Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Coal mining, gardening and stolen boas

    March 17, 1977: More than 70 people turned out at the Redstone Inn for a public meeting about Mid-Continent coal mining operations west of town. Unlike more rancorous such meetings in the past, this time both sides expressed their opinions and observations in a fairly civilized manner. One main issue: whether off-and-on pollution of the Crystal River via Coal Creek was due to coal mining, or the “erodibility” of Coal Basin. read more →
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    ‘Panic! Pánico!’ at Basalt High School

    It’s not exactly a play, or a dance recital or even a variety show. “It’s one of a kind,” Renee Prince, artistic director for budding nonprofit VOICES, said of Basalt High School’s “Panic!” performance. Technically, it probably falls under the umbrella of “devised theatre” – a mix of formats with some “connective tissue” on common themes. In this case, it’s about fear and it’s impact on us, told without a script, just once at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Basalt High School. read more →
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    Rio Grande Trail Access Control Plan rolls ahead

    A controversial plan for limiting and controlling uses along the Rio Grand Trail, a 34-mile ribbon of asphalt used by bicyclists, hikers and other non-motorized travelers between Glenwood Springs and Woody Creek, is headed for a vote of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's board of directors in about a month. In the interim, area governments that are members of RFTA are expected to study the draft ACP and make any additional comments, beyond previous comments that were made over the past couple of years, on the proposed Access Control Plan (ACP). read more →
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    Teacher housing project goes before P&Z

    Two years after the Community Partnership Development was finally deemed economically infeasible, a smaller RFSD housing complex is in the works along South Third Street. In contrast with the pre-recession plan, which would have filled most of the field between Bridges High School and the Third Street Center, the design calls for 20 apartments totaling 33,000 square feet on a 1.37 acre plot. read more →
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    Trustees discuss safe paths through the dark

    Carbondale’s elected leaders on Tuesday agreed that a map of safe routes through town — produced recently by the advisory Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission — should be posted to the town’s web sites as a way of letting people know what streets are considered the safest for nighttime travel. The Board of Trustees also agreed to a number of “next steps” in making the streets as safe as possible at night, including adding lights to the east-side pedestrian trail along Highway 133 at the north side of town; and installing a sidewalk along Village Road at Gianinetti Park, where people currently must walk either in the road or through the dark park. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Chicago Cubs fan in Carbondale

    Spring training is here and I can finally get into my favorite sport. That’s right, you pigskinheads. This is one Coloradan who loves baseball and doesn’t care much for football. What’s more, I’m a life-long, die-hard, true-blue Cub fan, 2016 was the best year of my life, and I’m so looking forward to 2017. read more →
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    Turning leftover veggies into hearty Nepalese cuisine

    While most grocery stores don’t even compost their leftover produce, Dandelion Market goes above and beyond by turning it into hot meals for the hungry. The donation-based Nepalese meal of the day is ready at around noon each weekday, thanks to Devika Gurung, 40, who hails from Nepal’s Mustang District and more recently from Pokhara. read more →
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    Lodging tax tops $100K for first time

    Carbondale’s dedicated lodging tax hit $100,000 for the first time in 2016, fueled in part by an increase in the number of vacation rental properties, the town-owned Gateway RV Park and a wide-ranging tourism promotion campaign. “The ($100,000) amount represents a 17 percent increase over 2015, and is 109 percent higher than 2011,” said a Carbondale Chamber of Commerce press release this week. read more →
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    Dandelion Market looks for new direction

    Dandelion Market needs some help. That message came across loud and clear as members of what’s still generally known as the Carbondale Food Co-op came together at the Carbondale Branch Library to discuss the store’s future on March 1. Less certain was what form that might take. Bill Shepherd, the member who called the meeting, advocated for dissolution of the board and perhaps the whole organization to allow for a fresh start as a nonprofit. “Don’t patch, fix it,” he said. “Do it right.” read more →
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    Fashion show celebrates the power of ‘SHE’

    “SHE” takes the stage at this week’s “Green Is The New Black” fashion show, a sold-out fundraiser for the Carbondale Arts organization to be held March 10 and 11 in the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. This year’s offering, the show’s creators say, is shaping up to be the most professionally produced extravaganza in the event’s 11-year history. read more →