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The summer holiday rugby spotlight will shine in Aspen on Saturday.The Gentlemen of Aspen rugby club will host the visiting Misfits in the traditional Fourth of July wekend rugby game in Aspen — a rugby staple since the late 1960s.“We can’t wait,” Matt Williams of the Gentleman of Aspen said after the team’s big win over Steamboat Springs last Saturday.
Published: June 30, 2016
Girls are taking a swing at the game of golf, courtesy of a program at the Aspen Golf Club.The LPGA Girls Golf Club, run in unison with Aspen Junior Golf, offers complete golf instruction to girls ages 7-14 at the Aspen municipal course along Highway 82.“It’s an environment for young girls only,” said LPGA teaching pro Dede Cusimano of the
Published: June 30, 2016
A moose charged a woman walking her dogs near the Aspen Community Garden on Wednesday morning after the dogs startled the animal, and the moose came running toward her, police said. The woman was walking on a trail near the garden when two of her dogs, which were off-leash, ran toward the garden and out of sight, said Gretchen Born,
Published: June 30, 2016
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has closed a portion of the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and the Catherine Store Bridge due to mountain lion activity.Facebook photos of three lion kittens were shared repeatedly Wednesday, causing some folks to head to the area in search of spotting them, said Brett Meredith, trails manager with the Roaring Fork Transportation
Published: June 29, 2016
With the Fourth of July upon us, we decided to reflect a bit on what exactly we — as Americans — celebrate on this most American of holidays: FREEDOM. So we asked a cross-section of the Aspen community, including our own staff, “What does FREEDOM mean to you?” The answers we received are as diverse as our nation itself, with
Published: June 30, 2016
To be perfectly honest, the Fourth of July is not one of my favorite drinking holidays. I know, I know ... that seems insane. But there’s something about the heat and the crowds and the general mayhem that doesn’t mix well with booze for me. Of course this doesn’t necessarily stop me from imbibing. For years, I sucked down a
Published: June 30, 2016
“My god that you could walk through such a landscape. My god that such a landscape existed anywhere but in your dreams. And yet here it was.” California-based novelist Christian Kiefer creates a gorgeous, desolate tableau in which his characters are bewitched by natural beauty even as they’re betrayed by human actions, especially their own.Wildlife rescuer Bill Reed and his
Published: June 30, 2016
When Xavier Rudd played in Snowmass two summers back, the Australian virtuoso brought along a rhythm section to back him up on-stage — an unusual sight at the time for Rudd, who had won a fervent global fanbase over the past dozen years with his dynamic, rootsy multi-instrumental solo performances. Clearly, he didn’t mind sharing the spotlight and the sonic
Published: June 30, 2016
A local man who’s made a habit out of assaulting Aspen police officers over the years withdrew his request for a third competency evaluation Wednesday and now faces a significant decision. Landin Smith, 51, already had been found competent to stand trial in two previous competency evaluations by state psychiatrists. In addition, District Judge Chris Seldin determined Smith was competent
Published: June 30, 2016
I imagined Aspen Valley Hospital to be a prestigious hospital, nationally ranked, a renowned faculty, top-of-the-mark physicians and the all-around best health care a person could desire here.When I read the June 15 Aspen Times (Hospital accused of privacy breach”), I was shocked to read that an Aspen Valley Hospital human-resources manager gossiped about an employee’s medical records at a
Published: June 29, 2016
I pulled into the intercept lot the other day to ride my bike in Skyline Park. There was a landscaping company spraying the rock islands with Roundup! (There were so few weeds that they easily could have been hand-pulled). There was no warning sign posted. When I mentioned this to an employee, he said the company always flags the area
Published: June 29, 2016
Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, we’re all about getting outdoors. Whatever you do, you do something, and chances are you do it on or around our abundant public lands. On Saturday, join Wilderness Workshop in celebrating our public lands at Wildfest. This public party will feature live music, freshly prepared food and beverages, communal art creation, fire dancing and
Published: June 29, 2016
Every morning, I’ve been getting up early and hiking Arbaney Kittle with the babes.This is totally the Smuggler of the midvalley, and it’s quite the scene. It’s more like two Utes because it’s so steep for so long it makes you want to scream, stomp your feet and throw a tantrum, especially at the top section, which is kind of
Published: June 29, 2016
The world’s first and only yoga retreat meets music and arts festival returns to Snowmass today.Back for its third consecutive year, Wanderlust Festival kicks off with several activities beginning at 8 a.m. and will cap off with a yoga dance party Sunday at 4 p.m.Wanderlust’s ability to merge music and yoga set the event apart from other festivals, said Boulder-based
Published: June 29, 2016
On June 27, 2016 world traveler/bon vivant Lawrence I. Rosenfield embarked on a journey into the unknown to seek renewed life and peace. He is survived by his sister, Dr. Anita Rosenfield of Sedona, Arizona, and a myriad of loving cousins and nurturing friends. A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Jewish Community
Published: June 29, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Alison Eason this coming Saturday July 2 at 3 p.m. at the Snowmass chapel. Any friends of Alison, Doc, Mack, Ryan or Kati are cordially invited.
