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Our parents do their best to teach a lesson, threatening to throw our bicycles in the trash, taking our car keys away or other foreboding punishment if we don’t own up to childish misdeeds. How many times have you sat in a quiet classroom, the teacher threatening that no one is going out for recess (or graduation) until the culprit
Published: September 5, 2015
The second salvo has been fired in the fight over the Verena Mallory Trail on Smuggler Mountain.A group of trail users called the Friends of the Verena Mallory Trail Association Inc. filed a motion for preliminary injunction Friday to prevent the trail from being closed until litigation is settled. The group filed a lawsuit earlier in the week against Aspen
Published: September 5, 2015
Now in its 43rd year, the Aspen MotherLode Volleyball Classic has become a Labor Day tradition in Aspen.The event, produced annually by volleyball promoter Leon Fell, began Wednesday and continues with doubles volleyball matches through Monday.Fell said the 43rd annual MotherLode Classic, which started as a backyard barbecue and volleyball party, will feature some of the best professional and amateur
Published: September 5, 2015
A Basalt High School teacher is one of three finalists for the Colorado Department of Education’s 2016 Teacher of the Year award.If Leticia Guzman Ingram, an English Language Learners teacher at Basalt High School, is chosen, then she would serve as Colorado’s teaching ambassador to communities and organizations around the state and nation. David Schmid, former principal at Basalt High
Published: September 5, 2015
Reed Patterson is only the second municipal court clerk in Aspen’s history.However, her history in town goes back far longer than her nearly 20 years as administrator of the city’s Municipal Court. In fact, she’s been an Aspenite for most of her adult life.“It’s beautiful here,” Patterson said recently during an interview at her desk just inside City Hall. “People
Published: September 5, 2015
The bad news just keeps on coming for Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson. The latest bit involves a $200,000 business loan Jacobson and his ex-wife, Heidi Zuckerman, took out in 2007, according to court documents. The loan was supposed to be paid back by May but wasn’t. Alpine Bank received a default judgment last month in the amount of
Published: September 5, 2015
A former Aspen resident who pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges in 2012 was extradited back to Colorado from Minnesota to answer to charges that he repeatedly violated probation. Michael Kulik appeared in District Court on Friday, where Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ordered him held on a $4,000 cash-only bond. District Judge Gail Nichols, who is on vacation,
Published: September 5, 2015
The Skiers are 2-0.The Aspen High School football team came from behind in the second half to beat Grand Valley 12-6 at Parachute.The Skiers trailed 6-0 for most of the first half after the Cardinals scored on a long pass that was tipped and caught for a touchdown.Aspen tied the score in the third quarter on a drive fueled by
Published: September 4, 2015
MotherLode 2015 forges on.Dodging seasonal showers, the 43rd annual Aspen MotherLode Classic heads into the holiday weekend — on schedule with a bit of juggling because of wet grass and wet sand.Play was interrupted on a couple of occasions Friday, but play progressed in all scheduled divisions.Teams are gearing up for the featured weekend matches, scheduled to run through championship
Published: September 4, 2015
I was interested in The Aspen Times’ coverage of the Snowmass Village Water and Sanitation Board’s decision to remove fluoride from the municipal water supply (“Snowmass water board nixes fluoride,” July 20). It was reported that the board cited a report it had commissioned from SGM concerning damaging health issues of fluoride as part of its rationale for removing fluoride
Published: September 4, 2015
The town of Basalt can take a leadership role, demonstrate the intelligence needed to look at the big picture and resist the “easy solution” by preserving the Pan and Fork parcel as open space. Such action will give developers the opportunity to consider mixed use development where it belongs.The Clark’s Market/Aspenalt Motel area (Basalt Center Circle Property) is at the
Published: September 4, 2015
To the Snowmass Village community, it’s time to get over the personal vendetta against Councilman Chris Jacobson and think about how a recall will affect his chances for a fair trial. Every American deserves one. Let this situation run its course. He has already been tried in the press and even on YouTube. Mike SuraDawn Beach, St. Maarten
Published: September 4, 2015
