The Sopris Sun

  • Locations: News Published

    You can take our bags but not our bingo

    From the archives of The Valley Journal and Sopris Sun

    Jan. 21, 1982

    Carbondale Trustees approved a $3.5 million Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) to support the construction of a strip mall at the southwest corner of Main Street and Highway 133. The so-called “Mall at Roaringread more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    A toast to the stories yet untold

    How to sum up a year like 2021? Chinese Astrology deemed it the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which I associate with a lot of hard work. And indeed it was.

    Mentally, emotionally, physically — we’ve all been challenged to rise above exceedingly difficult circumstances. Or, at least, to rise… read more →

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    Why is journalism important?

    By Sopris Sun youth journalists

    Maeve Murray

    After joining The Sopris Sun’s new youth journalism program, we were asked one question: why is journalism important? We responded with various ways of saying: “getting information out to the public” and “connecting the community.” 

    However important these things are, throughout this… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    The Sun celebrates Colorado Gives

    By Todd Chamberlin

    Last December, I received a promotion to become the executive director of The Sopris Sun. To be honest, I wasn’t all too sure what I was getting myself into. The Sopris Sun never had an executive director and, although I had plenty of nonprofit experience, I had… read more →

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    It's time to step up our support for teachers

    By Maeve Murray

    Sopris Sun Youth Correspondent

    Teacher retention, and employee retention in general, has increasingly been a problem in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Recently, it has become a crisis. As COVID-19 spread throughout the Valley and schools shut down, teachers were put under… read more →

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    Pages of the past: You’ve gotta have a website

    From the archives of the Valley Journal, Sopris Sun and Roaring Fork Rampage

    Dec. 3, 1981

    The Aspen Center for the Visual Arts was hosting the first major display of the late Frank Mechau’s work in the Valley — where he spent his boyhood andread more →

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    Mary Lilly, The Sopris Sun and legacy giving

    In the summer of 2018, in the midst of the calamitous Lake Christine Fire and as a persistent drought gripped the region, an extraordinary thing happened in our community. 

    Checks began arriving at various organizations in the area from the estate of Carbondale grand dame Mary Lilly, who had… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Your donations, quadrupled!

    By Todd Chamberlin

    The Sopris Sun is once again taking part in the Community First Foundation’s ColoradoGives campaign. This year is especially important, because we have several matching grant opportunities that we are trying to reach. In all, we are trying to raise $100,000 in the last two months of… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Pages of the Past: "I do my shopping at the Dumpsters of Satank"

    From the archives of The Valley Journal and The Sopris Sun

    Nov. 25, 1981

    The USDA Forest Service was considering allowing gas exploration in two parcels of the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area — one at the base of Sopris and one near Placita Creek — as well as some… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Together we keep The Sun shining

    It happened on Christmas Eve, 2008. Our local newspaper of 34 years was scrapped by corporate entities who completely underestimated this community. Less than seven weeks later, The Sopris Sun was born. At a time when other newspapers were disappearing (including the Rocky Mountain News, a daily newspaperread more →