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Twenty new features, foreign films and documentaries will screen at the 38th Aspen Filmfest, the nonprofit Aspen Film will announce on Tuesday.The festival will run from Sept. 21 to 25 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.Four of the movies in this year’s lineup are U.S. premieres: the documentary “Gun Runners;” the Iranian drama
Published: August 30, 2016
Fixing flood damage allegedly caused by an inmate at the Pitkin County Jail last week is now estimated to cost $50,000, though that number is guaranteed to increase, officials said Monday.Meanwhile, a District Court judge allowed the inmate who allegedly caused the damage by breaking off a sprinkler head out of jail Monday on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond. That
Published: August 30, 2016
Ankle sprains, the diagnosis given when one or more ligaments about the ankle are stretched or torn as a result of rolling the ankle, are the most common athletic injury encountered in American emergency rooms. Physicians categorize the instability episodes as acute or chronic, based on their frequency. When treating ankle sprains, in addition to restoring function, our primary goal
Published: August 30, 2016
“So put your nose in the first glass and take a sniff. Tell me what you smell.” Dutifully, the 20 or so people gathered around the long table in the St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant swirled their glasses, dipped their heads and inhaled the aromas of the Zuccardi Torrontes from the high hills of Argentina’s Salta wine
Published: August 30, 2016
Zella Day’s debut album, 2015’s “Kicker,” and her stunning concert at Belly Up last summer showcased a self-possessed performer and a magnetic singer with a wisdom and maturity that belie her 21 years of age.Day, who returns to Belly Up on Tuesday night with a four-piece band, writes personal songs with some creative skin in the game like the songwriters
Published: August 30, 2016
Luis Alberto Urrea’s most memorable moment in the Roaring Fork Valley came not in the forest or on the hill but in the basement of an Aspen hotel.The acclaimed Tijuana-born author and unofficial poet laureate of the Mexican-American border was in town for the Summer Words literary conference, staying in a luxury hotel near the base of Aspen Mountain. Early
Published: August 30, 2016
I gained membership Sunday in the Over The Hill Gang.Two friends and I had a great mountain-bike ride, in spite of ourselves. Our legs and lungs were fine. It’s our minds that were feeble.One friend turned 54 on Friday. Another turned 53 on Sunday. I’m the elder by just a few months.We arranged to do a medium-sized ride in Snowmass
Published: August 30, 2016
According to one man’s way of thinking, we can blame our national lack of political civility, our determination to erase social compassion and civil political discourse from the national dialogue, on our lizard brain.And our lizard brain is getting stronger every day, according to this line of thought.Recently I was reading through a 5-year-old book by the former Wall Street
Published: August 30, 2016
Bill Fabrocini, an Aspen-based orthopedic physical therapist and sports-performance training coach, could have done a number of things for his 50th birthday last year.Instead of splurge for his own benefit, he pulled together his extensive resources in sports medicine to create the Aspen Sports Summit. The event brought in some of the top minds in the field, highlighted by concussion
Published: August 29, 2016
A lightning strike ignited a small wildlands fire Sunday on national forest about 1 mile north of Meredith in the Fryingpan Valley, authorities said.The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit dropped four members of a helitack crew near the site Monday morning and used a helicopter with a bucket to drop water on the site, according to David Boyd,
Published: August 29, 2016
The Basalt Town Council plans to decide Tuesday which question, if any, it will ask voters in November about purchasing additional land at the Pan and Fork site and making park improvements.It will be an 11th hour decision because the ballot question wording must be submitted to the clerks of Eagle and Pitkin counties by Sept. 8.The council has a
Published: August 29, 2016
Mayor Steve Skadron deserves kudos for informing a presidential candidate about Aspen’s efforts and reputation for climate change.Unfortunately, there is a glaring, significant, hypocritical incongruence that Aspen continues to carry out.Aspen and Snowmass continue to pour a highly toxic substance into our drinking water. This disrespect to the environment is based on antiquated beliefs based on junk science and an
