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Not sure what Patrick Hunter was smoking when he fantasized the story in his July 24 Aspen Times letter (“Dischared and dangerous”). Perhaps he dreamed the scenario of a news story that his warped liberal mind would like to read. However, he should get his facts straight — the Dallas cop killer was ex-Army Reserve, and the Baton Rouge murderer
Published: July 27, 2016
The upper pay-to-play Aspen crowd, the vulture class, will swoop into Aspen over the next days to scavenge for political favoritism and assure its ton of flesh, that is, attend a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. For those attending, the $10,000 to $50,000 entrance fee is chump change when considering the rewards to come down the pike — just
Published: July 27, 2016
Donald Trump is poison. I am telling you. Believe me. I know what I am talking about. Believe me what I tell you. Believe me what I tell you. He is complete poison. He is complete poison. I know. I know. Trust me when I say. Trust me. Trust me. Trust me when I say this.Miles KnudsonAspen
Published: July 27, 2016
I’m baffled by Phil Verleger’s letter regarding the Aspen Music Festival stating there’s no classical music in Aspen (“Not the only source of classical music,” Letters to the editor, The Aspen Times, July 26). What is it we’ve been hearing in the tent and Harris Hall since the end of June? Perhaps I’m befuddled, but I thought I knew classical
Published: July 27, 2016
Bernie Sanders, you can’t start a revolution and get millions of people behind you and then change your mind and join forces with the enemy. We believed you were going to lead the way. I saw images of you looking like George Washington; can you imagine Washington in the middle of the Delaware on that freezing winter night deciding he
Published: July 27, 2016
There are Uber drivers and others who operate under that disguise roaming the streets of Aspen. There are I don’t know how many of the free shuttles that are free for the passengers and very expensive for the taxpayer. Good Lord — it was about five years ago that I was within 12 hours of facing a trial by jury
Published: July 27, 2016
I feel and believe that Garfield County and its municipalities are moving into a mightier leadership position in the Colorado tourism, food and restaurant industries, especially among resort and rural communities, with the advent of “County takes over food inspections” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent, July 22).The whole of Garfield County can and will command and attract more consumer dollars, nationwide
Published: July 27, 2016
The recent comments by Patty Clapper and Bert Myrin of the Elected Officials Transportation Committee in the July 21 article (“Committee approves $494k for entrance study,” The Aspen Times) regarding light rail as one possible component of an approved study on the Entrance to Aspen illustrates their preconceived prejudice against a practical solution to Aspen’s congestion problem.The upper valley has
Published: July 27, 2016
What would it take for three practical, sensible people to run for Aspen mayor and City Council seats at the same time? First, it would be helpful to have a simple, pragmatic issue around which they could rally, thereby distinguishing themselves from the current political establishment.I served on the Traffic Committee in 1984. We were about a dozen Aspen residents
Published: July 27, 2016
Longtime local Jerry Neil White passed away peacefully on the 20th of July in his home.After serving in Vietnam as a decorated Marine, Jerry came to Aspen in 1976 and enjoyed skiing biking and the mountain lifestyle. He worked at Schlomo’s, Little Nell’s and Little Annie’s in various capacities, the main being bartender. He retired as a 17 year veteran
Published: July 27, 2016
Bruce Henry Kallenberg, age 75, of El Jebel, CO, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO. He is survived by two sons, David and Josh Kallenberg. Services at later date. Arrangements by Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service.
