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As the NFL teams from Colorado and North Carolina prepare to do battle in Super Bowl 50, two leading classical music festivals from the states also are putting pride (and some local grub) on the line.North Carolina’s Brevard Music Festival challenged the Aspen Music Festival and School to make a wager on the big game. If the Denver Broncos beat
Published: February 7, 2016
Aspen will once again have a cooking school when the Cooking School of Aspen opens in March — ready to feed, educate, accommodate and entertain the community.But the cooking school’s second generation will be a whole different animal than its predecessor, said owner Rob Ittner. With plans for international culinary feasts, farm-to-table dinners and countless cooking classes, “the sky’s sort
Published: February 7, 2016
Whether you’re planning a ski trip to a foreign destination or wondering which of your friends are on the mountain, the GoSnow mobile app may make your life on the slopes a lot easier. Created by former Aspen snowboard instructor Sean Bellerby and instructor Scott Anfang, GoSnow serves to connect skiers and snowboarders who are on the same mountain or
Published: February 7, 2016
Published: February 7, 2016
It was great theater, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t an act.I’m guessing Hillary Clinton actually believes that there’s too much big money in the political system, corrupting everything and everyone it touches — except, well, her. And that Bernie Sanders, if he were honest with himself, would know that, too.It’s a theory. And, more than that, it was a
Published: February 7, 2016
“Trump is just like Hitler,” proclaimed an amateur politico on a social media site the other day.I thought that was overblown and said so. Donald Trump is sometimes a buffoon (and sometimes not). But Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler the way Dan Quail is Jack Kennedy — not at all.The person who posted the Hitler comparison replied to me by
Published: February 7, 2016
Article VI of the Constitution ensures that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This clause limits Congress’s power, but many voters impose a de facto religious test on political candidates. Some want candidates to be upfront with their faith; others want them to keep religion out
Published: February 7, 2016
The Skiers took out their frustrations on visiting Olathe on Saturday afternoon.The Aspen High School boys basketball team, still smarting from a home loss to Gunnison on Friday night, bounced back with a dominating 71-46 victory over the visiting Pirates one day later.The Skiers, who struggled in a 62-51 defeat at the hands of Gunnison, were not about to start
Published: February 6, 2016
The Olathe High School girls basketball team lived up to its billing Saturday.The visiting Pirates blitzed the Aspen girls early and rolled to a 64-32 victory over the Skiers in a Western Slope League game at the AHS gymnasium.The Pirates, just outside the top 10 in this week’s Class 3A state rankings, pushed the early lead to 14-2 late in
Published: February 6, 2016
Editor’s note: “What’s the Big Deal?” is based on the week’s most expensive property transaction recorded in Pitkin County through 3 p.m. each Friday.Price: $3.584 millionDate recorded: Feb. 4Address: 1191 Wood Road, Snowmass VillageBuyer: Forza Holdings Colorado LLC (Texas)Seller: East Aspen Three LLC (Arkansas)Property type: Single-family residentialYear built: 2007Total heated area: 3,637 square feetProperty tax bill: $12,063.04BuzzworthyTwo reports issued last
Published: February 6, 2016
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn won a women’s downhill on a demanding course by a big margin on Saturday to extend her World Cup lead. On a sunny day but with most of the Kandahar course in shade, Vonn made no obvious mistakes and finished 1.51 seconds ahead of Fabienne Suter of Switzerland. Vonn raised her record to 38 downhill
Published: February 6, 2016
Wondering what to drink on Super Bowl Sunday? Well, if you are a Carolina fan, may we suggest a Panther Creek Pinot Noir from Oregon? Prefer the Broncos? Then perhaps try something from the Bronco Wine Company, the purveyor of “Two Buck Chuck,” aka Charles Shaw Wines, amongst many other budget brands. But better yet, beer and the Super Bowl
Published: February 6, 2016