I’ve been coming to Aspen for more than 50 years since college at Denver University and I still enjoy all the wonderful scenery, winding trails, great parks and beautiful public areas, to name but a few of the many attractions.Over time, the summer population has increased significantly, and the dog population has increased even more. In fact, the Humane Society
Published: September 4, 2015
Aspen’s forward thinkingI was delighted to learn about Aspen achieving its decade-plus goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy and becoming only the third city in the nation to achieve this goal.As a leader in forward-thinking policies, Aspen has already served as a shining example of what Coloradans can achieve when they work together. Having already been at an
Published: September 4, 2015
High school golfers took an early look at the Haymaker Golf Course at Steamboat Springs this week.Haymaker will be the site of the Class 3A Regional Championships, the state-qualifying tournament, later in the season.Grand Junction High School dominated in team scoring at Haymaker, posting a first-place 222. Host Steamboat Springs was second at 231, followed by Montrose at 232.Eagle Valley
Published: September 4, 2015
The Aspen Parking Department, in support of the Denver Broncos, is offering free parking in September if the Denver Broncos win any of their regular season games. If the Broncos win, visit the parking office at 540 E. Main St. the next day and get a free day of parking in the Rio Grande parking garage (up to a $15
Published: September 4, 2015
For 11 consecutive years, The Meeting has been a mark of the approaching winter season for snowsports enthusiasts, filmmakers, athletes, industry insiders, media and fans. This year, The Meeting 11 will take place Oct. 1 through 3, with the main theater located in Wagner Park. The weekend will deliver a packed schedule with the latest ski and snowboard films, a
Published: September 4, 2015
GYPSUM — Police are searching for two suspects after a shooting that left a person injured at a store in Gypsum on Friday.Witnesses reported an armed robbery at Tienda Montes at 925 Green Way at the Dakota Square shopping area. The victim was taken from the scene in an ambulance.The suspects remain on the loose, said Jessie Mosher with the
Published: September 4, 2015
The White River National Forest must cut between $200,000 and $300,000 from its remaining budget this year to help with the agency’s desperate transfer of funds to firefighting efforts around the western U.S.But it’s the longer-term budget implications that concern White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.The trend of devoting more funds to firefighting is going to force the Forest
Published: September 4, 2015
Fitz and the Tantrums began in 2008 with no guitar and a $50 church organ, the unlikely key ingredient for a band that’s led a national soul-music revival with an eccentric sound and electric live shows.“I’m tired of the guitar as an instrument,” Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, the band’s lead singer, said during a stop in Aspen a few years back.
Published: September 4, 2015
Hozier admits that as someone who is naturally rather introverted, he’s had to work to get used to playing in front of the increasingly large audiences that are populating his shows in the wake of the huge success of his hit single “Take Me To Church.”“It certainly was a very steep learning curve,” he said in a recent phone interview.
Published: September 4, 2015
Composer Andrea Clearfield and performance artist Alya Howe will bring together some remarkable talents for a three-year anniversary celebration of the arts at the Salon at Justice Snow’s on Sunday.Clearfield and Howe have curated a program of six performances in the intimate and historic bar, including music, poetry, sound meditation and dance.“We have a special program planned and Alya and
Published: September 4, 2015
Mark Hunt is a snake, a skunk and a weasel. No offense to animals. And, City Hall is the dense wood he lurks in. No offense to lumber.To bring you up to speed, Hunt is the guy who would build two new hotels in town. He named them Base1 and Base2, appropriately likening them to the menacing Dr. Seuss’ Thing
Published: September 4, 2015
If you’ve heard of the film (or the actual object) “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” you may have some idea of Australia’s unfortunate history with invasive and non-native species. Suffice it to say that back in the day, a guy released 24 rabbits so he could hunt them, and they bred like rabbits, and eventually Australia had so many rabbits the government had
Published: September 4, 2015
Pitkin County announced Thursday that a shortage in federal funding has changed its focus on its airport expansion project.Such pending projects as underground parking, a second fixed-base operator and a new taxiway on the airport’s west side are now on hold. The county’s plan to acquire Burlingame Open Space along Owl Creek Road, which would have required a public vote,
