Stuff by Ken Pletcher

  • Locations: News Published

    BLM headquarters' Colorado sojourn: Short and maybe not so sweet

    In July 2019, then-U.S. Senator Cory Gardner announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — a component of the Department of the Interior (DOI) — was relocating its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction. The Republican had been among those championing the move for years, arguing that since… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Letter from Michigan, ’22 (when “normal” maybe isn’t so normal)

    Hello again, fellow Bondalers and Valley dwellers, from verdant, humid southwestern Michigan! Bonnie and I made it to our old stomping grounds a little later than usual but in time for a mostly great July 4 weekend here (see below).

    I can report that during theread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Huts for Vets set to kick off 10th season

    Huts for Vets (HFV) is preparing for its 10th season of operation in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Carbondale-based nonprofit’s first of six four-day, all-expenses-paid retreats for military veterans to backcountry huts will depart June 18.

    HFV is the brainchild of longtime local journalist, author and environmentalist Paul Andersen. It… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Redstone Park renovation poised to start

    After a nearly two-year planning process, Redstone Park is set for an extensive renovation and restoration project. The work, budgeted at some $536,000, is scheduled to begin on June 1.

    The park lies between the Crystal River and Redstone Boulevard and is popular with both residents and visitors. It is… read more →

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    Local artist shows at the Launchpad

    It took a while for The Sopris Sun to get an interview with longtime Carbondale artist John Toly — roughly three years. Polite requests would be gently rebuffed by the quiet, humble 83-year-old. But then he worked with Carbondale Arts to line up a solo art exhibition at the Launchpad… read more →

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    Garfield Clean Energy looks back and ahead

    In early March 2021, Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) launched the Solarize Garfield County (Solarize) initiative, aimed at increasing the number of homes and businesses in the county with photovoltaic power arrays. One year later, GCE announced a new campaign, ReEnergize Garfield County (ReEnergize), whose purpose is to improve the… read more →

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    10th Mountain huts film to screen at TACAW

    “We have finally arrived at the next chapter in this four-year saga!” So began an email from Carbondale filmmaker Hamilton Pevec to The Sopris Sun about the upcoming premiere screening of his film, “It’s All Up Hill from Here: The John Seipel Story,” scheduled for Feb. 24 at The Arts… read more →

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    Jackson Emmer to release 22 songs in 2022

    It started out as one song per month; twelve new singles that Jackson Emmer wanted to release during the year. Then his wife suggested doing 22. “All the best ideas come from Olivia [Emmer’s wife],” he observed to The Sopris Sun. And so, the 22 singles in 2022read more →

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    The good pastor hangs up his headphones

    Yes, alas, it came to pass — on Christmas Day, no less. Legendary DJ Pastor Mustard (aka Dan Sadowsky) announced during his weekly “Bluegrass with Mustard” show on KDNK that, after the better part of two decades on the air with it, this would be his last one.

    In a… read more →

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    GOCO grant boosts RFOV prospects

    In early December 2021, Basalt-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) announced that it had received a $298,490 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the state-run agency that invests money from the Colorado Lottery in a variety of environment- and outdoors-related projects throughout the state. It was the largest single grant… read more →