Stuff by Will Grandbois

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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 →
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    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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    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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    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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    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 →
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    Court unseals Martin case, appoints prosecutor

    A local judge this week unsealed a court file containing charges of embezzlement against Garfield County Commissioner John Martin, and appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of those charges. Ninth Judicial District Judge James Boyd, in an order dated Jan. 22, has appointed Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown, whose district includes Eagle County, to look into whether Martin is guilty of improper use of public funds. The Ninth District comprises Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties, with its central district offices in Glenwood Springs. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: New high schools, trains and the Dalai Lama

    Jan. 27, 1977: Carbondale and Basalt students and teachers all reported that the newly constructed Basalt High School and Roaring Fork High School were working out well, despite deficiencies, electrical-system problems and other hitches about the buildings. In Carbondale, the new Roaring Fork High School on Snowmass Drive (which has since been replaced with a bigger, more modern building further south) offered a more spacious environment than the old building, including a much larger cafeteria space, a well-equipped auditorium and classroom space that made way for a broadened science curriculum. read more →
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    Trustees fill vacancy with Sparhawk for one year term

    Erica Sparhawk, program director for regional alternative-energy advocacy organization CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), was picked on Tuesday to fill the trustee vacancy that came open last year when Mayor Dan Richardson was elevated by voters from his original role as a trustee to take on the mayor’s job. read more →