Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Sections: News Published

    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 →
  • Sections: News Published

    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 →
  • Sections: News Published

    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 →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Tax hikes, smoking ban, battling teens and Marketplace

    March 10, 1977: Garfield County tried to persuade the state government to give the county a pass on paying about a $4 million increase in property taxes due to a rise in the county’s assessed valuation of commercial, residential and industrial property, which was estimated at a rise in individual tax payments of 29 percent over the year before. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Judge weighs in on easement dispute near Satank Bridge

    As the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) continues the lengthy process of updating its controversial Access Control Plan governing the Rio Grande Trail, the agency recently reached a tenuous and perhaps only temporary truce with one of the private property owners who lives next to the trail. Amy Fulstone, owner of the Confluence Lodge located near the juncture of the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers, reached a sort of stand-off with RFTA in a federal court case last year. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    RFHS spring sports underway

    An old Roaring Fork High School spring sports observation goes something like this: There’s a good chance the weather for any given baseball game will be colder than any football game in October or November. You can also add girls soccer and lacrosse, and co-ed track to the mix. The month of March shows up most brutally, with snow, freezing train and wind sometimes postponing games or sending practices inside to the gym. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    The end of the beginning at Standing Rock

    By Feb. 15, snow on the ground at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock – or at what most water protectors by now called the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camp – was melting, fast. When I had arrived to camp a few days before, an uneven sheet of ice covered the terrain. But now, slowly rising waters had reached the wooden floor of the Colorado-donated army tent used by Cheyenne River tribe elders Amos Cook and Phyllis Baldeagle. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Basalt makes Great 8, Rams sent home

    The Basalt High School Longhorns made this week’s Great 8 in the state 3A boys' basketball tournament with a pair of convincing wins over the weekend. Meanwhile, #2 seed Manitou Springs sent the Roaring Fork Rams home with a 56-54 win on Saturday. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    P's & Q's: Name the frightening futuristic tale

    All right, since no one’s gonna come right out and say it, I will; Trump has a bromance with Putin. I believe Rosneft (Russia’s state oil company) sold 20% to the Trump Organization on the condition that sanctions would be taken care of. Soon. And then Flynn took the fall for the whole deal. What a Moe. Is it pretty much understood that Moe is the dumbest stooge? read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    ‘Misery makes strange bedfellows’: The magically contemporary message of ‘The Tempest’

    At the Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC), “The Tempest” begins with a roar and a crash. While Prospero, played by Jeff Carlson, magically conjures up a storm, Prospero’s ocean-tossed enemies are disgorged from the bowels of the theatre itself, appearing through a trap door. As they writhe and struggle to hang onto their sinking ship, cries ring down from dark catwalks encompassing the ceiling. Thunder crashes from all sides, the darkened theatre rumbling and shaking the audience. read more →