Published: August 29, 2016
As former Carbondale elected officials with a combined tenure of 24 years of serving our town on the Board of Trustees, we recognize that polarizing issues and controversies arise, especially during campaign season. While nominating petitions to seek the open mayor seat are not yet due, one candidate has taken it upon himself to make his feelings known. We would
Published: August 29, 2016
MotherLode Volleyball Productions wants to thank, in advance, all of the lodges, restaurants and retail establishments that help to make the annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic one of Aspen’s longest consecutively running events. This year’s 44th annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years. From the Coed Open and Masters divisions on Friday
Published: August 29, 2016
I ARRIVED IN CHICAGO last week with a serious case of FOMO. Rush-hour traffic choked every route out of O’Hare International Airport and my Uber driver, unfortunately, seemed timid in gridlock. We arrived at my chef pal’s three-story West Loop condo — a gift for the week from his client, for whom he’d been cooking at a posh lakeside estate
Published: August 29, 2016
Basalt town government has held so many executive sessions this year that even some members of the Town Council are saying “Enough.”The council has held 24 regular or special meetings through August this year. The agendas show they went into executive sessions, which are closed to the public, 11 times. For comparison, the Aspen City Council has met six times
Published: August 29, 2016
Riding the Silver Queen Gondola from the top of Aspen Mountain to the base isn’t meant to be a traumatic experience. However, if you were one of the athletes competing in Sunday’s second annual Red Bull Rise endurance race, reaching the bottom meant finding the willpower to start the climb all over again.And again.And again.“I found it relaxing at first,”
Published: August 28, 2016
Most U.S. soldiers today don’t die as casualties during war; they die afterward as veterans, from despair, helplessness and alienation.Navigating their way back into the civilian world is a perilous journey. The mythical Odysseus described this well in his 10-year journey home from the killing fields of Troy.Sebastian Junger writes: “The American military now has the highest (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Published: August 28, 2016
After years of noticing “inadequate” firearm training and usage in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen resident Brandon Toomey hoped to become part of some solution.In 2014, Toomey single-handedly started a local firearm-training business, Perceptive Strategics, with the goal of promoting “intelligent gun ownership through responsible training.” As of Thursday, Pitkin County has issued 518 concealed-carry permits to residents, according to
Published: August 28, 2016
Before Keith Bulicz sat down to tell his story last week, he made his intentions clear. “The only reason I’m doing this is to raise awareness about cancer and mental health,” he said.As the recreation supervisor for Aspen Parks and Recreation, Bulicz, 42, is a ubiquitous figure about town. He can be seen running the show at children’s T-ball and
Published: August 28, 2016
Aspen High School boys tennis coach Gary Quandt already knew the strength of his singles players entering the Lowry Bishop Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.Now, after the Skiers’ third-place showing in an eight-team field over the weekend, he has a better grasp of what his doubles teams are capable of.“We are getting closer
Published: August 28, 2016
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Published: August 28, 2016
Why does Barack Obama want the Trans-Pacific Partnership? And why does he want it fast-tracked?The Trans-Pacific Partnership is supported by big business as way to more easily move manufacturing jobs to countries where wages are low. While our valley doesn’t have much in the way of manufacturing jobs, most of us know family or friends who have lost jobs as
Published: August 28, 2016
It’s with great sadness that I’ve learned of the passing of my old buddy Jerry Morris on July 20. A great, dry wit. An incredibly gifted guitarist. A really solid friend whom I shared so many good times with in our Aspen days from the ’70s and ’80s.As with many fine artists, Jerry was at times troubled with his path
Published: August 28, 2016
Here, in time for the election season, are a few updated entries from Ambrose Bierce’s classic lexicon:Vote, n.: The instrument and symbol of a free person’s power to make a fool of oneself and a wreck of one’s country. It was to spare its members such folly that the Colorado GOP did not permit them to vote in a presidential
