Recent Stories | AspenTimes.com

Recent Stories in Regional

Gypsum’s condemnation of biomass plant acreage along Eagle River overturned by district court

March 24, 2017 — An Eagle County District Court has rejected the Town of Gypsum's condemnation of land next to the Eagle River owned by a biomass plant operator, saying the town failed to follow its own rules for publicly announcing its eminent domain plans. Judge Frederick Gannett said […]

Learn more »

Training for Trump: Air Force at Eagle County airport for high altitude flights

March 24, 2017 — GYPSUM — The U.S. Air Force is back in town, practicing at the Eagle County Regional Airport for all things presidential. An Air Force crew at the controls of a Boeing 757 practiced doing a lot of … whatever it is they do that keeps […]

Learn more »

Breckenridge businesses facing discipline over December drug bust

March 22, 2017 — Last December, local law enforcement agencies countywide teamed up for an undercover drug operation that nabbed 21 suspects, most of whom allegedly sold drugs to police officers in a handful of bars and restaurants in Breckenridge and several other locations. One case — when a […]

Learn more »

Aspen-Pitkin Airport on list of difficult landings, gets respect from pilots

March 21, 2017 — According to a survey of pilots for Honeywell Aerospace, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is one of the most difficult to fly into, along with Telluride Regional Airport. A report published this week by Bloomberg News cited Honeywell Aerospace, a major aircraft avionics producer that's part of Honeywell […]

Learn more »

Boulder’s Sunshine Fire forces over 400 home evacuations, burns 106 acres

March 19, 2017 — A blaze in the Sunshine Canyon area west of Boulder is now 20 percent contained. But winds that were tame earlier are gusting, and the fire is now within a mile of downtown. "We are feeling pretty good about it right now, said Barb Halpin, […]

Learn more »

Future project may ease westbound I-70 congestion

March 16, 2017 — On the road between Idaho Springs and the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel, Crested Butte has several billboards that take a not-so-subtle at jab the region's ski areas. "A refreshing toll-free drive, take Highway 285" they read, featuring the Interstate 70 logo with a red slash […]

Learn more »

Basalt council ponders ‘safe harbor’ message on immigration status, religion, sexual orientation

March 13, 2017 — Basalt officials will consider tonight if they want to send a message affirming that the town welcomes all people regardless of race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or immigration status. The Town Council will consider a resolution "declaring and affirming Basalt, Colorado's, commitment as a 'safe […]

Learn more »

Missing climber found alive near Pyramid Peak after two days in snow

March 7, 2017 — A 23-year-old mountaineer missing for two days after attempting to climb Pyramid Peak and falling nearly 1,500 feet was found alive late Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. A person out running several miles up Maroon Creek Road first ran into Ryan Montoya around 4 p.m., then […]

Learn more »

Vandals ordered to pay more than $100K for damaging trailhead near Steamboat Springs

March 7, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — Two men who vandalized the Ridge Trailhead on Emerald Mountain in 2015 have learned their crime really didn't pay. The Routt County District Court on Friday ordered Charles C. Enger and Michael A. Jones to pay $114,030.16 for the extensive damage they […]

Learn more »

Hiker missing on Pyramid Peak not found in snowy conditions Monday

March 6, 2017 — Volunteers spent a frigid Monday searching fruitlessly for a lone climber who reportedly didn't return from Pyramid Peak on Sunday, sources said. Ryan Montoya, 23, and originally from California, left Boulder on Saturday, though it's unclear when he began climbing the 14,026-foot peak located just […]

Learn more »

Basalt cops, state patrol mount special effort to get motorists’ attention on Highway 82

February 17, 2017 — In between traffic stops on Highway 82 as traffic whizzed by Thursday morning, Basalt police Sgt. Aaron Munch recalled how a drunken driver ran him over while he directed traffic in 2002. Munch, who was with the Glenwood Springs Police Department at the time, said […]

Learn more »

The party’s not over on Aspen-area buses; discreet imbibers won’t be bothered

February 10, 2017 — The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's alcohol policy on the public bus system will remain the same despite a spirited debate Thursday by its board of directors. RFTA prohibits riders from boarding with open containers of alcohol. However, passengers who pop a top or open a […]

Learn more »

Veteran firefighter Bill Harding recalls battling big blazes in Glenwood Springs and fire prevention in Basalt

February 2, 2017 — After 20 years of fighting some of the biggest fires in the history of Glenwood Springs and another 13 years of trying to prevent fires in Basalt, Bill Harding is hanging up his hat. His last day as Basalt Fire Department's fire marshal is Thursday. […]

Learn more »

From alcohol to Anthrax, X Games incident command team prepared to deal with anything in Aspen

January 28, 2017 — The agencies responsible for public safety at the Winter X Games are prepared for everything from alcohol abuse to Anthrax, and from frigid temperatures to overheated tempers. As the X Games have gotten bigger over the years, the preparations have become more sophisticated out of […]

Learn more »

Vail native Mike Johnston is running for governor of Colorado in the 2018 election

January 17, 2017 — DENVER — Vail native Mike Johnston announced he's running for governor, firing the first shot in the next round of political wars. Johnston, a Democrat, made Tuesday's announcement at Denver's Holly Street Community Center in one of the city's more downtrodden neighborhoods. He's calling his […]

Learn more »

Basalt Police Department earns rare Colorado accreditation

January 12, 2017 — The Basalt Police Department has received a rare accreditation given to law enforcement agencies based on standards set by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and County Sheriffs of Colorado. Only 40 agencies out of 239 in the state, or about 17 percent, have […]

Learn more »

Vail council rejects housing, hotel plan, then asks developer to return in two weeks

January 4, 2017 — VAIL — The Vail Town Council said Tuesday the town needs a moderately priced hotel, employee housing and more parking, and then proceeded to reject all three. The Town Council voted 4-3 to derail a proposed 170-room Marriott Residence Inn, with 107 employee-housing units and […]

Learn more »

Basalt firefighters salvage boy’s holidays by retrieving stranded drone

December 27, 2016 — Firefighters aren't just coming to the rescue of cats these days. Basalt firefighters salvaged a 9-year-old boy's holidays Monday when they extended a fire truck's ladder to retrieve an errant drone. The boy was out flying his new Christmas gift when a gust of wind […]

Learn more »

Man and daughter escape serious injury after harrowing accident with semi on Highway 82 at El Jebel

December 22, 2016 — A man and his daughter escaped serious injury Thursday when their pickup was hit by a semi-truck that blew through a red light, rolled onto its side and deposited part of its cargo on the pickup's cab. The accident closed Highway 82 at the intersection […]

Learn more »

Garfield County leads in fatal I-70 crashes

December 19, 2016 — Garfield County's flatter, smoother straightaways may seem less treacherous than mountain passes to the east, but the county has the most deadly crashes on Interstate 70 west of the Denver metro area than any other county, a Post Independent data analysis found. In addition, most […]

Learn more »