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Glenwood Springs close to securing rights for new whitewater parks

GOLDEN – The City of Glenwood Springs has paddled around the last of several big obstacles in its way to obtaining water rights for three potential whitewater parks in the Colorado River, at Two Rivers Park, Horseshoe Bend and No Name.

While final approvals are not expected from various entities until late January, the city's water attorney, Mark Hamilton of Holland and Hart, told a state agency last week that general agreement in the water court case was at hand.

The proposed water rights are for "boating, rafting, kayaking, tubing, floating, canoeing, paddling and all other non-motorized recreational uses."

Glenwood Springs made the crux move in its five-year journey Wednesday, when Aurora and Colorado Springs signed off on a "call reduction provision" in the city's proposed water rights decree.

The provision carves out 30,000 acre-feet from the city's proposed 2013 water right to allow for future upstream transmountain diversions by the Front Range cities. Glenwood Springs had earlier offered a 20,000 acre-foot carve-out provision.

The city made another key maneuver Thursday, when the directors of the Colorado Water Conservation Board agreed to amend a negative 2015 finding on the city's water rights application, and agreed to settle with the city in water court.

"Forgive us for being cautious and careful and slow," said Russ George, who represents the Colorado River basin at CWCB. "This one is not an ordinary (Recreational In-Channel Diversion). It has its own complications, and overall it had become just a tricky, thorny, complicated project."

It also was announced Thursday that the Colorado River District and the town of Gypsum support the settlement in concept and are working on final approvals.

no name sites low priority

Under the settlement, Glenwood Springs has agreed to consult with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on the location, size, design and construction at the three prospective whitewater park sites, including giving Horseshoe Bend the lowest priority of the three locations because of bighorn sheep in the area.

"Horseshoe Bend kind of sits in third position for a variety of reasons," Jay Skinner, an instream flow specialist for CPW, told the CWCB directors Thursday. "It certainly is our least favorite of the three sites."

The Two Rivers Park location is just downstream from central Glenwood Springs, and just above a busy boat ramp at the park.

Horseshoe Bend and No Name are not far upstream from downtown in Glenwood Canyon. They are on a Class II stretch of river below the Class III-to-Class IV Shoshone run. The highway is separated from the river at Horseshoe Bend, and there is an Interstate 70 rest stop next to the river at No Name.

The city has previously obtained settlements in the water court case from the Bureau of Land Management, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Water, Ute Water Conservancy District, Grand Valley Water Users Association, West Divide Water Conservancy District and the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool.

"This ends three years of really intense negotiations and collaborations with the applicant (Glenwood Springs) and a lot of work finding compromise and middle ground on this," Pat Wells, general manager of water resources and demand management at Colorado Springs Utilities, told the CWCB on Thursday.

Aurora and Colorado Springs, as partners in the Homestake storage and diversion project, have a high interest in the city's claims for flow levels in the Colorado River, as they now intend to build a dam and reservoir on lower Homestake Creek as part of the "Eagle River MOU" project.

That project includes diverting 20,000 acre-feet of additional water under the Continental Divide from the upper Eagle River basin. It also includes diverting 10,000 acre-feet of water for Western Slope uses.

In 2012, the two cities told federal officials "as much as 86,400 acre-feet of water supplies may be developed by completion of the Homestake Project."

As such, Aurora and Colorado Springs wanted some protection from Glenwood Springs' pending water right, which would carry a priority date of 2013.

protects summertime flows

The city's water right would span 183 days, from April 1 to Sept. 30 each year.

For 137 of those days, the water right calls for a steady flow 1,250 cubic feet per second, which is the same level of flow that the senior Shoshone hydropower right can call for on the river, above the proposed whitewater parks.

So, for the bulk of the time, Glenwood's new water right would make no difference on the river, as it is in the shadow of Shoshone.

But the city wants to step out of that shadow and call for 2,500 cfs of water for 46 days, from June 8 to July 23. And, it could call for 4,000 cfs of flow on five days around the Fourth of July, in order to hold competitive boating events.

It is in the 46-day high-flow period when the carve-out will kick in, and reduce by about 25 percent the amount of water the city was pursuing.

"It does limit, significantly, the amount of time that this water right is going to be able to call," Rob Harris, an attorney representing both Western Resource Advocates and American Whitewater, in support of Glenwood Springs, told the CWCB. "But frankly, that's the nature of compromise."

Harris said the remaining flow levels in the river still work for the whitewater parks.

"These are the proper flow rates," he said. "These rates are the rates that stakeholders in the city and in the community have asked for, and balancing that with this carve out is appropriate."

Editor's note: Aspen Journalism covers rivers and water in collaboration with The Aspen Times, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and other Swift newspapers. More at http://www.aspenjournalism.org.

