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    A self-guided tour of dance

    Megan Janssen describes her education as a strange, winding path that includes an Associate’s Degree in Architecture, certificates in sustainable design, and a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Her interests are diverse, but her focus is currently locked in on theread more →

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    Tick tock — the Covid-19 clock keeps moving

    After over four months of shut downs and stay at home orders, the virus certainly hasn’t run out of gas.

    And the Fourth of July weekend won’t be like it was in 2019. The governor’s office just announced that Garfield County will not move into theread more →

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    Effort to conserve Coffman Ranch takes big step forward

    Major headway was made in the effort to conserve the Coffman Ranch last month when Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded a $2.5 million grant to Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) to help purchase and conserve the 141-acre property. 

    This grant marks a significant step in anread more →

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    Local historian retires — a second time

    Darrell Munsell initially moved to the Crystal Valley with his wife, Jane, in 1997 to retire, but he quickly caught the research bug and has expanded knowledge of local history tenfold. 

    Munsell grew up in Hays, Kansas and graduated from Fort Hays State University with BAread more →

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    Is the academic world changing?

    What does the future of higher education look like? Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with nationwide protests against systemic racism?
    The Aspen Institute has strived to answer those questions with a recent online presentations “The Future of Higher Education: Howread more →

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    One, two and a three — strike up the band

    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” So spoke the ancient Greek philosopher Plato over 2000 years ago. 

    Today, music is firmly ingrained in the Roaring Fork Valley culture with much of the creditread more →

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    Commercial inventory captures a town in limbo

    When The Sopris Sun set out to conduct an annual inventory of commercial space in town, we never anticipated tracking the effects of a pandemic.

    Our methods — recording the number of occupied units and tracking the addresses of unoccupied space each June — were intendedread more →

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    Rediscover the magic of the movies

    Who else has missed the smell of fresh popcorn? Not to mention the happy feeling when watching a good movie in a cozy, dark theater.

    There’s no need to be sad anymore. Local theaters are slowly re-opening, and there’s been a rebirth of interest in drive-ins. read more →

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    Sunsense turns 30 and continues to shine

    From high on mountain sides to the Grand Junction metropolis in the western plains, for thirty years Sunsense has sown its seeds regionally and pushed solar to the frontlines of energy supply. 

    Owner Scott Ely grew up in upstate New York but discovered Colorado as aread more →

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    The Orchard sets the bar for safely congregating

    For several weeks most people have been worshipping from home; either by digitizing into virtual mass on Sundays or simply giving thanks at dinner time. Still, the omission of a weekly congregational gathering is significant to many who find solace in a house of God amongst their neighborsread more →