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The Aspen Community School annually devotes a month to its all-school play — an original production made from scratch by its students with help from teachers, parents and alumni. The K-8 school’s 135 students are currently in the creative thick of it, rehearsing their scenes and songs, building sets and preparing for a two-night run at the Wheeler Opera House
Published: April 28, 2016
Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series featuring questions for the candidates for Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors. Today’s question: What is the most important issue facing Aspen Valley Hospital?Greg BalkoThere are numerous issues facing AVH at this time. Finding the right person to fill the CEO vacancy is at the top of that list;
Published: April 29, 2016
Who cares about the price of fish — or hamburgers?The cost of hamburgers is not driving locals away from Aspen. Getting charged extra for bacon and cheese is not destroying the feeling of community. The cost of steak is not the reason anyone has pulled stakes. I think the idea of deed-restricted restaurant meals is silly. You know what I
Published: April 29, 2016
It has been since mid-January that Aspen Valley Hospital’s CEO tendered his resignation, but the search for a replacement has been seemingly nonexistent.That’s according to some candidates vying for the two seats on the hospital’s board of directors. The importance of the CEO position, as well as process to find one, was a topic of chief concern among the five
Published: April 29, 2016
You know how you always have a soft spot in your heart for certain animals because of some relevance they have for you? For instance, I love sloths because my then-girlfriend, now-wife — who I hope had a wonderful birthday Thursday — and I visited a sloth rescue place in Costa Rica on our second date. Similarly, I have long
Published: April 29, 2016
The Sardy House, one of Aspen’s Victorian jewels, sold this week to a limited liability company for just over $23 million.The new owner is BTRSardy LLC, according to documents filed Wednesday with the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. John Devaney of Key Biscayne, Florida, was the seller.“(Devaney) used to stay there from time to time,” said Joshua Saslove of
Published: April 29, 2016
A ranch that has grown everything from strawberries to potatoes in Missouri Heights for 125 years wants to add cannabis to the list.A company that received prior approval from Eagle County to build two greenhouses and a drying and processing barn for an indoor marijuana growing operation on Missouri Heights has applied to add 5 acres of outdoor marijuana fields.RFSCG-1
Published: April 29, 2016
John Dolinsek, an Aspen native who watched Aspen transform from the Quiet Years of the Depression to an international resort, died Tuesday at the home where he was born. Dolinsek, 90, died Tuesday surrounded by friends and family, said his sister, Josephine. A funeral will by held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen at 11 a.m. May 6.John and
Published: April 29, 2016
We would like to remind everyone that there is an (only) mail-in election happening this offseason. Every registered voter within the hospital district should have received a ballot in the mail by now. They are due back no later than May 5. If you have any questions on the election or where to obtain a ballot, please reach out to
Published: April 28, 2016
Great column about the Lift 1A area by Mr. Lo Semple in last Saturday’s Aspen Daily News (“Lift 1A and metamorphosis”). I agree with him that despite the opinions of certain members of FIS and officers of Aspen Skiing Co., this area really isn’t broken and shouldn’t be fixed. On the contrary, I think it should be preserved as a
Published: April 28, 2016
Margaret Lee Lemle DeWolf, 87, of Aspen died suddenly but peacefully April 23 at the Aspen Valley Hospital with loving caregivers at her side. Maggie was born in New Orleans on February 16, 1929, to Amelia Loeb Lemle and Louis George Lemle. Maggie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Nick DeWolf (1928-2006). Nick was a charismatic
Published: April 28, 2016
Something recently has been troubling me. The criticisms in the Aspen Power Plant debate have become personal, going so far as to impugn the personal integrity of David Cook and others. There simply is no place in our town for personal attacks as they undermine what makes Aspen so very special: our sense of community and trust. Let’s review David
Published: April 28, 2016
Seeing all the smiling faces of those running for the Crown Mountain Park board in Wednesday’s edition (“Four enter race for 2 Crown Mountain seats,” The Aspen Times, April 27), how about you get your gloves on and pick up the massive dog poop at the park, especially poop from the folks living in the adjacent apartments who let their
