbondale and Rural Fire Department officers responding to a call from the barn's owner at 11:48 a.m. found the barn almost fully engulfed in flames, and the roof collapsed shortly thereafter. read more →
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    ACLU lawyer to talk asset forfeiture and more in Carbondale

    The law enforcement action is called “asset forfeiture.” Police, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol troopers confiscate money, vehicles and other assets following what is often a routine traffic stop or call to a private residences or business. The officers seize assets such as cash if they suspect a crime is or was involved prior to their confiscation. read more →
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    Notes from the underground: Western Slope Caving

    Are you afraid of the dark? How about small spaces? Bats? No? You might make a caver yet. Micah Ball, chairman of the National Speleological Society’s Rocky Mountain Region, certainly never minded any of that stuff. “It was natural for me. I’ve been going underground ever since I could crawl, pretty much,” he recalled. “It’s an extreme sport that doesn’t require you to be a natural athlete and there’s always something around the next corner. Lorie Sheader, by contrast, worried about all those things. “I needed to face my fears,” she said. read more →
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    KDNK submits rezoning application to town

    The KDNK community access radio board has discussed rezoning its studios on Second Street for many years, but this time it’s pulling the trigger. “This isn’t a development proposal,” KDNK Board Chair Andi Korber told The Sopris Sun. “It’s not a change of use … no construction is planned,” she continued. “Hopefully, this (rezoning request) won’t be a complex issue.” read more →
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    Our Town: Garrett Kennedy

    The Sopris Sun is conducting a series of interviews with folks you may not have seen in the paper before – a sort of introduction to your neighbors. This week, we caught up with Garrett Kennedy, a 2002 RFHS graduate and a full time firefighter and paramedic for Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District for more than a decade. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: West Divide dams and the passing of Anne Holden

    April 7, 1977: Rancher John Arbaney announced he was fighting a West Divide water district proposal to use condemnation to build a 190-foot-tall dam on his 640-acre property up Thompson Creek southwest of Carbondale. The proposal came after public opposition to West Divide dams on the Crystal River south of Redstone pretty much killed that project. read more →
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    Shortsfest brings full spectrum of films to Crystal Theatre

    Saturday, April 8 marks the beginning of Aspen Film’s 26th Shortsfest — in Carbondale, at least. This year, the acclaimed festival features 64 “shorts” — films that are less than 40 minutes long, organized into thematic programs. The Crystal Theatre will host four of those roughly 90-minute programs at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 9. Each event will be followed with a question-and-answer session with the featured filmmakers. The festival is a labor of love, with at least as much of the former as the latter. For this year’s presentation, the Shortsfest programming team sorted through almost 4,000 contending films. read more →
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    Roaring Fork High School students stage ‘waffle-in’

    Students, staff and volunteers pushed Roaring Fork High School’s electrical system to its limits as nearly 1500 waffles were served up on April 4. The event was organized in part as a show of support for Vice Principal Keslie Goodman, who was passed over to fill the role of principal in favor of Brett Stringer — a decision which goes before the school board on April 12. read more →