Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Women’s Study Club brought outside world to early-day C’dale

    The 1880’s and 1890’s comprised Carbondale’s birth years. Pioneers were moving to the area to strike it rich in Aspen, or at least find a job in a silver mine or downvalley coal mine, or to settle the suddenly available land in the wake of the forced departure of the Utes from parts of the Western Slope. The roads were rocky, muddy and poorly maintained. But men with fiery ambitions came to build a better life, and if they could, they brought their wives and children. It must have been odd indeed to fashion a semblance of domestic order from this frequently harsh valley that was far removed from what civilization lay to the east and further west. read more →
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    Dance Spectrum returns

    Dance Initiative’s Spectrum Dance Festival returns to Carbondale on Sept. 16-18, with performances at Carbondale Middle School and workshops at the Launchpad. Now in the festival’s fifth year, highlights will include: • A performance by the Boulder-based Grass Roots Project, founded by nationally acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris (Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.); • “Local Color,” a performance of original work by local dance artists and Dance Initiative Artists In Residence Alya Howe, Meg Madorin and Laura Ann Samuelson (Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.). read more →
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    B/P/T Commission takes streetlight input on Sept. 12

    An advisory commission that deals with bicycle and pedestrian trails in Carbondale is inviting concerned citizens to show up at a meeting on Sept. 12 and let their feelings be known regarding the safety of the town's streets, sidewalks and trails, and whether lights should be added to dark parts of town. But at least one member of the Board of Trustees stressed to The Sopris Sun this week that if additional lights are supported by the citizenry, people must understand that the town is not interested in detracting from Carbondale's highly prized night sky, nor in putting up lights that will negatively affect the town's energy efficiency goals. read more →
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    Marble bails on Wild and Scenic designation

    The Town of Marble has officially gone on record as opposing Wild & Scenic designation for a 39-mile stretch of the Crystal River, by a vote of 3-1 at the Sept. 1 meeting of the town council. Only council member Larry Good voted in favor of the designation, according to Mayor Will Handville, who did not vote once the majority tally was known — an abstention that Handville said is in accordance with the town’s regulations. Voting to oppose the designation were council members Tim Hunter, Richard Wells and Mike Yellico. read more →
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    Assault victim

    Erica Crampton went out one night in late July for a Slurpee at 7-Eleven, and on her way home was assaulted by an unidentified man along a dark section of the bike path next to Highway 133 in Carbondale. In the five weeks or so since the attack, Crampton told The Sopris Sun, she has generally come to grips with the incident and feels she is working to move forward with her life, including plans for some therapy sessions to bolster any possible mental-health hangovers from the ordeal. But she also feels the local police and the town government in general need to act more firmly to make the town’s streets safer for women walking alone at night. read more →
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    Garco Commish candidates

    Garfield County voters in November will be faced with a choice between incumbent John Martin and challenger John Acha to serve the next four years as county commissioner for Dist. 2, which encompasses parts of Glenwood Springs, as well as New Castle, Silt and the central portion of the unincorporated county. The election is scheduled for Nov. 8, and is to be conducted primarily by mail. read more →
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    Carbondale’s mayor race attracts three candidates

    A trio of Carbondale candidates — incumbent trustees Katrina Byars and Dan Richardson, and former trustee Ed Cortez — will be on the ballot in November, each hoping to become the town’s next mayor. The three submitted successful nominating petitions to Town Clerk Cathy Derby by the Aug. 29 deadline, as verified by Derby, and were the only ones who turned in petitions in for the election, Derby said on Tuesday. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and whomever is chosen by the voters will serve out the remaining time of Stacey Bernot’s term, which expires in 2018. read more →
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    Luis Alberto Urrea returns to TSC for EIA talk

    Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of 16 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story,” visits the Roaring Fork Valley later this month and will speak at the Third Street Center on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. “The Devil’s Highway” was the local 2012 Big Read selection through a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Aspen Words that culminated in Urrea’s fluidly bilingual presentation to a packed Third Street Center gym. Urrea (pronounced oo-RAY-uh) grew up in Tijuana and San Diego, the son of a Mexican father and an American mother, and experienced firsthand the complex reality and porous nature of the U.S.-Mexico border, themes that have inspired much of his work. read more →
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    Peter Hart’s roots go deep in Colorado history

    Throughout nearly 10 years of disputes over oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide, one man's name has been both prominent and, because of the bureaucratic nature of the fight, somewhat unknown and unexplained to the public until recently — Peter Hart, an attorney working with the Wilderness Workshop (WW) nonprofit organization in Carbondale. As an attorney and environmental activist, and scion of a family that has deep roots in the kind of extractive industries he is now fighting against, Hart might seem something of a contradiction to some observers. read more →
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    Women protest dark streets, Cortez declares

    Tuesday night’s Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting at Town Hall produced a curious mix of unusual activity and inactivity, beginning with a protest by 20-30 local women who heavily criticized the trustees over what the protesters felt was a lack of serious attention regarding the safety of the town’s streets at night. In addition on Tuesday night, the trustees were unable to complete a series of interviews of applicants interested in taking the board seat being vacated by outgoing Trustee A.J. Hobbs, because two of the applicants were unable to be there for the interviews. The interviews will be continued on Sept. 13. read more →