Published: September 4, 2015
“Double tap the mat or myself when it’s too much,” Aspen MMA studio owner Ernesto Mendez told 22-year-old Alexandra George as he tightened his grasp around her neck.Lying beneath Mendez in what he called a “victim pose,” George slammed a sweaty, tired palm on the mat and swiftly maneuvered her body away from him.“Wow,” George said, breathing heavily. “That was
Published: September 4, 2015
The picturesque town of Redstone is a work of art itself, but this Labor Day weekend, on the lawn of the Redstone Inn, work from 35 artists will be on display and for sale for the 20th annual Redstone Art Show.But the show features more than just two tents full of artwork; there also will be a variety of artist
Published: September 4, 2015
It’s that time of year again, as we begin to spot bits of yellow, green and gold in the trees. Prospective leaf-peepers call the Aspen Chamber Resort Association every summer asking for the inside scoop on local fall foliage. Aspen-area leaves draw people to the area from all over, according to the chamber. Figuring out that perfect time to witness
Published: September 4, 2015
Stein Bridge, which links the trail behind the Aspen Business Center to the Rio Grande Trail, will be closed Tuesday through November for a $250,000 project to replace its abutments. The bridge also will be raised by 3 feet to better accommodate boating on the Roaring Fork River when there is high water, Pitkin County said in a statement Thursday.
Published: September 3, 2015
I read with amusement Bonny DeWeese’s letter about the odors emanating from High Valley Farms (“Pot farm can’t continue,” Letters to the Editor, The Aspen Times, Aug. 30). There are some odors coming from the farm, and it is trying to abate the problem. But the real problem is that a huge tract of land that once was agricultural was
Published: September 3, 2015
The road show for area high school football begins Friday night.Both Aspen and Basalt will hit the road for a pair of nonconference games.The Aspen Skiers actually started the season last weekend with a 29-12 zero-week victory over visiting Montezuma-Cortez. They will take their 1-0 record west on Interstate 70 to Parachute for tonight’s game against Grand Valley.Formerly a Western
Published: September 3, 2015
After reaping praise for their promise to the community to maintain access to Windstar’s storied nature preserve, the county has backed out of purchasing the property that would have provided the critical public parking for Windstar visitors. While there is an easement once you are inside that allows you to walk into Windstar, there is no public parking for miles,
Published: September 3, 2015
The Grand Traverse takes a turn this weekend.The popular winter ski mountaineering race between Crested Butte and Aspen will transform into a summer event — trail running and mountain biking.And there’s $6,000 in prize money to stimulate the field.The Grand Traverse Mountain Run and Bike will be held over two days with competitors having a chance to compete in both
Published: September 3, 2015
The Aspen High School boys tennis team will head to Grand Junction and the annual Western Slope Tournament today and Saturday.The Skiers last weekend played in the Lowery Bishop Tennis Tournament, also in Grand Junction, finishing with a 2-2 record, good for fourth out of seven teams.Aspen beat Fruita Monument 7-0, then lost to Grand Junction 4-3. After a 5-2
Published: September 3, 2015
In less than three weeks, High Valley Farms will learn whether it will remain in business. The fate of the marijuana greenhouses, however, isn’t about rent spikes, plummeting revenue or dying business. Instead, this high-stakes battle, which has played out in a series of Pitkin County commissioners meetings over the year, concerns the skunk-like pot odors the greenhouses have been
Published: September 3, 2015
NEW YORK — A judge let the air out of “Deflategate” Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football’s integrity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to appeal. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice” as he found multiple reasons to reject the
Published: September 3, 2015
I’m not quite sure why, but I find myself unable to contemplate politics right now without factoring in something about Donald Duck … er, I mean Donald Trump.Sorry about that momentary slip of the keyboard, my fingers went to type out the name of our most outrageous political figure in the U.S. today. But my fingers twitched, I hit the
Published: September 3, 2015
I often think of Snowmass Village as Aspen’s quiet cousin; you know, not as much happening with a bar scene that’s not nearly as hot as Aspen’s. And that is still my basic assumption. But when it comes to a HOT — and I mean HOT, as in spicy — drink, Venga Venga has everything I’ve tried in Aspen beat.