Published: April 28, 2016
I am one of the candidates seeking membership to the Aspen Valley Hospital board.However, I am writing as an Aspenite and hope that whoever is elected to the board understands that a strong CEO is of the utmost importance to the long-term health of our hospital.Although Aspen Valley Hospital is solvent and being run well, the future of health care
Published: April 28, 2016
Editor’s note: The following letter was originally addressed to Aspen Skiing Co. President and CEO Mike Kaplan.Dear Mike,Now that we’re at the close of another great ski season, we want to give it up for some sung and unsung heroes of winter in Aspen and Snowmass who make it all happen. Year after year, regardless of what Mother Nature brings
Published: April 28, 2016
From foreign visitors inquiring about dinner reservations to young snowboarders fresh off the plane seeking directions to the nearest hostel, Dorothy Frommer said no question is off the table in her role as Aspen-Pitkin County Airport director of guest services.And if Frommer doesn’t have an answer right away, she’ll find one, and she’ll do so with a smile. Because that’s
Published: April 28, 2016
Helen Barta, 94, of Basalt, CO passed onto her eternal home April 26, 2016. Helen was born November 5, 1921 in Deer Trail, CO. She spent her life raising her 8 children and ranching/farming at Wingo Junction. She is survived by her children Darwin Barta (Myrna) of Basalt, CO, Hal Barta (Donna) of Clinton, MO, Marcette Messer (Hezz) of Green
Published: April 28, 2016
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team started scoring goals before the opening whistle.The Skiers hardly slowed once the game started, blitzing Fruita Monument for 11 first-half goals and a stunning 11-1 halftime lead — leading to a commanding 17-5 victory.“Shots ... early and often. That’s how we like to come into the game,” said Aspen head coach Jessica Owings.
Published: April 28, 2016
YOU SURVIVED ANOTHER (or your first!) winter season in Aspen. Kudos. Congrats. Way to go.But now — from the day the lifts close until the day the Food & Wine tents take over Wagner Park — is when you prove you’re a local. It’s when you dig deep to figure out why you love Aspen and why you just can’t
Published: April 28, 2016
Anderson Ranch Arts Center announced the acclaimed artists that will make their way to Snowmass Village this summer for the nonprofit’s six-week Featured Artists and Conversations Series.The lineup for the free talks includes the Haas Brothers (Aug. 11), Thomas Houseago (July 12), Titus Kaphar (July 7), Liza Lou (July 28), Alex Prager (Aug. 4), Charles Ray (Aug. 2) and the
Published: April 28, 2016
Thanks to wintry weather and more snowfall predicted, Aspen Skiing Co. has decided to extend this week’s scheduled bonus weekend of skiing to include Friday. Aspen Highlands will be open Friday through Sunday for one last bonus weekend with a large portion of the mountain’s terrain open, including Highland Bowl accessed by Exhibition, Loge Peak and Deep Temerity lifts. The
Published: April 27, 2016
The Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District will conduct controlled burning this week in the common area between Sinclair and Oak Ridge roads. The burn will include about 15 small slash piles of brush left from wildfire mitigation work conducted last summer. It will take place from May 1 to 6 and be monitored by Snowmass firefighters and employees from the private
Published: April 28, 2016
Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot announced her resignation at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday.The mayor said her family had a housing opportunity in Redstone that they couldn’t pass up. Because the mayor is required to live within town limits, she had to make the decision to “unequivocally” choose her family over the position.Carbondale’s municipal code requires that if the mayor’s
Published: April 28, 2016
The Aspen School District Board of Education relies on our community to help guide its decision-making around district policies. We would like to gather information from the community regarding your views on donor recognition. The following is both a letter of explanation and a short, four-question survey, which will help us understand community values related to this topic. We appreciate
Published: April 28, 2016
“Snowmass-at-Aspen’s future water needs will be met by this recently-completed water plant” proclaimed The Aspen Times on May 18, 1967. “The facility, which currently pumps 600 gallons per minute, is phased off expansion according to the increased demands of the Snowmass community. The shingle and wood-covered structure is located near the quarterway point of No. Two lift on Mt. Baldy