Few could have imagined the popularity of today’s National Football League when representatives from four Ohio football clubs gathered nearly a century ago in Canton, Ohio, to establish a new standard of professional football. Today, each NFL game attracts nearly 70,000 attendees, and the Super Bowl, which has become a secular holiday for many Americans, has more than 1 million
Published: February 6, 2016
Aspen Gay Ski Week celebrated its 39th edition from Jan. 16-24, across all four Aspen/Snowmass ski areas and throughout town with nearly 4,000 guests in attendance. Introducing Logo TV as the presenting sponsor this year added a major impact with more exposure than ever leading up to the festivities, as well as afterward with programs aired on the LBGT channel.The
Published: February 6, 2016
It happens every time we get a good snow — people get crazy with their remarks, maybe because they can’t remember from one year to the next, or maybe just because they’re crazy. “Man, this is the best ever.”“Have you ever seen a day this good?” Yes, I have, and I’ve seen better. “This was the best ski day I
Published: February 6, 2016
It’s hard not to pick up the infectious smiles of Jack Linehan and Jeff Clark when they’re together. The Snowmass residents — also known as the J-Bombers — are roommates, friends and training partners for some of the most difficult ski-mountaineering challenges in the Aspen area. And this spring, they’re becoming partners in philanthropy. Linehan and Clark are competing for
Published: February 6, 2016
Roger Marolt recently spoke of the Aspen old-timers, the locals, the semi-locals and the trust-funders who join in for a while. Wait, there’s another group to include.How about the wannabes? You know, fellows like me who came to Aspen to ski a few days and realized, “Wow, this place is really special.” It was and is special because the locals
Published: February 6, 2016
To the city of Aspen Streets Department: Thanks, guys! You are the best! Keeping Aspen’s streets open under the adverse conditions during this last epic snowstorm with the several feet of snow. We appreciate all of your efforts!Jim MarkalunasAspen
Published: February 6, 2016
Basalt’s retail sales and sales tax collections climbed for the third straight year in 2015 and surged 10 percent above the 2014 level, according to a town report.Basalt collected $4,645,903 last year through its 3 percent sales tax. The 10 percent growth over 2014 exceeded expectations, according to Town Manager Mike Scanlon. The town staff typically budgets for sales tax
Published: February 6, 2016
The Gunnison Cowboys traveled to Aspen to get warm.The Gunnison High School boys basketball team, breaking out of sub-zero temperatures back home, heated up the AHS gymnasium Friday night. The visiting Cowboys, with hot shooting throughout, rolled to a 62-51 victory over the Skiers in a Western Slope League game before a modest Aspen crowd.The Cowboys, who entered tied with
Published: February 5, 2016
The Gunnison High School girls basketball team packed its pesky defense for the trip to Aspen on Friday.Holding the Aspen girls to single-digit scoring in all four quarters, the Gunnison girls recorded a 38-20 Western Slope League victory at the AHS gym.Led by freshman Murphy Sloan, who led all scorers with 12 points, the Gunnison girls improved to 4-9 on
Published: February 5, 2016
Patrick Francis Kelly passed away at his home in Snowmass Village on Thursday, February 4, after a nearly two-year battle with an aggressive brain tumor. He was 38 years old. Patrick was born to Joan Murphy Kelly and James Richard Kelly in Stoughton, Massachusetts on January 1, 1978. They took him home to Millis and his older siblings Timothy (Tim),
Published: February 5, 2016
Aspen Skiing Co. announced the final two concerts in the lineup for the free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series scheduled for the ski season, adding Big Gigantic on March 25 and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers on March 26 to the lineup.The Hi-Fi Concert Series season kicked off during Thanksgiving weekend with a performance by Jamestown Revival at the base
Published: February 5, 2016
Approximately 20 years ago, B.J. Williams spearheaded a program in which physical therapists in the Roaring Fork Valley collaborated and joined the orthopedic doctors on their clinical rounds. This has been a service offered by the physical therapists to complement patient care by brace fitting, instructions in stretching, basic home exercises, improve doctor/therapist communications, be advocates for the patients, and
