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When people find out I’m a wine writer, frequently the next question is, “If you could take one wine to a desert island, what would it be?” I get it, but as a wine writer you taste so many wines, and love so many wines, that it is really an impossible question to answer.So what I go with is, “I’d
Published: May 24, 2016
For the second year in a row, Colorado legislators have debated a proposal to allow physician assistance in dying. House Bill 16-1054, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, was voted down in the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, 3-2, along party lines earlier this year, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. While the House version of
Published: May 24, 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 Paul Bushong, an oil-industry retiree who has created and funded a scholarship to support local high school graduates seeking vocational training, a certificate or a one- or two-year degree as opposed to a four-year college degree.Bushong’s Fast Forward Scholarship
Published: May 24, 2016
The Aspen City Council on Monday unanimously approved the development of a new police station and affordable-housing complex on East Main Street but still plans to tweak some of the project’s finer points at a future meeting.A near three-hour public hearing on the project included resistance from some neighbors of the adjacent Obermeyer Place; their chief concern being that law
Published: May 24, 2016
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies won the favor of three of five City Council members in its effort to have planning and building permit fees waived for an expansion to its viewing platform.Council members expressed reservations at their Monday meeting about giving ACES a break of as much as $5,000 on its fees, fearing it would set a precedent
Published: May 24, 2016
The team investigating the fire that destroyed the Fort Frog cabin on Buttermilk Mountain on Sunday night think the blaze was probably human-caused, Aspen Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Balentine said. There’s no evidence that suggests the fire was intentional, he said. “It devastated the cabin,” Balentine said. “It’s hard to say what did start it.”Balentine said early indications point
Published: May 24, 2016
The U.S.A. does not need any more dynastic politicians! No more Clintons, Bushes, Kennedys, etc., etc.This is America. We’re not supposed to have an aristocracy, and politics is not and should not be a family business.Michael GalvisWoody Creek
Published: May 23, 2016
Does Aspen Valley Hospital really care about the community’s health? Obviously not, or the person who made the questionable decision to eliminate the blood profile from the health fair does not. The blood profile, for all the people who have been coming year after year for it, is probably the most important element of the fair. It is the chance
Published: May 23, 2016
Tony Vagneur’s column “A large part of the bedrock” (Commentary, The Aspen Times, May 20) mentioned Walt Matthew and Dick Sturdivant. For my first winter here in 1962-63, I rented a bedroom in Pearl Maltzberger’s house at 333 W. Bleeker St. There were two other young men there. One was the son of the barber whose shop was next door
Published: May 23, 2016
The connections between the Roaring Fork and North Fork valleys run deep. People travel between the two valleys to see friends, climb mountains, eat locally produced food and build businesses. Travel over McClure Pass has likely gone on for millennia, and we all probably know friends who have lived and put down roots in both valleys. Many Roaring Fork residents
Published: May 23, 2016
The White River National Forest, Snowmass Village Animal Services, Aspen Skiing Co., and Colorado Parks and Wildlife remind the public to be aware of the annual closure of the Two Creeks to West Buttermilk area to protect critical elk calving habitat.Cow elk recovering from winter have high energy demands. Elk have chosen to return to the Two Creeks-West Buttermilk area
Published: May 23, 2016
Good news for the hordes of people chagrined at the discontinuance of the blood tests offered up at health fairs at Aspen Valley Hospital for decades for $38 to $50 instead of hundreds or thousands of dollars: One can walk into Valley View Hospital, go to the lab and ask for a health-fair test — no appointment necessary — and
Published: May 23, 2016
An Aspen Elementary School kindergarten teacher said to Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy on Friday that he “has a hard decision ahead of him.” The teacher was referring to the school’s choice between three candidates who hope to earn the title of Aspen Elementary School principal following Doreen Goldyn’s retirement at the end of this academic year.The candidates —
Published: May 23, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Monday that Independence Pass is on target to open Thursday at noon.Crews worked last week with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) to perform avalanche mitigation to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact the road.Other work underway in order to open the Pass includes:• Clearing avalanche slide paths (up to
Published: May 23, 2016