Published: September 3, 2015
The Point Reyes National Seashore is shaped like the head of a seahorse. Sir Francis Drake spotted the underside of the cape’s hooked snout while sailing up California’s coastline in 1579, stopping there in what is known today as Drakes Estero, the exact site where a little oyster farm would sit nearly three and a half centuries later.A few miles
Published: September 3, 2015
Signs simply reading “Thank You!” were planted on the green lawns of homes throughout Pearlington, Mississippi, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.The message of gratitude was directed toward the thousands of volunteers from throughout the U.S. — and the Roaring Fork Valley — who helped rebuild those homes in this swampy Gulf Coast hamlet after the storm ravaged it
Published: September 3, 2015
In the June 1991 edition of the Aspen Times Weekly, the first Jazz Aspen three-day festival was headlined “Aspen does Jazz” by Paul Andersen. Now in its 25th season and having grown into a multitude of events, including the Labor Day Experience, the article remembers the beginning spring that bubbled to a cascade with its initial event. “Jazz Aspen, a
Published: September 3, 2015
“We don’t have a reservation under that name,” the guy at the front desk said.“Check M-a-r-g-o-t,” Ryan said, as if the kid was so dumb he wasn’t going to be able to find “Margo” but he’d find it with the extra letter at the end.The kid was kind of dumb, and he was a kid, or at least he was
Published: September 3, 2015
An Old Snowmass man was charged Friday with three felonies after he allegedly launched an unprovoked attack against a man sitting in his car in a Basalt parking lot in what police said was a case of ethnic intimidation.Jerry Lloyd Cunico, 47, allegedly opened the car door of the victim and started beating him, according to the Basalt Police Department
Published: September 3, 2015
The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will resume review of Ace Lane’s Tree Farm project at 4 p.m. today at the Eagle County office building in El Jebel, adjacent to Crown Mountain Park.The meeting will include a continued discussion of the planned-unit development guide, which was previously discussed July 2 and Aug. 6. The guide helps specify uses in
Published: September 3, 2015
The subtle change of the season is upon us. Days seem to be cooling down, leaves are turning a bit, it’s getting dark earlier and fall seems to be right around the corner. Fall means some rewarding fishing for locals, plus there are fewer visiting anglers. Although we will still be seeing the continuation of great pale morning duns and
Published: September 3, 2015
Aspen Skiing Co. has notified longtime tenants of the Aspen Basalt Campground that they must vacate by May because the company is going to start operating more of a standard, short-term RV park. In a letter addressed to “Dear long-term campers,” Skico’s manager informed tenants that Skico was going to restrict stays in 56 spaces to 21 days, with at
Published: September 3, 2015
There is something amiss in the valley. A very vocal minority is creating a huge mess for a local business, and it’s time someone says something that’s rational.Why such a tiny group of people are choosing to lynch Aspen resident Jordan Lewis is beyond me. Instead of forcing Lewis down a path that could kill his business, it’s time to
Published: September 2, 2015
Why does the entrance to Aspen take a back seat to Basalt, Gypsum and Vail? Frankly, it is a disgrace! There are tons of weeds at the roundabout, some of which, over the summer, have grown to be small trees. Maybe the powers that be plan to light them come winter to accompany the beautiful Aspens?When several hundred thousand dollars
Published: September 2, 2015
Thank you, Andy Stone, for stating clearly what has evaded public debate so far in Basalt: Put development where it belongs on the Clark’s Market parcel (“Planning Basalt: Let’s get nasty,” Commentary, The Aspen Times, Sept. 2)!Everyone wants Our Town planning to succeed in bringing people and businesses to Basalt. But that goal has become convoluted in the many levels
Published: September 2, 2015
The proponents of the Tree Farm project propose to do what so many developers in the valley have done before: expropriate public property for their own financial benefit. In this case, though, Ace Lane and his backers are doing it on a grand scale.The Tree Farm project, by adding 400 residential units, would create a huge congestion problem at the
Published: September 2, 2015
Many residents of central Colorado have a deep affection for the untrammeled outdoors. But when it comes to giving back and volunteering time for the environment, it is easy to be at a loss for tangible action. What, after all, can we do for Mother Nature, who often seems to do best when left alone? There is an organization based