Published: July 27, 2016
Dennis Andy Palardy, 51, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Grand Junction.He was an equipment operator.A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 12:00pm at the Redstone Town Park in Redstone, Colorado.Dennis is survived by his four sons, Tyler Palardy, Dylan Palardy, Tristin Palardy, and Patrick Palardy, all of Carbondale; his daughter Chandelle Palardy of Goodyear,
Published: July 27, 2016
Tristan Rohrbaugh, a former Colorado high school state golf champion from Basalt High School, will play in the U.S. Amateur Championships.Rohrbaugh, who will be a junior this fall at Boise State University, won the U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament this week at Columbine Country Club near Littleton.He shot rounds of 68 and 66 to finish 10-under par 134, winning by three
Published: July 27, 2016
Pedal up a mountain at high altitude. Race down the hill as fast as possible. Repeat. This is more or less the gist of enduro cycling, a form of mountain biking that combines timed downhill racing and uphill cycling over the course of several stages. On July 30, Round 5 of the eight-round Enduro World Series kicks off in Snowmass,
Published: July 27, 2016
Patience is wearing thin at the U.S. Forest Service with owners of two vehicles that rolled into a pristine stretch of the Crystal River headwaters July 2 and haven’t been removed.The incident occurred after one Jeep was attempting to secure and tow another Jeep out of a precarious position, authorities said. Both vehicles ended up tumbling about 130 feet down
Published: July 27, 2016
The challenging four-pass loop — it’s as remote as you can get in the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness Area. It’s an arduous hike that includes crossing the highest mountain passes around here: West Maroon, Frigid Air, Trail Rider and Buckskin, all around 12,500 feet above sea level. It’s designated wilderness areas, so you have to cross them on foot. It’s quite
Published: July 27, 2016
Peering through a window to the past, time stands still in those silent, brief moments when the dust settles onto the rodeo arena floor as the breathless contestant clambers to his feet and wipes the blood-tinged sweat from his brow. Squinting through the rays of the setting sun, he slaps his hat clean against his thigh, and then in one
Published: July 27, 2016
Editor’s note: Business as Usual is a series highlighting local businesses in Snowmass Village.Snowmass Sun: How did your business start? Pam Wood: Bruce Wood and I met in Aspen back in 1990; he was crewing for the local balloon company and was working on getting his license to fly balloons. We began dating, and he bought his first balloon from
Published: July 27, 2016
Rule No. 1 when visiting a marijuana dispensary: Bring your ID. Mayor Steve Skadron failed to do that during City Council’s first visit to three of downtown Aspen pot shops on Tuesday. His mayoral title wasn’t enough to persuade a doorman at Silverpeak to gain entrance. “Everything I do is in the public record,” Skadron told him. No success. So
Published: July 27, 2016
I was checking my email, and a new message popped up with the subject line “dangerous, narcissistic, ignorant.”My first thought was, “Wonder which of my columns they’re talking about?” Followed by, “It must have been a good one. I really struck a nerve.”I felt like a triple winner. Not one, not two, but three prizes in one. Do you remember,
Published: July 27, 2016
We were sick a lot when we were kids, and without the miracle drugs of today, we’d be sick for a long time — weeks in bed with chickenpox, measles, mumps and endless rounds of strep throat and colds. Our doctor made house calls. He didn’t have a horse and buggy, but he had one of those black doctor’s bags
Published: July 27, 2016
I just want to clear the air. In an article written by Rick Carroll (“Wells Fargo drive-through in Aspen a casualty of moratorium,” The Aspen Times, July 12) correctly citing the moratorium and city rules on the ban on drive-throughs in Aspen, several letter writers have conflated the issue to be about idling and the city’s role. The city did
Published: July 26, 2016
Our Aspen Times has reported it was your decision to charge Sheriff DiSalvo’s sponsored charity event supporting The Hope Center a $10,000 fee for use of the Aspen Municipal Golf Course. If this was your call it was a mistake.Not all nonprofits are created equal. You and you colleagues at City Hall should consider The Hope Center a vital part
Published: July 26, 2016
An Eagle County district judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday that was filed by the town of Basalt against a citizen who requested information in April under the Colorado Open Records Act.Both sides wanted the lawsuit dismissed, although citizen Mary Kenyon hoped to have a hearing that would produce answers to her questions about why the lawsuit was filed. Judge Fred
Published: July 26, 2016
