• Sections: Columns Published

    Road trippin’ brings connection, then and now

    In the few mind blowing minutes I stood in the dark shadow of the moon, gazing at the beautiful silvery threads of the corona, I was reassured our eclipse chase to The Cowboy State was worth the effort. Through all the packing and loading, through the eight hours in the car with our two boys, and even as we arrived to the crustiest, most dilapidated house ever to be listed on VRBO, I reflected back to the years my parents resolved to show us the heartbeat of America- the inter-workings of this new country we called home. Road tripping was how our family took the initial grand tour of the new land and with each trip we learned to appreciate different aspects our nation. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Mary Hernandez awarded ESL Teacher of the Year

    The Roaring Fork Schools are excited to announce that Carbondale Middle School’s Mary Hernandez was awarded English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). This award recognizes leaders, outstanding teachers, and advocates for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy who play active and useful roles in their communities, as well as in their schools, and have a proven ability to inspire Emerging Bilingual students of various backgrounds to excel. Amy Fairbanks, the district’s Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, who nominated Hernandez for the award says, “This award was made for Mary.” read more →
  • Sections: Letters Published

    Good samaritan

    Dear Editor: To the kind person who found my purse and turned it into City Market with cash and credit cards intact, thank you very much. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Jade Bath, from water girl to athletic director

    Jade Bath may be new to the role of athletic director at Roaring Fork High School, but she’s been a Ram since she was young. As an elementary schooler in the ’90s, she helped the boys’ basketball team as a water girl. She watched her older sister play, then joined the team herself in high school and remembers joking with Larry “Shorty” Williams about coming back and taking over. When she graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango five years ago, she jumped straight back in as a coach. That set her up for a part time athletic secretary and counselor, and ultimately for the top job. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Our Town: Paul Manes

    If you haven’t made it to the R2 Gallery at The Launchpad this month for Paul Manes’ solo exhibition of paintings, you have a couple more chances before the show comes down this weekend. The gallery will be open during First Friday, September 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manes (pron. May-nis) was born in 1948 in Austin and studied art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas before moving to New York City in the early 1980s, where he continued to paint in earnest, over time gaining international recognition read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Taking command of ‘Fort Carbondale’

    Sept. 1, 1977: Frank Dasovich, owner of the Mt. Sopris Body and Radiator Shop, was contemplating surrounding the lot with an eight foot tall wall of junked cars (spiked on the end with broken Pepsi bottles) to protest the town’s trash ordinance. “Even though it’s right in the heart of town, this is still my land and this is how I make my living,” said Dasovich, who was featured on the Journal’s cover with a gun in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a maniacal look on his face. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    The light that was Shaw Lewis

    Rainbows. That’s one of the topics of conversation Amanda Ingle fondly remembers discussing with her husband before he died. “Before he passed, it was rainbow season here in Rifle,” Ingle said. “And he told me he likes to read up on rainbows because he feels it has something to do with the meaning of life. If you read up on rainbows, it’s really interesting. There’s a lot to it,” she continued. read more →
  • Sections: News Published

    Taking all bets!

    You may have noticed a light dusting on Mother Mountain earlier in August, but in The Sun’s collective opinion, it doesn’t really count unless it sticks for at least two days. With that in mind, we’re taking bets — strictly for bragging rights — on when what Pat Noel used to call a “mantle” will make its appearance on the slopes of Sopris. Email news@soprissun.com or call 510-3003 through Sept. 6. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    Think cosmically, act locally

    How amazing are the people of the Roaring Fork Valley! I write these words after a wonderful series of events in the past few weeks of live music, theater, and even a community dinner in the street. The creative process flows strong through our Valley. There was also a delightful offering of celestial origin, a rare alignment between sun, moon and earth. read more →
  • Sections: Columns Published

    What to expect when you’re eclipsing

    90 minutes before totality: After days of planning and an eight-hour drive, you pull off the highway into a dirt parking lot by a bluff overlooking the river. You exchange pleasantries (and snacks) with the other groups parked near you, and unwrap your cardboard and plastic eclipse safety glasses. The sky above you is a sunbleached blue, clear of clouds, and you feel excitement mounting. read more →