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    Eclipses, dually noded: The first entry in a new astrology column

    The much-talked-about “super blue blood moon” is now two weeks behind us, its appearance heralded in the first eclipse of 2018. Feb. 15’s partial solar eclipse, though only visible in Argentina and parts of Antarctica, signals the close of eclipse season.
    Eclipse season comes twice a year, roughly… read more →

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    Seeking Higher Ground: Unplugging from the 24/7 news cycle

    When I give people my cell phone number, it’s always with the caveat that they shouldn’t expect to reach me 24/7. “I check this voicemail box about once a month,” my message warns. “If you need to reach me, call my landline.”
    Call me a Luddite, call me an… read more →

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    Ps & Qs: That Poppy

    Have you seen That Poppy yet? No? Please google “That Poppy Am I Ok?” and then come back. I’ll wait…

    I know— Right?! If that doesn’t make you feel old and out of touch with the world today, I don’t know what will. She’s like aread more →

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    Check out our new website!

    Have you ever tried to share one of our stories on Facebook only to have a big “X” pop up where the picture should be? Or struggled to navigate the home page on your phone?
    Well, not anymore. Our new website is up at and full of more-than-cosmetic… read more →

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    Ps & Qs: Friends for life

    My greatest fear is that the light at the end of the tunnel, that bright light people report seeing when they have a near-death experience, is the overhead light in the delivery room, and we go from one life to another without so much as a nap. “I said, but I’m tired.” – George Thorogood read more →
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    We’ve got the band back together

    Nothing makes you appreciate someone like their absence, and over the past month almost everyone at The Sopris Sun has taken some time away. I actually started the trend myself by taking off for Canadian Thanksgiving with my family in Windsor, Ontario. I skipped town right after Potato Day and missed almost a week of newspapering, including the big internet outage and some important breaking news. Didn’t notice my absence? That’s all thanks to Trina Ortega, The Sun’s original editor. Few people in my position have ever had access to such a talented substitute. I am immensely grateful. read more →
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    How Tom Petty’s music made me feel free

    When I heard that rock icon Tom Petty passed away, it hit me harder than I expected. He somehow felt like a friend who helped me get through some tough times. I know, that’s totally ridiculous because I never even met the dude. But his music brought me comfort through the prickly years of adolescence and solace during the anxious years when I found myself living away from home for the first time. read more →
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    A former wildlife officer’s perspective on the Crystal Trail

    I see through the local papers that the proposed Crystal Valley trail is still being considered for placement on the east side of the Crystal River. This controversial placement has been discussed and rejected by the public, local governments, local environmental organizations and the state Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division (CPW). read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: Terms of Endangerment

    “You’re not special enough to overcome a bad marriage.” That line, from the 1983 film “Terms of Endearment,” set my teeth on edge when I first heard it. Decades later, I think that Shirley MacLaine’s character, Aurora Greenway, had a point. It flies in the face of my feminist credentials to say so, but marrying the wrong man is probably the worst mistake a young woman can make. read more →
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    So much more than a firefighter

    Did you know that the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, answers more than 1,200 emergency 911 calls annually? Seems like a lot of fires, right? On average, Carbondale Fire responds to 420 emergency fire calls and nearly 800 emergency medical calls annually. How does that work, you might ask? read more →