The Aspen School District has selected Aspen High School English teacher and department chair Sarah Strassburger to take over as assistant principal starting Aug. 1. Strassburger has taught English for 15 years, 10 of which were at Aspen High School, where she also has lead the English department as chair.“I’m very excited to work with (Principal Tharyn Mulberry) and very
Published: July 26, 2016
Memorial ServiceSunday August 7th, 2016 at 1:00pmSnowmass ChapelLight fare reception on the lawn following the serviceIn Love,Staci, Lisa, Jenny, Laurel and Mita
Published: July 26, 2016
Bill Pope, age 80, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at his home in Aspen, Colorado, on July 17th. Bill grew up in Kenilworth and Winnetka, Illinois, the son of William Prufrock Pope and Eleanore Bear Pope Leh. He was the stepson of John Henry Leh and Aubrey Hynes.Bill lived his life with gusto. He attended Joseph Sears elementary
Published: July 26, 2016
On July 17th, surrounded by his loving family, Mark Dahlstrom passed away at home in the brave and selfless manner in which he lived his life.Valiant and generous by nature, Mark’s life was full of adventure. Captaining his sailboat around the world, Mark scuba dived on the Red Sea while working as an Emergency Room Doctor in Saudi Arabia. Without
Published: July 26, 2016
It looks like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be in the Aspen area Aug. 2 for a fundraiser.Mike Kraemer, Pitkin County senior planner, told county commissioners Tuesday his office received a permit application late last week for a Clinton fundraiser Aug. 2 at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woody Creek.The “Hillary Victory Fund dinner” would take place from 5 to
Published: July 26, 2016
Pitkin County commissioners are leaning toward financing a new $24.6 million county building on Main Street by selling the debt on the bond market.County Treasurer Tom Oken told commissioners Tuesday that a previous idea of financing the cost of the building using sales tax revenue bonds — which would be backed by the county’s existing share of sales taxes —
Published: July 26, 2016
I believe in following rules. But City Council exercised simple common sense by permitting Creperie du Village to bend the rules and retain its awnings.There’s something wrong with city staff. They don’t exercise common sense. They closed the locals-serving Wells Fargo drive-through based on a flimsy excuse about idling cars (how about the cars idling to get into and out
Published: July 26, 2016
The article in today’s Aspen Times concerning the Creperie du Village shows a disturbing attitude held by the City Council. The wall and roof constructed by Raphael Derly for his restaurant is not only not built to code, but Derly’s explanations that it’s too hot down there and that he didn’t know he needed a permit show a disregard for
Published: July 26, 2016
I read last week and was completely stunned by the city’s decision to spend $500,000 to study the entrance to Aspen yet again. How many times has it been done previously? As far as I can tell land masses have not moved, Castle Creek is still where it was before. What possibly could be learned that we do not already
Published: July 26, 2016
Richard Felder has taken issue with Andy Stone’s column on the state of Aspen’s music festival (“After the fall: Has Aspen lost its musical Eden?” Commentary, The Aspen Times, July 20). Feller concludes that the festival is alive and well, supported by “thoughtful philanthropists.”I believe Felder is wrong. Perhaps he is distracted by Aspen’s horrible traffic problems and has lost
Published: July 26, 2016
The undefeated Gentlemen of Aspen rugby team will take the stage Saturday on Aspen’s internationally famous rugby field — Wagner Park.The Aspen rugby club, which has played rugby at “Wagner Rugby Stadium” in downtown Aspen since the club was founded in the 1960s, will host the Defiance Rugby Club of Glenwood Springs in a valley test match.The game is set
Published: July 26, 2016
Motorists driving in and out of Aspen can expect delays today and Thursday because of the closure of Glenwood Canyon, local agencies said Tuesday.The canyon will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days for rockfall mitigation. Highway 82, both westbound and eastbound, is being used as part of the detour.The 35-foot length restriction remains in place for
Published: July 26, 2016
A 32-year-old former Aspen resident who threw a snowboarder off an Aspen Highlands chairlift last winter was found not guilty of attempted assault Monday by reason of insanity. Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin made the ruling after first finding probable cause to charge Thomas Proesel with attempted first-degree assault and then listening to a state psychologist, who interviewed Proesel and
Published: July 26, 2016
