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Aspen-area haze is coming from wildfire in southern Utah

June 22, 2017 — That familiar filtered yellow sunrise greeted the Roaring Fork Valley on Thursday morning. Smoke from wildfires burning in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and southern California are pumping smoke into the air, according to information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that was made available […]

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Aspen Untucked: Doubling Down

June 22, 2017 — It's been a fairly long time since I've written about parenthood, or my dog Cassius or my slow progress to mothering a child (a.k.a. growing up). As of late, I've been relatively content talking about over indulgent, booze-filled events; fun things to get excited about […]

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WineInk: So Many Wines …

June 22, 2017 — WINE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS can be challenging. On the one hand, there is the opportunity to taste many great wines in a short period of time. You can, in the course of a couple of hours, gain access to myriad grapes and wine styles, which […]

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Gunner’s Libation: Portillo Pisco Sour

June 22, 2017 — Back when the World Cup Finals were in Aspen in March, I got this great recipe for a Portillo Pisco Sour. The hook: The concept for the World Cup was created in the Portillo bar during the 1966 World Championships; the Pisco Sour is the […]

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Mountain Mayhem: 35th annual Food & Wine Classic

June 22, 2017 — This year marked a milestone 35th anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Mother Nature cooperated perfectly with pristine conditions all weekend. Kicking off with a cocktail party in the St. Regis courtyard Thursday to an early morning 5K run around town Friday […]

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Food Matters: Classic Ink!

June 22, 2017 — THE ONLY THING more awesome than sipping, sampling and grooving around our mountain paradise with a giddy gaggle of talented and talkative chefs, winemakers, spirit-slingers, farmers, food purveyors and buddies old and new? Enjoying the vast gallery of artwork inked on their beautiful bodies. Since […]

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From the Vault: Summertime Splash

June 22, 2017 — "Aspen visitors will find 10 swim pools at start of season," announced the Aspen Times on June 3, 1960. "This summer when the tourist season reaches its peak, Aspen visitors will have 10 heated swimming pools at their disposal. One of the pools, the Aspen […]

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Food & Wine 2017

June 22, 2017 — Welcome to the 35th Annual Food & Wine Classic Weekend

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Aspen Times Weekly: The Smartest Men in the Room … Are All Women

June 22, 2017 — The Ideas Festival, June 22 through July 1, is not only the showcase for the myriad projects and initiatives of the Aspen Institute, but is also the embodiment of its mission, which is to gather people to talk, present and ask questions on timely and […]

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Book Review: ‘Camino Island: A Novel’

June 22, 2017 — The tale opens with a robbery and closes with a reconciliation. In between these bookends, "Camino Island" by John Grisham is populated with ruthless thieves, witty writers and enough intrigue to fill a bookstore's mystery aisle. At the heart of the story is the theft […]

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Aspen Times Weekly Q&A: Aspen Institute arts program director Damien Woetzel

June 22, 2017 — Damien Woetzel is winding down his time as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, finishing a transformative tenure that's reshaped the nonprofit's programming and returned art and artists to their historic place at the center of the Institute's mission. The former principal dancer at […]

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Roaring Fork Valley renters price sensitive even with affordable housing

June 22, 2017 — Despite the acute affordable-housing shortage in the Roaring Fork Valley, two Basalt projects demonstrate how renters remain price sensitive. The Willits Seven project, which targets households with some of the highest incomes allowed under Basalt's guidelines, was relatively slow out of the gates to find […]

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Sprinkler douses Willits trash fire

June 22, 2017 — A built-in fire sprinkler system performed exactly as designed Tuesday evening in a mixed residential-commercial building at Willits Town Center, Basalt Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw said. A fire ignited shortly after 6 p.m. in an isolated room with a trash dumpster and compactor. Black […]

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Artist Tom Sachs and poet Tom Healy are back at Anderson Ranch

June 22, 2017 — When artist Tom Sachs and poet Tom Healy teamed up for a two-day workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center last July, they had one simple criterion for students to get in: give your entire life to your art. "You don't have to be a world-famous […]

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Eight local athletes earn all-state recognition for spring prep season

June 21, 2017 — The Colorado High School Activities Association has released each of its all-state teams for the 2017 spring prep season, a list that includes eight athletes from either Aspen or Basalt High School. Below is a sport-by-sport breakdown of the area honorees. Girls Lacrosse Aspen senior […]

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Plaintiff in Hecht case asks for new trial

June 21, 2017 — A Florida woman who unsuccessfully sued Aspen investment fund manager Nikos Hecht for rape and assault last month in federal court filed a motion Wednesday asking for a new trial. Suzanna Dailey, 68, claims she was denied a fair trial because the judge erroneously blocked […]

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Aspen Skiing Co. names new COO of hospitality

June 21, 2017 — Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday the appointment of Alinio Azevedo as the new chief operating officer for the company's hospitality division. The new role will oversee The Little Nell hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain as well as the Limelight Hotel Aspen, the recently […]

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Volleys exchanged in Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands suit

June 21, 2017 — A federal judge is now tasked with deciding whether to dismiss a class-action lawsuit pitting a group of owners of fractional units at the Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands against Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. Marriott Vacations is asking a judge to drop the complaint, chiefly […]

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Graeme ‘Ben’ Kaufman

June 21, 2017 — Ben passed away on June 16, 2017. A former Oregon, Illinois resident, he was born in Mendota, Illinois, on December 17, 1930, son of Vesta Edgecomb and Elmer Kaufman, married Dolores "Dolly" Kaufman on September 2, 1951. He spent his childhood in Mendota, Polo and […]

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Interior Secretary’s desire to privatize federal campgrounds draws concerns

June 21, 2017 — In lockstep with prior remarks from President Trump regarding the nation’s public lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke floated the idea two weeks ago of privatizing all campgrounds under his watch as a way to offset billions of dollars in deferred maintenance costs. This week, […]

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