Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Festival las Americas moves to May 5 this year

    Look for two new twists at Festival las Americas in Sopris Park: the annual fund-raiser for Club Rotario will be held on May 5 rather than in late August, and admission will be free. “May 5 is a popular date, so we thought we’d take advantage of that,” organizer Jen Quevedo told The Sopris Sun. She said that in late summer, fewer vendors are available than in early May and Sunday isn’t a good day for them. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Phone bandits before their time

    May 3, 1979: El Jebel resident Bonnie Williams stopped two men from making off with a phone in an era when such an endeavor took a lot more muscle. According to the Journal’s report, she spotted the pair, who turned out to be father and son, prying a pay phone off the post office building and parked her car in front of theirs as they tried to escape. read more →
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    RFTA Access Control Plan back before board

    The controversial Access Control Plan (ACP) or the Rio Grande Trail right-of-way is expected to win final approval by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board May 11, according to recent statements by RFTA’s CEO, Dan Blankenship.If it is approved, that will bring to an end nearly two years of wrangling over the document, which is meant to lay out RFTA’s policies regarding crossings and land uses along the trail right-of-way. read more →
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    Ram baseballers roll as season closes

    The Roaring Fork baseball squad is on a heavy-hitting roll, out scoring its opponents 30-6 in the last three games, while chalking up wins of 13-3, 11-1 and 6-2 since April 29.The Rams are paced by sophomore Layne Crisp with a .432 batting average and nine runs batted in (RBI), juniors Ralph Good and Drew Broadhurst (.434/13 RBI, and .346/9 RBI with two homeruns, respectively), and senior Aldo Pinela at .362, eight RBI’s and one home run. read more →
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    Carbondale robbery suspect implicated in Las Vegas murder

    The young man authorities believe wielded the gun in an armed robbery in Carbondale on Feb. 16 is now wanted on charges of murder and other offenses related to a case in Las Vegas, Nevada, police say. But robbery suspect Benjamin Weeks remains in jail in Glenwood Springs, while authorities work out this latest series of charges affects his status across jurisdictions in two states. read more →
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    Teacher housing motors ahead, City Market is still stalled

    Carbondale is projected to soon be home to a new, 16-unit teacher housing project, a new drive-through banking institution and a new downtown bar, following decisions by the Board of Trustees at the April 25 meeting at Town Hall. The construction of a First Bank branch at the Carbondale Marketplace/City Market site, however, is dependent on final plat approval for the grocery store, which on Tuesday was put off for the fifth time due to a requested extension by the store’s owners and is not due for another vote by the trustees until June 28. read more →
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    Carbondale’s monumental commitment to CMC

    Colorado Mountain College is celebrating 50 years of operation this year, and while Uncle Jimmy’s Pig Roast and Carnival at the Spring Valley Campus on April 28 is certainly a local celebration, there are plenty of stories even closer to home. For Debra Burleigh, who worked for CMC in Carbondale for most of the ‘90s and served as the location director on several occasions, the defining moment was in January 1995, when Ginny Lappala paid her a visit. Ginny and her late husband Paul were familiar faces at the school, and Ginny recently read an article about how the school was struggling to secure space as its numerous leases began to expire. She had spoken with her heirs and had decided to offer CMC half a block of property across the alley from their old house downtown. read more →
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    Harrington sticks with us

    Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington this week informed the Town of Vail that he was pulling himself out of the running to become the new town manager there. Referring to a phone call to the recruitment firm acting on Vail’s behalf, Harrington told The Sopris Sun, “I told him that, even if offered the job, I would not be accepting it.” He said that family considerations played the biggest role in his decision, and that “there comes a time when money is not the main consideration” in whether to switch jobs, a reference to the fact that the Vail job carries a considerably higher salary than his current position, and comes with housing. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Soakers discuss Penny Hot Springs’ future

    April 28, 1977: An ad hoc group called the Redstone Hot Springs Foundation scheduled a meeting at the Crystal Theatre to determine what, “if anything,” should be done with the Penny Hot Springs between Carbondale and Redstone. Locals, including Crystal River Valley resident Roy Rickus, created the foundation after an upstream property owner “buried” the mineral hot springs, located alongside Highway 133. read more →
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    Citizens seek access to their public officials

    U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) would have gotten an earful on April 21 in Glenwood Springs, had he stopped to chat with protesters outside the Hotel Colorado demanding that he hold Town Hall meetings with constituents rather than restricting himself to private fundraising gatherings with supporters. The senator was in town as a guest at a Garfield County Republican Party dinner, meant to raise money for local party candidates. Gardner, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2015, has not held a Town Hall meeting for constituents during the most recent Congressional recess, which ran from April 10-21, or apparently during previous 2017 recess sessions, according to his critics and his website. read more →