Aspen Community Church will hold a memorial concert for victims of gun violence at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert, titled “I, Too, Sing America,” will be presented by voice students of the Aspen Music School.“As citizen musicians, we hope to commemorate the lives of those lost in recent gun violence tragedies within the LGBT and African-American communities,” said Tessa Romano,
Published: July 26, 2016
Aspen rugby is going to Rio.The Gentlemen of Aspen rugby club will be represented on the United States rugby sevens team at the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.A former rugby player with the Gents, who came to Aspen specifically to learn the game, was named to the USA Eagles Sevens team this week.Carlin Isles, acknowledged as “the fastest man in
Published: July 26, 2016
Mention Tuscany, and visions of the quaint hilltop towns, the Black Rooster that signifies the classic wines of Chianti, and perhaps Montalcino, the quintessential wine town, come to mind. Here, ancient vineyards are planted almost exclusively to the sangiovese (the grape name translates to “blood of Jove”) that has long been the identity of this extraordinarily beautiful wine region.But a
Published: July 26, 2016
It’s Tuesday morning in the airy confines of the Benedict Music Tent and the bright young members of the Aspen Conducting Academy’s class of 2016 are about to go to work.As the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra warms up on the stage, its conductors are scattered around the blue-felted bench seats of the concert hall amid strewn cello cases and backpacks.
Published: July 26, 2016
The biggest orchestra of the season (more than 100 strong) packed itself onto the music tent stage Sunday for the Aspen Festival Orchestra’s concert to play high-calorie music from Rachmaninoff and Wagner. The big sound, wrangled with hit-and-miss effectiveness by conductor Hugh Wolff, of course brought the audience to its feet.The effort, at least, deserved the recognition. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov,
Published: July 26, 2016
Aspen City Council on Monday cut some slack for a small restaurant that installed two awnings on its below-grade patio without a building permit.Owners of the Creperie du Village, located at 400 E. Hopkins Ave., appealed to the council for a temporary-use permit to keep the structure, which provides shade to its patrons, up through Oct. 15.“I heard so many
Published: July 26, 2016
So Lo thinks I want them to extend Lift 1A down toward town because I like beginner terrain, huh? Well I know he supports the construction of the Gorsuch Haus hotel blocking Norway Slope at the base so that he doesn’t have to embarrass himself trying to ski possibly the best run on Aspen Mountain anymore.Roger MaroltSnowmass Village
Published: July 25, 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 Suzanne Wheeler-Del Piccolo, the principal of Basalt Elementary School and one of the architects of Jumpstart in the Roaring Fork School District. Jumpstart is a five-week summer program for children who are about to enter kindergarten. Suzanne
Published: July 25, 2016
Innovations from technology companies like Google and Tesla will soon deliver “robot” vehicles that will drastically increase the capacity of current roadways while improving speed, convenience, safety and fuel efficiency. With technology like Uber, fewer people will need to own a vehicle, drastically reducing parking needs. Technology entrepreneurs can solve our entrance problem. Spending another $500k of taxpayer money to
Published: July 25, 2016
According to Google/Merriam-Webster: “Community” is defined as:A) A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.B) A feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.In consideration of the seemingly endless litany of citizen’s letters, editor’s opinions and City Council controversies, one might first return to that
Published: July 25, 2016
The fantastic success of the pop-up sale exceeded the most optimistic expectations! A tremendous amount of money was raised, all due to the generosity of Boogie Weinglass.The ladies of The Thrift Shop of Aspen are thrilled to thank everyone who helped make the sale an unprecedented success. Ruth Kruger, Charlie Weaver, JP Nevada’s Trust and Bob Langley donated and secured
Published: July 25, 2016
I know Related with its unfunded subsidiary SAC is anxious to get out of here ASAP. But would they please fix a pothole in the driveway to the Snowmass Center that has been there for years? It’s about 200 feet up from Brush Creek Road. Small but deep.Richard GoodwinSnowmass Village
Published: July 25, 2016
Doc to discuss death and dyingDr. Charles Hamlin of Denver will speak on “Mortality, Morality and Honor: The End-of-Life-Paradigm” at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at Pitkin County Library, 120 N. Mill St. in Aspen. Hamlin currently serves on the National Board of Compassion and Choices, the largest advocacy group for choice at the end of life and aid in dying.
