Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Locations: News Published

    Byars to resign from board at end of June

    Carbondale’s cost of living has finally caught up with Trustee Katrina Byars. “I’ve really put my heart and soul into trying to make my life work here, and it’s just not in the cards for myself and my kids,” she announced as part of her comments at the start of the June 13 Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting. “It’s been an honor and an extraordinary opportunity to serve with each of you. I’m confident that this board represents many things that are dear to my heart.” Byars was elected to the position in 2014, making her the second longest serving member of the current seven-person board. read more →
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    Northwest CO fires consume more than 18,000 acres

    The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black held an informational community meeting in Rangely Tuesday, June 13, for updates on the Dead Dog and Hunter fires. The Hunter Fire, located in the Piceance Creek area about 20 miles southwest of Meeker, had burned 992 acres and was 70 percent contained. The fire, which started June 10, is believed to have been caused by lightning and is burning in pinyon, juniper, grass and brush. Despite continued windy conditions, Tuesday brought quick progress with the Hunter fire, as the blaze went from only 30 percent to 70 percent contained with no growth. Wednesday, crews will continue to strengthen containment lines and, as conditions allow, will be relocated to the Dead Dog fire. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Valley faces fiery summer, RFHS turning around

    June 16, 1977: Following the “no-snow winter of 1976-1977,” Roaring Fork Valley firefighters, government officials and residents were concerned about the upcoming wildfire season. The final winter and spring tally put moisture accumulation at less than 40 percent of normal. Altogether for the past week, members of the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District had been called out virtually every day, and sometimes more than once a day. read more →
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    Carbondale Salon continues centuries-old tradition

    If one were to Google “Carbondale Salon” in years to come, one might learn the inaugural Carbondale Salon at the Launchpad took place from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 17, and featured: Zack Ritchie (drummer); soloist Carolyn Yates and the cast of “Vacuum Carbondale CO” (dance); Sarah Graf (cellist); Stefano Da Fre (filmmaker/actor); and Harry Babar (comedian). “I am excited to welcome this diverse group of performers opening the first-ever Salon at the Launchpad,” said Carbondale Salon curator Alya Howe. “I find the artists through having seen or hear them perform, through recommendation, and via YouTube/MP3 samples of their work. Then I consider the flow and balancing of a program,” she told The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Third Street Center steams into eighth year

    Maybe it was a typical cool summer Wednesday morning at the Third Street Center on June 14. A little before 8 a.m., name tags, coffee and snacks awaited the more than two dozen community leaders who would soon file through the front doors and into the Calaway Room for the new Communities that Care “key leaders” orientation meeting. Due to the Communities that Care meeting, tai chi with Lyn Byars/John Norton was bumped down the hall to the Round Room, while in the Down the Rabbit Hole room that abuts the Round Room, SoL Theatre kids were smiling, laughing, jumping around and dancing to “Happy.” Thirty feet away from the SoL Theatre dance party, back in the Round Room, Norton started his tai chi session “ … We’re finding a still place in the middle of chaos … Isn’t that what tai chi is all about?” read more →
  • Locations: Letters Published

    Sheriff DiSalvo’s honesty

    Dear Editor: I believe Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo is the first law enforcement officer I have heard describe the federal immigration crackdown as what it is: blatant racism. read more →
  • Locations: Letters Published

    Carbondale Circulator possibilities

    Dear Editor: The point of this letter is to get some light shined on our policy that we believe is a great idea for this small but amazing town. Our policy is meant to expand the circulator bus route in order to get people closer to their desired destinations because, not everyone just wants to go to Main Street. read more →
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    The pride and joy of graduation

    Good communities, Roaring Fork High School Co-Valedictorian Tavia Teitler observed, are the best form of magic, and while each of the school’s record-breaking 82 graduates have something to be proud of, and the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. After all, this was the class that spearheaded a solar array and the seal of biliteracy, put together lip-sync battles and dance-offs, and decided to waffle in instead of walk out. They boast a 100 percent graduation rate, and 84 percent are college bound. read more →
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    Positive feedback at development open house

    Between 20 and 30 people came out on June 7 to check out a new development proposal by local builder Briston Peterson and his partners, who hope to create a mixed-use residential and commercial project in between the planned new City Market store and West Main Street. “I haven’t heard one negative comment (about the plan),” said Peterson at the meeting. read more →
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    Our Town: Dru Handy

    Dru Handy was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1960. His family moved to the Front Range when he was 5 years old after the Good Friday earthquake. He grew up in Niwot, Colorado (near Boulder) and rolled in to the Roaring Fork Valley in the fall of 1978 to attend Colorado Mountain College. From there he worked three winters at Aspen Highlands, and also in the local firewood industry, the now defunct Buffalo Valley and T-Joe’s Mexican restaurants. read more →