Published: June 29, 2016
When most people think of Western trout fly-fishing, images of hallowed Rocky Mountain streams like the Henry’s Fork, Madison, Snake and Yellowstone often come to mind. These trout-rich playgrounds surrounding the greater Yellowstone area are steeped in fly-fishing lore and are affectionately referred to as the “Golden Triangle” of trout fishing, encompassing parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.During the middle
Published: June 29, 2016
Mitt Romney fears that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is branding the party in ways that will make it difficult to win the White House this year and have unknown consequences in the long run.Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said Trump is doing just the opposite of what the party needs to do by alienating growing demographic groups.
Published: June 29, 2016
Two weeks after closing Weller Campground east of Aspen because of a bear roaming the area, the U.S. Forest Service has closed two more campgrounds to tent camping after new incidents with bears Sunday and Monday.The 21 Lincoln Creek dispersed sites and the seven-site Lincoln Creek Campground are open for hard-sided camping vehicles only, according to Martha Moran, recreation staff
Published: June 29, 2016
Aspen Junior Hockey is going international.“This is a home run for Aspen Junior Hockey, “ said Shaun Hathaway, the executive director of Aspen Junior Hockey who mixed his sporting metaphors. “This is a game- changer for us.”Hathaway on Wednesday announced that Aspen Junior Hockey is partnering with the Finnish Ice Hockey Association to bring Finland’s top youth hockey coach/director, Kalle
Published: June 29, 2016
A 31-year-old Denver man in a modified Toyota FJ Cruiser rolled about 250 feet down the side of a tight switchback near Montezuma Basin on Forest Road 102 on Saturday and walked away mostly unscathed.James Scully was heading up to the Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak trailhead outside of Aspen and said he wanted to get to as high a
Published: June 28, 2016
Marijuana odors detected earlier this month in the Holland Hills neighborhood near Basalt seem to be coming from private grows and not from a commercial pot farm in the area. That was the consensus Tuesday at a Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners meeting with the owner of High Valley Farms, who had to mitigate serious marijuana odors last summer
Published: June 28, 2016
Seven years ago, two New York-based music executives, business partners and best friends had what seemed like an outrageous idea at the time — to start the world’s first-ever yoga retreat combined with a music and arts festival. “It was seen as a little bit wacky,” said Wanderlust Festival co-founder Sean Hoess, looking back on the festival’s origins. “People were
Published: June 29, 2016
Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork officials believe they have found a creative way to build a Basalt project that will house teachers and other local workers.The local chapter of the nonprofit organization intends to sell six vacant lots it owns in the Keator Grover subdivision in Carbondale, according to President Scott Gilbert. That would raise an estimated $85,000 per lot
Published: June 29, 2016
The Limelight Hotel is hosting a four-part series titled “Demystifying the Arts” this summer, beginning with a session on jazz tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.This Limelight Dialogues series will feature arts organizations from the Roaring Fork Valley and presentations by their leaders, aiming to help audiences more deeply understand different art forms through explanation and performance.At this evening’s “Jazz
Published: June 29, 2016
A city program geared toward helping Aspen’s small lodges stay in business has a new member.City Council voted 3-0 at its Monday meeting to allow entrance of The Prospector condominiums into the Small Lodge Preservation Program. The Prospector will be entitled to such city-sponsored benefits as planning assistance, development-fee reductions, free building-code assessments, energy-efficiency rebates, a fast track for land-use
Published: June 29, 2016
There’s a stereotype — trite and prejudiced but often accurate (as stereotypes tend to be) — that people who win the lottery wind up broke, dead or in rehab. Or all three.And that stereotype applies not just to lottery winners. Big inheritances often knock families into the same gutter, swirling down the same drain, as lottery winnings.I had a friend
Published: June 28, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hinted at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday that the Brexit decision could be reconsidered, but the U.S. won’t “meddle.”Kerry, who was in Brussels and London as part of a four-country tour earlier this week, said opponents of Thursday’s vote for Great Britain to leave the European Union might force another election in the
