Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Old Carbondale bus barn closes its doors

    On the morning after spring break, four school buses leave the venerable bus barn on Third Street in Carbondale, but don’t return. The maintenance crew and a handful of drivers have spent the last week moving all the old tools and parts up to a new facility near El Jebel. In a few months, Roaring Fork School District hopes to have the old building torn down, the soil sampled and mitigated as needed, and a new teacher housing complex under construction on the site. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Highways, sidewalks and burning planes

    April 2, 1987: The Town of Basalt commended those who had rescued a man from his burning aircraft when it crashed in Holland Hills two weeks before. “Let it be known to everyone that’s what saved my life,” Federal Express pilot Greg Dunham reportedly told Police Chief Larry Johnson when the idea of special recognition was proposed. read more →
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    RFHS principal selection prompts backlash

    Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Rob Stein announced on March 24 that he had offered the job of principal at Roaring Fork High School to Brett Stringer, who currently serves as principal at the North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Aurora, CO. Stringer accepted the position, Stein reported in an email to the district’s staff and obtained by The Sopris Sun, and will be starting the new job on July 1 if the selection is confirmed by the school board on April 12. read more →
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    RFOV unveils 2017 project season

    For some local nonprofits, it seems as if they’ve been around forever. Take Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), which works with the Forest Service and other agencies to repair and build trails on public lands, and undertake projects that state and federal agencies can’t afford. RFOV is marking its 22nd year of improving access to public lands through the work of volunteer crews. “We’ve accomplished quite a lot since our first project season in 1995, when we had only three projects and 105 volunteers,” said RFOV Director David Hamilton on the nonprofit’s website. read more →
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    Hard work pays off for RFHS scholars

    If producing a Daniels Fund recipient or Boettcher scholar is a feather in a school’s cap, Roaring Fork High is on its way to a headdress. This year, the graduating class of fewer than 80 students boasts six such scholarships – two Boettchers (a full ride anywhere in the state) and four Daniels (a full ride anywhere in the country). 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 →
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    Carbondale Tree Board: A species unto itself

    Read early accounts of life in Carbondale, or look at photos from back then, and at least one feature stands out – trees were few and far between. “Carbondale was a sage brush plain (in the 1880’s),” Tree Board Chairman Dan Bullock told The Sopris Sun.” According to published reports, one of the town folks’ first municipal projects was to plant trees, mostly Siberian elm, on their own property and also town property. read more →
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    Our Town: Heladio Sanchez

    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 Heladio Sanchez, who runs things in the back warehouse at the Roaring Fork Co-Op. read more →
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    Community Partnership Development moves forward

    Roaring Fork School District no longer needs money or even, strictly speaking, approval from the Town of Carbondale to build a staff housing complex on Third Street, but that won’t stop RFSD from trying to live up to the “Community Partnership” name. The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission certainly found little to object to as the Roaring Fork School District voluntarily went through the standard approval process on March 16, while the sole public comment came down to questions more than objections. read more →