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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Winter storm triggers avalanche warning for Aspen, much of Central Mountains

December 16, 2016 — An avalanche warning was put into effect early Friday for a wide swath of the Colorado backcountry, including the entire Aspen zone. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the warning would remain in effect through at least 6 p.m. Saturday because of the strong winter […]

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3 accidents involving 8 vehicles swamp Basalt Monday; one woman seriously injured

December 12, 2016 — Two accidents on Highway 82 on Monday evening in Basalt involved seven vehicles but all occupants managed to avoid injuries. The first accident involved four vehicles at the intersection of Highway 82 and West Two Rivers Road. A driver headed downvalley on the highway “blew […]

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As Aspen’s backcountry ski conditions improve, avalanche risk increases

December 10, 2016 — Patience with Mother Nature is finally paying off. Backcountry skiers are already flocking to Marble. The G Zones will open in Highland Bowl today thanks to the effort of the ski patrol and volunteer bootpackers. But with the good comes some bad. Avalanche experts are […]

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Snowmass Village police chief had extra motivation for rescue of boys on steep hillside

November 29, 2016 — The rescue of two boys from a steep hillside above Snowmass Village on Saturday was far from conventional, but the circumstances were far from ordinary. Police Chief Brian Olson hiked up the steep hillside himself and helped the boys safely climb to the Rim Trail […]

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23 residents get glimpse of police work, graduate from Basalt Citizens’ Police Academy

November 28, 2016 — The Basalt Citizens’ Police Academy had a successful run this fall when 23 people graduated from the eight-week program. The Basalt Police Department offered residents of Basalt and anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley a chance to learn more about why cops do the things […]

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Police officer rescues 2 boys stuck on hillside above Snowmass Village

November 26, 2016 — Officials from the Snowmass Village police and fire departments rescued two teenaged boys who got caught on a steep hillside above Snowmass Village while hiking Saturday. The boys were able to call for help Saturday afternoon after they got stuck high above the Woodbridge Condominiums […]

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Aspen, rest of Colorado ski resorts make the best of dry fall

November 24, 2016 — The Colorado ski industry is putting on a brave face and generating the best possible spin despite tough times getting terrain open to start the season. Nine resorts were able to open at least some terrain prior to Thanksgiving. Five more planned openings today or […]

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Colorado resort economies rely mightily on regional airports, but funding proves elusive

November 22, 2016 — Colorado’s resort communities rely heavily on area airports to support their tourism-based economies, but funding flights that bring tourists to town remains a challenge. Durango voters this month overwhelmingly rejected a plan to raise property taxes to fund a new $40 million terminal at the […]

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Fire crews battle tough access at Colorado 82 fire

November 15, 2016 — An investigation into the cause of the fire that burned three homes on Colorado 82, completely destroying one, is ongoing, though fire investigators do not currently have reason to think the incident is suspicious in nature. Local fire investigators will review the scene Tuesday with […]

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