Published: July 25, 2016
Join a free hike to Kokomo pass above Camp Hale on July 30. This high alpine valley was recently proposed by Senator Michael Bennet as a National Historic Landscape because of its monumental contribution to the armed forces and to the ski industry in the United States. Camp Hale was the training ground for the famed 10th Mountain Division of
Published: July 25, 2016
I can’t believe I am about to write this column, but there are times when we, as citizens of a democratic republic, have simply got to be clear-eyed and unemotional in our assessment of the times we live in.And, as of today, I’m afraid this country is ensnared in a downward spiraling maelstrom of fear and negativity about our future
Published: July 25, 2016
A 42-year-old Snowmass Village woman broke into her former boyfriend’s apartment while he and his new girlfriend were home late Friday night, then assaulted the man and stole the new girlfriend’s phone, according to a police report. Jayme Hovland was charged with felony criminal trespassing as well as misdemeanor assault, theft and domestic violence. Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin released
Published: July 25, 2016
Thirty of the country’s preeminent art galleries, exhibiting the very best in modern and contemporary artwork, will converge at Art Aspen August 4-7. Situated in an elegant and unique boutique style setting with the Ajax Mountain as the backdrop, Art Aspen will provide an intimate environment for collectors, art enthusiasts and patrons to collect important works of art by emerging
Published: July 25, 2016
Air Force Academy cadets and U.S. Forest Service personnel began work July 18 to install a new footbridge on the Maroon Bells Scenic Loop Trail No. 2197. This is the final phase of a unique partnership project that began almost a year ago. While the Forest Service paid for materials and staff time, sourcing this work out to a contractor
Published: July 25, 2016
Is legalized marijuana bringing more poor people to Pueblo County?For local nonprofit agencies that are the front line in dealing with indigent people, there is no question more poor single people and families have been knocking on their doors in the past few years.Eva Matola spoons food onto trays for them at the Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen. The men and
Published: July 25, 2016
The city of Aspen is debuting a new citizen education and engagement program this fall called the Aspen Citizens Academy. The academy will give the public the opportunity to get a more intimate look at local government, including its policies, staff and operations. “We noticed through various interactions with citizens at open houses and task force meetings, for example, that
Published: July 25, 2016
“WAIT, HOW MUCH is the soup again?” I was standing at the counter of a small, family-owned deli in Aspen, and the cashier had just asked me to hand over $22.50 for soup and a sandwich. I knew that the Italian sub cost about ten bucks plus tax, but the soup, too? For lunch? No wonder working-class locals are still
Published: July 25, 2016
Who else could tell Maya Angelou’s life story other than the giant of American letters herself? Angelou shaped and reflected her times, from the late 1920s through this decade, in her autobiographical books and poetry.In the new documentary, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” she continues telling her story — narrating the feature-length film herself.“Maya Angelou” premiered in January at
Published: July 25, 2016
Thunder River Theatre Company founder and Executive Artistic Director Lon Winston has taken his final bow at as head of the nonprofit after 21 years.Winston, 70, is retiring and will be succeeded next month by the Carbondale company’s Associate Artistic Director Corey Simpson.“I feel like I’ve done the job I set out to do 21 years ago,” Winston said Saturday
Published: July 25, 2016
Teen idol, pop-punk frontman, singer-songwriter, cancer survivor. At 33, Andrew McMahon is an 18-year music industry veteran who has been through a lot. The former lead singer of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin will make his Aspen debut tonight with his latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. He released an eponymous record with the new band in 2014 and
Published: July 25, 2016
A memorial service will be held for Dorothy Bensch Doyle on Saturday, July 30th at 2:00 pm at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 South 2nd Street, Carbondale, Colorado
Published: July 25, 2016