Published: April 28, 2016
Some weeks the news rolls by so fast that it’s hard to keep up.For instance, I started this column last week in an effort to get a jump on my April 25th deadline for a column that appears today, April 28.But some mighty strange doings came around the bend on Sunday, forcing me to trash my early effort and start
Published: April 28, 2016
In “researching” this week’s cover story, I had no choice but to sample Bloody Marys at watering holes near and far. In doing so, I came to a few conclusions. First, offseason is the season for drinking Bloody Marys, as lazy Sundays are perfect for day drinking and high season rarely allows for lazy Sundays. Second, all Bloody Marys are
Published: April 28, 2016
Domnica Radulescu, who came to the U.S. from Romania in 1983 as a political refugee, has crafted a compelling tale of two friends, one Serbian, one Bosnian, who grew up together in the former Yugoslavia.Lara and Marija became friends in Belgrade. Throughout their childhood, neither gave much thought to their ethnicities, but in 1992, when the young women were in
Published: April 28, 2016
What’s the difference between a “scumbag” and a “dirtbag?”Quite a lot, if you live around the pockets of the American west where a common goal among us is to drop out and live in a van near trails and wilderness so that we can spend time in the woods, climbing or skiing or otherwise stomping the terra. Anybody who pulls
Published: April 28, 2016
Rock icon Graham Nash is opening the shows on his current solo tour at the beginning of his career, with The Hollies’ 1966 British invasion hit “Bus Stop.” From there, the 74-year-old works his way through his timeless work with Crosby, Still & Nash (and occasionally Young) up through his most recent solo album, “This Path Tonight,” released earlier this
Published: April 28, 2016
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series featuring questions for the candidates for Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors. The final part runs Friday. Today’s two questions regard the hospital’s acquisitions of private practices and the candidates’ qualifications for the board.Seven candidates are vying for two seats on the board of directors, one of which is
Published: April 28, 2016
Members of the Aspen Power Plant project are scheduled to meet with their potential neighbors on May 9, after which time City Council will publicly begin to finalize a lease agreement for the civic property.The meeting will come after Power Plant officials, including their lawyer, met privately with City Council on Monday, according to City Attorney Jim True. No representatives
Published: April 28, 2016
Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon looked about as comfortable as a lone Boston Red Sox fan isolated in Yankee Stadium at the first meeting of the new Town Council on Tuesday night.But he said Wednesday he was feeling better about his job and relationship with the council after he and six members of the seven-member board finished a one-hour discussion
Published: April 28, 2016
Aspen School District officials sent an email notice Wednesday soliciting letters of interest and resumes from community members interested in applying for the vacant seat on the Aspen board of education.The position was opened Monday when school board treasurer Bob Glah officially rendered his midterm resignation.As of Wednesday afternoon, the school district had received two letters of interest, one on
Published: April 27, 2016
Su Lum’s column, “The Reese’s Pieces school district” on March 30, was fantastic. Would anybody want to name the public schools Reese’s Pieces or Trump Schools? No to naming the schools by donation. Ruth HarrisonAspen
Published: April 27, 2016
I need to formally apologize to all my friends who had kids before me. I get it now: I was a real jerk.I made declarations like, “I’m not a baby person,” and “I don’t do diaper changes,” as if changing a baby into a clean diaper was like eating gluten.There are a few incidents in particular I feel especially ashamed
Published: April 27, 2016
We see the Snowmass Village group sales director job is calling for a genius to interview and secure the gig.I’d consider entertaining the interview only if the Vill will commit to only chunking up solid business deals and visitor purchasing strategies that minimize the dollar flows to nearly zero for Aspen.I understand the Aspen/Snowmass reservation system. However, it is weighted
Published: April 27, 2016
I like a good story or fairy tale as much as anyone. However, when you repeatedly hear the same story, you have to come to the realization of whether the story is true or false.The person telling the story also plays an important role. You may expect a different outcome to your story if you have Jack the Ripper or
