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    RFTA cruises into the digital age

    The day has come. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority — colloquially known by its acronym, RFTA — now accepts mobile payments in lieu of exact change or a bus pass.

    The mobile ticket option was first activated on Nov. 21. Since then, every RFTA bus is equipped to admit passengers with… read more →

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    133 build-out soon to welcome residents

    For many months, Carbondale has witnessed the construction of several large buildings along Highway 133. Soon, the largest of the new residential buildings will be complete, and 94 new rental units will house Carbondale residents.

    The Sopris Sun took the opportunity to tour MSP Development’s nearly-complete Building C on the… read more →

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    A Thanksgiving rescue

    Just before dinner time on Thanksgiving, the Garfield County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) team was called out on a mission close to home.

    Kevin Ward, who splits his time between the Roaring Fork Valley and Denver, decided to take a jaunt up Red Bluffs outside of Carbondale around… read more →

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    Our Town: Arthur Franklin follows the flow

    As part of an ongoing, get-to-know-your-neighbors series, The Sopris Sun interviews folks in and around Carbondale that may not otherwise appear in the paper. We welcome guest features of this sort emailed to

    This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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    Runnin' on turkey legs

    Nothing gets one in the mood to gobble gobble like a good old fashioned foot race, as evidenced by 470 registrations for this year’s Turkey Trot hosted by Carbondale Parks and Recreation. 

    Jeff Colt and Kara Lapoint took the cake for overall fastest times, completingread more →

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    TRTC proves its prowess

    Editor’s note: This review contains plot details that may be deemed “spoilers”

    David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Proof”, is a laboratory built to test your interpersonal compass. Thunder River Theater Company’s interpretation, directed by Valley veteran Sue Lavin, is just as honest as it is provocative,read more →

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    English In Action, creating community

    *this article has been edited since out was originally published on Nov. 30

    Four years ago, John López and Paulina Navas found a second home in the Roaring Fork Valley with English In Action.

    López told The Sun. “There was a lot of fear and panic when moving to America.… read more →

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    Bridges to understanding

    A new book by students at Bridges High School proudly proclaims: “We Are America”. The subtitle, “Voices of the Nation’s Future”, takes it a further, reminding adults that they are accountable to these youth and their futures. The book features intimate portraits from 18 students and is partread more →

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    Shipmans aren’t ready to give up

    Tragically, the day before Thanksgiving, the Shipman family’s home on the Dooley Creek Farm in the Crystal Valley burned to the ground.

    Mollie Shipman knew the home her whole life. Her grandparents came over from Leadville, bought the property in 1949 and lived in the same house. The home was… read more →

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    Scuttlebutt & Calendar - Dec. 1, 2022

    Avalanche Creek

    Avalanche Creek is now closed for the winter season. The road is closed to vehicles, and humans are not allowed north of the road. The entire area is closed to dogs. Since 1996, the seasonal closure has been implemented to protect wintering bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer.… read more →