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    Introducing: el Sol del Valle

    It is with great excitement that The Sopris Sun steps deeper into its mission “to inform, inspire, and connect” with this week’s launch of a new Spanish section: el Sol del Valle. We thank MANAUS and our first advertisers for backing the project, crafted with care by a modest team… read more →

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    Scuttlebutt - March 4, 2021

    Early STEM
    Aspen Science Center (ASC) is introducing preschoolers to science and the scientific method with their Early STEM Program. “Distance Learning Activity” kits are available to childcare providers for free! These include a bilingual instruction card and materials, introducing kids to concepts like “gravity,” “cause and effect,” and… read more →

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    A happy ending

    It’s no secret that it’s calving season for the Nieslanik Beef crew as their cows are pastured next to the Carbondale Nature Park (aka dog park), where human passersby are treated to storybook scenes of moms and their newborn calves.

    But it’s not such a glamorous scene when one is… read more →

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    Ps & Qs: Twenty Years Ago

    Twenty years ago, the Carbondale cops knew me. I lived a couple of miles outside of town and sometimes they would give me a ride if I was walking home late at night (the nice ones would even stop by 7/11 for nachos). My husband worked part-time as a bartender… read more →

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    Mature Content: Never say die

    By Kristi Nichols

    In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I emailed my oldest son a list of my financial details, a copy of my will, and my advanced medical directive. I thought it was the prudent thing to do in case I contracted the virus and died. Almost instantly, I received… read more →

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    My Friend, the North American Electric Grid

    My roof is equipped with an 8.5 kilowatt solar array, enough to supply household needs and to charge Sparky, our electric car. Our 25 solar panels free us from an electric bill; they don’t make us energy independent. In the summer, Xcel Energy sends us checks to pay for the… read more →

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    Saturn square to Uranus, the astrology of 2021

    The dominating headline of 2021’s astrology is a series of squares between Saturn, the planet of constriction, and Uranus, the planet of rebellion. Squares are a relationship of 90 degrees between the planets that denotes conflict and tension between the two parties. They are simply at cross purposes, goading each… read more →

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    Somerset left in the lurch

    Only about 100 people live in Somerset in western Colorado, a former coal company town squeezed into a narrow valley. A state highway and railroad tracks crowd on one side, the North Fork of the Gunnison River on the other.
    Some say there’s charm in the town’s narrow… read more →

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    Branching Out: Respecting life and death

    Is a dead animal of value, or just trash?
    I’m forced to ponder this after retrieving a dead creature from Highway 133. We didn’t want cars to smash the animal to oblivion.
    The night had been exceptionally dark, stars and moon veiled by snow clouds. Not… read more →

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    Scuttlebutt - February 11, 2021

    Vaccine eligibility
    As of Feb. 8, Colorado opened vaccine eligibility to people ages 65 to 69, to K-12 educators and childcare workers, to first responders and other essential workers. This is Phase 1b.2 of the state’s vaccination plan. The expansion allows more than a quarter of Colorado adults to… read more →

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