Published: February 5, 2016
Three Aspen ski mountaineers aren’t letting the pressure of our “what’s next?” society prevent them from soaking in the epic accomplishment they achieved last spring.Chris Davenport and Ted and Christy Mahon completed their quest May 27 to climb and ski the 100 highest mountains in Colorado — the Centennial Peaks.In today’s fast-paced society, there’s external pressure to immediately move on
Published: February 5, 2016
A high-ranking executive at Aspen Valley Hospital tendered her resignation last week, less than two weeks after CEO Dan Bonk announced his exit.Elaine Gerson, chief clinical officer and general counsel at the hospital, gave 30 days’ notice for her resignation, said hospital spokeswoman Ginny Dyche. Gerson sent an email to hospital personnel Jan. 29 announcing her exit, said Barry Mink,
Published: February 5, 2016
W e’ve gotten to know Grace Potter and her showstopping performances well over the years in Aspen. She’s played Belly Up regularly. She did a Skico Hi-Fi Concert outside in Snowmass. She gave an epic rain-drenched performance at Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day in 2013 and returned the following year, saving the day after a last-minute headliner cancellation from Fun.When
Published: February 5, 2016
Life is short and bad theater can feel very long. So walking into Theater Masters’ annual anthology of 10-minute plays, “Take Ten,” you might console yourself that if there’s a dud, well, it’ll be over soon and you’ll be moving on to the next one. This year, no such consolation was necessary. The 2016 collection of nine short plays —
Published: February 5, 2016
Sopris Theatre Company, formerly known as CMC Theatre, will present two encore performances of William Gibson’s Tony Award-winning “The Miracle Worker” at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House today and Saturday. This follows the play’s seven-show run at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus in October.“The Miracle Worker” is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life.” Blind, deaf and
Published: February 5, 2016
Submit your photoThe Snowmass Sun is looking for great photos from our readers for our weekly Last Shot feature.We want to publish the best digital images you have of local people, places and things in Snowmass Village. If you take a photo of people, please don’t forget to provide their first and last names.When submitting landscapes, don’t forget to let
Published: February 5, 2016
The public is invited to a free performance by the District Eight Honor Jazz Band on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School.Students and the faculty are performing the show live together for the first time, following two says of intensive jazz training, instructional workshops and rehearsals with a faculty of professional musicians provided by Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Now
Published: February 5, 2016
The Roger and Lorenzo feud escalates. It’s risen above the issue of who carves the best turns. Relapse — it’s Aspen. And, no, that’s not a typo. I didn’t mean “Relax — it’s Aspen.”What’s at stake in the Ro vs. Lo drama is intellectual-property rights. It’s about a parody of the ubiquitous, irritatingly passive-aggressive, snobbish sticker reminding everyone behind the
Published: February 5, 2016
I got to do something fun last weekend when I attended the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show at the massive Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The annual event brings together all the biggest names in the worlds of skiing and snowboarding, but until this year it was sorely lacking in one critical element, namely me. Sure, you might think the
Published: February 5, 2016
Residents of the middle Roaring Fork Valley are invited to participate in a community conversation about affordable housing hosted by the Eagle County commissioners.The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle County office building adjacent to Crown Mountain Park. It will start with a dinner at 5:30 and feature a panel presentation and group discussion from
Published: February 5, 2016
A Front Range man might be charged with a felony in connection with a bar fight that took place early Thursday morning, a prosecutor said. But as of Thursday afternoon, Patrick Corse, 24, of Westminster, was charged with only misdemeanors — assault and violation of a protection order. However, one of the victims in the fight was seeing a specialist