The rising demand for use of city parks has Aspen officials mulling new approaches for the future.“We could host an event every day in the summer,” Jeff Woods, manager of Parks and Recreation, recently said. “We’re working on a new policy to take up to City Council to come up with a game plan.”Woods said he expects to introduce the
Published: July 24, 2016
Melanie Sturm’s article was a reflection of the thinking of many Americans (“My delegate dilemma: To be conscientious, in good conscience,” Commentary, The Aspen Times, July 18). If you attended the Ideas Festival, the many thinking people of America were not present. It was mostly a body of people mirroring a Hillary Clinton bias. Many gooed at the mention of
Published: July 24, 2016
In two separate incidents in recent weeks, police officers have been ambushed and some killed by former U.S. Marines. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump responded to these events by saying that no more discharged Marines should be allowed back in the country. All ex-Marines must be brought in for questioning and detained when necessary. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was mentioned as
Published: July 24, 2016
When Andy Stone asked himself whether Aspen has lost its musical Eden (“After the fall: Has Aspen lost its musical Eden?” Commentary, The Aspen Times, July 20), he should have visited the new campus, spoken with students and attended one of this summer’s concerts. The answer is obvious. The Aspen Music Festival and School is alive and well — continuing
Published: July 24, 2016
Letter: Team players
Published: July 24, 2016
Wildlife advocates are imploring Pitkin County Open Space and Trails to manage its properties more for the benefit of critters.Numerous residents who submitted written comments to the open space program on its draft land management plan also criticized the level of trail building on public lands. A handful unloaded their scorn for mountain biking.Forty-seven individuals or representatives of organizations submitted
Published: July 24, 2016
In 2011, when the Aspen Community Foundation started digging into education issues affecting an estimated 20,000 children from Aspen to Parachute, officials became convinced a “quiet crisis” was unfolding.Substantial gaps had appeared in the education achievement of low-income children and their more affluent peers. In addition, there was a rapidly growing number of English language learners that strained school district
Published: July 24, 2016
Wouldn’t it be cool if we could renovate the original historic Lift 1 and use it to transport skiers from Dean Street to the next Lift 1A? We already have the lower bullwheel and two towers; all that’s needed is the upper bullwheel, a cable and a bunch of single chairs. What a great way to honor Aspen’s skiing history!Robert
Published: July 24, 2016
Too often, “art experts” make remarks that confuse the public about the nature of art. I was annoyed to read critic Jerry Saltz’s recent quote at an Anderson Ranch lecture, stating: “No one in the art world can prove that Vermeer is better than Norman Rockwell.” I know Jerry and suspect he said it to be controversial. However, it implies
Published: July 24, 2016
I can’t believe that the Elected Officials Transportation Committee approved a $500,000 study of light rail and bus rapid transit for the entrance into Aspen. There is no way this will ever come about, and this is a total waste of money. All there is are studies after studies of the problem with no hope of any solution. It’s time
Published: July 24, 2016
Swarms of voracious mosquitoes. Fallen logs stacked like Pickup Stix. Jagged branches standing out like pikes. No line-of-sight reference points. Nothing on which to take a compass bearing. Daylight fading into dusk. This is getting lost in the woods.Want to make an already intense physical trial truly memorable? Lose yourself in an endless forest of dark timber and race against
Published: July 24, 2016
Youth is wasted on the young. Or, at least, that’s how the saying goes. But in my time in Aspen, I have found that one doesn’t have to be young to use youth. People of all ages sport it well. All you really need is an idea, some enthusiasm to back it up and a solid group of friends to
Published: July 24, 2016
An Aspen filmmaker is taking to air, sea and land for a new documentary on a little-known piece of aviation history.Dirk Braun, best known locally for his commercial film work with his Red Mountain Productions, is digging into the history of the Grumman Albatross flying boats and the curious cast of characters who fly and preserve them today.“I regard them