Published: September 2, 2015
Published: September 2, 2015
The Aspen School District will seek to boost its mill levy with an appeal to voters in the Nov. 3 election.However, because that potential increase won’t answer all of its needs, the district expects to come back to voters again in November 2016 to renew a separate revenue stream.In a special meeting Wednesday, the board of education approved language for
Published: September 2, 2015
The lower Fryingpan River will be flowing steadily in September as up to 300 cubic feet per second of water will be released from Ruedi Reservoir for the benefit of four endangered fish species in the Colorado River below Palisade.On most days in September, about 100 cfs of the endangered-fish water will be released from the reservoir, and flows will
Published: September 2, 2015
Two of the region’s top high school golfers battled stroke-for-stroke Wednesday at the Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club.Aspen High School’s Will Hazen and Fruita Monument’s Troy Dangler, who have played golf together since they were in elementary school, played together in the final foursome Wednesday.And the prep golfing duel wasn’t decided until the last hole.Dangler, off to a
Published: September 2, 2015
An apparent attempt at a plea agreement for Arturo Navarrete-Portillo fell through Wednesday.The Carbondale man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Maria Portillo Amaya. She was slain in February with a machete before Navarrete-Portillo crashed his SUV into the rear of a cattle truck and then told emergency workers about the crime while being flown
Published: September 2, 2015
Providence. You might have an inkling as to where it is (Near Boston? Yup.), but you really have no idea what this historic college town is all about. From its grimy years dominated by crooked politicians, organized crime, a depressed blue-collar economy and a decades long exodus of post-graduate youth, Providence is finally seeing a turnaround. People are discovering, or
Published: September 2, 2015
Nobody in the alcohol industry wants anyone to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking and kill themselves or anyone else. They also want to sell more booze. What’s a peddler of vices to do?I think the first thing is to become solely focused on the immediate potentially devastating consequences of overindulging. The main reason is not for
Published: September 2, 2015
I’ve been thinking about Basalt a lot — it is, after all, my closest major metropolitan area.And a phrase that keeps popping to mind is an oft-quoted remark, ironically and appropriately in Spanish: “Pobre Mexico! Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos.”In my midvalley considerations, that phrase changes to, “Pobre Basalt! Tan lejos de Dios y
Published: September 2, 2015
At the Aug. 24 Aspen City Council meeting, several peculiar things happened.Mark Hunt had officially withdrawn the application for his Base2 hotel at the gas-station site across from Carl’s.Residents who had objected to the affordable housing, parking, height and bulk variances given to Hunt mounted a successful petition drive against the approval of the Base2 ordinance, and now it was
Published: September 2, 2015
It had been years since I had done the Lead King Basin Loop, and that was in a vehicle, so I wasn’t sure what to expect on a mountain bike Sunday.And now I know — I underestimated the effort a bit, thinking, “How hard can a ride on roads be?”My riding partner and I parked in Marble and headed counterclockwise
Published: September 2, 2015
The Aspen Valley Hospital campus officially became smoke- and tobacco-free Tuesday, but officials don’t plan to crack down on offenders unless they get unruly.Nan Sundeen, director of Pitkin County Health and Services, briefed county commissioners on the new policy at their work session Tuesday.The new rules, which cover the main hospital building as well as the Health and Human Services
Published: September 2, 2015
State transportation officials met Tuesday with Pitkin County commissioners who urged them to make some fixes to the Aspen roundabout and make a stretch of Highway 133 more bicyclist friendly.“The roundabout is really starting to fail,” Commissioner Rachel Richards told members of the Colorado Department of Transportation. She noted that the road in the rotary has some deep depressions and
Published: September 2, 2015
A citizens’ group’s motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent a land trust from closing the Verena Mallory Trail on Smuggler Mountain was denied Tuesday by a Pitkin County District Judge.Judge Daniel Petre wrote in his decision that there was no evidence that “closure of the Trail is irreparable.” He noted that the closure “may be reversed” if the