Published: February 5, 2016
While a district court judge denied a motion to appoint a special prosecutor in the domestic-violence case against a prominent Aspen developer, a Pitkin County Court judge will allow lawyers to argue the question at a hearing later this month. District Judge Denise Lynch on Wednesday denied a petition filed by the alleged victim in the domestic-violence case against Nikos
Published: February 5, 2016
When people learn they are terminally ill and realize any day may be their last, they often create a bucket list to complete their lifelong wishes.When Patrick Kelly was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in March 2015, he created his own plan.Only the items on Kelly’s plan — which he came up with through an organization that helps people
Published: February 5, 2016
Accused double-murderer Williams Amaya bathed his bullets in holy water and then pumped those bullets into his aunt and uncle because they were possessed by Lucifer, Amaya told state psychiatrists who diagnosed him as delusional.Amaya was in court Thursday after prosecutors asked for a second psychological evaluation.Dr. John Hearn said he used 62 information sources about Amaya when he diagnosed
Published: February 5, 2016
Chapeau to the Street Department for their monumental efforts at snow removal (or rearrangement) in the past few days. What a snow cycle. El Nino has arrived.Ward HauensteinAspen
Published: February 4, 2016
Thank you, Roaring Forak Transportation Authority, and specifically Kent Blackmer, co-director of operations, for assuring me that every effort will be made to identify and rebuke the RFTA driver of the bus that nearly plowed into my vehicle at the intersection of Highway 82 and Upper River Road. RFTA lists seven guiding “values” on its website. Among these are “accountability”
Published: February 4, 2016
It’s another busy weekend for Aspen High School sports, starting tonight with both varsity hockey and basketball at home.Come support your Aspen Skiers. Students and non-boosters are $5, and booster members are free. Come enjoy some hockey and basketball and some concessions. Hope to see everyone at the games today and Saturday.Go, Skiers.Lauren JacksonAspen
Published: February 4, 2016
I would like to thank Meredith Carroll and The Aspen Times for Tuesday’s column “Breaking the cycle of emotional abuse.” Unfortunately, “Alice’s” story is all too real for many in our community who struggle with their partners’ emotionally abusive behaviors, which often can be more effective, lasting and damaging than physical abuse. The sad reality is that for those who
Published: February 4, 2016
Published: February 4, 2016
Lois Leota Skiff, born April 7, 1923 to Anton and Margaret Yartz Skiff passed away peacefully with family at her bedside Sunday morning January 31, 2016 after suffering a stroke. Lois grew up on a ranch in Aspen, Colorado the youngest daughter of a family of 13. She graduated from Aspen High School Class of 1941 and from Barnes Business
Published: February 4, 2016
Marc Lipman, 89, died December 13, 2015, at Heritage Park Care Center. After joining the U.S. Army during World War II, Marc later attended the University of Illinois where he received a degree in Engineering. Marc married Susan Carrington Thompsen in 1960 and enjoyed a two-year honeymoon travelling around the world. After returning the U.S., Marc opened two Chicago restaurants
Published: February 4, 2016
Law enforcement officials Thursday remained silent about the whereabouts of a man they suspect threw a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands nearly three weeks ago. No one has yet been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, said Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan. And while Ryan has said the community is currently in no danger, he has
Published: February 4, 2016
Storms like the one that hit last weekend only roll around once in about every four years.The storm that dumped 37 inches of snow on the slopes of Aspen’s ski areas Jan. 30 into Tuesday was the 10th largest storm cycle in 37 years, according to Aspen Skiing Co.’s records. Skico Vice President of Operations Rich Burkley said the last
Published: February 4, 2016