Published: June 28, 2016
A filmmaker and a businessman with real estate ties will vie for the District 3 seat on the Pitkin County board of commissioners in November. Greg Poschman, 56, and Scott Writer, 58, took the top two spots in Tuesday’s primary and will run for the seat to be vacated by Michael Owsley, who is stepping down after serving the limit
Published: June 28, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS — Darryl Glenn did it again.With little money and an all-volunteer staff, the county commissioner from El Paso shocked the Republican establishment again Tuesday by clinching the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate and earning a chance to unseat Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet in November.The resounding victory — called 30 minutes after polls closed — catapulted Glenn back into
Published: June 28, 2016
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton easily brushed aside a Republican primary election challenge for the nomination to his Colorado 3rd District seat in Congress.Results Tuesday with 14 of the district’s 29 counties reporting, showed Tipton with 79 percent of the vote over 28-year-old Carbondale resident Alex Beinstein.He will face Democrat Gail Schwartz in the November election, a former state senator and
Published: June 28, 2016
Don’t let the Planning and Zoning Commission change the conservation zoning to allow a huge hotel on top of our slopes!Get involved, talk to the council, and let them know your views. After the vote is too late!Save 1A!Karl HartmanSnowmass Village
Published: June 28, 2016
“We can work with fear,” say the Underwoods in “House of Cards.” Lest you think that is only a Brexit or a Trumpian problem, I ask you to look closer to home.We have our very own Boris Johnsons. How different is “Keep Aspen Aspen” from “Make Aspen great again”? Fear and loathing have had unfettered success so far. Referendum 1
Published: June 28, 2016
I read with fascination Roger Marolt’s recent column confessing — but not clearly explaining — his change of mind (and heart) regarding the proposed Gorsuch Haus (“On moving Lift 1A and changing my mind,” Commentary, The Aspen Times, June 24). It’s good to know that he will be OK “walking up the hill like always” on Saturday mornings, but it
Published: June 28, 2016
It would appear that selling out and exhibiting no shame or integrity are new norms in U.S. society. Elizabeth Warren’s concern for battling leeches of Wall Street, many with overpriced homes in Aspen, is one of the great political frauds of this election season, for now she has endorsed Hillary Clinton, a puppet of the seedy Street. What a disgrace.Sean
Published: June 28, 2016
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Crooked Creek wetland-restoration project organized by Wilderness Workshop, the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. About 30 volunteers made the lengthy trek to the work site about an hour outside Basalt up Eagle-Thomasville Road. There, we assisted the Forest Service on a project to restore a
Published: June 28, 2016
If you haven’t visited the Art Base Annex gallery for an exhibition or art talk, put it on your list!I recently had the honor of exhibiting in this beautiful gallery. The whole experience was one of the most heartwarming, uplifting and rewarding of my career.I would like to thank Genna Moe, executive director, and her excellent staff for their invitation
Published: June 28, 2016
One of the most attractive things about Aspen is that it really does have zoning regulations in place. However imperfect they are, Aspen’s zoning regs keep rampant development from spoiling the look and feel of a wonderful mountain town. That, after all, is what makes Aspen unique among American ski towns. So it’s very disturbing to learn that the city
Published: June 28, 2016
I would like to take this opportunity to take issue with Jim Ingram’s comment that I was “making a big deal out of nothing” in regard to the rafting incident on the Roaring Fork River (“Oklahoma family safe after river-rafting trip goes awry,” The Aspen Times, June 28).When I arrived, the guides were not even visible, and it was only
Published: June 28, 2016
Recently we’ve devoted this column to individuals working to effect positive change in the Aspen-to-Parachute region. This week we’re speaking with Michaela Idhammar-Ketpura, who runs Aspen Youth Center, the only nonprofit organization in the valley that offers a safe, supportive and no-cost place for the Roaring Fork Valley’s kids to spend their out-of-school hours.Idhammar worked a variety of jobs in
Published: June 28, 2016
It wasn’t just the excellent performances — the singing, the dancing, the staging, the ABBA music. It was all that, of course, but it also was recalling the first time I fell in love, the second time in the ’70s and then the third time in the ’80s.You get the idea. Falling in love, even the umpteenth time, is glorious.
