Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Bike to work, get fed, on June 22

    Bicycle riders of all ages can celebrate Colorado Bike to Work Day on June 22 with a free breakfast at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library or at the RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride. “In Glenwood Springs, stop by for breakfast burritos, coffee and orange juice, and to meet other riders,” said Librarian Sue Schnitzer, manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. “Carbondale riders can stop by or park their bikes at the RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride,” said RFTA spokeswoman Jennifer Balmes. “We’ll be serving coffee and snacks, and offering info on bus schedules and bikes on buses.” read more →
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    Crystal River meeting draws crowd, no action

    Every chair was filled and people lined the walls at the sides and back of the meeting room in the Church at Redstone Tuesday afternoon, where government officials and their constituents addressed a proposal to seek official Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal River, which flows outside the church. At the church, officials from Pitkin and Gunnison counties, as well as the Town of Marble, took testimony from a couple dozen people, most of them residents along the 39-mile stretch of the Crystal that is the subject of the designation effort. read more →
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    Navarrete-Portillo murder trial continues

    The jury in the murder trial of Carbondale resident Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, accused of murdering his wife with a machete last year, was expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday after closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense, according to court officials. The jury has heard days of testimony about the incident, which took place on Feb. 16, 2015, when Navarrete-Portillo, 47, allegedly beat up his wife during an argument and then slashed her face and neck with a machete that had been hanging in a closet of their Carbondale apartment. His defense attorneys from the Glenwood Springs public defender’s office have not disputed that Navarrete-Portillo killed his wife, and the defendant reportedly admitted it while testifying. read more →
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    HCN explains threats to public lands

    A panel discussion sponsored by High Country News will take place in Basalt on June 10 at 6:30 p.m., at the Rocky Mountain Institute's newly constructed Innovation Center, focusing on the topic of “The Fate of Our Public Lands.” The conference, according to HCN Managing Editor Brian Calvert, is meant to describe an effort by right-wing activists in some western states to force the federal government to relinquish its control of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands. At the heart of the controversial proposals — which are described in numerous articles in HCN and other publications — is what HCN writer Jonathan Thompson termed “a new and more dangerous Sagebrush Rebellion” in an article on Feb. 10 of this year. read more →
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    Primaries an all-GOP affair in GarCo

    When Garfield County voters start mailing in their ballots this month (they were mailed out on June 7) for the 2016 primary election, only Republicans will actually be making choices. That is because there are no competitive primary races involving Democrats on the Garfield County ballot. County Clerk & Recorder Jean Alberico told The Sopris Sun this week that state law requires that she send out ballots for the Democrats anyway, but only on the Republican side of the political ledger are there any races where two or more candidates seek their party’s nod to appear on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot. read more →
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    Town’s population increases almost 50 percent…

    But by Sunday morning (June 12), 2,500 Ride the Rockies bicyclists and support crews will be on their way to Aspen for the tour’s second stop, and Carbondale’s population will drop back to about 6,000. We know a lot about RTR (see ad below) but one question remains for folks who just want to know everything: how will the 2,000 bicyclists weave their way through town on Sunday? In lieu of an actual map, here is a narrative the RTR organizers sent to The Sopris Sun. read more →
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    Trustees switch meetings back to Tuesday

    Following a six-month experiment in holding trustee meetings on Wednesdays, initiated at the behest of former Mayor Stacey Bernot, the Carbondale Board of Trustees [BOT] last week voted unanimously to return the meetings to their historical schedule of the second and fourth Tuesday nights of each month. The change back to Tuesdays was suggested by Trustee A.J. Hobbs, who said at the board’s May 25 meeting that he had supported Bernot’s request back in November 2015, in order to give her the chance to see her kids perform in school-sponsored athletic events. But Bernot stepped away from her post earlier this month to move out of town with her family, and Hobbs suggested at a recent meeting that a switch back to Tuesday meetings should be considered. read more →
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    A son of Satank goes missing

    There are no tidings of comfort and joy here in Geezerville, which is what we call our end-of-life storage facility: The Purple Haze Nursing Home. It’s located in the township of Chipeta. Chipeta used to be part of the township of Satank, but we seceded many years ago when the other part of town got in an argument with this part of town on the quality and quantity of our yard art. So we quit ’em and called our part of town “Chipeta.” And just so ya’ know, Chipeta is way cooler than Satank. And we’re taller. And better lookin’. And way smarter than them. read more →
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    Steve Ackerman: Around the world and back again

    When the 2,200 or so cyclists and support personnel of Ride the Rockies 2016 get to Carbondale next week, at least one of them will be a man whose family roots are here and who, despite a serious physical handicap, is certainly no stranger to making arduous cycling trips. Steve Ackerman, 62, is a father of two, a former runner and concert promoter, and current proprietor of a cannabis business in Fort Collins. His parents, Art and Carolyn Ackerman, are long-time and well-known Carbondale-area residents. Steve also happens to be a paraplegic, meaning he is paralyzed from the chest down, due to a 1987 car accident along the Poudre River, which rises in Rocky Mountain National Park. read more →
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    Carbondale Mountain Fair announces music lineup

    Folks who plan their Mountain Fair around the Gazebo Stage music lineup can start looking ahead to the weekend of July 29-31. As usual, expect an eclectic blend of everything from world beat to cumbia, with a healthy dose of rock, blues, Americana, country and the unclassifiable. read more →