Published: July 24, 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.• “Dear @realDonaldTrump, you can’t ski worth a damn either. We do appreciate that you’ve stayed away! #Aspen” — @DaliDager• “Trump did not know me, but when I struck a conversation w/him 20+ years ago in
Published: July 24, 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: $6.2 millionDate recorded: July 19Address: 34 Placer LaneBuyer: 34 Placer Inc.Seller: SH Placer Lane LLC, JS Placer Lane LLC, AVH Placer Lane LLCProperty type: VacantTotal acres: 0.937Property taxes: $49,467.84Buzzworthy• Another list, another ranking for Aspen.Niche.com
Published: July 24, 2016
I came across a big runaway lawnmower as I recently walked along a country road in Switzerland. Or so I thought.On further inspection, I saw a distant worker with a joystick controlling it remotely. Safely away from passing traffic, he used this remote-controlled lawnmower to neatly mow down weeds on the shoulder of the road. As I gazed slack-jawed at
Published: July 24, 2016
Recently, The Aspen Times printed a letter suggesting that our surrounding national forest be opened up for public (employee) housing (“Put employee housing on federal land,” Letters to the editor, July 20). I reply with a resounding “no.” Our forests were created not for private dwellings but as a preservation of our national heritage and for the recreational use of
Published: July 23, 2016
Toni Kronberg’s belly is full of butterflies. The Elected Officials Transportation Committee meeting is set to begin in about half an hour, and Kronberg is planning to speak about an issue she feels strongly about. Kronberg is an old pro at this sort of thing, but still, she’s nervous. “I was expecting Aspen Aerial to be an option, and it’s
Published: July 23, 2016
When it comes to summertime sipping, there is nothing — and I mean nothing — better than a cocktail made with fresh ingredients. The Little Nell’s Mountain Mojito fits the bill perfectly. Poured with precision by Nell chief mixologist Ricardo Leyvas, this unique twist on the standard mojito blends together fresh lime juice and blood orange purée with agave (no
Published: July 23, 2016
The Roaring Fork Conservancy’s annual summer benefit took place July 13, alongside the banks of the Frying Pan River, on a picture-perfect evening in Basalt. Wally and Peppy Dallenbach generously provided their ranch for the festivities. The Dallenbachs have owned 175 acres in the Upper Frying Pan region for the past 42 years. “We love to share it,” said Peppy.
Published: July 23, 2016
Fresh out of college during the heart of the economic recession, 22-year-old Stephen Murray said he had no choice but to create his own job. “I had a psychology degree in 2009,” Murray said with a laugh. “It didn’t really qualify me for much.” Growing up amid the hustle and bustle of South Florida, Murray decided there must be a
Published: July 23, 2016
It used to be I traveled that road almost every day, a nice, quiet country lane populated by down-to-earth working people. They had kids, much younger than I was but old enough to interact with many of the activities we older folks had going on — fun things, mostly involving horses or driving tractors. Many of the men worked for
Published: July 23, 2016
This ought to be a fun Sunday, when Behzod Abduraimov takes on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in front of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. The 25-year-old pianist put on a quite a show in his recital Thursday evening in Harris Hall.Abduraimov displayed a mastery of tone and technique. He displayed a clear idea of how he wants to phrase the
Published: July 23, 2016
Parked cars in Aspen’s West End have been taking a beating lately, Aspen police said Friday. Officers have logged 34 incidents of vandalism on all kinds of vehicles since October, including two cars someone tried to ignite in March, numerous flat tires, scratched or “keyed” cars and broken windows and taillights, said Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn. The majority
Published: July 22, 2016
Published: July 22, 2016
I read your article in the July 12 Aspen times about the Wells Fargo drive-thru being closed. I was wondering why the senior environmental health specialist, Jannette Whitcomb, doesn’t take a walk around town at lunchtime and see the smoke and fumes coming from all the restaurants downtown. The CP Burger joint spews smoke and burger fumes at a rate
Published: July 22, 2016
Aspen Camp of the Deaf would like to extend a huge thank-you to the Thrift Shop of Aspen for its incredible Community Grant Program. As a past grant recipient, we were able to utilize the funds provided to enhance the experience of young campers from all over the nation. We appreciate the caring and engaged residents and volunteers who contribute