Published: June 28, 2016
Development on South Aspen Street is complete with the building of Lift One Lodge and One Aspen.Provided are the following: rooms for rent, commercial space, new utilities, a rebuilt albeit narrower South Aspen Street and underground parking for both Lift One Lodge guests and the general public.The Gorsuch project chooses to view the above as “insufficient,” offering its plan as
Published: June 28, 2016
It’s beyond late for skiing, but here’s a poem for poor old Lift 1A:It’s late spring / The sun heads higher / Get out your mirrored shades / Get out those sleazy suspenders / And let go into the buttery grainy blessing of a Slalom Hill mogul / Find your rhythm; find the feeling of the slope; find that flow
Published: June 28, 2016
I read with great interest Sunday’s article about the numbers surrounding Food & Wine weekend (“Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: By the numbers,” The Aspen Times, June 26). However, I question the planet the writers were on when it was written, “One week after the final Grand Tasting, there is almost no trace of the event.” It seems apparent
Published: June 28, 2016
Donald Trump took a big hit the other day in the Roaring Fork Valley.In fact, the presumptive Republican nominee for president got himself all busted up, thanks to a young man with a baseball bat, a handy tree and a bit of rope.But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.All afternoon on that Sunday, people had been wandering past, some reaching
Published: June 28, 2016
Los Angeles Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda called on young musicians Monday morning to instigate “a new era of musician activism” in an impassioned address to the Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2016 students.Borda spoke at the school’s opening convocation, marking the beginning of its 67th season, gathering some 600 students in the Benedict Music Tent. She recalled her
Published: June 28, 2016
For her new one-woman play, actress and playwright Anna Deveare Smith has traveled the U.S. and interviewed some 300 people, crafting what she calls “verbal portraits” of Americans along the school-to-prison pipeline.The play, still a work in progress, attempts to dissect the causes and conditions of that pipeline, looking at how young Americans living in poverty are often led into
Published: June 28, 2016
Empowering women will empower the world. That was the message delivered by former first lady Laura Bush and Mina Sherzoy, an activist for women’s rights in Afghanistan, on Monday at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The first lady also urged the U.S. to keep a military presence in the male-dominated Afghanistan, a country that since 1979 has been ravaged by war with
Published: June 28, 2016
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department has extended the public comment period on its draft land use management policy on habitat preservation and human uses of its properties.The draft policy is titled, “Protection of Natural Biodiversity and Compatible Human Use.”The draft policy “is the department’s first effort to describe in general terms its ongoing effort to utilize the best
Published: June 28, 2016
A group of rafters from Oklahoma got more adventure than they bargained for while on a guided trip Saturday on the Roaring Fork River. The group was rafting from Basalt to Carbondale with Aspen Whitewater Rafting when their raft hit a log and ejected everyone on board.Beatriz Landeros was with her two sons, David Rodriguez, 16, and Miguel Rodriguez, 11,
Published: June 27, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to speak today in a conversation called “Our Age of Insecurity.”Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson will interview Kerry, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwald Pavilion. Those without tickets can head to the Hotel Jerome and watch the conversation live for free. The public will be admitted until the
Published: June 27, 2016
For decades, summer has been the offseason for ski resorts — busy with maintenance and on-mountain upgrades, but not nearly as bustling as in winter, when skiers flock and staffs swell.That changes this week, when Vail Resorts, the continent’s largest resort operator, opens its new Epic Discovery summer projects at flagship Vail Mountain and at Heavenly, near Lake Tahoe in
Published: June 27, 2016
The U.S. Forest Service will soon be back in business at the Entrance to Aspen with a little help from its friends.The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District will jointly open a visitors’ center with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails at the old Forest Service office building at the S-curves at the Entrance to Aspen. The address of the building is 806
Published: June 27, 2016
Registered voters in Pitkin County have until 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, to cast their ballots in the primary election.Mail-in ballots were sent out last month to Pitkin County voters. However, the only way to vote Tuesday is by dropping off ballots in person at the Pitkin County Election Department’s temporary home, 501 E. Hyman Ave., Suite
Published: June 27, 2016