Published: August 28, 2016
In response to Chip Nealy’s Aug. 25 letter to the editor (“Joke of the day,” The Aspen Times):Are you looking for work? I do believe we are hiring people to come screw in light bulbs up here in grand old Aspen. Kisses!Aidan WynnAspen
Published: August 28, 2016
With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies and school food. That’s right — school food!In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of
Published: August 28, 2016
I truly hope I am off base, but it would appear that by some combination of willful purpose and insidious craft, Basalt’s Town Council has allowed or created a highly intolerable working environment for Mike Scanlon, our town manager, now tragically departed!In the estimation of many, it’s an immeasurable loss to Basalt’s future and an equally immeasurable loss of public
Published: August 28, 2016
The strength of our community showed its true aspen glow this weekend at Aspen Strong’s third annual Hike Hope Heal. The money raised goes directly to the Mental Health Fund, which allows Roaring Fork Valley residents to access financial support for mental-health services from licensed professionals.Early Saturday morning, the sun rose over Herron Park just as Arielle Vandershuit of Strikingly
Published: August 28, 2016
In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, we thought it the right time to share our favorite drinks for imbibing in the wild because, let’s be honest, while some food items are just too heavy to justify carrying in your pack, booze is never on that list. A few to try: Backcountry Mai Tai (Tang, snow, dark rum);
Published: August 28, 2016
“Flavor is an event.”That was the statement that started the meal. It was a fact so true that it seemed obvious upon its delivery, yet it was never something I had considered before. “We brought you here tonight for flavor,” he continued. “If you leave without an epiphany, then we have failed.” The talk continued, taking us on a journey
Published: August 28, 2016
Each week, we pick out our favorite and not-so-favorite tweets (at least those that are printable) about Aspen and display them on Sunday’s page A2.• “Yep, sweatah weathah in the Rockies. @ Dancing Bear Aspen” — @incog_ninja• “3 hours ago, eating a hash cookie right before hiking from 8,000 to 12,000 feet seemed like a sensible idea. #aspen” — @cjwerleman•
Published: August 28, 2016
Editor’s note: “What’s the Big Deal?” runs Sundays and is based on the most expensive property transaction recorded in Pitkin County through 3 p.m. each Friday.Price: $9.25 millionDate recorded: Aug. 26Address: 1180 Black Birch Drive, AspenBuyer: 1180 Black Birch HoldingsSeller: Mello TrustProperty type: Single-family residentialYear built: 1990; remodeled in 2013Total heated area: 5,635 square feetLand: 38,987 square feetFeatures: 5 bedrooms,
Published: August 28, 2016
The process from farm to bottle is as local as it gets at Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt, where potatoes are grown in a field less than two miles away from the distillery. Take a tour through the facility in Willits to listen to Head distiller David Matthews talk about his passion for creating high-quality craft spirits. That passion has
Published: August 28, 2016
For most of us, birthdays are happy occasions, when friends and family pay fond attention, lavishing us with gifts to prove that we are loved and valued. For one day, our foibles are accepted with a smile, or at least diplomatically ignored.The National Park Service’s 100th birthday this August has been less joyful. In fact, anyone paying attention to the
Published: August 28, 2016
Richard Alison DeWall, M.D., Age 89, died peacefully at his home August 15, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave. 45419. Family will greet friends immediately following the service at the Moraine Country Club, 4075 Southern Blvd. Dayton, OH 45429. For complete remembrances, please
Published: August 28, 2016
Basalt High School’s Carly Robinson took her first steps — literally — this weekend in pursuit of surpassing the runner she was a year ago. The junior, who ran cross country for the first time as a sophomore, found she had a knack for the sport when she finished 37th overall in the Class 3A state meet last fall.The 2016
Published: August 27, 2016
Betsy Fifield likes a good challenge, especially one that involves eating.Fifield is one of three women taking the Aspen Locavore Challenge — a quest to rely exclusively on locally sourced foods for 40 days. They started Monday and will continue through Sept. 30. Friends and supporters may join them for portions of the experiment.They not only want to see if
