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    Brian Colley is an illustrator that provides The Sopris Sun with a weekly cartoon called The Unparalleled Universe.

  • Crystal Mariscal thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Dolores Duarte translates our English stories into Spanish for El Sol Del Valle.

  • Dyana Z Furmansky thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Frederic Stevie is responsible for making sure the paper arrives at our 33 newsstands and 50+ other locations from Glenwood Springs to Aspen every week.

  • Genevieve Villamizar thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Jacquelinne Castro thumbnail

    Jacquelinne Castro translates our English stories into Spanish for El Sol Del Valle.

  • James Steindler thumbnail

    Contributing Editor

  • Jeanne Perry thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • John Armstrong thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Larry Day thumbnail

    Larry Day is an illustrator that provides The Sopris Sun with a weekly cartoons.

  • Lee Beck is our volunteer proofreader.

  • Freelance writer

  • Paula Mayer thumbnail

    Photographer and writer

  • Vanessa Porras thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Will Grandbois thumbnail

    Freelance writer

  • Will Sardinsky thumbnail

    Photographer and writer

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    Todd Chamberlin, Executive Director

    Todd is a Colorado native and has a degree in Environmental Conservation from University of Colorado, Boulder.  He started his writing career as an outdoor writer for Digital City Denver and the Denver Post, then went on to develop his own website focusing on Colorado Outdoors and sold the website to National Geographic.  Todd became Director of Internet Development & Ecommerce for National Geographic. In 2008, Todd moved to the Roaring Fork Valley, where he continued his career in digital media as an independent consultant and working with various marketing agencies here in the Valley. In 2019, he joined the Sopris Sun as the Director of Sales and received several awards for advertising from the Colorado Press Association in 2020. On December 1, 2020 Todd was elevated to Executive Director for the organization. Over the years, Todd has served on various nonprofit boards including AspenOut, Colorado Sierra Club, and the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission.

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    Raleigh Burleigh, Editor
    Raleigh Burleigh was raised in Satank and attended Carbondale Community School. The Carbondale Rotary Club later sponsored him as a youth ambassador to Chile the year before his graduation from Roaring Fork High School. He then studied International Affairs and Journalism at the University of Colorado and applied those studies traveling throughout South America the following year. Returning to Carbondale and inspired by the community engagement of Radio Alas in El Bolsón, Argentina, Raleigh acquired an internship with KDNK News which led to serving as News Director from 2017 to 2019. Raleigh joined The Sopris Sun as editor in the beginning of 2021.

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    Ylice Golden, Graphic Designer
    Ylice grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Old Dominion University. She has been doing freelance graphic and web design work in the Roaring Fork Valley since moving here in 2011.  She's been our designer since March, 2019.

  • Sue Rollyson Persiko thumbnail

    Sue Rollyson Persiko moved to the valley in 1978. She has been taking photos for 57 years. At the age of 13 she began to go on outdoor adventures throughout the country, which created a passion for capturing her experiences with the beauty of nature. She expanded into taking pictures of people and activities when she first started working at RFHS in 2009. She is still involved with RFHS taking photos and tutoring math, as well as being a freelance photographer for the Sopris Sun.

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    Olivia Emmer began contributing to the Sopris Sun newspaper in fall of 2020. Olivia is a photographer and writer with interest in natural resources, conservation, water, and climate change. Olivia is a professional photographer at Olive & West Photography, has ten years experience working at environmental organizations, and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Neuroscience. Olivia has lived in Brooklyn, Marin County, Boston, Chicago, Aspen, Asheville and Carbondale.

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    Jeanne Pinette Souldern is a freelance reporter, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. While there, she wrote for Minnesota Women's Press, The Pulse, and Turtle River Press. She moved to Carbondale in 2018 and started with The Sopris Sun in Jan 2019. She enjoys music, reading, sports, and writing short stories.  

    “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” ― Joseph Campbell

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    Ken Pletcher moved to Carbondale in 2017 after a long career as a senior editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica in Chicago. Much of his work there centered on the geography, history, and society of East, Southeast, and South Asia but also included numerous articles on U.S. national parks (e.g., Yellowstone) and notable physical features (e.g., Mount Everest). Late in his career he also was the staff vexillologist (flag maven). He joined the Sun staff as a correspondent in January 2019 and has also pitched in as a substitute copyeditor for the paper.  

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    Crystal Tapp, Social Media Assistant
    Crystal helps with getting information out on the Web.

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