Bob Costas believes in storytelling — always has and always will, even in the age of instant streaming and multiple broadcast channels.Costas, the face of the NBC family of networks for the Olympic Games, will anchor the company’s multiplatform telecasts of the Rio Olympics starting Aug. 2.“The essence of storytelling is still the same,” Costas told a packed house Monday
Published: June 27, 2016
A Basalt woman who was sued by the town of Basalt after she filed a Colorado Open Records Act request this spring is urging a judge to dig for the “real and truthful reason” the town filed the lawsuit.The resident, Mary Kenyon, asked the judge to listen to a tape of an April 26 closed session of the Town Council
Published: June 27, 2016
“If taxpayers didn’t pay for my housing, I couldn’t afford to live in Aspen. I’d have to live 20 minutes away and commute to my Aspen office.” The person who spoke those words gets a $2 million house here in Aspen. Under the city’s “affordable housing” lottery, taxpayers pay 80 percent to 90 percent of the cost for people making
Published: June 27, 2016
Guns and hatred equal death. How else to explain the rampage in Orlando? A reason to kill becomes a license to kill. Choose a motive, and choose the appropriate firearm. The rest is simple logistics.“Why humans kill each other is beyond my comprehension,” writes “Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom. In his latest book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,”
Published: June 27, 2016
When Caitlyn Jenner took a brief walk in downtown Aspen over the weekend, more than 70 people stopped the most famous transgender woman in America for selfies and small talk.Jenner, who closed the Aspen Institute’s Spotlight Health festival Sunday morning in conversation with journalist Buzz Bissinger, said those kinds of daily interactions are central to her mission to destigmatize the
Published: June 26, 2016
Well aware of the vast number of self-help books on the market, Aspen native and counselor Ashley Connolly wasn’t deterred when she decided to write her own book offering life tips.Connolly’s book, “Life 101: 21 Practical Personal Growth Principles for the 21st Century,” is a brisk read rich with self-advice nuggets for millennial readers and older.“Originally, I thought this is
Published: June 26, 2016
There are more than 175,000 diet books currently listed on Amazon. Millions will be sold, and some people might even lose the weight they set out to lose, but almost all of them will gain it back. That was one of several grim dieting truths revealed during seminars in the Spotlight Health program track “The Future of Food: The Hype,
Published: June 26, 2016
Since construction workers probably don’t bike to work, how about on Bike to Work Day, there is no construction?Ruth HarrisonAspen
Published: June 26, 2016
Dear Roaring Fork Valley residents,This is not easy to read.Two local Colorado men recently pleaded guilty to the production of child pornography — videos and images involving children who were “4 weeks old” (United States v. Sailas) and 3 to 7 years old (United States v. Gallegos) in each respective case. Yes, that is rape of a baby.Did you —
Published: June 26, 2016
My observation of the “Squirm Night” leaves me restless. While county staff has a long tradition of silence on the eve of a commissioners’ election, I am unable to remain mute. And I write as a citizen; the views expressed are my own and not those of the program by which I am often known.A hearty debate on the management
Published: June 26, 2016
I have some great and useful ideas that are free and simple and actually could change the world and leave it a better place for our children.1. Since the government is talented at creating diseases like HIV, cancer and Zika, how about it creates the disease of unconditional love and inject everyone with it? At least the autism rates would
Published: June 26, 2016
Regarding “Trump views U.K. exit vote as validation,” by The Associated Press’ Julie Pace (The Aspen Times, June 25), Julie states, “Britain’s stunning vote to bolt from the European Union sent political tremors across the Atlantic on Friday, fueling Donald Trump’s confidence that frustrated U.S. voters will back similarly sweeping change and rattling Democrats who are banking on Americans ultimately
Published: June 26, 2016
I write this letter to ask voters to vote for Scott Writer for Pitkin County commissioner.Scott’s active involvement in the community spans five decades. He was one of the leaders in getting the Aspen Recreation Center built and has served as a coach on various teams over the years for a generation of young people here in the valley. He
Published: June 26, 2016
The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners and the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff met for the first review of the draft for the 20,000 acres of Pitkin County open space lands.If Open Space and Trails is allowing motorized vehicles on trails to accommodate motorized wheelchairs, then specify motorized handicapped vehicles, and don’t allow the e-bikes, scooters and who
Published: June 26, 2016
I write to you in opposition to the Gorsuch development proposal that now appears to be headed to a hearing before the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission. My perspective is of someone who has been skiing and hiking in Aspen for nearly 40 years. I live in Connecticut but fly out four to five times a year, often with children