Published: September 2, 2015
Pitkin County’s proposal for a whitewater park on the Roaring Fork River in Basalt got recommended for approval from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night — with 24 conditions.The commission voted unanimously to advise the Town Council to approve the project despite some major concerns about parking, safety of people schlepping kayaks, paddle boards and inner tubes
Published: September 2, 2015
So let’s get this effrontery straightened out: “Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission wants major changes to (St. Mary Catholic Church’s) project. ... (The commission) ... sent a clear message to applicants St. Mary’s Church/(Catholic) Archdiocese of Denver (“City: St. Mary’s addition should respect integrity of the building,” Aspen Daily News, Aug. 29).Is the Historic Preservation Commission filled with bunko artists trying
Published: August 31, 2015
As a Snowmass Village resident and dentist in Aspen for the past 23 years, I was disappointed to see the Snowmass Water Board end the use of fluoride in the drinking water of the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District. Since the day I moved to Snowmass Village in 1992, I have felt that we have some of the best drinking
Published: September 1, 2015
Hats off to the board of directors of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association — the local chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association — for conceiving, planning and championing for greatly improved mountain-bike trails within the Roaring Fork Valley. If you’re not already a member, please consider supporting its efforts by visiting www.rfmba.org. Thanks also to the county and
Published: September 1, 2015
As Aspen’s workforce struggles to find affordable housing in town, the Aspen City Council continues to ponder potential solutions for the growing problem. In 2012, Aspen city staff conducted a study that looked at the effects of job growth, neighborhood gentrification and retirement, according to a memo to the council from affordable housing project manager Chris Everson. The study revealed
Published: September 1, 2015
Dig volleyball?Dig it or not, volleyball is back on center stage in Aspen this week.The 43rd annual Aspen MotherLode Volleyball Classic will start play today and continue doubles volleyball matches through the Labor Day Weekend.The event is produced annually by volleyball promoter Leon Fell.He said the 43rd annual MotherLode, which started as a backyard barbecue and volleyball party, will feature
Published: September 1, 2015
The Aspen High School boys golf team will take up the role of host on Wednesday.The Skiers will host the annual Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club with the area’s top prep golfers.A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday with nine teams scheduled to compete.“About half of the teams will be JV teams,” said Mary Woulfe, Aspen
Published: September 1, 2015
BASALT — Round 1 goes to the Aspen Skiers — 2-1.The Aspen High School boys soccer team kicked off the new season Tuesday afternoon at Basalt, with the Longhorns also making their season debut.Aspen’s Nikko Wehse tapped home the tie-breaking goal after taking a through ball from teammate Erik Gagen with 12 minutes to play in the prep opener.The score
Published: September 1, 2015
Christopher Stebbins, “The Dude,” passed away August 21st at the age of 53. Born in Lansing, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University. Living in Steamboat, Colorado, Chris opened Kali’s Boutique with Jill Akerman. He moved to Aspen in 2002.Christopher and Kimberly met at Jimmy’s bar, and since then have shared a beautiful relationship. He was an amazing step-dad to
Published: September 1, 2015
Ten local artists will exhibit new work in “Curators,” a show at the Aspen Chapel Gallery opening today.The show is curated by gallery director Carol Loewenstern, who has her own work in the show alongside Cornelia Carpenter, Ada Christensen, Dave Durrance, Kathy Honea, Sandy Johnson, Summers Moore, Molly Peacock, Lisa Singer, David Warner and Izzy Zaino.The gallery will host an
Published: September 1, 2015
This summer, Willits Veterinary Hospital in Basalt installed the only dedicated veterinary computed tomography scanner on the Western Slope of Colorado. This high-tech machinery allows users to view images three-dimensionally or “in slices, so that you don’t get that super imposition,” Willits Veterinary Hospital owner John Kuck said.The alternative to the computed tomography scanner is the standard digital radiography machine,