Published: April 27, 2016
Kim was born March 5, 1957, in Oklahoma City and moved on to her Savior March 14, 2016. She died in her sleep, resting in the bedroom and bed she grew up in. Kim completed high school at Northwest Classen and made her home in Carbondale, Colorado. At the time of her passing, Kim was in Oklahoma City to assist
Published: April 27, 2016
Three historic 1880s-era buildings now on the site of a proposed new Aspen Police building will be moved to the Marolt property west of town, according to a decision late Wednesday by Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission. “I think the relocation is really a slam dunk,” said commission Chairman Willis Pember. “I don’t see any downside to it. I’m excited for
Published: April 27, 2016
Pitkin County commissioners Wednesday decided to postpone a decision on whether to allow the owner of High Mountain Taxi to start a marijuana-infused bison jerky business at his facility in the Aspen Business Center. The proposal looked to be headed toward a denial before commissioners made the decision to continue it for two weeks. “I really don’t find myself in
Published: April 27, 2016
Many in Aspen and within the ski industry are mourning the loss of Tage Pedersen, who died Tuesday at his home in Ashland, Oregon, at age 90.Pedersen was inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.In an email to her sisters Wednesday, Pedersen’s eldest daughter, Sonja Oss, wrote:“He gave everything
Published: April 27, 2016
Levels of E. coli in the city’s stormwater system have returned to normal and no longer require monitoring, a city official said in a statement Wednesday. State officials from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment made the call Wednesday and also authorized the city to take down signs closing access to stormwater ponds at Rio Grande Park and
Published: April 27, 2016
Aspen Skiing Co. and its employees’ environment foundation awarded Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy $50,000 in grants to jumpstart the stalled plan to build a river center near downtown.The Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday it gave a $30,000 grant while the Environment Foundation presented $20,000.The conservancy started raising funds for the river center prior to the recession but found it tough
Published: April 27, 2016
The Aspen High School baseball team came from behind to beat rival Basalt 5-4 in a thriller on Tuesday night.After six previous lead changes, the Skiers took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning.Colt Burden had a hit for the Skiers.Matt Popish was sent in as a pinch-runner.He scored Aspen’s fifth and final run on an
Published: April 27, 2016
Aspen junior golfer Jack Hughes kicked off the junior golf tournament season last weekend.Hughes, from Snowmass Village, finished second in the Heritage Eagle Bend Classic tournament in Aurora, the first Rocky Mountain Junior Golf event of the season. Hughes shot a 78 in the boys 13-14 division to finish second behind B. Haake’s 77. He is from Highlands Ranch.J. Jennnings
Published: April 27, 2016
The Aspen High School tennis team stepped indoors for the final home matches of the season.The Skiers, on the familiar clay courts at the Maroon Creek Club, celebrated a dominating 7-0 win over visiting Paonia on senior day.“The girls came out and really played well,” said first-year AHS tennis coach Lauren MacKay. “We were probably a little more familiar with
Published: April 27, 2016
Alexander “Chip” Williams passed away April 16, 2016. Chip was born June 10, 1954, in Bethesda, Maryland, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. Chip was a stock broker in Buffalo before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1989. Chip worked as a real estate agent for Mason & Morse in Aspen, and as a mortgage broker with Mountain
Published: April 27, 2016
By next week, Snowmass water customers will have decided how to fund a new wastewater treatment plant for their area. The upgrade is mandated by the state, which is enacting new federal guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency on discharge restrictions for sewer plants, so the question is really not whether the project will be done but how the Snowmass
Published: April 27, 2016
96 years(Lady of the Mountains)Ruth’s family would like to take the time to thank all of their mother’s friends and acquaintances for giving her the best 46 years in her beloved mountains.The Mountains brought her many years of happiness and joy.Thanks you SincerelyRuth’s Children;Margaret, Carol, & PhilLove to her Colorado Mountains and people!1970-2016In Loving memory
Published: April 27, 2016