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from May 16-22. May 16Fire alarm at the Commons employee housing complex. The alarm system was activated by a cooking error.Structure fire at a home on Wild Ridge Lane. Crews extinguished a fire that was found under the fireplace. Overhaul was done and the home was checked for fire
Published: May 23, 2016
Break out the Hawaiian shirts and denim shorts: Aspen Mountain will open 120 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding over Memorial Day weekend. Skiing will be off the Ajax Express chair on the upper part of the mountain, with uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday. Skiing will be open from 9 a.m
Published: May 23, 2016
When you start a career in architecture and then get a graduate degree in the cutting-edge field of computational design and artificial intelligence, you don’t expect your work to land on the red carpet, in the glossy pages of Vogue or into the glitzy field of high fashion. But for one creative local, that’s how this spring has gone.Nicholas Jacobson,
Published: May 21, 2016
IT HAPPENED during the first course, though I didn’t notice. I was too focused on picking apart a briny slab of ham-cured octopus terrine with crunchy tobacco-smoked breadcrumbs, pickled mustard seeds, and dill fronds, paired with grapefruit-pomegranate-blackberry rum shrub, sweet and light with a nostalgic whisper of fruit punch.It probably happened again during the second course: ruby-red, extra-rare duck breast
Published: May 23, 2016
The U.S. Forest Service plans to collapse openings to six abandoned mines in the Aspen area this summer because they pose a threat to public safety.The agency also is studying the potential demolition of 10 cabins and old mining structures that it contends were illegally constructed on abandoned, unpatented mining claims.“The proposed safety closures would address inactive mine features such
Published: May 23, 2016
While the Aspen Science Center is trying to jockey itself into second position for the former Aspen Art Museum building, the City Council might have other plans.When City Council approved the proposal by the Aspen Power Plant group in March 2015, three of the five members said they considered the Red Brick’s Powerhouse Performance and Event Center as their second
Published: May 23, 2016
The apprentice becomes the master. Chris Johnson didn’t start his own boot-fitting business overnight. He studied it. He practiced it. And when the time came, he relocated and began learning what it meant to run a business. Johnson has lived in Colorado all his life. As a child, doing things “the way you’re supposed to do” didn’t jibe for him.
Published: May 23, 2016
I’m 65 years old, and I’m planting a tree. I view this as an act of faith not only in my longevity but in the future. Planting a tree is long-term thinking, which is not the typical institutional paradigm at work in the world today.We bought this apricot tree from Jerome Osentowski’s Permaculture Institute on Basalt Mountain. Jerome tells us
Published: May 23, 2016
Colorado Department of Transportation crews are scheduled to pave damaged sections of Highway 82 on Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m. In an effort to allow traffic to continue moving through the area during the paving operation, motorists will be put into a two-way traffic configuration in the eastbound lanes. There will be no westbound access to Highway 82 from Maroon
Published: May 22, 2016
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation hosts lecture on breast cancerThe Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is hosting its third lecture in a Surgical Grand Rounds series titled “Multidisciplinary Treatment of Breast Cancer” on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome. A panel of five experts from several specialties involved in the care of a man or woman with breast
Published: May 22, 2016
The City Council will continue private discussions on leasing the Power Plant and whether the would-be tenant should be required to be a nonprofit organization as defined under federal law.Carl HeckAspen
Published: May 22, 2016
Spring is blooming in the Roaring Fork Valley, prompting many people to plan adventures into the mountains that surround us. As you head into the mountains to get their good tidings this summer, practice “Leave No Trace” wilderness ethics, and respect the regulations enacted to preserve these special places for future generations. Popular destinations in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness are
Published: May 22, 2016
Memorial Day ceremonies will be held May 30 at noon at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial, located on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse at 506 Main St., Aspen.The public is cordially invited. A tribute honoring soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who served in World War II will be presented. Veterans are encouraged to wear items of
Published: May 22, 2016
Big promises come with a plush new sandal offering from insole-maker Superfeet. At $60, the flip-flops are sold as a superior open-toe option, absorbing shock, supporting the arch, potentially relieving plantar fasciitis, and even “great for body alignment,” as the brand puts it.Superfeet is a leader in the insole category, with decades of experience making products that interface with the