Home, sweet home.The Aspen High School basketball teams are back home for a sweet doubleheader this weekend. The Skiers will host Gunnison on Friday night and Olathe on Saturday afternoon in two Western Slope League games.The Aspen teams will be out to climb up the ladder of the conference standings.The Aspen boys are 2-5 in the Western Slope League, 5-7
Published: February 4, 2016
The Aspen High School Nordic team recorded top results, state-qualifying results, at the Steamboat Springs Invitational last weekend.The Skiers competed in a classic 5-kilometer race.Logan McNamee of the Skiers charged onto the podium with a second-place finish, her top finish of the season.Also posting state-qualifying times for Aspen were Adair Patillo, Kim Sandbach, Maya McDonough and Ella Beck. Anna Belinski
Published: February 4, 2016
The decision by The Aspen Club, which will close for eight to 10 months starting in April, to have its members pay a mandatory monthly fee to work out at other facilities is getting a mixed reception.The Aspen Club has partnered with several other fitness facilities where members can work out at a monthly rate of $90, which is half
Published: February 4, 2016
In many municipal elections for political office, voters are forced to pull teeth to draw distinctions between candidates. Not so in this year’s Basalt mayoral race.The race pits the sitting mayor, Jacque Whitsitt, against former mayor and current Councilman Rick Stevens. They both have extensive track records in Basalt politics. Whitsitt has served for 16 years; Stevens has served for
Published: February 4, 2016
You may love it. You may hate it. But if you’re like most Americans, you love to hate-watch it.The Super Bowl halftime show, with its bloated production, ludicrous pageantry and random guest performers, has become a time when we all gather around the tube and laugh at pop stars.Think of the gifts it’s bestowed upon the culture in the new
Published: February 4, 2016
Two candidates for Basalt Town Council dropped out of the race Tuesday to lend their support to other candidates.Mark Kwiecienski and Bel Carpenter withdrew prior to the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday and won’t be on the ballot for the April 5 election. That leaves six candidates in the running for three council seats. The candidates are incumbents Rob Leavitt and
Published: February 4, 2016
I would like to clarify some points made in the Feb. 2 Aspen Times article and letter to the editor about physical-therapy services at Aspen Valley Hospital (“Aspen Valley Hospital’s new orthopedic service squeezes out physical therapists”).Most important to note is that private-practice physical therapists cannot treat Aspen Valley Hospital patients within our facility because they are not employed by
Published: February 3, 2016
Editor’s note: The following letter was originally addressed to the board of directors of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and its CEO Dan Blankenship.Dear Mr. Blankenship and RFTA board members, The noise and pollution RFTA buses are causing is creating havoc in our beautiful city of Aspen!The moment I walk out my door each day, my first sensation is the
Published: February 3, 2016
So the mayor is now hearing dark voices in Aspen? Well, if he and the City Council (not Bert Myrin) hadn’t stabbed local voters in the back three times, maybe the voices he heard would be bright and sunny.Carl HeckAspen
Published: February 3, 2016
In the wake of the recession, Eagle County had a multiyear reprieve from the high cost of housing. Well, not anymore. Residents and employers alike are feeling the squeeze.Rental units are 99 percent occupied. County-owned housing units for low-income families and seniors have a wait list of two to four years. The median home price has increased 17 percent over
Published: February 3, 2016
This is why I chose to pull out of the race: Each voter gets three votes to cast among all the council candidates. The three winners will be those with the largest number of votes. As of Tuesday morning, there were eight candidates including myself and Bel Carpenter who would have been competing for the three open council seats and
Published: February 3, 2016
Published: February 3, 2016
Local athletes Chris Klug, Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Davenport speak to a crowd Wednesday night for “World Class Athletes, World Class Entrepreneurs,” hosted by the Aspen Entrepreneurs and Investors Network. The group hosts monthly events, which can be found on its Facebook page.
