Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    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 →
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    Maroon Bells Wilderness environmental assessment released for comment

    Growing alarm about overuse of certain campgrounds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area has prompted forest managers to propose setting up a permit system for overnight use at such highly popular spots as the Conundrum Hot Springs and others located in the eastern portion of the wilderness area. But, according to a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed management plan for the 181,535-acre wilderness area, the permit system and possible fees for campers will not have much effect on the western part of the wilderness area adjacent to the Crystal River Valley — at least not initially. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Don't walk out, waffle in

    To the greatest, most wonderful community in the world, The world of public education is difficult, but I believe that the model we have at Roaring Fork High School represents the best of what it can be: student-centered, character-driven, authentically rigorous and focused on opportunities for all. It is and has been the professional honor of my life to serve in a school like this where students are kind and know that they can change the world. read more →
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    Carbondale changes Easter activities this year

    Who says little kids are the only ones who like Easter Egg Hunts? That was the feeling of the Carbondale Recreation Department when they decided to change the age group for the event. This year’s event will now be limited to those 80 and over. “We always do something for the little kids and most of them just cry when they see the Easter Bunny anyway,” said Mayor Ed McMcMuphin. “And we’ll extend the event from April 15 until July 30 in order to give everyone time to find all the eggs.” There will be 15,000 unboiled eggs hidden in obvious places and service dogs will be allowed, although any eggs that are peed on will be disqualified. The dogs, not the eggs…And the participants are being warned to be careful when using their canes or walkers because it could smash the eggs into smithereens. read more →
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    Taking the “car” out of Carbondale

    Meet the Royal Bonedalian Mounted Police – the first step in a 90 day adjustment period before all motor vehicle traffic ceases in town proper. “It starts with law enforcement setting the example,” explained Police Chief Gene Schilling, who was on pooper scooper duty Saturday morning thanks to a blown ACL. Existing staff will have first priority in the hiring process as the town phases out its streets department in favor of new positions as mucker and stablehands. Foreman Smiley Wise, a blacksmith and former rodeo star, will head the new crew. The proposal, passed unanimously at a special town council meeting on March 21, has drawn some criticism by earth-hating residents. read more →
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    Smoke scare at Basalt Post Office

    A fire call at the Basalt Post Office on the evening of March 29 turned out to be more smoke than anything, according to Fire Chief Scott Thompson. The building was closed for business, Thompson said, when someone smelled smoke – though the alarm system wasn’t triggered. “We didn’t know what we had and it seemed to be getting worse, so we treated it like we had a fire,” Thompson said. read more →
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    Sutey-Two Shoes swap clears IBLA hurdle

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday announced that the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), a panel of administrative judges within the BLM, had given the go-ahead to the controversial Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange deal, and that the deal had been signed and sealed that day. read more →
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    Diminutive domiciles by any other name

    In Carbondale they are called “micro-units” rather than their more common designation as “tiny houses,” and there are some key differences in how local governments view the growing national phenomenon of ultra-small houses, compared to the viewpoints of other jurisdictions. For example, in Carbondale if the tiny house is perched on wheels it can only be located in an RV Park. But if it is built on a permanent foundation and can be hooked up to the town’s water and sewer systems it can be located in a more traditional residential subdivision, according to Chief Planner Janet Buck. read more →