Editor’s note: Seven candidates are vying for two seats on the Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors, one of which is held by incumbent Mindy Nagle. Ballots have been mailed to residents within the hospital district and must be returned by 7 p.m. May 3. They can either be mailed or dropped off at Aspen Valley Hospital, located at 401
Published: April 27, 2016
My mother died in 2007, a few months shy of her 100th birthday. With her would go not only the end of an era that had spanned three generations, but the house and grounds that we had each considered — in our own ways — to be our own.I went back to close the house with what was left of
Published: April 27, 2016
We can do betterIn America, we are stuck with arrogant Democrats and/or complicit Republicans. Both parties politics/policies have helped/are helping to destroy our country.We need a real viable alternative to politics as usual!Michael GalvisWoody Creek
Published: April 27, 2016
My name is Ryan Parrott and I feel particularly passionate about the difficulties facing burn survivors, as I served for eight years in the United States Navy as a SEAL and have been burned due to a roadside bomb.I started a nonprofit a few years ago to help burn survivors, and a man named Ace Lane, a fellow burn survivor,
Published: April 27, 2016
The Aspen Science Center would like to thank the community and especially Mark Hunt for making our STEAM Room at the Crystal Palace such a smashing success!Over the 17 days that we were open to the public, we had more than 1,200 individuals through our doors for over 1,600 visits (all free of charge), accommodated 14 field trips covering more
Published: April 27, 2016
While I was the executive director of the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, I was privileged to get to know Robert Hubbell very well. He tirelessly volunteered his time, extensive knowledge, passion and equipment to improving the park and overall district. Robert is an extremely gifted leader and driven person who wanted the best for the district — especially
Published: April 27, 2016
Strang Ranch in Missouri Heights is going to the dogs again — the sheepdogs, that is.Bridget Strang and her mother, Kit Strang, are hosting a sheepdog trial Thursday through Monday as a fundraiser and prep run for the 2016 National Sheepdog Finals that will be held at the ranch Sept. 13 to 18. There will be no prize money awarded
Published: April 27, 2016
For the second straight election cycle, Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District will have contested races for board of director seats.Four people are running for two at-large seats in a May 3 election. Four people ran for three seats two years ago in the district’s first contested race.This election brought the improbable situation of two candidates with the name Robert
Published: April 26, 2016
Aspen City Council is holding a public work session at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers to hear feedback on proposed policies regarding capital reserve accounts in affordable housing. Currently, there is a shortfall in capital reserves across deed-restricted housing in the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority system. City staff identified that each unit requires almost $10,000 in reserves to meet
Published: April 26, 2016
DENVER — Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can bring thousands of wildfires, he said, and a dry spell could make things worse. The fire outlook is
Published: April 26, 2016
Last week in Cluster Phobic: I told you what I think the town ought to do with all the old bones it bull-dozed out of Ziegler Reservoir, assuming we can get them back from the real museum of Natural History in Denver. We should glue them back together into the carcasses that make them whole again and set them up
Published: April 26, 2016
I was supposed to write a column this week about my experience at the Austin Food & Wine Festival. It was going to be really fun: Mind you, I didn’t get a press pass for this event but a real, paid-for-by-me bonafide ticket with a wristband that came to the me in the mail here. But all the better because
Published: April 26, 2016
The Aspen Cycling Club will kick off the new season this week.The road cycling Difficult Time Trial will launch the 2016 summer race schedule at 6 p.m. Wednesday.The traditional time-trial opener will be staged on Highway 82 just past Difficult Campground, 3.5 miles east of Aspen,.Racers will depart every 30 seconds, starting at 6 p.m.The course runs from the base
Published: April 26, 2016
The Basalt High School tracksters stepped on the gas at the Coal Ridge Invitational.The Basalt boys finished second and the BHS girls finished third in the meet that attracted 17 high schools.Host Coal Ridge dominated to win both the girls and boys categories.Among the girls, Coal Ridge totaled 207.5 points. Soroco (Oak Creek) finished second (93) with Basalt third (76)
