Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    Final land swap agreement inked

    The controversial land-swap deal known as Sutey-Two Shoes is to be completed on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the signing of final documents by the Wexner family, owners of the Two Shoes Ranch at the base of Mount Sopris, and officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The swap, which has been a source of debates and disputes among local governments and land-conservation advocates since it was first proposed in 2009 by Leslie and Abigail Wexner. Leslie Wexner is an Ohio billionaire, chairman and CEO of the Limited Brands apparel company. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Let the sun shine: Fat Friday returns

    Carbondale folks learned something important during the first Fat Friday Mardi Gras parade in 2013. The late afternoon sun in early February funnels itself right down Main Street, shining a spotlight on everything it illuminates and casting long shadows in an almost magical way. read more →
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    Jeff Jackel pedals through final week as rec director

    For nearly 16 years, Jeff Jackel has been the figure most closely identified with recreational programs run by the Town of Carbondale, but that is about to come to an end. Jackel, 65, is retiring from his $95,000 post as director of the town’s recreation department as of Feb. 3, having overseen projects valued at more than $6.6 million, paid for by a carefully managed combination of local taxpayer funds and grants from a variety of regional and state agencies and entities. read more →
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    ‘Ski for Sisu’ fundraiser epitomizes the Spring Gulch spirit

    Dust off your historically inaccurate horned helmets and grab your cross-country skis; “Ski for Sisu” returns to Spring Gulch on Feb. 5. The 25th annual noncompetitive family event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with refreshments, Norse costumes, a silent auction and short course for youngsters. read more →
  • Sections: Opinion Published

    Seeking Higher Ground: The New Deep Throat is a Park Ranger?

    During the election, as “fake news” (i.e. propaganda) flew from both the left and the right, I had several conversations with other local journalists about where they get their news and made some personal adjustments and resolutions. read more →
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    Farrar signs on as interim Basalt town manager

    Davis Farrar knows more about local history, and government history, than just about anyone around. That knowledge could come in handy, after Farrar accepted the job of interim Basalt town manager on Tuesday. Basalt’s town manager shuffle started last year when Mike Scanlon left his post. Farrar told the Basalt trustees he has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1979 and served as Carbondale’s town manager for 13 years. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Carbondale Fire works to correct diesel spill at Marble station

    An agreement is nearly complete between the Town of Marble and the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District that will allow work to get underway to clean up what fire officials believe is a relatively small diesel spill from tanks at the Marble fire house, according to fire district officials. read more →
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    Roaring Fork High holds second annual Girls’ Summit

    While a blizzard buffeted Carbondale on the evening of Jan. 25, Roaring Fork High School art teachers Leslie Keery and Cathleen McCourt, as well as students in the Girls’ Summit Club, greeted approximately 30 girls of various grades as well as three quarters of the female staff of RFHS in front of the warm fireplace at the Orchard Church for the annual Girls’ Summit. read more →
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    A local connection for ‘La La Land’

    The story and themes in the musical romance “La La Land” may be straight out of Los Angeles, but the dancing is pure Colorado Western Slope. Or at least, choreographer Mandy Moore is. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: ‘Old Joe’ dies, senior housing moves forward

    Feb. 3, 1977 Old Joe, who apparently amused more folks with his antics than he offended, died of pneumonia the previous Friday at an undetermined age. “He’d been sick for a several days and people urged him to go to the doctor,” but he wouldn’t go,” said the lead story in that week’s newspaper. “He confided to one friend that he was afraid they’d put him away and wouldn’t let him come back to Carbondale.” read more →