Published: February 3, 2016
In a recent letter to the editors of The Aspen Times (“A potential tragedy,” Feb. 2) and the Aspen Daily News (“A close call with RFTA bus,” Feb. 2), a Woody Creek resident had a bad experience with an outbound Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus. RFTA management is investigating the incident.The X Games bring out the best and worst in
Published: February 3, 2016
So it might be a little challenging for me to get through writing my column this week because my thoughts are like bubbles that form and then rise to the surface, popping midstream as if they never existed, there and then gone.And then it snowed, right? It snowed and snowed and snowed, the biggest storm I can remember in the
Published: February 3, 2016
On January 27, 2016 Carol Jean Colver passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side in Chandler, Arizona.Carol was born in Kansas City Missouri on January 31, 1936 to Helen and Olin John (“OJ”) Cope. She spent her childhood in Kansas City and graduated with a sociology degree and was a Delta, Delta, Delta from the University of
Published: February 3, 2016
Police arrested a chef at an on-mountain Snowmass restaurant Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to stab a waiter, according to a police report. Robert McConnell, 32, of Carbondale was arrested at the Lynn Britt Cabin restaurant near the Spider Sabich Race Arena and charged with felony menacing with a deadly weapon. He was taken down the mountain on a snowmobile
Published: February 3, 2016
A skier who collided with a tree Wednesday on Aspen Mountain was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with unknown injuries, sources said. The call for an ambulance was made to the Pitkin County Dispatch Center at 12:20 p.m., a dispatcher said. Jeff Hanle, spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co., said initial information indicated the injuries were not life-threatening. He had no
Published: February 3, 2016
Monday morning started off slowly for me. A quick glance at my indoor weather station said that it was 27 degrees outside at 6:30 a.m. I slept like a baby after my buddy Travis hiked my butt off in knee-deep snow wading around on the Colorado River in Silt and the Roaring Fork in Glenwood Springs on Sunday. There was
Published: February 3, 2016
I’ve been reading about the Iowa caucus system, which leaps into action today (Feb. 1) at the pace of an arthritic turtle after a heavy meal, primed to be the first state to declare a winner in the race to become president of the U.S. of A. this year.Due to my early deadline, I have no idea who will come
Published: February 3, 2016
DENVER — The resort landscape is always evolving, but that evolution may be headed toward rapid change in the next few years.The pace of that change was one of the central topics of The Assembly, an annual tourism seminar produced by Destimetrics, a Denver-based resort market research and consulting firm. The biggest change is happening now. Mountain resorts throughout the
Published: February 3, 2016
Rebecca S. Woods, 65, formerly of Aurora and Geneva, Illinois, passed away, Friday, January 22, 2016 at her home in Eau Claire, Michigan.A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Shanghai Memorial Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends may visit with
Published: February 3, 2016
Margaret Yartz Skiff passed away peacefully with family at her bedside Sunday morning January 31, 2016 after suffering a stroke. Lois grew up on a ranch in Aspen, Colorado the youngest daughter of a family of 13. She graduated from Aspen High School Class of 1941 and from Barnes Business College in Denver, Colorado. Lois lived and worked in Baltimore,
Published: February 3, 2016
The 11 ski areas in the White River National Forest — including the four operated by Aspen Skiing Co. — paid a record of nearly $18 million in fees to the federal government for use of public lands last year.The resorts paid a little more than $17.9 million during the U.S. Forest Service’s fiscal year 2015, which covered the 2014-15
Published: February 3, 2016
Police officers found beer bottles, a flask and marijuana inside the car belonging to a 20-year-old college student who hit another vehicle head-on Sunday near Basalt, according to a police report. Jack Galyon, the driver, admitted to drinking two beers and a shot and smoking marijuana several hours before the crash, according to a report from a Colorado State trooper.
Published: February 3, 2016
George Butterfield, who will be 77 in February, has been at the helm of Butterfield & Robinson since its inception. Born in Canada and raised in Bermuda, George practiced law in Toronto before dedicating himself full-time to the business of biking and walking in 1969. He still plays an active role in day-to-day operations and serves as B&R’s spiritual leader,
Published: February 3, 2016
In 1962, French filmmaker Francois Truffaut sat down with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock for a weeklong interview at Universal Studios. They went through Hitchcock’s catalog film by film and spoke for 27 hours about the craft of making movies.That conversation turned into the influential book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” — still a fixture on the bookshelves of cinephiles — and now is the