Published: May 22, 2016
A popsicle in your drink seems like a silly embellishment — especially when you’re in as much need for a hangover remedy as I was Sunday morning. But the popsicle in this michelada at Lola in Denver is actually a creative solution to a problem — how to keep a beer cold when you’re pouring michelada mix in it. Lola
Published: May 22, 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.• “When your home girl hits you up in the AM and tell you ‘Save up hoe we going to Aspen to find ourselves’” — @Delina_Gray• “AKA - ‘The Man with the wine plan’. We miss
Published: May 22, 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: $10,401,488Date recorded: May 16Address: 70 E. Hideaway Lane, AspenBuyer: Katirna I. Johnson Trust and Timothy O. Johnson TrustSeller: Archer Bishop Jr., Sandra Bishop, Thompson Bishop and Baker BishopProperty type: Single-family residentialYear built: 1996Total heated
Published: May 22, 2016
Carbondale trustees, taking up one of their first big issues since the April election reshaped the board, considered this week how they’ll regulate the town’s short-term rental market.The board is looking to stop property owners from taking long-term rental units off the market to offer them at heavily increased prices to tourists looking for a short stay.By far the most
Published: May 22, 2016
Springtime is here and what does that mean? Backcountry skiing! Who says it’s time to put away your skis just yet? Colorado mountain weather is unpredictable, and snow in May is always a possibility, so why not get some last-minute runs before it all melts off?[iframe width=”640” height=”360” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y5n-AzQYNxw” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe]Birth of backcountryThe birth of backcountry began with a few
Published: May 21, 2016
Springtime is here and what does that mean? Backcountry skiing! Who says it’s time to put away your skis just yet? Colorado mountain weather is unpredictable, and snow in May is always a possibility, so why not get some last-minute runs before it all melts off?[iframe width=”640” height=”360” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y5n-AzQYNxw” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe]Birth of backcountryThe birth of backcountry began with a few
Published: May 21, 2016
When the earthquake hit, I was in the shower. A quick debate ensued — ought I dress or just dive for cover below the nearest desk? Was Godzilla stomping by my California motel? Nope — but a mere decade later I was surprised to learn that earthquakes like this are increasingly becoming part of Coloradans’ experience.That’s because we’re causing earthquakes
Published: May 21, 2016
Democrats are freaking out, which sounds about right. They were freaking out at exactly this time eight years ago.You remember. Hillary Clinton was on the losing side then, and recriminations were running high. Clintonistas wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama. Latinos wouldn’t vote for Obama. Women wouldn’t vote for Obama.Except that they all did, and everyone lived happily ever after, if
Published: May 21, 2016
LAKEWOOD — Sunday Abarca of Aspen High School won his second consecutive state title in the 400-meter dash Saturday at the State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium.Abarca, who won the 400 in Class 3A last year as a sophomore, started the 400 finals Saturday very deliberately against the fastest field he has faced this year. By the time
Published: May 21, 2016
Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler has her eyes on tweaking the Aspen Laff Festival, launching a new music series and, maybe — depending on what the City Council says — spending more money to bring some of the top names in entertainment to the historic, city-owned theater.After a year running the Wheeler, Buhler recently looked back on some
Published: May 21, 2016
In December 2015, Rocky Mountain Institute’s new Innovation Center was complete, adding an exciting new enterprise to downtown Basalt. Located at 22830 Two Rivers Road, the Innovation Center is a 15,610-square-foot office building and state-of-the-art convening center. Co-founded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, its Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientist, RMI now has approximately 150 full-time staff, annual operations of $30
Published: May 21, 2016
Basalt’s retail sales nudged up 2.56 percent during the first quarter of 2016 and raised $1.12 million in sales tax revenue for the town coffers.While the lodging sector remains a small part of Basalt’s overall sales picture, it showed phenomenal growth to start the year, reflecting the opening of the Element by Westin hotel. Sales tax revenue from lodging nearly
Published: May 21, 2016
There are certain delights in every ballet school recital, from bright-eyed preschoolers skipping across the stage to high school seniors wowing the audience with passion-filled solo performances.This weekend’s spring recital by the School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, with performances tonight and Sunday, is no different.“The recital is a culmination of a year of hard work,” said Melanie Doskocil,