Published: July 22, 2016
On July 2, more than 500 people showed up for Wilderness Workshop’s first sold-out Wildfest at Owl Farm in Woody Creek! We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many supporters, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who came together to make the day a success. Wildfest is a special kind of celebration. We keep the ticket affordable and cut
Published: July 22, 2016
I would like to thank Aspen Valley Hospital for hosting the Aspen Meatless Monday Garden Party Community Dinner on Monday. Members of the community attended and enjoyed a delicious, meat-free menu created and prepared by Katey Bates, registered dietician and food services director, and Sandy Holmes, registered dietician. Along with dinner, we enjoyed a presentation by Mitzi Ledingham on “Hunger
Published: July 22, 2016
Following the Brexit vote, Roger Marolt’s rant in his column “Follow the Brexit sign to a darker world” (Commentary, The Aspen Times, June 30) about “Britiotic” “racism” and “religious intolerance” was an embarrassing display of the politically correct rot that has afflicted our minds.I have been enormously heartened, therefore, by the rebukes that have followed, first from Martin Cooney in
Published: July 22, 2016
Last week the Basalt financial consultant finally offered up what the park supporters had been asking for the past year. He presented many different ways to finance the river park without raising taxes.A bloated pork-barrel improvements plan was presented two weeks ago under the guise of being the “Citizens River Park Plan” for a staggering amount of $7.97 million, which
Published: July 22, 2016
As the monsoonal moisture surges back into the state, plants are getting ready to seed before our all-too-short summer wraps up its third and final act. If you hike, bike, run or walk any of our backyard trails, you’ve no doubt seen Aspen’s second-most notorious weed growing in abundance. This one doesn’t help generate tax revenue or make your ride
Published: July 22, 2016
In fly fishing, it’s often the smallest of details that will make the difference between having a successful day on the water and having a frustrating one. As we approach late-summer fishing conditions, the level of the rivers continues to drop and clear, making stealth equally as important as having the right fly. Complex or multiple hatches also are going
Published: July 22, 2016
Editor’s note: The Aspen Times compiles this list of free activities and events in and around town each week. If you want to see your event listed, email erobbie@aspentimes.com.SUNDAYBluegrass Sundays: Bluegrass performances outside the Sundeck at the top of Aspen Mountain from noon to 3 p.m. Event is free but a gondola pass must still be purchased. Aspen Music Festival
Published: July 22, 2016
Basalt’s ongoing outdoor movie screening series will premiere a short film by a Colorado Mountain College student on Saturday night.The two-minute “Untouchable Skin,” by Isaacson School for New Media scholar Thang Khan Sian Khai will debut at the Lions Park community screening at 7 p.m. before the feature presentation of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”Sian Khai graduated
Published: July 22, 2016
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from July 14 to July 20.July 14Rescue call to 150 Carriage Way, the Lichenhearth Condominiums, for an elevator alarm. No one was in elevator upon arrival.Medical call to 40 Carriage Way for a person suffering from an injury to their hip. One person was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital
Published: July 22, 2016
Colter Zwieg picked up more golf hardware last weekend.Zwieg, who will play for Aspen High School in the fall, finished third in the Haymaker Tournament in Steamboat Springs, a two-round event at Haymaker Golf Course and the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.He shot a combined 168 to finish third in the 14-15 age group.He finished sixth overall among 18-14s.Zwieg has a
Published: July 22, 2016
A driver who apparently backed into the Fryingpan River had to be assisted Friday by a swift-water rescue team from the Basalt Fire Department.The driver wasn’t injured, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson, but he was “incapacitated.” The man admitted to drinking a significant amount of alcohol, Thompson said.The Fire Department received a call from emergency dispatchers at 1:41
Published: July 22, 2016

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