Stuff by Will Grandbois

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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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    ‘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 →
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    Flag goes up at ‘Stokes Speedway’

    For the first and potentially only time, the “Stokes Speedway” will be open to the public on Feb. 4 for a special Carbondale Clay Center fundraiser. Sponsored by the Stokes family, Carbondale Clay Center, Amoré Realty and Marble Distillery, the event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Blue Creek Ranch (3220 CR 100, just down the way from Catherine Store) and gives locals a chance to race slot cars on the track that took Jim Stokes more than two years to build. read more →
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    Community responds to Crystal trail plans

    The Pitkin County Open Space & Trails department last week got its first look at public preferences regarding plans to build a bicycle trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte (a former mining town turned ski resort in Gunnison County), following open-houses that drew more than 130 people to two meetings in Redstone and Carbondale. The county has about $300,000 to work with in the trail-planning task — $100,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GoCo) and $200,000 from the Open Space & Trails (OS&T) itself. read more →
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    KDNK selects news director to manage station

    Gavin Dahl, who has been news director for about nine months at KDNK-FM, Carbondale’s community access radio station, was promoted to the post of general manager by the station’s board of directors this week. He formally takes the reins of the station on Feb. 1, according to Andi Korber, chair of the station’s board. When contacted on Wednesday, Dahl, 35, prefaced his remarks by stressing that he was grateful for the work done by Skinner over the decade that he ran the station, and to the community for starting and maintaining the station’s vitality over its 38 years of existence. 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 →