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    Humans vs. Vampires: on which side will you fall?

    Don’t forget! Humans vs. Vampires begins Friday the 13th. Get your ribbons at Bonfire Coffee or Dandelion Market. You can still sign up after the official start, but your chances of winning decrease the more you delay. Start as a human with a yellow ribbon clearly displayed around your wrist. Vampires can’t tag you when you’re actively holding a copy of The Sopris Sun. If you put it down or stash it in your back pocket, one little tag and you’re one of them. Surrender your human ribbon to your sire, don the red one and begin seeking out your prey. read more →
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    TRTC delivers a comedic meditation on mortality and media with ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

    The ringing of a cell phone, that ubiquitous irritation, interrupts Thunder River Theatre Company’s funny new production almost from the get-go. But it’s not an audience transgression this time; it’s the play itself. Jean, played by TRTC newcomer Sonya Meyer, occupies a café with a lone stranger, and it’s his phone that’s ringing, ringing, ringing… Jean prompts him: “Your phone is ringing… “Aren’t you going to answer… Answer the damn phone!” read more →
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    Something to do with your calabacitas (squash)

    The days are getting shorter. The colors are starting to change and in a few short months we will be back to a more limited selection of fruits and vegetables. But, for the moment my family is like the black bear about to go into hibernation. We are instinctively gorging ourselves on Olathe corn, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and loads of what us Latin folk call calabacitas, or squash. read more →
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    Are you there, Carbondale? It’s me, Megan.

    As you can see, I’m a very serious person. But I am seriously excited to be the newest addition to The Sopris Sun staff — it’s time to get back to my roots (journalism). And speaking of roots, that’s my real ploy in working here: planting some of my own in Carbondale. read more →
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    Seeking Higher Ground: Beach front property going cheap

    Psst, wanna buy some coastal property? Despite the news of Harvey and Irma, I was surprised to learn that the husbands of two of my friends do—in Florida no less! Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. The Yale Program on Climate Communication has found that nationally, while 69 percent of Americans think that global warming is real and dangerous, only 42 percent think it will harm them personally. read more →
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    Slow is the New Fast: For the love of local farms

    You may have heard there’s an additional polo field going in near the existing one at the Catherine Store intersection. What you might not know is that we’re losing a productive local farm in the process. Why should you care? In this time on the planet, with so much uncertainty about the future coming at us, we do know that we will need to eat. And we will need to grow MUCH more of our food locally as our global food supply is increasingly vulnerable to climate impacts. read more →
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    Ps & Qs: Kate the Cattle Queen

    Each time I make an appointment for a haircut I tell myself I will try something new; bangs perhaps, or a pixie cut. Although, I’ve never been what you would call pixieish. I come from a long line of large-boned, well-over-six-foot, whiskered highlanders named Horace who lived for 90 years. In fact, I’m not even sure what a ‘pixie’ is… sort of like an elf meets a bird-boned girl from the rainforest? Anyway, I think it sounds adorable! read more →
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    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 →
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    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 →
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    What were you doing on April 18, 1970?

    As all of us know, life takes various turns and twists. In the spring of 2014 I ran for a 4 year term on the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and was successfully elected to that term. This spring my wife and I decided to consider selling our home in the Crystal Valley. We talked to four Real Estate Brokers and they all projected that the average time on the market in the Crystal Valley was 270 days. We thought this timing was perfect for a number of things including my term on the Fire District Board. As often happens, with the best laid plans of all of us, they sometimes prove to be in error. Our home sold and closed in 63 days. As a result, I no longer meet the qualifications to be a District Board Member. read more →