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Tony Vagneur: Waking up to memories

August 18, 2017 — Once upon a time, 10 years ago or more, The Aspen Times inadvertently posted my column in the online obituary section. Family members began receiving condolences before I'd even turned on my computer. Since there was never a retraction, only the later positioning of the […]

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Roger Marolt: Roots spanning an ocean supporting a branch 7,908 feet high

August 17, 2017 — "It is normal," he said in broken English and shrugged his shoulders for the second, third, however many times it was that I swept my hands across the rolling hills in front of us and the jagged mountains behind in the misty sunset, shaking my […]

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James Lyons: Sage grouse will suffer from new Interior Department plan

August 17, 2017 — Somehow, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke needs to recognize that the greatest threat to economic development in sage grouse territory is not the existing sage grouse conservation plans, but the threat of losing the "regulatory certainty" that they provide. Lose the predictability necessary to encourage investment […]

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Aspen Princess: The Divine Feminine isn’t what you think

August 16, 2017 — So the other day I attended a workshop at the Yoga on the Mountain event in Snowmass on "Self Compassion and the Divine Feminine," and the instructor was leading us in a meditation exercise. After the meditation was over, she asked us to come up […]

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Meredith C. Carroll: Looking for some Aspen Institutional knowledge

August 15, 2017 — Even though he's not due to officially leave his post as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute until the end of the year, Walter Isaacson made his final public appearance last week at an event in Paepcke Auditorium. Isaacson, 65, has been widely praised […]

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Sean Beckwith: Wedding playlist has got me under pressure

August 15, 2017 — I do my best work under duress. People decry procrastination, but I look at it as an art form. Packing on a deadline is easier because you're forced to make decisions without thinking. Tough wardrobe questions are answered unconsciously. Blue shirt or green shirt? Blue. […]

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John Colson: One man’s view of the Charlottesville saga

August 14, 2017 — Charlottesville, Virginia. A nice little city, home to a couple I've known for close to half a century, and who once took me on a driving tour of some famous battle sites from the Civil War as well as a museum of Civil War artifacts. […]

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Giving Thought: Sound advice for new parents

August 14, 2017 — As any parent knows, welcoming a baby into the family is a momentous occasion and a big change. A new baby is always cause for celebration, but it's also a challenge for many parents. Glenwood Springs-based Family Visitor Programs has provided education and advice for […]

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Paul Andersen: Basalt gets ‘screwed’ by Eagle County

August 13, 2017 — "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and […]

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Heard Around the West: On marijuana, crows, crickets and goats

August 12, 2017 — THE WEST If a Western business is booming these days, it's likely connected to marijuana. In Colorado, the "new normal" is $100 million in cannabis sales every month, reports the Denver Post. And this May, adds The Cannabist, the state passed a major milestone: Since […]

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Tony Vagneur: A day in the life of the Tavern

August 11, 2017 — "I like you too — you don't yell at me, you don't sexually harass me, but you tease me and give me hell sometimes and I like that. You dish it out, and I like to give it back. Besides that, you don't complain about […]

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Maddy Butcher: Volunteer firefighters are the guardians of the rural West

August 11, 2017 — If the universe wanted to challenge volunteer firefighters, it would arrange for a fire emergency right smack in the middle of a small town's annual festival, when fire crews are busy helping run the parade and other events. In this case, lightning started a fire […]

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Roger Marolt: The Settlers of Caton in Aspen

August 10, 2017 — My son and his college friends were sitting around the kitchen one night playing a board game when they normally would have been out raising hell. It's not that they weren't raising hell, it was just a different kind of hell than I expected. It […]

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John S. Bennett: The true vision for America

August 10, 2017 — On Wednesday, many of us gathered in Paepcke Park to affirm that we cannot accept Donald Trump's dark vision for our country. He is a president who: • Supports torture • Tells police to rough up suspects • Urges his supporters to use violence against […]

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Sean Beckwith: Spare us the book’s-better-than-the-movie sentiment

August 8, 2017 — Editors note: Article involves spoilers from "Game of Thrones." "You know nothing, Jon Snow." — Ygritte I wish that was my case for most of "Game of Thrones" — the HBO show that's so popular I kind of want to distance myself from it. It's […]

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John Colson: RAISE Act — deceptive, harmful and useless

August 7, 2017 — Immigration. It's not the easiest issue to wrap your head around, to be sure. And now our president, "He Who Shall Not Be Named," and his Republican cohort in Congress are looking for ways to make it even harder to understand, discuss or otherwise consider. […]

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Paul Andersen: Forty years of loving Crested Butte

August 6, 2017 — The snowfield near the top of Pearl Pass was steep and sketchy when I crossed it a week ago. A slip would have meant plummeting into a boulder field. That would have ruined the magical weekend I had just spent with hundreds of old friends […]

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Mike Littwin: Gardner holds exact town hall meeting that you’d expect

August 6, 2017 — For all those insisting that Cory Gardner finally hold his first town hall meeting of the Trump era, I've got some partly fake news for you. He had one. Sort of. It was Friday afternoon in Durango. He brought with him three friends — including […]

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David Segal: Pulpit party

August 5, 2017 — The debate rages on about doing politics from the pulpit. A spate of articles this summer dissected the issue after prominent Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe declared his fatigue with politicized pulpits. "All we hear all day long is politics," he said, urging his colleagues […]

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Glenn Beaton: Meet Walther Ramos, American

August 5, 2017 — As we celebrated the birthday of our nation last month, I thought about a Brazilian friend named Walther Ramos. Walther grew up in an ordinary middle-class family in Brazil. As a teenager he became a terrific swimmer. Walther has always been headstrong and didn't get […]

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