Published: June 26, 2016
Two days before Independence Day, the Wilderness Workshop is celebrating public lands in style at the conservation nonprofit’s annual “friendraiser,” Wildfest. This public party will feature live music, freshly prepared food and beverages, communal art creation, fire dancing and children’s activities on the grounds of Owl Farm, the home of journalist Hunter S. Thompson. This is the first public event
Published: June 26, 2016
Remember your first bad sunburn? Mine came adorned with 2-inch, blaze-red blisters the day after a pool party. Despite an arsenal of new sunscreen technologies, sunburns happen all the time in Colorado. That’s because our high elevations make it easier for the sun to damage our skin. Skin is one of your body’s main protectors. It maintains our temperature and
Published: June 26, 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.• “On board for #Aspen. Sitting next to & chatting with Diana Ross’ saxophonist. They’re playing Aspen Jazz tomorrow. Diana is not on board” — @monaeltahawy • “Great day of learning and camaraderie today at @AspenInstitute
Published: June 26, 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: $10.35 millionDate recorded: June 20Address: 1419 Crystal Lake Drive, AspenBuyer: Big Dog Family LLCSeller: Panthera Investments LLLPProperty type: Single-family residentialYear built: 1990Total heated area: 7,976 square feetLand: 1 acreFeatures: Six bedrooms, seven baths, sauna,
Published: June 26, 2016
Thousands of rooms booked, thousands of wine bottles poured, more than 200 private jets landed — these are just some of the impressive numbers associated with Food & Wine Classic weekend in Aspen. For an event that lasts less than three full days, the Classic roars into and out of town in just a couple of weeks. One week after
Published: June 26, 2016
Every self-help seminar, lecture or book that touches on the pursuit of happiness seems to use traffic as an analogy for how to measure our personal patience and our tolerance levels for either acting out in frustration or offering up small acts of kindness. Snowmass Village is now being put to the test. Are we going to prove to one
Published: June 25, 2016
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from June 11 through 22.June 11Medical call to the bike path below the Tamarack Condominiums for a person suffering from a possible fractured arm. One person was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment. Medical call to behind 229 Faraway Road, the Ridge Condominiums, for a person involved in
Published: June 25, 2016
Los Angeles chef Manzke wins Grand CochonWalter Manzke of Republique restaurant in Los Angeles came away with the title of “King of Porc” after the Grand Cochon, a cooking competition using whole heritage-breed pigs June 18 at the Viceroy Snowmass.Manzke’s winning menu included pork belly, caviar, potato mousseline, bacon, rice, pork shoulder, foie gras, porcini mushrooms and Australian winter truffles.
Published: June 25, 2016
The new edition Gentlemen of Aspen offered a rugby tutorial Saturday as they blitzed visiting Steamboat Springs in the home opener at Rio Grande Park.The Gents, with a roster filled with college rugby players, stunned Steamboat with a multiple-phase attack and an aggressive defense, eventually winning 75-5.The Gentlemen, who led 35-0 at halftime, totaled 10 tries against the visitors. Nine
Published: June 25, 2016
The Aspen Art Museum would like to thank Steve Sewell and Mary Catherine LaMar of Aspen Skiing Co. for generously donating gondola passes to our Summer Workshop participants, enabling them to view Shinique Smith’s mural “Resonant Tides” at Elk Camp in Snowmass.We are grateful to continue to build on our collaboration with Skico. Annie HenningerAspen
Published: June 25, 2016
If I’m reading my Twitter feed correctly, the lesson that Americans should take from Brexit is not that the European project has been turned on its head — I mean, who cares about old Europe? — but that the American project could be next.The message is at least twofold:One: We should take Donald Trump’s anti-establishment, anti-globalization, anti-elite, anti-immigrant campaign very
Published: June 25, 2016
I support Hawk Greenway for Pitkin County commissioner. He distinguishes himself from Greg and Scott in many ways, and I encourage you to vote for him in the Tuesday primary.All three candidates are longtime residents of our valley who have multiple associations with our community and who care about the quality of life here. Hawk stands out as the strongest
Published: June 25, 2016
What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture¹s Meat and Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is
Published: June 25, 2016
The Aspen Basketball Academy Camps will being Monday at Basalt High School in the midvalley.Coach Steve Ketchum, the former longtime Aspen High School boys basketball coach, said the camps will run every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Basalt High.The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades K-8 this fall.Registration is available at www.abacamps.com or by
Published: June 25, 2016