Published: April 26, 2016
Aspen High School sprint sensation Sunday Abarca swept the sprints at the annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet.Abarca, the reigning Class 3A state champion in the 400-meter dash, won the 400, the 200 and the 100 at the meet at Coal Ridge, with 17 schools participating.Abarca won the 400 at Coal Ridge in 49.93 seconds.His winning time in
Published: April 26, 2016
The Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the following calls from April 18-24. April 19Fire alarm at the Commons employee housing complex. The alarm system was activated by a cooking error.April 20Public assist at Turks for a water leak. Firefighters located the valve and shutoff the water.April 22Flow alarm at the Enclave Condominiums. The alarm system was activated by
Published: April 26, 2016
The area of Burnt Mountain from Two Creeks to West Buttermilk is closed to recreation from April 25 to June 21 to protect calving elk. Trails included in the closure are:Tom BlakeAnaerobic NightmareSequel/Governmental Trail #1980 (closes May 15)No human activity is permitted on the trails during this time period. The annual closure is put in place to prevent disturbance of
Published: April 26, 2016
Jazz Aspen Snowmass’s annual Student Showcase will take place Wednesday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Free and open to the public, the event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will highlight some of the best student jazz bands in the area alongside students from the new JAS Beat Lab, which introduces students to electronic music composition.“We
Published: April 26, 2016
Let’s assume that the Aspen City Council erred in who they awarded the prized Old Power House building (former Aspen Art Museum) because they didn’t consider that the R-30 zoning would not allow for some of the proposed uses for the building like the events business and Aspen Brewing Co. They could have said, “Whoops, we made a mistake, so
Published: April 26, 2016
An Aspen Times article recently stated, “Related is required to build both roundabouts, although the town contributed $800,000 toward the larger one. That project is expected to cost $4.3 million” (“Snowmass readies for two new roundabouts,” April 21). Actually, Related and the town shifted these costs to Base Village property owners via the 2006 intergovernmental agreement via General Improvement District
Published: April 26, 2016
On April 8, I was given the opportunity to have my first solo art show, Mechanical Love Stories, at the Art Base Annex in Basalt. It was all due to the support and confidence of The Art Base committee, its staff and patrons, who all share the common mission of seeking out upcoming, as well as established local artists. I
Published: April 26, 2016
Developer Mark Hunt’s proposed conversion of the Crystal Palace building into a luxury boutique lodge took another step toward fruition Monday.Aspen City Council, by a 4-0 vote, upheld the Historic Preservation Commission’s March 9 decision approving conceptual major development and conceptual commercial design review of the proposal; in simpler terms, that means the mass and scale of the project.The lodge
Published: April 26, 2016
The Pitkin County government’s proposal to build new offices on East Main Street scored City Council’s approval on first reading Monday.But the scrutiny will intensify in the coming weeks as the approval process must be completed by May 18, 60 days after the county submitted its land-use application with the city. By a 4-0 vote, the council approved the first
Published: April 26, 2016
Aspen City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to send St. Mary Catholic Church’s expansion proposal back to the Historic Preservation Commission.Council members, after hearing more than an hour of spirited arguments for and against an 8,300-square-foot pavilion and social hall on Main Street, said they couldn’t support the proposal in its current form.By doing so, the City Council no longer
Published: April 26, 2016
A midvalley man was arrested for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust last week after an alleged incident that occurred in the Basalt area, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.Noe Vergara Hernandez, 36, of Basalt, was booked into the Eagle County Jail. He posted bond of $10,000 and was released, according to jail
Published: April 26, 2016
A bill introduced by Aspen’s state senator with the simple intent to celebrate the value of public lands has been snared in partisan sniping but crossed a hurdle Monday.The Colorado House of Representatives voted 39-26 to support a proposal by Vail Democrat Kerry Donovan to designate the third Saturday in May as Public Lands Day.Now it faces another test. The