Published: February 3, 2016
“The Snowmass Village Mardi Gras parade and masquerade party on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 11, is scheduled for live coverage via satellite on the 5 pm and 10 pm news on ABC affiliate stations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston and Denver,” noted the February 1986 Aspen Times. “Filming the day’s activities, which will include skiers in costume on the mountain
Published: February 3, 2016
When Snowmass Village celebrates Mardi Gras for the 34th consecutive year Feb. 9, it will be with the help of people who have made the party — and the town — what it is. Take Murry Daniels, a part-time resident of Carbondale and Louisiana. His family and several friends have built a float for the Snowmass parade for many years,
Published: February 3, 2016
As I write this, X Games Aspen is coming to an end. Another year of crowds and competitions. There were definitely thrills and spills all throughout the weekend of events. It was a great opportunity for my athletes to experience. Typically, my team trains out of the Snowmass ski resort, but Saturday called for a field trip so we could
Published: February 3, 2016
A Basalt restaurant has reopened after voluntarily closing and working with environmental health officials when six people were infected with salmonella after dining there, according to the Eagle County Public Health and Environment Department.El Korita at Willits Town Center closed for five days Jan. 21, according to Public Health Director Jennifer Ludwig. She said the restaurant owner and staff were
Published: February 3, 2016
While skiers and snowboarders might be rejoicing over the largest snowstorm in recent years, “hallelujah” is not the first word on the lips of those who have to remove all that snow.“I think everyone in the snow-removal business is working their butt off,” said Dan Nelson, the downtown coordinator for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Nelson said he and
Published: February 2, 2016
This year’s Winter X Games saw big crowds and big snow but little crime or mayhem. “The crowd was very well behaved,” said Pitkin County Deputy Alex Burchetta. Aspen city police officers, however, were busy chalking up more arrests than usual in town, according to police reports.Area law enforcement officers cited 11 underage kids at the X Games for minor
Published: February 2, 2016
Michael WardAVSC alumnus and U.S. Nordic team memberMichael Ward, a Nordic combined athlete, has been on the U.S. National Team for five years. As an Aspen native, skiing was always a huge part of Ward’s life. “I started cross country skiing at a really young age. My dad would pull me around the ski trails,” said Ward, who later joined
Published: February 2, 2016
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard ClubSoldier Hollow Super JNQMidway, UtahJan. 29Classic Sprint U16 BoysColt Whitley, 57Jacob Barsness, 66Everett Olson, 87Classic Sprint U18/U20 Men Nick Sweeney, 3Graham Houtsma, 49Jack Sweeney, 63Ricky Wojcik, 96Classic Sprint U16 GirlsChelsea Moore, 16Elizabeth Barsness, 74Classic Sprint U18/U20 Women Anna Fake, 5Jozie Wille, 53Nina Beidleman, 60Katelyn Krehbiel, 69Jan. 30Free Mass Start U12 BoysAnsel Whitley, 20Brandon Boettcher, 21Free
Published: February 2, 2016
I was starting to feel sorry for myself prior to Tuesday. Circumstances beyond my control conspired to keep me off the slopes during one of the best snowstorms Aspen and Snowmass have scored in a long time.I helped with coverage of the Winter X Games on Saturday and Sunday. Truth be known, I couldn’t have skied Sunday if I wanted
Published: February 2, 2016
In the spirit of its 50th anniversary, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s summer program of more than 150 workshops reflects its longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary artistic experiences, inspiration through dialogue and fostering of community.Anderson Ranch invites artists of all levels — aspiring, emerging and established — to learn from expert faculty across eight disciplines.This summer guest faculty will draw upon
Published: February 2, 2016
Rebecca S. Woods, 65, formerly of Aurora and Geneva, Illinois, passed away, Friday, January 22, 2016 at her home in Eau Claire, Michigan.A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Shanghai Memorial Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends may visit with
Published: February 2, 2016
It left me profoundly sad in the midst of triumphant joy. As we followed the flow of tens of thousands Bronco fans meandering from the stadium to the delta of parking lots near lower downtown, we passed beneath a viaduct holding I-25, the more rapid flow of humanity, above us. There was a young man standing near the embankment holding
Published: February 2, 2016
Published: February 2, 2016