Published: May 21, 2016
I don’t understand why people litter, and maybe they don’t always mean to, but they do, and so in order to keep our community the livable, visitable place it is, Snowmass Village organizes an annual volunteer cleanup day to pick up trash in public roadside areas throughout town. About 40 or so volunteers showed up Friday ready to face the
Published: May 21, 2016
The Aspen Board of Education has selected Dwayne Romero, Jeff Siegel and Blake Appleby as the final three candidates vying for a vacant board position. At Monday’s board meeting, which commenced an hour after the deadline to apply for the spot, the board revealed the names of eight of the nine applicants. Appleby was the unnamed candidate, per his request
Published: May 21, 2016
One of the more iconic photos of “modern” Aspen shows Matthew Drug, now known universally as Carl’s Pharmacy, its shiny, red exterior soaking up the rising Main Street steam and sunshine just after a fast-moving afternoon rainstorm had rolled through. People love that photo for various reasons and for different memories, but the comments most often heard relate to the
Published: May 20, 2016
Dear Mr. Glenn Beaton,How fortunate you are that you do not need any of the services provided by Pitkin County’s Senior Center, at least not now. Unlike you, there are many seniors in Pitkin County who do benefit from its services, like meals provided through the nutrition program, transportation to doctor appointments, technical assistance on the use of computers, exercise
Published: May 20, 2016
Hepatitis C is a life-threatening chronic disease that affects an estimated 3.2 million Americans, including about 60,000 people in Colorado. Previous treatments for the disease had significant side effects, caused patients to feel sick constantly and had a low success rate. But recent medical breakthroughs have resulted in new oral medications that can cure more than 90 percent of patients
Published: May 20, 2016
LAKEWOOD ­— Nicole Alvarado has a new term to describe her Basalt High School relay teammates at the State Track and Field Championships. She calls them her “sisters.”Alvarado ran the anchor leg for the Longhorns in the girls 800 sprint medley relay Friday morning at a packed Jeffco Stadium, helping the Basalt girls finish seventh and climb onto the podium
Published: May 20, 2016
While scientists are well on their way to actually proving that working with horses offers real medical value, there already is an incredible amount of anecdotal evidence that horses do actually help us heal. Take the Horse Boy Method — an approach that did not begin with neurologists and educational psychologists but by chance in 2004 when Horse Boy founder
Published: May 20, 2016
The Aspen Center for Social Values will host a public conversation with renowned experts Thursday to discuss and challenge ideas on end-of-life decision-making and the right to die. The program is a continuation of last summer’s “When Life Nears Death” and will offer fundamental information surrounding Colorado’s terminally ill end-of-life decisions act, House Bill 16-1054.House Bill 16-1054, or the Death
Published: May 20, 2016
Published: May 20, 2016
There was a small legal happening a few weeks ago that didn’t make big news and ultimately may not be much more than a blip, but I think it merits further discussion. It concerns a lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms and Remington on behalf of the families of people killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.A
Published: May 20, 2016
Donald Trump is either a liar or an idiot — take your pick. Sorry, that’s not fair. He could be both. In fact, he is both. Please accept my apology.He’s also a racist, a xenophobe and a misogynist, and he’s hiding something far more incriminating on his tax return than President Barack Obama wasn’t on his birth certificate. Trump is
Published: May 20, 2016
Over the past 11 years, Rising Appalachia has rolled around the U.S. picking up bits and pieces and influences from regional folk music and from global traditions. So their eclectic roots music sound, on a given night, might include African drumming, classic blues covers, mountain music fiddle and banjo, hip-hop styled rhymes and slam poetry-inflected spoken words — all of
Published: May 19, 2016
If you’re looking for a cheap bike to get you around Aspen for the summer, don’t make any plans for Friday at noon. That’s when the Aspen Police Department will hold its annual sale of bikes and other items people have abandoned around the city in the past year. The auction will take place behind the Pitkin County Courthouse, and
Published: May 18, 2016
The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s annual spring recital opens tonight at 6 p.m. and continues with shows Saturday at 6 p.m. and a 1 p.m. matinee Sunday. More than 300 kids, ages 3 to18, will perform classical and contemporary ballet, pointe and jazz pieces. Here, Kyle LaCroix, in the air, and Francesca Seeman perform in “Faust Divertimento,” which
Published: May 19, 2016
Smiling Goat Ranch is hosting the Go Autism Family Fun Walk, the Western Slope’s first-ever autism awareness walk, at 2 p.m. Sunday in Carbondale on the Rio Grande Trail. Smiling Goat Ranch, an affiliate of the internationally acclaimed Horse Boy Method, brings the healing effects of horses, movement, nature and supportive community to help kids with autism and veterans with
