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Paul Andersen: Finding the perfect arrowhead

October 23, 2017 — It was unmistakable. At my feet lay an artifact of human perfection in the red dirt of southeastern Utah. We were hiking across a mesa top through a pinon forest at the edge of a sage flat where thick cryptogamic soil was rent by the

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Mike Littwin: Tancredo, the one man who can out-Trump Trump

October 21, 2017 — This is not exactly a newsflash, but Tom Tancredo is threatening to run for governor. Again. And any establishment Republican politician in Colorado who doesn't know enough to be scared witless by this possibility is in the wrong line of work. It has taken a

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Jon Fox-Rubin: The importance of the Dream Act

October 21, 2017 — Earlier this month, Aspen Skiing Co. joined FWD.us in hosting an immigration roundtable event. Multiple Aspen-area stakeholders were invited to discuss a variety of immigration issues including worker visas and the DACA program. FWD.us is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech

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Tony Vagneur: Raised in Woody Creek

October 20, 2017 — People still occasionally ask me what it was like growing up in Woody Creek, and it always seems to give me pause. I generally think of all the pleasant things, but not everything was exactly exciting. Getting up in the morning was a huge struggle

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Roger Marolt: Paving the way for Lift 1B

October 19, 2017 — Have you seen what's going down on the uphill end of South Aspen Street? I think it's South Aspen Street. Excuse me for not knowing; it's because I've lived here a long time. Anyway, it looks like the construction apocalypse is mushrooming there. It's a

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Aspen Princess: Yes, I’m here for my health

October 19, 2017 — It's Sunday afternoon, and Ryan and I are at the grocery store, shopping together but separately. I'm buying everything I need for my 10-Day Body Reset Detox group cleanse that I signed up for with Lisa Cohen Fitness through my yoga studio. Ryan, on the

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David Houggy: The case for STEM education

October 19, 2017 — Imagine … the United States is a global economic and military superpower, leading the world in developing new industries, creating jobs, inventing new products and services, and breaking ground in all manner of scientific areas, including technology, biology, genetics, medicine, space travel and more. We

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Meredith C. Carroll: Beware Aspen’s NextGen in sheep’s clothing

October 17, 2017 — In case you missed the letter to the editor from Aspen's Next Generation Advisory Commission in Friday's Aspen Times — or if your reading glasses were AWOL or you skipped the letter because you figured NextGen was some sort of new supergroup with Peter Gabriel

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Sean Beckwith: Gazing at the NBA crystal ball

October 17, 2017 — Now that Rocktober is over, the temporary renewed shine of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has worn off and Colorado sports fans are having Come to Elway talks, it's time to focus on the other professional sport in the Centennial State. No, not the Avalanche. I'm

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Writers on the Range: Coal, guns, freedom

October 16, 2017 — Coal Guns Freedom: I saw these three words on a bumper sticker in a small Colorado town. It struck me as funny at first, like the refrain of a bad country song. A few days later I was in northwestern New Mexico, watching the rising

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Paul Andersen: Wicked witches of East and West

October 15, 2017 — A splash of water is all it took to liberate the enthralled hordes from the evil spell of the Wicked Witch of the West. Innocent, young Dorothy accidentally doused the old hag for the ultimate meltdown, turning the diabolical darkling into a steaming pile of

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Glenn K. Beaton: Will football follow the circus into oblivion?

October 15, 2017 — As a fan, I'll mourn the demise of football. What happens at football games during the national anthem is bad, and I'll get to it in a moment. But what may end the game is what happens after the anthem. Post-mortem dissections of the brains

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Tony Vagneur: Man of the seeds

October 13, 2017 — If he'd been around Aspen in the 1970s, he'd no doubt have been accused of being eccentric, maybe insane, even in the midst of those striving to make such a reputation for themselves. Not much for outwardly appearing to make a living, he might be

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Roger Marolt: Pitkin County by any other name would sound sweeter

October 12, 2017 — It is easy for us, up here in Aspen, Colorado, safely insulated from common forms of the world's reality, to say that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism in America and it should be removed from all public places. It is easier to

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Aspen Princess: Living the writer’s life

October 11, 2017 — So last week I wrote about how I lost one of my biggest clients and spent 1,000 words whining about my struggles making it as a writer. Naturally, ever since then I have been inundated with assignments from editors who have these last-minute stories they

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Writers on the Range: The West’s history is constantly changing

October 11, 2017 — It has happened again. Near Espanola, New Mexico, the monumental statue of Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Ouate has been attacked. Though Ouate rides his horse behind a tall metal fence, someone painted his booted right foot blood red and spray-painted "Remember 1680" on a

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Sean Beckwith: Dissecting the ‘Aspen Way’

October 10, 2017 — What's in a slogan? Nike's "Just Do It" mantra is supposed to be motivating from a workout standpoint, but "Just Do It" sounds like what people say to friends to get them to do some really dumb stuff. "Wouldn't it be funny if I snorted

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Paul Andersen: Zinke, a veteran, should know better

October 9, 2017 — "Returning home from war or military service, veterans should have a first option of experiencing the great American wilderness to help heal any trauma associated with combat and overseas service." Stacy Bare knows what he's talking about. He served in Iraq from 2006-07 as an

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Writers on the Range: How do you define justice in America?

October 7, 2017 — Of all the stories I heard from the undocumented immigrants I interviewed when I was a journalist during Ronald Reagan's presidency, Ignacio's haunted me the most. A Catholic nun in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley arranged the meeting in the cramped dining room of a

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Mike Littwin: The NRA quietly gives us something to talk about

October 7, 2017 — Now that the White House, Congress and NRA are talking about guns and the Las Vegas massacre, I guess that means it's officially no longer too soon for the rest of us to talk about them. So, let's talk bump stocks. Before Stephen Paddock took

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