Published: September 1, 2015
A judicial nominating committee Monday recommended an assistant Pitkin County attorney and a former prosecutor to replace District Judge Gail Nichols, who will retire this fall. Gov. John Hickenlooper now has until Sept. 15 to appoint one of the two men to succeed Nichols, Aspen’s main District Court judge. The nominating committee — headed by Colorado Supreme Court Justice William
Published: September 1, 2015
CARBONDALE — Vera Diemoz celebrated her 104th birthday Tuesday, making her one of the oldest residents of Garfield County — just behind Ida Toniolli, who turned 104 in January.Diemoz maintains a cheerful and friendly disposition despite overcoming more than a century of challenges.“Life is what you make it,” she said. “There’s a lot of things you can enjoy if you
Published: September 1, 2015
About a half hour into a briefing with activists and reporters Tuesday morning to explain the process of studying a proposed natural gas test well high up in the Thompson Divide west of Carbondale, White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams got a little antsy.It wasn’t that he was nervous about some of the questions he was fielding. It had
Published: September 1, 2015
I am disappointed Snowmass is revisiting the discussion of fluoridating the water. I first looked into the effects of fluoridation when I realized it was being done. My concern initially was not for myself, but for my dog. I’ve had dogs all my life and only have had an issue with my dog and cysts since living where the water
Published: September 1, 2015
As a Snowmass Village resident and dentist in Aspen for the past 23 years, I was disappointed to see the Snowmass water board discontinue the use of fluoride in the drinking water of Snowmass Water and Sanitation District. Since the day I moved to Snowmass Village in 1992 I have felt that we have some of the best drinking water
Published: September 1, 2015
To cap off its 25th anniversary season, Jazz Aspen Snowmass needed an all out rockin’ lineup for this year’s Labor Day Experience.Jim Horowitz thinks they’ve accomplished that. The festival, returning once again to Snowmass Town Park Friday through Sunday, will be headlined by international sensations Hozier, No Doubt and Lenny Kravitz, a combination that the founder, president and CEO says
Published: September 1, 2015
Editor’s Note: Business as Usual is a series highlighting local businesses in Snowmass Village. It is published weekly in the Snowmass Sun.Summer’s winding down, how about you? Since 2009, the Viceroy Snowmass has offered a spa experience unlike any other in the village. Leticia Hanke, Related director of marketing, takes a look at what the Base Village hotel’s spa has
Published: September 1, 2015
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from Aug. 24-30. August 24Fire alarm at the Crestwood Condominiums. The alarm system was activated by a cooking error.Medical call to the Snowmass ski area for a person who had been electrocuted. One person was evaluated at the scene and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for further treatment.Mutual aid
Published: September 1, 2015
Published: September 1, 2015
BASALT — The 2015 boys soccer season opens this week with a big set of challenges for the Basalt Longhorns.“We don’t have a ton of kids, and we’re off to a slow start,” veteran Basalt coach Brent Hayes said. “It’s been hard to get everyone on the field at the same time.”The start of the new school year impacted some
Published: September 1, 2015
BASALT — The Longhorns have a simple approach to the 2015 high school football season: hard work.The rest will take care of itself.“If they keep doing the right things, taking care of themselves, working hard and if they keep giving their best effort, we’ll be fine in this league,” veteran head coach Carl Frerichs said. “We’ll know more after Friday
Published: September 1, 2015
An election to recall Snowmass Village Councilman Chris Jacobson is now officially set for Oct. 13.The Town Council voted 4-0 Monday in favor of setting the date, an action prompted by a successful residents’ petition effort. The election will be mail-in, and ballots will be sent out Sept. 21. Jacobson was absent from Monday’s meeting as well as last week’s,
Published: September 1, 2015
A Snowmass Village man arrested Friday for breaking into a local liquor store and stealing bottles of whiskey was released Monday on his own recognizance. In court Monday, Thomas Mullings said his behavior was part of a “bender” that may have been prompted by anxiety over an upcoming appointment with a psychiatrist. Mullings allegedly used a hammer to shatter the
Published: August 31, 2015