Published: August 27, 2016
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Cultured Magazine, Net-a-Porter and The Bass Museum of Art presented a private luncheon at Gabriela Garza’s Aspen residence. While taking in the breathtaking setting, guests enjoyed a conversation between Salon 94’s Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, Cultured’s Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Harrelson and The Bass Museum’s Executive Director & Chief Curator, Silvia Karman Cubiñá. The conversation focused on the crossover of
Published: August 27, 2016
The winds of change blew quickly over Aspen back in 1893, leaving a gray area that historians have difficulty grasping with any confidence. “The Crash of ’93,” with the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, was a lesson hard learned and one we should never forget. If you rely on the federal government for subsidies, the fickle meanders of
Published: August 27, 2016
The yellow school buses are loaded, the playgrounds are packed and the back-to-school photos have been shared on social media. Aspen School District is in full swing with school back in session for all grades this week. The 2016-17 academic year commenced Monday for the high school and middle school students in grades seven and eight. Elementary schoolers and fifth-
Published: August 27, 2016
The Basalt High School football team can still achieve all of its goals this fall, even after Friday’s season-opening 48-34 home loss to Class 3A powerhouse Rifle. At least that was one of the messages the coaching staff gave the Longhorn players following the game.“Really, it’s one game at a time,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said. “But teams like this
Published: August 26, 2016
The Aspen High School football team opened its season with a 22-14 loss at Middle Park on Friday. Trailing 16-0 early in the half, the youthful Skiers regrouped enough to make a game out of it.“We came out kind of on our heels, and being a young team we weren’t sure what the speed was going to be, what the
Published: August 26, 2016
I happened to be at the Aug. 23 Carbondale trustees meeting for my own purpose when I walked into the Trustee Chamber and was surprised to see 20 to 30 extremely upset women protesting the lack of action by Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Richardson and the Board of Trustees in reference to recent assaults on women walking at night.After comments from
Published: August 26, 2016
This morning at the edge of a meadow, I witnessed a gathering of crows. Maybe 50 of them. They may or may not have formed a murder, for I do not know how many crows a murder makes. Nor do I know if the gathering was premeditated or simply committed in an act of passion. To be honest, I don’t
Published: August 26, 2016
Freedom, laughter, compassion and love. Stacey Tia Linman lived a short, but spunky life filled with color, travels, and deep connection to her human and animal family and friends. Born and raised in Chicago amongst three unruly brothers, Stacey held her own and eventually took on the role of protector and guide. In 1991 Stacey moved to Glenwood Springs to
Published: August 26, 2016
Users of the 20-mile stretch on the lower Rio Grande Trail will see delays and detours from Wednesday through Oct. 1 because of grazing goats, according to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.RFTA has contracted with Goat Green LLC to graze 200 goats along the Rio Grande Trail corridor. Goat Green will manage the goats using electric fencing and border collies.
Published: August 26, 2016
The Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from Aug. 18 to Aug. 24.Aug. 18Medical alarm at a home on Bridlepath Lane. No medical emergencies existed at the residence. Aug. 19Carbon monoxide alarm at a home on Terrace Lane. The alarm system was activated by a dead battery. Aug. 20Medical call to 5275 Owl Creek Road, the fire
Published: August 26, 2016
More than road biking or mountain biking, Tom Hayles, left, and Mark Joseph train for cyclocross in 1985, where obstacles are the highlight of the race, making it a truly multifaceted sport. Hub of Aspen rider Hayles was a member of the U.S. Cycling Road Race B team winning the state, placing sixth in nationals in 1984 and was training
Published: August 26, 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: August 26, 2016
Lie beneath an Aspen grove, and let the last of the summer breeze waft over you. Breathe in the scent of soil after these hard rains; allow the grass to gently brush your neck and arms. Look up to see the delicate green leaves as they dance, sparkling against a rich, blue sky while robins sing the soundtrack of summer.