Published: April 26, 2016
Marijuana use among adults in the region that includes Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, Summit and Grand counties is the third-highest in the state behind the Denver and Boulder areas, according to a recent Colorado Department of Public Safety report. And while statistics on marijuana use among middle schoolers in the region is below average and right at the average for high
Published: April 25, 2016
The Aspen School District will send the community four survey questions this week to gauge interest in recognizing donors. The board plans to include a letter with the survey describing how the idea of donor recognition arose as well as background information about how a statewide education-budget crunch is affecting the district. At Monday’s board meeting, board treasurer Bob Glah
Published: April 25, 2016
A house was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon on Three Mile Road above Midland Avenue on the south edge of Glenwood Springs, causing school officials to scramble to get students home from nearby Sopris Elementary School.Glenwood Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said it was unclear how many people were in the home when the fire started, but as many as four
Published: April 25, 2016
A 45-year-old man found sitting in an SUV listening to music behind Basalt High School on Friday night was arrested for DUI and motor vehicle theft, according to court documents.Chad Cunningham of Arizona told police he had a verbal agreement with the owner of the 2006 Toyota 4Runner allowing him to keep the vehicle as collateral until the owner paid
Published: April 25, 2016
Leave it to a high school golfer to save the day.In a turbulent year on the local prep sporting scene, with coaches suspended in record numbers and a visiting fan ejected from this week’s Aspen girls lacrosse game, a golfer from Rifle High School reinforced what high school sports should be.The scene is the Aspen Invitational golf tournament at River
Published: April 25, 2016
The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol is the winner. The Highlands crew won the 45th annual Colorado Pro Ski Patrol competition at Arapahoe Basin last week.Ski patrol teams from across the state rallied to compete for fun and to raise money for the Summit County Flight for Life.The first competition was a giant slalom race. Next was a relay race, combining
Published: April 25, 2016
Early spring is the time of year when, though winter has not quite let go, you can sense the first signs of summer just around the next corner. There’s no better way to celebrate that “summer-is–a-comin’ spirit” than by twisting a cap, pouring a glass of softly pink rosé, tilting your face toward the spring sky, and taking a long,
Published: April 25, 2016
The city government’s recent revelation that the former Aspen Art Museum location is zoned for public use hasn’t deterred neighbors from fighting the proposal for a brewery, television studio and office and event space.Bill Budinger, spokesman for the Oklahoma Flats residents in opposition to the Aspen Power Plant project, said last week that community members had relied on the city’s
Published: April 25, 2016
The area of Burnt Mountain from Two Creeks to West Buttermilk is closed to recreation from April 25 to June 21 to protect calving elk. Trails included in the closure are:Tom BlakeAnaerobic NightmareSequel/Governmental Trail #1980 (closes May 15)No human activity is permitted on the trails during this time period. The annual closure is put in place to prevent disturbance of
Published: April 25, 2016
You’ve probably seen Mauricio Hoyos standing outside Prada, dressed impeccably, smiling at passersby, kicking around a soccer ball or puffing on a cigarette. He’s friendly, he’s full of energy and he’s highly intelligent. Upon graduating university in his hometown of Bogota, Colombia, Hoyos applied to a cultural exchange program that offers college seniors and graduates the opportunity to teach language
Published: April 25, 2016
The Eagle County District Attorney said last week that his office doesn’t have information to warrant starting an investigation into the April 5 Basalt election, but a critic of that process will be given the opportunity to present additional evidence.District Attorney Bruce Brown said he talked with Basalt resident Mary Kenyon about her allegations of a flawed election process and
Published: April 25, 2016
EAGLE — Ironically, there are lots of ways to die when a helicopter flies a rescue crew into the backcountry to save your life.That’s why hundreds of search-and-rescue volunteers from around Colorado gathered at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, with both military and civilian helicopter pilots to learn to hoist people safely out of harm’s way and