Five days after a woman reported being raped while walking alone in Snowmass Village, police still don’t have basic information about the incident to release to the public. That lack of information includes even a rudimentary description of the alleged rapist and whether he knew the victim. “The victim is slow in working with us,” Snowmass Village Police Chief Brian
Published: August 31, 2015
As I sat down in the Willamette Valley to taste the recent releases of Chehalem wines with winery founder Harry Peterson-Nedry, I glanced at the line-up and noticed a similarity. “Everything under screwcap?” I asked casually.While purely serendipitous, I doubt I could have posed a timelier query to the Oregon winemaking legend. “Yes, we use Stelvin screwcaps on all our
Published: September 1, 2015
The movie lineup for the 2015 Aspen FIlmfest has been announced and includes a blend of documentaries, foreign films and features.The 37th annual Aspen Filmfest will run Sept. 25 to 30, with screenings at Paepcke Auditorium and the Isis Theater in Aspen, and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.“City of Gold,” a new documentary about Los Angeles Times restaurant critic, will
Published: August 31, 2015
Consider the following from the U.S. Department of Education:“Students have the potential to increase their achievement by 21 percent if their teacher receives an average of 49 hours of professional development each school year.”Think about that for a second. It means that, if your child’s teacher receives a total of about four days per year of training, your child can
Published: September 1, 2015
Who could blame Michael Sedoy and Natalia Shvachko for cowering precariously as they fear for life and liberty in their $6.28 million duplex penthouse above the mean streets of Aspen?After all, “9 men wounded in shootings on West, South sides” was one newspaper headline last week. Sure, it was a headline in the Chicago Tribune, but still. How about “Panda
Published: September 1, 2015
When a California man was struck by a skier on Aspen Highlands on Feb. 17, 2013, he was treated for severe injuries that led him to sue Aspen Valley Hospital and its former chief surgeon for medical negligence. But the skier who crashed into Laurence Niles left the scene, and the physician’s attorney has filed court papers saying he should
Published: September 1, 2015
Another crew from the Roaring Fork Valley departed to fight a fire Sunday as federal resources are getting stretched thin and calling for help battling blazes in the West.Basalt Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw and firefighters Duane Vasten and John Schneier took an engine with them to help fight the West Fork Fish Creek Fire northwest of Missoula, Montana, according
Published: September 1, 2015
A newly-formed Aspen citizens’ group filed a lawsuit against Aspen Valley Land Trust on Monday to try to prevent closure of a short but popular trail on the shoulder of Smuggler Mountain.The Friends of Verena Mallory Trail Association Inc. wants a judge to declare that Fritz Benedict didn’t intend for an existing trail to be closed and reclaimed after he
Published: September 1, 2015
Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy, according to members of the city’s environmental and project departments.The shift to energy that is generated from natural resources — including wind power, solar power and geothermal heat — follows a “decade-plus” city goal, said city Utilities and Environmental Initiatives Director David Hornbacher.“It was a very
Published: September 1, 2015
Can David Cook be trusted? When a newspaper publisher misrepresents the facts in a letter to the editor in his own newspaper, it certainly begs the question, especially when the subject concerns another of his businesses. In defense of the city’s selection of the brewery and other millennial-pleasing cohabitants (one of which is Cook’s television station), he states that the
Published: August 31, 2015
More monk opportunitiesThank you, Aspen residents, visitors and sponsors, for making the Menla Mandala an exceptional experience for the community. Thank you, Red Brick, Ravenheart Gallery and Explore Booksellers, for your supportive commitment to the Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour. At every talk and empowerment, the monks recommend we study and read about the subjects discussed. Explore has a wonderful
Published: August 31, 2015
Terry Trish is hanging up his mailbags (“Mailman Terry Trish steps down after 38 years on the Aspen beat,” The Aspen Times, Aug. 30)? Say it ain’t so. The downtown core will never be the same. A true character, a total keeper, an Aspen ambassador like no other. I played softball back in the day against Terry — way back
Published: August 31, 2015

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