Published: August 26, 2016
A rose to everyone who works in town and dealt with the headaches, hassles and ulcer-inducing stress of an incredibly busy summer tourist season in Aspen. Here’s hoping you get some well-deserved rest from now till the ski lifts start running and we do it all over again.Thorns to the presidential campaigns of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for
Published: August 26, 2016
I wish Donald Trump would stay longer. It’d be an opportunity to test how magical Aspen really is or isn’t, and maybe more importantly, if it is as enchanting as we think, how long do you have to be here, and what do you have to partake in before it has an effect?It appears he’s coming for the money and
Published: August 26, 2016
I love the underlying concept of gold, silver and gemstones, which basically boils down to this: Wars will be fought, empires will be toppled and countless millions of people will die because human beings like shiny things. That’s pretty much it. That’s what we’re about: We like shiny stuff enough to kill people for it. If that’s not a sign
Published: August 26, 2016
One of the most popular hiking trails in the upper Roaring Fork Valley is on tap to get some maintenance from volunteer backpackers this weekend. Three local conservation groups — Wilderness Workshop, Independence Pass Foundation and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers — are teaming with the U.S. Forest Service for trail work on the Lost Man Loop on Independence Pass. Heavy
Published: August 26, 2016
Basalt High School sophomore Bear Matthews didn’t wait until classes started Wednesday to buckle down on intense homework.Matthews, 15, was recently enlisted to help promote an application created by his friend, Dylan Steck, a former classmate in New York City. The app, WebDeck, provides an online clearinghouse where customers can check their own social media notifications, calendar entries and news
Published: August 26, 2016
Apparently, Basalt High School softball player Dani DeCrow had some doubts about doing what must be done for the Longhorns to win Thursday’s home opener against Meeker.“On third base, she just barely got done telling me, ‘Coach, I can’t slide, I can’t slide,’” Basalt coach Marianne Gardner-Smith said. “And she slid.”DeCrow, who attends Glenwood Springs High School, took advantage of
Published: August 25, 2016
The Basalt High School football team finished the 2015 season with three straight wins and a 5-4 record, going 4-1 in the Class 2A Western Slope League. However, none of this was enough to get the Longhorns into the postseason, and that’s a scenario senior Ian Lumsden is determined not to relive.“I just remember that feeling, waking up that morning
Published: August 25, 2016
MountainSummit documentary film festival brings 30 titles to the screen at the Wheeler Opera House. ! 8.26 Weekend Minute from Aspen Times on Vimeo.
Published: August 25, 2016
Editor’s note: “Where Are They Now?” is a monthly series that tracks former Aspen students and their accomplishments. When fashion designer Lindsey Thornburg graduated from Aspen High School in the late ’90s, the school lacked a football team, Aspen Mountain still banned snowboarders and there was no place in town to purchase a Frappuccino.Around that time, the wave of luxury
Published: August 25, 2016
It is with sadness that we share the passing of beloved husband, father, and Nonno Warren Charles Mercer Griggs. Warren passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday the 21st of August, 2016. Warren was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 16th of April 1937, the son of Drs. Oscar Broughton Griggs, and Sara Abigail Mercer Griggs. He was
Published: August 25, 2016
A 32-year-old transient arrested Wednesday on suspicion of methamphetamine possession later destroyed law enforcement and 911 communications equipment when he ripped apart a jail cell sprinkler head and flooded the Pitkin County Jail, officials said. The upper Roaring Fork Valley experienced no disruption in 911 service, though dispatchers in Vail handled calls for about an hour early Wednesday morning while
Published: August 25, 2016
Published: August 25, 2016
The Silt Water Conservancy District is postponing its plans to drain Harvey Gap Reservoir following a partial road collapse south of the reservoir earlier this week.Consequently, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Thursday it has canceled an emergency fish salvage that was intended to remove as many fish as possible in preparation for the draining of the reservoir this fall.Harvey Gap
Published: August 25, 2016
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Published: August 25, 2016
It’s Aspen in 1988. The snow is deep, the parties are wild and reporter Jack Jackson has stories to chase and a mystery to solve.In retired Aspen Times Editor Andy Stone’s new novel, “Aspen Drift,” the author has drawn on his decades of experience here to craft a thriller that doubles as a loving portrait of a fun-loving time in
