Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Pages of the past: ‘Can’t we just clone Fred?’

    Feb. 13, 1997: The Town of Carbondale was searching for a new police chief after long-time and highly popular chief Fred Williams retired, and the town board of trustees asked the citizens what kind of chief they’d like to see. “Can’t we just clone Fred?” was one citizen’s response, though most took the question more seriously and advocated for someone a lot like Fred — compassionate, able to listen to constituents, possessing a solid understanding of the community, and who’s more interested in Carbondale than building a career as a cop by moving to ever-larger jurisdictions. read more →
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    C’dale author explains how gardening changes lives

    • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; • The University of California, Davis; Coming soon: • The Carbondale Branch Library; • The Tattered Cover book store in Denver. • Canada in March. That’s a bit of Illené Pevec’s speaking schedule, after New Village Press published her book “Growing a Life: Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy." read more →
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    Slam represents culmination of weeks of workshops

    Owen O’Farell stands before a group of kids just a little younger than he was when he discovered poetry. Now a junior at Roaring Fork High, he has just finished reading a poem from his phone and has kept the Carbondale Middle School students engaged almost as well as Mercedez Holtry, who introduced him and does this for a living. read more →
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    Bogus school threat provides practice, lessons

    While the threat that triggered closures and lockouts in the Roaring Fork School District on Feb. 9 was ultimately deemed not credible, school officials and law enforcement stand by their cautious approach. “Our job is to ensure as much as possible the safety of the students, the schools and the community,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. read more →
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    Sopris Theatre Company presents ‘Sixteen Wounded’

    A passionate young Palestinian hurtles through a bakery window in Amsterdam and encounters the baker, a lonely and emotionally remote survivor of the Holocaust. That’s the opening premise of “Sixteen Wounded,” the latest production by Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company. It features Bob Moore as Hans, Jesse Monsalve as Mahmoud, Becky Levin as Nora, Kelly Ketzenbarger as Sonya, and Raleigh Burleigh as Ashraf. read more →
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    Naturalist Nights continue with wildlife and energy lecture

    Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon are about halfway through their Naturalist Nights winter speaker series. With topics ranging from wildlife biology to geology, and climate science to environmental policy, they run Wednesdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. 3rd St., Carbondale) and Thursdays at ACES (100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen). Early bird Sopris Sun readers still have a chance to catch Sarah Reed’s presentation on Feb. 9, “Energy Development Impacts on Wildlife: Lessons Learned for the Next Energy Boom” with George Wittemyer is the next event to come downvalley. read more →
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    Pages of the Past: Foreign foreman and a trailer park under threat

    Feb. 10, 1977 State officials revoked certification for a former Mid-Continent mine foreman after he reportedly neglected to file a form indicating his intent to become a citizen. Tom Johansen, whose nationality was not specified, had been working as an engineer for several months after an accident that left one miner hospitalized and was also the subject of several complaints regarding worker safety. read more →
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    Best kept secret: the Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders

    The best kept secret label is not so widespread anymore, but one local nonprofit certainly qualifies – the Mt. Sopris Rec. Riders snowmobile club. Consider, for just a moment, what this club of 40-100 members takes on each year. • Grooming and maintaining (with the Snow Skippers and Delta SnoKrusers) the 100-mile Sunlight-Powderhorn trail; read more →
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    ‘Rosybelle’ mobile art classroom to debut this spring

    Waldorf School 8th graders are preparing to present the results of year-long projects on topics of their choice, ranging from glassblowing to sportscasting. Each has been working with a mentor, including The Sopris Sun’s John Colson, who coached the author of the story below. Folks are also invited to hear the students share their experiences at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 13 and 14 at the school. read more →
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    Locals consider next move as Dakota Access Pipeline moves forward

    A mixture of sorrow, confusion and commitment to further resistance were expressed by activists, in reaction to news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had gone back on a pledge made last December to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. On Feb. 7, the Corp announced it would comply with directives from President Donald Trump, canceling any further review and issuing the final permit needed to get the pipeline underway. read more →