Editor’s note: Business as Usual is a series highlighting local businesses in Snowmass Village. It is published weekly in the Snowmass Sun. It’s no coincidence that we decided to feature Accent on Wildflowers, Snowmass Village’s only florist, just before Valentine’s Day. But being open year-round means that, even when business can be slow, this locally owned shop can make any
Published: February 2, 2016
Aspen Valley Hospital’s recent establishment of an on-site bone and joint clinic has touched off frustration among private physical therapists who no longer can continue their decadeslong working relationship with a group of orthopedic physicians.OrthoAspen opened in January following months of negotiations between the hospital and physicians from Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, a 58-year-old private practice that disbanded last year. OrthoAspen
Published: February 2, 2016
What do you get when you pair the wines of Australia’s most iconic winemakers with the cuisine of one of Colorado’s most creative chefs? A wine dinner that is a must-mark on the calendar.Next Wednesday, February 3rd, at Viceroy Snowmass’ Eight K restaurant, the wines of Penfolds will be poured at a special four-course meal prepared by Eight K executive
Published: February 2, 2016
Editor’s note: This column used a fictitious name for Alice to protect her identity and those of her children.When Alice Roe moved to Aspen in 2010, it was the first time in nearly 17 years she felt genuinely seen by others. After taking a job in Snowmass where she knew no one, she was awakened by the novel sensation of
Published: February 2, 2016
Anderson Ranch Arts Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with multiple workshops at its Snowmass Village facility.This summer’s guest faculty will draw upon the ranch’s full breadth of classic techniques and cutting-edge technologies, according to an announcement made Monday by the nonprofit. For the first time in its history, the ranch’s photography students can enroll in a three-year Advanced Mentored
Published: February 2, 2016
Discussing the program of Tuesday’s opening concert of the Aspen Music Festival’s Winter Series, pianist Wu Han noted how often great composer-pianists like Felix Mendelssohn and Frederic Chopin wrote for the cello.“Pianists love cellists,” she said, then let out a knowing laugh.Wu Han loves her own cellist, husband and musical partner, David Finckel, with whom she will perform today. Married
Published: February 2, 2016
The Aspen Music Festival’s 2016 summer season will include 71/2 weeks of programming with more than 400 events and concerts running June 30 to Aug. 21.Centered around the theme “Invitation to Dance,” the season will open July 3 with Robert Spano conducting Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and performances throughout the summer will highlight the use of dance elements in music. Themed
Published: February 2, 2016
Aspen Skiing Co. will wait more than a month for an answer on a phasing-change request for its Fanny Hill Townhomes project in Snowmass, a decision it says is key to it also moving forward with a hotel there. Skico won approval, 3-2, on the first reading of its application to tie the start of construction of the townhome project
Published: February 2, 2016
The story that follows in quotation marks isn’t real. No one died as described. But only a few inches separated what’s make-believe and what could have been:“Bus slams into Subaru Outback; longtime local and 4-year-old granddaughter die“A downvalley-bound bus ignored a mandatory right turn, sped across the intersection of Highway 82 and Upper Woody Creek Road at 3:41 p.m. Thursday
Published: February 1, 2016
Lily Rosalind Ketteman Patrick was born on January 27, 1931, to Alwine Luise and Christian Gottlob Ketteman in Flint, Michigan, where she spent her childhood. She died peacefully on January 25, 2016 at her home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She is survived by her five children, Dahlgren Ekonomides, Danielle Patrick Milam, Daren P. DuFriend, Todd W. Patrick and Chad K.
Published: February 1, 2016
Skiers and students were ecstatic as the snowstorm headed into its third day Monday. Snowplow drivers and deputy sheriffs were working nonstop to keep roads clear and stranded motorists safe. Motorists were stressed. Airline passengers were out of luck.The slopes of all four ski areas in the upper Roaring Fork Valley were pounded by close to 2 feet of snow
Published: February 1, 2016
A 22-year-old Oklahoma man pleaded guilty to stalking two teenage girls in downtown Aspen this summer and taking cellphone pictures up their skirts.In addition to the felony stalking charge and a count of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, Stephen Moore also pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse causing great bodily harm. That count relates to a
Published: February 1, 2016
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from Jan. 25-31.January 25Medical call at the Snowmass Clinic for a person suffering from a fractured wrist. One person was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for further treatment. Medical call at the Snowmass Ski Patrol pickup location on Gallun Lane for a person suffering from chest pain. One person
Published: February 1, 2016

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