Published: August 24, 2016
Dear fearless and fabulous and truly wonderful Shakti Shala family,Wow! It’s been quite the summer! I can’t even write another word without saying oh my God — thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you, for all of your support, participation and highly positive attitudes and the heart you give and bring to the Shala. This place
Published: August 25, 2016
The sports for the Aspen Skiers are back in full swing starting Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with varsity soccer and at noon with junior varsity, Sept. 9 with football and Tuesday at 6 p.m. with soccer. These are all home games. Please come out and support your Aspen Skiers. Hope to see everyone at the games. Good luck this
Published: August 25, 2016
I find it strangely amusing that the Democrat Party, with all its talk about being the party of diversity and inclusion, could only field a couple of old white people for the office of president.Meanwhile, the GOP, which the left calls “racist” and “haters,” had blacks, Latinos, whites, men and women as candidates.So just which party is the tolerant one?Michael
Published: August 25, 2016
I read the article about Aspenites being thrown out of their gathering place (The Aspen Times, Aug. 25). I live in New Castle, so what they do with the Armory building is none of my business. I just wanted to mention that they got the answer to the riddle wrong. The correct answer to the question “How many Aspenites does
Published: August 25, 2016
For some students in the Aspen School District, the first day of school for them got off to a rough start Thursday when the bus they were riding in was grazed from behind by a Honda going eastbound on Highway 82. Nobody was hurt and the students were about 15 minutes late for the opening bell, school officials said. Forty-six
Published: August 25, 2016
There’s an oft-repeated Aspen riddle that goes something like this: “How many Aspenites does it take to screw in a light bulb?”“Four. One to screw in the bulb, and three to say how good the old one was.”It’s a punch line that holds more truth than mirth when referring to the city’s latest debate of the month — this one
Published: August 25, 2016
Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Sorrow Road’
Published: August 25, 2016
The new owners of El JeBowl are sparing nothing in their quest to score a strike with young adults in the midvalley. Craig Spivey and Tom Weber, partners in Bowlounge in Dallas, purchased the bowling business in El Jebel on Aug. 15. They bought the bowling alley from the Stecklein family, which started it in 1992. The building is owned
Published: August 25, 2016
The Scenic Loop Trail adjacent to Maroon Lake had a rare closure lasting a second day Wednesday because of moose.Moose sightings and trail closures aren’t unusual, said Peggy Jo Trish, longtime supervisor of the Maroon Lake facilities for the Aspen Sopris Ranger District. What is unusual this time is that two bull moose have hung around the lake for an
Published: August 25, 2016
Basalt Regional Library District voters will be asked to approve a property tax hike for the next seven years or there will be cuts to staff and services.The library’s board of trustees decided to seek a property tax increase in the Nov. 8 election that will raise $350,000 annually for the next seven years, board president Carolyn Kane told the
Published: August 25, 2016
The second year under head coach Marianne Gardner-Smith is off to a good start for the Basalt High School softball team.The Longhorns opened their season Tuesday at Delta, winning 11-8 in eight innings.“We are going to do good things this year. Delta was a good win for us because they are a 4A team,” Gardner-Smith said. “It was a good
Published: August 24, 2016
Just when I thought the presidential campaign could not get any more bizarre, it did.Some of my friends tell me they do not read my letters because they are too long. I will try to be more like Carl Heck or Ruth Harrison, but this is a convoluted mess. Vladimir Putin-led Russia is asserting itself as the major player in
Published: August 24, 2016
The Basalt town government is completely dysfunctional. The divisiveness is palpable and getting worse. The flames are stoked by the mayor and her faction. There’s not a cooler head to prevail this side of Willits. Well, maybe one. Auden Schendler, we appeal to your reasonableness. This is rock bottom; please help your constituents rebuild faith in their derailed government. I’m
Published: August 24, 2016
Over the past two weeks, the Aspen High School Booster Club together with the Student Athletic Leadership Team has been working on the fall athletic-schedule poster.While contacting past advertisers, it came to our attention that local businesses are being targeted by solicitors who are scammers. These callers represent themselves as being from Aspen High School, but they are not. They
Published: August 24, 2016