Published: May 19, 2016
LAKEWOOD — Sunday Abarca of Aspen High School qualified for the finals in all three sprint events Thursday on the first day of the State Track and Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium.Abarca, a junior, advanced out of the Class 3A preliminary heats in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. The defending state champion at 400, Abarca will move on to
Published: May 19, 2016
Judging by recent comments from Pitkin County commissioners and staff, the Aspen City Council doesn’t appear likely to get two major design changes members want made to plans for the county’s proposed new administration building. “It’s appropriate that we address the city’s concerns,” Commissioner George Newman said Tuesday after county board members looked over options for changing a three-story glass
Published: May 19, 2016
The approved Aspen Power Plant proposal, to me, is a no-brainer. Having an affordable place in which Aspenites can congregate and creatively incubate their ideas will not only help to stabilize our transient younger population — it will give more diversity to our city. The brewery will keep the space active and alive. And the local TV studio not only
Published: May 19, 2016
I realize that when it comes to elementary schools in Carbondale, there are many choices. To me, Crystal River Elementary School has proven to be exceptional. In the year that my child has been going there, she has thrived scholastically, creatively, developmentally and socially. To say that I am delighted with her progress would be an understatement!The teachers and staff
Published: May 19, 2016
After several weeks of stormwater testing with no certainty in the source of the contamination, the city of Aspen will likely require the Residences at The Little Nell to hire a third party to investigate the situation.That’s according to the city of Aspen stormwater manager April Long, following a statement that was issued Thursday by Little Nell spokeswoman May Selby.Selby
Published: May 19, 2016
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The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Thursday that crews are scheduled to pave damaged sections of Highway 82 on Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m. In an effort to allow traffic to continue moving through the area during the paving operation, motorists will be put into a head-to-head (two-way) traffic configuration in the eastbound lanes. Cones will be set up to
Published: May 19, 2016
The U.S. ski industry eked out an increase in skier and snowboarder visits during the 2015-16 season despite poor snow conditions in the eastern half of the country.Ski areas generated an estimated 53.9 million visits, up from 53.6 million the prior season, according to the National Ski Areas Association, an industry trade group. The estimate was based on the annual
Published: May 19, 2016
A pubic meeting will be held in Basalt Monday to discuss an invasive species affecting Ruedi Reservoir and other waterways.The meeting to discuss Zebra and Quagga Mussels will be at 4:30 p.m. at Basalt Town Hall. The mussels are shellfish that are native to Central Asia and were introduced to the Great Lakes in the 1980s. They have been spreading
Published: May 19, 2016
Soot-covered firemen working together to extinguish hot spots. Search and rescue teams looking for bodies in gnarled shrapnel. Warm sunlight splashing over seemingly endless rubble. These are some of the historic images Aspen-based photographer Andrea Booher captured in her more than two months embedded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Ground Zero after the September 2001 attack on
Published: May 19, 2016
Last June when Richard Russo was in town teaching at Aspen Summer Words, he mentioned that he’d just finished a new novel – a sequel to 1993’s “Nobody’s Fool.” The news, at least for this reader, was met with a mix of excitement and trepidation. It could be a joy to again pull up a stool at the White Horse
Published: May 19, 2016
An article in The Aspen Times from January of 1980 introduces skiers to the newest restaurant offering at High Alpine Restaurant by George and Gwyn Gordon, who previously helped run the Merry-Go-Round at Highlands for six years before coming to Snowmass. “George and Gwyn Gordon are offering an alternative to the ‘hamburger joint on the mountain with posters on the
Published: May 19, 2016
It is fairly common knowledge that Donald Trump, the “apparent” Republican nominee for president, is a racist, a misogynist, an egomaniac and an ignoramus, to name a few of his less socially salubrious characteristics.Many of his supporters will gleefully acknowledge these traits in their favorite politician, if they are being truthful with themselves and anyone who asks them a question
Published: May 19, 2016
As temperatures rise in the mountains surrounding Aspen, road crews are hard at work clearing snow and debris to get Independence Pass open on schedule — for Memorial Day weekend and the summer season. Aspen Times photographer spent a day working the beat and shares the story in pictures and video.