Published: April 25, 2016
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson wants drivers navigating the Grand Avenue bridge construction to know that his officers are stepping up enforcement.Drivers impatient with construction conditions – congestion around downtown, traffic on the Grand Avenue bridge occasionally being reduced to one lane – are increasingly trying to make up the lost time in a dangerous fashion, Wilson said.Especially downtown,
Published: April 25, 2016
Weighing in on an ongoing dispute between the Garfield County sheriff and 9th Judicial District attorney, the two other candidates running to replace the district attorney see a breakdown in communication.The Glenwood Springs Post Independent recently published an article about the tense relationship between District Attorney Sherry Caloia, a first-term Democrat, and Sheriff Lou Vallario, a Republican.The story was prompted
Published: April 25, 2016
I appreciate this opportunity to clear up some misunderstanding in the community about Aspen’s pilot project to roll out on-demand electric cart service for short trips in and around the downtown core this summer. This test program has three very distinct goals: 1. To reduce congestion and traffic in the core. 2. To increase the availability of alternative mobility options
Published: April 24, 2016
The owner-developer of Base Village is seeking a court order that would go toward removing a legal notice on a piece of property it is trying to sell. Sunrise Co. filed a complaint in February alleging that Snowmass Acquisition Co., the Related subsidiary now in control of Base Village, wrongfully terminated an agreement for Sunrise to purchase and develop a
Published: April 24, 2016
I’m writing about the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority’s latest overreach. It’s great that Aspen helps people have affordable housing, but when the organization intended to help abuses its power we need to stand up to them.Lee Mulcahy spent years and more than a few dollars building his house. Now that it’s completed, the Aspen Pitken County Housing Authority is suing
Published: April 24, 2016
Roaring Fork Audubon would like to thank Doug and Lois Teegarden for hosting our Earth Day field trip to see all three of the elusive, high-elevation rosy finch species that visit their feeders in the winter and early spring. What a treat for more than 14 of us to see these as well as 11 other high-elevation specialists that survive
Published: April 24, 2016
Hey, Roger Marolt, You actually may be an environmentalist. When you leave your house, do you leave most of the lights on? Do you leave the thermostat on 78 degrees or higher? Do you get into your F-350 Ford coal roller and drive to work and maybe pick up 2 pounds of groceries on the way home? Peeling out at
Published: April 24, 2016
A community cleanup day along Highway 82 along the North Star Nature Preserve in Aspen will now be held June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.The event is hosted by Adopt-a-Highway host Todd Shaver and Erik Skarvan of Sun Dog Athletics. The original date had to be postponed due to a poor weather outlook, Skarvan said.Organizers are planning to make
Published: April 24, 2016
Bike helmets are a highly-evolved category of gear, with few changes year to year. My road-biking helmets from 10 years ago look similar to what I ride with today, save for a few tweaks around safety and fit.The Lazer Z1 MIPS is a case in point. Compared to older “pro level” helmets hanging in my garage it has more adjustability
Published: April 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.• “Off to Aspen next week! Benefits of being my own boss. Where there’s wifi, I can work. :) I just get to change the view when I want to!” —@mrsjacksoda • “The snow will stop
Published: April 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: $7.25 millionDate recorded: April 19Address: 134 N. Spring St., AspenBuyer: 134 North Spring LLCSeller: James Berlin Trust, Madeline Berlin TrustProperty type: CondoYear built: 1992Total heated area: 5,389 square feet Amenities: Three bedrooms, five baths
Published: April 24, 2016
Colorado birthed a revolutionary health advance that impacts societies worldwide. And it happened by accident, owing to a newbie dentist’s curiosity and some funky water that dribbled off Pikes Peak.Over a century ago, Dr. Frederick McKay got off the train and hung his shingle in the bustling burg of Colorado Springs. He was soon shocked by the abundance of chocolate-colored
Published: April 24, 2016

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