What’s the Big Deal: Snowmass condo sale nears $3.8 million

"What's the Big Deal?" runs Mondays and is based on the most expensive property transaction recorded in Pitkin County through 3 p.m. each Friday.

Price: $3.775 million

Date recorded: Nov. 15

Address: 610 Streamside Court, Snowmass Village

Subdivision: Owl Creek Homes Phase VII

Buyer: CJCA Holdings LLC

Seller: David Barnes trustee, David Barnes Trust

Property type: Condominium

Year built: 1998

Livable space: 3,862 square feet

Property tax bill: $13,171.28

Business Monday Briefs: Sammy Sosa sued over Aspen rental deal; uphill industry meeting moved

Uphill symposium moves to spring

A three-day symposium centered around the uphilling industry that the city of Aspen is organizing has been moved from the first weekend in December to the last weekend in March.

Phillip Supino, the city's long-range planner, said feedback from people in the industry and equipment manufacturers said the original dates of Dec. 6 to 8 are difficult for travel and springtime would be better.

Hosting the gathering will coincide with the city's economic development initiative as part of incorporating the elements of the industry into the resort community.

Ex-MLB slugger sued

A lawsuit in Pitkin County District Court claims former major league baseball slugger Sammy Sosa balked on a rental agreement in Aspen.

Litigant MTWK Snowbunny Lane LLC claims Sosa used a Florida limited liability company to agree to rent a home for 17 days during the Christmas holidays of 2017. Sosa and the LLC, however, did not pay the required $100,000 deposit or the agreed amount of $9,500 per day to rent the Snowbunny Lane home.

"Mr. Sosa failed to provide the required deposit despite numerous requests, and ultimately due to his failure, the homeowners suffered significant financial loss due to the inability to find a new renter so close to Christmas," said suing attorneys Daniel and Kathryn Becnel of Louisiana in a statement issued Friday. "Despite request of payment of the contract, Mr. Sosa and his representatives failed to respond or address this matter."

The suit also claims that Sosa's LLC is not in good standing with the state of Florida.

Skico debuts deal

Aspen Skiing Co. announced last week the debut of its Early Season Free Fridays package, which runs through Dec. 21.

Visitors who book two nights of lodging at participating lodges and buy two adult lift tickets, at a discounted rate of $60 a day, receive their third ticket free.

Tickets must be purchased by 6 p.m. Dec. 14 by calling Stay Aspen Snowmass at 800-679-3154.

Aspen Mountain opened Saturday. Snowmass opens Thanksgiving Day, while the lifts are scheduled to start cranking Dec. 8 at Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Colorado plans changes in state mental health crisis system

WESTMINSTER (AP) — Most people who walk in the door of a small, brick building labeled “24/7 Crisis Center” are depressed, suicidal, or experiencing audio or visual hallucinations. Others are young adults going through the first breakup of their lives, feeling so distraught they want to talk to a therapist.

Every crisis is “self-defined,” and Colorado’s 12 walk-in centers have had almost 68,000 visits since they opened four years ago.

The centers — along with a statewide crisis hotline, mobile crisis teams and five-day stabilization clinics — were created in response to the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, a mass murder committed by a University of Colorado graduate student who, according to his attorneys, was “in the throes of a psychotic episode.”

Now, four years after Colorado’s $33 million mental health crisis system was set up, it will undergo radical change, The Colorado Sun reports.

State officials, who are seeking new contractors to oversee the system, say an overhaul is needed to improve mobile-crisis response, incorporate local mental health services that already exist and, more broadly, put separate people in charge of financial and clinical decisions.

“We see this as an evolution to the crisis system,” said Dr. Robert Werthwein, director of the state Office of Behavioral Health.

But for those who manage the current system, the overhaul is an affront to their progress. There are now four contractors that manage four mental health crisis regions, and none of them bid on the new contract. The new system will transform the four regions into seven, in part to align with the state’s Medicaid government insurance regions. It will break up the metro-area region into three regions.

Each of the seven could have its own contractor, or one agency could oversee all seven, under the rules.

The current contractors — which are coalitions formed by groups of local mental health centers — are accusing the state of tearing up the process instead of simply tweaking what is flawed. They filed a formal appeal to the state, which was rejected, and planned to appeal in Denver District Court.

Meanwhile, responses to the state’s request for proposals were due the week of Nov. 4, and state officials hope to have new contractors by the end of the year.

“You are not going to have statewide crisis services,” said Rick Doucet, CEO of the Community Reach Center, which runs a walk-in crisis center, a five-day stabilization center, a mobile-response unit and a respite center in the north Denver suburbs. “You are going to have probably a hodgepodge of services offered across the state. There won’t be much in the way of integration or communication and it definitely is going to damage the metro area.”