Published: May 19, 2016
Dan Bonk, who resigned as CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital January, citing a need to be with his family in Wisconsin, is a finalist for an executive job at another Colorado medical facility.Bonk is one of two remaining candidates for the CEO position at Memorial Hospital in Craig, the town’s newspaper reported Monday. Bonk could not be reached for comment
Published: May 19, 2016
Attorneys for a woman accusing Aspen developer Nikos Hecht of rape filed court documents this week calling his motion to dismiss or refine her lawsuit an “audacious” move.“Hecht seeks to strike (the plaintiff’s) complaint because he finds the allegations too scandalous and embarrassing to him,” said a pleading filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court by the alleged victim’s attorneys,
Published: May 19, 2016
I think I’m going to become a crepererian.See, I’m only going to eat crepes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That way, I can tackle all of the diet trends at once: Crepes are gluten-free, they can be vegetarian and Paleo, and if I commit to eating only one type of food for any length of time, it’s kind of like
Published: May 19, 2016
A scoping process to weigh public opinion for proposed amenities on Snowmass Ski Area raised some concerns about losing the quality of existing conditions, including current hiking trails and preserving the mountain’s natural beauty. Like other Colorado ski resorts, Aspen Skiing Co. has a long-range plan for expanding the activities it offers in the increasingly popular summer tourism months. In
Published: May 19, 2016
A proposal to expand the El Jebel Mobile Home Park got a boost this week when both the town of Basalt and Eagle County planning staff endorsed the project.Crawford Properties LLC applied to add 46 mobile homes to the existing 298 units in the heart of El Jebel. The mobile home park is one of the biggest free-market affordable-housing enclaves
Published: May 19, 2016
CDOT to pave Highway 82 and Aspen roundabout TuesdayThe Colorado Department of Transportation announced Thursday that crews are scheduled to pave damaged sections of Highway 82 on Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m.In an effort to allow traffic to continue moving through the area during the paving operation, motorists will be put into a head-to-head (two-way) traffic configuration in the eastbound
Published: May 19, 2016
Millions of us, as members of the armed forces, took an oath and risked our lives to “protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” We didn’t pick and choose which amendments or rights we would defend. We stood for all rights of everyone. We didn’t choose to defend those rights only for conservatives or liberals or
Published: May 18, 2016
In the May 15 Aspen Times news story “Carbondale’s Beinstein just says ‘no’ to Trump,” the Republican primary challenger to Scott Tipton is characterized as “definitely not jumping on the Donald Trump bandwagon.”Since this expression denotes the joining of a movement mindlessly and/or opportunistically, we are to infer that Beinstein is a principled idealist, as distinct from ill-educated, knuckle-dragging Trump
Published: May 18, 2016
I am writing this letter to inform you about the toxic effects of fluoride on all life on this planet. The truth and the fact is that the fluoride that is dumped in our water by the local water departments is a toxic-waste byproduct from aluminum and fertilizer industries from China. It is not natural, meaning coming from nature. It
Published: May 18, 2016
I am writing in regard to the Aspen Power Plant and the recent noise from the minority opposition trying to distract this project, which your council has already supported.I am a native to Steamboat but called Aspen my home for over 10 years. I still spend a considerable about of time in town, as my flexibility as an entrepreneur allows
Published: May 18, 2016
Four Aspen Soccer Club players recently were selected to the Olympic Development Program, representing the Western Slope of Colorado.Margo McHugh and Chelsea Moore started and developed in the Aspen United Soccer Club and now play for the Aspen High School girls team. The Skiers recently played in the Class 3A state championships, winning a first-round game and losing in the
Published: May 18, 2016
The Gentlemen of Aspen will get an early kickoff to the summer rugby season with a 7s tournament in New Mexico on Saturday and Sunday.The Gents will play in the eight-team Celtic 7s in Albuquerque.The Gents, who have been practicing at Willits Field in El Jebel, will have local players as well as some summer college players for the Albuquerque
Published: May 18, 2016
A 34-year-old El Jebel man was arrested by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for sexual assault on a child, a Class 3 felony, and sexual assault, a Class 4 felony.Jacinto Zelaya-Zelaya was taken into custody without incident after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, according to a media statement. The Sheriff’s Office said it received a report Tuesday
Published: May 18, 2016
Some customers of Holy Cross Energy in west Basalt have experienced power outages the past two days. The events originated in different places and are unrelated, but the causes are unknown, according to company spokesman Steve Casey.An outage shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday lasted about 45 minutes, Casey said. It affected roughly 560 customers in the Basalt and Willits area.The
