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New Colorado law is meaningful step forward to modernize CORA

June 26, 2017 — On June 1, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB17-040 into law, and this new law becomes effective Aug. 9. Thus, Colorado takes a meaningful step forward on behalf of the people. By updating the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) in accordance with 21st-century information technology, government […]

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John Colson: Are we entering a quick-form Dark Age?

June 26, 2017 — For three days over the past weekend I was out of touch with the world, and it was sublime. I didn't hear a thing about our current White House resident (whom I have dubbed He Who Shall Not Be Named, at least in this paragraph). […]

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Bruce D. Benson: Higher education gets a boost from Colorado Legislature

June 25, 2017 — The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that was signed into law recently that has far-reaching implications for our state. The Rural Sustainability Act is a great example of a team effort for the good of the state that will have positive ripple effects across Colorado […]

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Paul Andersen: On small islands, in smaller shells

June 25, 2017 — The tropical island was so small you could walk around the entire shoreline in 40 minutes. Yet the island must have looked huge to the hermit crabs that left their symmetrical tracks scrawled in the sand. The hermit crab is a squatter. He lives in […]

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Tristan Niskanen: Aspen Summer Words, from a young writer’s perspective

June 25, 2017 — If Aspen Summer Words taught me one thing, it's that becoming a writer is possible. Fortunately, it taught me much more than that. I learned about myself as a writer, I learned from the wisdom of many brilliant writers, and I learned to seriously follow […]

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Glenn K. Beaton: Don’t fall for the college scam

June 25, 2017 — One of my friends (yes, I have some, even in liberal Aspen) is a mountaineering guide. He communicates concepts of climbing and safety to people who have never been in the mountains. He has a spatial ability to see the terrain in his mind's eye. […]

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Tony Vagneur: Talking shop

June 24, 2017 — It was still there until a couple of years ago, the shop, not far from the house. Built from boards sawed out of trees harvested off of Vagneur Mountain just behind the house, it withstood the ages. Even the roof was made from that lumber […]

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Even a moose can solve Aspen’s traffic problem

June 23, 2017 — Hey, Mayor Steve Skadron. It's me, Bullwinkle. Yeah, me — everyone's favorite moose. I ran through your town last week on my way to North Star to take a swim and see my girlfriend. And boy, what a mess it was on Highway 82. Potholes […]

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Roger Marolt: Restoring my sanity one commute at a time

June 23, 2017 — What the heck is the matter with me? I don't like riding my bike to work anymore. That used to be my thing. Just about every morning between May 1 and the end of October, I would get on my bike and pedal from my […]

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Paul Bruchez: To restore a river, you need to involve just about everybody

June 22, 2017 — The Colorado River runs through the heart of my family's ranch near Kremmling, Colorado, where I live and work, so we have firsthand knowledge of the importance of water. Our family's irrigated meadows and livestock operation depend on it, and it's the common currency of […]

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Aspen Princess: Up the creek without a paddle

June 22, 2017 — "I'm stuck!" my mother-in-law screams in that tone of voice that lets you know this is a nonnegotiable fact. She's straddling a log about 2 miles up the Four Mile trail, which is actually only 3 miles long, but that's beside the point. The log […]

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Sean Beckwith: Some post Food & Wine observations

June 21, 2017 — This week I'm writing about food, booze and parties. I know, that's a shocker. But it's not your average raucous week in Aspen. It's Jason Bourne to Robert Ludlum, the underdog story to Tom Rinaldi, the off-base LeBron James criticism to Skip Bayless. Regardless of […]

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Meredith C. Carroll: Aspen’s most frequent questions: answered

June 21, 2017 — Depending on the strength of your stock portfolio and the whims of Mother Nature, Aspen can be a tricky place to get to. Fortunately the living is easy once you finally arrive. Visiting, on the other hand, can be a wee bit more difficult. Vacationers […]

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John Colson: Learning to shut up while in Nebraska

June 20, 2017 — I am learning, at least enough to keep my mouth shut when confronted by ill-informed and self-destructive thinking while seated in a venue where speaking my mind could lead to fatal consequences. This epiphany hit me like a soft pillow to the head during a […]

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Paul Andersen: Did Copernicus teach us anything?

June 18, 2017 — Science is the culprit when it challenges entrenched social and cultural norms. Scientists are enemies when they shake the bedrock of the status quo. So it is today as our national leadership condemns climate change science to the Dark Ages and marginalizes forecasters as radicals, […]

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Mike Littwin: Have we reached a breaking point or just agreed to call a brief truce?

June 18, 2017 — In the aftermath of the horror that played out on a Virginia baseball field, we can — and should — step back for a day, maybe a few days, and remember amid all the hateful talk that we are, as the president rightfully reminded us, […]

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Rep. Millie Hamner: Wrapping up the legislative session

June 17, 2017 — With the 2017 legislative session behind us, I am enjoying being back in my district and having some time to reflect back on the legislative session. From Jan. 11 to May 10, my colleagues and I worked very hard to find compromise on some very […]

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Tony Vagneur: Enjoy Earth while you are still here

June 17, 2017 — If you look closely, the dancers tend to go counter-clockwise, round-and-round to the left, as long as the music lasts. Why this is, no one knows, and so it was many millennia ago, longer than anyone knows for certain, that the animals of Asia began […]

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Roger Marolt: Burning to contribute to Food & Wine in Aspen

June 16, 2017 — Wasabi-stuffed habanero peppers. After slipping one of these between your molars, the next 10 seconds are how it must feel to have your nose hairs trimmed by hooking them up to jumper cables attached to a Tesla. They also are my contribution to this year's […]

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Aspen Princess: Getting older is (literally) a pain

June 15, 2017 — I get it that being woken up in the middle of the night by a full moon blazing through the window like a spotlight from the gods isn't the worst problem to have. But having leg cramps that keep you from going back to sleep […]

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