I feel like I have to assure you about something — I am not hoping that Base Village fails. It already has.It has, in fact, failed so miserably that there is no room left to hope it fails anymore. It is such a disaster that there is no satisfaction whatever in saying, “I told you so.” Things are so far
Published: June 25, 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: June 25, 2016
“The old buildings of the historic Anderson Ranch Arts Center on Owl Creek have throughout recent years been weatherized and winterized — except for the woodshop, the last structure to be improved. This fall, the woodworking facility is to be upgraded, according to Anderson Ranch Director Jeffery Moore, who noted the building at present is inadequate in meeting needs of
Published: June 25, 2016
The 34th annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen may have been my favorite – and not just because 34’s my lucky number. Let’s start with the weather – brilliant blue skies and verdant hillsides set the backdrop, and while it may have hot, it was on brand for the Southern-themed dinners atop Aspen Mountain – Friday night’s Publisher’s Party,
Published: June 25, 2016
Booker T. Jones was still a teenager in Memphis, Tennessee, when Stax Records opened there in the early 1960s and shaped the sound of American music as we know it.He got his foot in the door as a baritone sax player but was soon writing and recording timeless soul, blues and R&B songs on the Hammond B3 organ. Through the
Published: June 25, 2016
The deadly feud between the Montagues and the Capulets parallels a generation of conflict in a predominantly African-American Bay Area community in the documentary “Romeo Is Bleeding.” The film, which screens at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Sunday, June 26, centers on Donte Clark of Richmond, California, as he goes from drug dealer to city poet laureate. Clark finds the
Published: June 25, 2016
Snow is disappearing quickly on the high-altitude hiking trails in the wilderness surrounding Aspen, the trails crew is clearing downfall as quickly as possible and all roads in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District are open except Hagerman Pass, according to the U.S. Forest Service.The snow level is generally around 10,800 to 11,200 feet, depending on the aspect of the slopes. “It’s
Published: June 25, 2016
An Aspen boy was pulled out of a day camp because his parents say the counselors weren’t paying attention when he was nearly swept away by the Roaring Fork River on Monday.The incident prompted the camp host, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, to create a policy regarding river use.The episode happened at Herron Park, a popular riverside playground by
Published: June 25, 2016
The Roaring Fork Valley is taking another step into the sharing economy as a handful of Uber drivers are popping up with a transportation alternative.The Uber application, popular in urban areas, provides a system allowing just about anyone with a vehicle and smartphone to launch their own car service. Drivers are required to pass background checks, get a state Department
Published: June 25, 2016
It’s no secret that Aspen is one of the most expensive places to live and visit in the world.When it comes to finding ways to fill your nights and days, in addition to the abundance of outdoor activities that Aspen has to offer, there are usually more free options than are doable in a single day.Below is a list of
Published: June 24, 2016
In response to Mick Ireland’s commentary (“Keep open space, open,” Aspen Daily News, June 20):Hi, Mick — a group named Responsible Citizens for Open Space has been organized. In principle, we are opposed to a 25-year or even 20-year extension of the tax to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, as no entity anywhere deserves a tenure of that length.
Published: June 24, 2016
Maurice Emmer states, “Automatic weapons are illegal in this country” in his editorial “Court makes the law” (The Aspen Times, Commentary, June 24). With all due respect, Mr. Emmer is misinformed and incorrect. I personally have fired a fully automatic Uzi. It is quite an experience but can be very expensive unless you load your own ammo. I still don’t
Published: June 24, 2016
As a relative newcomer to the area, having just arrived in Aspen in 1970, I really need some help with historical context.Can anyone tell me if there has ever been another general election year in which not one single incumbent elected official in Pitkin County faced a challenger for their office?Can anyone remember any other year when such a situation
Published: June 24, 2016
Editor’s note: Aspen resident Art Burrows wrote this guest column regarding an experience he had with a bear at his house a few of summers ago. His intent is to inspire people to take precautions against a bear getting in their house.It was about 3 a.m. I don’t really know why I heard it, as I am usually a sound
Published: June 24, 2016
Metal, leather and chains fairly well make up a set of horse harness, and when a team of draft horses is at work, the sound of all three interacting makes up a delicious sound that is impossible to duplicate in any other fashion. Add to that the four-beat clump of equine hooves and it’s a cacophony of resonance addicting to
Published: June 24, 2016

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