Published: May 18, 2016
Tim Fishback was riding the new Little Scraggy Trail in the Buffalo Creek network last weekend when his buddy, Nick Kostecki, got two flat tires in a relatively smooth section. When Fishback returned to help his pal, he too flatted.They poked around the trail and found a long nail sticking out of the dirt. They tried to pry it up
Published: May 18, 2016
Snowmass Village will undergo its largest wildfire mitigation project ever when work begins in the Ridge Run area this June. Covering about 54 acres of common property held by the Snowmass Homeowners Association, contractors hired by the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District will remove about 2,000 dead standing trees in the neighborhood this summer. While it will be far from completely
Published: May 18, 2016
Barely more structured than a pile of logs bound together by weather and time, the lonely little ranching cabin has sat silently watching Snowmass Village ever growing up around its loose logs and rusty nails.It has sat peacefully on the hillside for over a century now, and was a common backdrop for many of my youthful adventures, when it was
Published: May 18, 2016
If not them, give us a shot.That’s the plea made by the Aspen Science Center in a letter sent to City Council on April 10, with the nonprofit trying to position itself for top priority if lease negotiations with the Aspen Power Plant collapse.Written by David Houggy, who is president of the Science Center, the letter says the organization is
Published: May 18, 2016
Four single-family homes slated for the Burlingame Ranch affordable-housing complex will be sold at cost, provided they attract qualified buyers, for more than $1.3 million each.During a work session Tuesday, members of the Aspen City Council agreed to not subsidize the homes that would be built as part of the second phase of the Burlingame development, which is located west
Published: May 18, 2016
Imagine my surprise when I found a $50 ticket on my car for parking in the exact spot, behind my shed in the alley, where it has been parked since August 1972.Of course they were different cars over the years: the unpredictable MGBs, the hated Fiat, the Honda station wagon with the unfixable carburetor and a couple of sweet Toyotas
Published: May 18, 2016
A homeowner’s offer to pay for the first part of Midnight Mine Road to be paved met with a cool response from Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday. “It’s hard for me to change the character of an area that’s been well-established before you moved there,” Commissioner Rachel Richards said. “I think you would attract a lot more traffic.”Sandy Grossman, who moved
Published: May 18, 2016
An unspecified number of Aspen High School students received a three-day suspension after showing up to last weekend’s prom under the influence of alcohol, an Aspen police officer said Tuesday. “A number of kids had alcohol prior to coming (to prom),” said Officer Brian Stevens, the department’s school resource officer. “That is not OK to do at school events.”Officials called
Published: May 17, 2016
Mawa McQueen said she’s heard from fans of her cooking for years that they wish they had an easier opportunity to enjoy her fare. Now they do.McQueen and husband Daniel Liesener have opened Market Street Kitchen in Willits Town Center — in the corner of the Element hotel and just a hop and skip away from Whole Foods.McQueen said many
Published: May 17, 2016
I am writing in response to Maurice Emmer’s letter to the editor May 13 criticizing the role of the Next Generation Advisory Commission (“Next Gen has some growing-up to do,” The Aspen Times). We welcome his thoughts and appreciate the dialogue and appreciate the opportunity to remind the public of our role. The Next Generation Advisory Commission was born out
Published: May 17, 2016
As a member of this community, I would like to say what an amazing event the Aspen Lax Jam was this past weekend. Eighty teams, more than 1,k000 people and 10,000 smiles were my counts over the weekend. I would like to thank all the kids who played, the parents who watched and supported lacrosse and the coaches who spent
Published: May 17, 2016
It is amazing that three cases of mumps in the valley are worthy of front-page news (“Pitkin County confirms three mumps cases,” The Aspen Times, May 13). A childhood illness is now being created to be some incredibly horrible disease. Of course this is another epidemic that we all need to dread. It can go along with swine flu, bird
Published: May 17, 2016
Heck, Ed Cruz, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority union head of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1774, shot off his mouth like gangbusters at the recent RFTA board meeting I attended (“RFTA union concerned about Glenwood traffic,” Aspen Daily News, May 14).I wondered what he expected the RFTA board to do about a Colorado Department of Transportation and city of
Published: May 17, 2016
As we herald the Aspen Power Plant for interactive innovation, vitality and future profits, let us not forget a dismissed alternative: that a historic space that could have enriched local and visiting families in the arts and sciences has been diverted, instead, to the incubation of some five dozen fresh entrepreneurs to do their thing in this already overdeveloped valley.Bruce
Published: May 17, 2016

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