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    More older adults seeking meal delivery

    As 2020 have dragged on, many people are feeling the strain of prolonged isolation to protect family and community from COVID-19. 

    One group particularly affected is older adults, who are at higher risk for bad outcomes from a coronavirus infection, and may already face factors that… read more →

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    High Risk at High Altitude sheds light on mental wellness

    In a valley prone to mental health crisis and high suicide rates, newly appointed Aspen Public Radio (APR) news director Ariel Van Cleave has arrived with a fresh take on mental health support.

    Growing up in rural Illinois, Van Cleave was aware of the increased risks… read more →

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    Local schools struggle with tough pandemic-era semester

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a level of disruption, uncertainty and hardship unprecedented in our country and the world. This has been especially true for our education system at all levels, which has faced enormous challenges in how to conduct cohesive, sustained and effective instruction at a… read more →

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    Mentoring during COVID

    While people await the cumbersome rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, many continuously reel from a sense of separation brought on by the pandemic. A few local organizations not only rely on in-person reunions to perform but also to manifest human connections between individuals. 

    Throughout the year,… read more →

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    Perhaps,  the dark global pandemic cloud may soon be lifting

    It’s here. After months of fear, worry and anticipation, the highly touted vaccine from Pfizer Inc. has arrived in the valley.

    Both Valley View (VVH) and Aspen Valley (AVH) hospitals have reported receiving allocated shipments and have just started vaccinating frontline healthcare staff. 

    Garfield County Health Specialist Carrie Godes said… read more →

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    Introducing our next editor

    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone better equipped to share the community’s many stories than Raleigh Burleigh. The 27-year-old Carbondale-native, bilingual world traveler and former KDNK news director takes over as editor of The Sopris Sun at the end of the year.

    Burleigh’s roots in theread more →

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    High schoolers press Boebert for clarity

    By James Steindler
    Sopris Sun Correspondent

    It is not everyday frustrated youth get a chance to squeeze their representative for answers, but some local high schoolers recently did just that.
    On Dec. 8, the Advanced Placement (AP) Government class at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) had the opportunity… read more →

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    Restaurants deal with mixed COVID directives

    Text by Ken Pletcher
    Photos by Laurel Smith

    On Dec. 10, Garfield County’s COVID-19 status was changed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) from orange (“high risk”) to red (“severe risk”). Per CDPHE rules, it meant that restaurants were no longer permitted to have in-house… read more →

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    Basalt Library sends tea time home this year

    By James Steindler
    Sopris Sun Correspondent

    Basalt Regional Library (BRL) has done it’s best to carry on traditions and events in new safe ways throughout the latter part of 2020. With the holidays coming up the staff has kept busy preparing virtual events and take-home activities.
    Caroline Cares… read more →

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    Basalt honors its own

    By Roberta McGowan
    Sopris Sun Staff

    Some people move mountains, others like Lieutenant Colonel Richard Merritt, move people to the mountains for healing.
    For this and other accomplishments, Merritt at a recent town council meeting received the Basalt Outstanding Community Service Award.
    As noted by Basalt Mayor… read more →