I attended the Aspen Public Radio event at Paepcke Auditorium with Kevin Rudin from National Public Radio hosting the respective state party chairs from the Democratic and Republican parties. Colorado’s Democratic Chairman Rick Palacio kept saying that 90 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters, especially those who are millennials, are planning to vote for Hillary Clinton.I don’t know what millennials and
Published: August 24, 2016
In the latest comical city of Aspen overreach, the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority’s lawyers have demanded more than $64,000 for future rent and legal fees on a self-built house — before appeal of the forced house sale can proceed. Meanwhile, the housing authority has refused to allow rental of any rooms. (Note: Taxes are current and have never been late.)If
Published: August 24, 2016
Have you taken clear note with mind-boggling astonishment how quite a few billionaires even with so-called conservative credentials are very scared of lone-wolf billionaire Donald Trump and his Trump billionaire mentality? Funny how they include the archconservative Koch brothers, too.Now, let’s see — we have billionaires, peasant millionaires, aliens, weirdos, Hollyweird celebrities and the rest of the rodents flying scared
Published: August 24, 2016
There will be a Celebration of Life for Mark Dahlstrom, who passed away on July 17. The Celebration will take place, Saturday, September 3rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm, at The Diamond J Ranch (26604 Frying Pan Road, Meredith, CO, 81642). Plan ahead, as The Diamond J is at least a 45 minute drive from Basalt. Please bring your favorite salad, side, or
Published: August 24, 2016
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Published: August 24, 2016
The risks surrounding the choice to relocate City Hall and the future use of the Armory boil down to three things:1) Will moving City Hall out of a historic building and into a new building on the periphery of the downtown core negatively impact the small-town character of Aspen?2) Is there sufficient demand for community space, which would make it
Published: August 24, 2016
Published: August 24, 2016
An actual Museum of Broken Relationships exists.The odd collection of artifacts from breakups and failed couplings, conceived by two Croatian artists, began as a traveling exhibit a decade ago, making its way around the world and finding a permanent home in Zagreb, Croatia.“The Museum of Broken Relationships,” a musical comedy inspired by this unique display, also is becoming a real
Published: August 24, 2016
A majority of Pitkin County commissioners voted Wednesday to put off making a decision until next month on a Basalt-area woman’s application to start a retail marijuana growing operation. Commissioners Patti Clapper, Steve Child and Michael Owsley voted to continue Candace Resnick’s application until Sept. 28 to give her time to try to clear up issues associated with it, including
Published: August 24, 2016
Without a confirmed odor complaint for nearly a year, Pitkin County commissioners reduced the burden Wednesday on the owner of a commercial pot farm near Basalt. Jordan Lewis, owner of High Valley Farms, will no longer have to meet with commissioners four times a year about possible marijuana odors coming from his facility located across Highway 82 from the Holland
Published: August 24, 2016
Members of Aspen City Council appear to be narrowing their focus on the future of City Hall after a spirited yet tedious discussion at a work session Tuesday.Residents stuffed council chambers and offered ranging opinions on the matter. With Councilman Art Daily away on family business, the four councilors stalled on making a final decision but whittled down a future
Published: August 24, 2016
Denver’s Paper Bird is closing out Basalt’s summer-long Music in the Park series tonight with a free show previewing songs from the band’s new, John Oates-produced album.The self-titled record is due out Sept. 9.As the band began working on new material, their agent put them in touch with Oates, saying the rock stalwart and longtime Woody Creeker was looking for
Published: August 24, 2016
A mostly angry crowd packed Basalt Town Council chambers Tuesday evening and urged the board to put aside their differences and make amends with Mike Scanlon, who turned in a conditional resignation Friday.Several speakers vented frustration that Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and the council forced Scanlon out and put the town in a tough position while dealing with numerous major issues.Other
Published: August 24, 2016
By this time next year, residents of a subdivision between Old Snowmass and Basalt should be able to easily access a popular Roaring Fork Valley trail. As it is today, Lazy Glen Subdivision residents can see the Rio Grande Trail on the other side of the Roaring Fork River, but must travel down Highway 82 in order to cross the
Published: August 24, 2016

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