Colorado Crisis Connection, the contractor for the Denver metro region, was created by six mental health centers, including the Mental Health Center of Denver and Community Reach Center.

The agency, which holds the state contract, subcontracts to its own mental health centers to provide crisis care. Many of the mental health centers, including Community Reach Center, increased their services to provide mobile response teams and walk-in clinics four years ago.

The legislation that created Colorado’s crisis system also created a new source of funding for mental health centers willing to expand their services to fit the requirements of the law. The system received a boost in 2017 with legislation that made it illegal for Colorado to lock people in jail on mental health holds if they had not committed a crime.

“That was a pot of money that allowed us to expand,” said Doucet, noting that the state funding has helped fund crisis services for people who had no insurance or were underinsured.

Under the new plan, developed by the state Office of Behavioral Health, the contractor will hire a variety of mental health providers in a region, including some that already exist and others that might open. In Douglas County, for example, a mobile-crisis unit that already exists could receive state funding to become part of the crisis system.

It removes the conflict of interest that exists in allowing coalitions of mental health centers to make decisions on how to spend state money at the same time they are making decisions about what is the best for patients, Werthwein said.

Werthwein said the state “has to take some ownership” for the system’s flaws because the rules weren’t specific enough. He is particularly disappointed with the network of mobile crisis teams, which two-thirds of the time have responded not to a home, dorm room or workplace as intended, but to emergency departments and mental health centers, according to state data.

State officials also were distressed about the findings of a sample analysis of calls to the hotline. In several instances, the hotline dispatcher wanted mobile teams to respond, yet the teams chose not to go out on the call. “That’s a problem when two behavioral health entities are conflicting on whether they need to go out,” Werthwein said.

Doucet, however, said state officials should allow mental health providers who know the community to make decisions about when to respond. They get to know frequent callers and know whether a mobile unit might escalate the situation, for example.

He also took issue with the implication that mental health providers cannot properly manage spending and patient welfare at the same time. For decades, they have served state Medicaid clients.

The crisis system, billed as revolutionary and Colorado’s first statewide network for mental crisis help, now has 107 beds where patients can stay up to five days, 12 walk-in centers and a handful of respite care centers where people can voluntarily check in for 14 days.

The system, though, lacks accountability and “has not been managed well” to make sure its contractors are in compliance, according to an independent review that noted that the state Office of Behavioral Health has only two employees responsible for the system.

The review also suggested the state align its crisis regions with its Medicaid regions, since Medicaid is one of the largest insurance payers for mental health services in the state. The shift would reduce duplication, including in billing, and could improve data collection.

The state and current contractors also are battling over administrative costs.

The current contractors say they have kept overhead expenses to under 10 percent and contend that breaking the four crisis regions into seven will mean more overhead. The state’s request for proposals said the new contractors cannot spend more than 25 percent on administrative costs.

The current contractors and the state also are at odds over the allocation of funds to each region. The state claims the remodeled system will dispense funds more evenly, tying regional allocations to population. Contractors, though, said rural areas will get the short end of the deal.

House bill drops legal protections for gray wolves; Colorado’s Tipton in favor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

About 5,000 wolves live in the lower 48 states, occupying less than 10 percent of their historic range.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the wolf’s status and is expected to declare they’ve recovered sufficiently to be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The House bill would enshrine that policy in law and restrict judicial review of listing decisions. The measure was approved, 196-180, and now goes to the Senate, where prospects are murkier.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said farmers in Wisconsin and other states are “one step closer to having the legal means to defend their livestock from gray wolves.”

States should be responsible for managing wolf populations, “not Washington bureaucrats,” Duffy said.

Among those voting in favor was Colorado’s 3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents western Colorado.

“Without an effective method of managing the species in place, the gray wolf poses a threat to livestock as well as other native species habitats,” the Republican congressman from Cortez, who was elected to a fifth term over Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in the Nov. 6 election, said in a prepared statement.

“It is long past time that the gray wolf be officially de-listed, so state agencies can responsibly manage the population, better tailor management plans to meet the unique circumstances and conditions in each state, and ensure they continue to thrive in a healthy and balanced ecosystem,” Tipton said.

Environmental groups and many Democrats slammed the bill as a last-ditch effort by Republicans to push a pro-rancher agenda after losing control of the House in this month’s midterm elections.

“This final, pathetic stab at wolves exemplifies House Republicans’ longstanding cruelty and contempt for our nation’s wildlife,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity, an Arizona-based environmental group.

“The American people overwhelmingly support the Endangered Species Act and the magnificent animals and plants it protects,” Hartl said. “We don’t expect to see these disgraceful anti-wildlife votes next year under Democratic control of the House.”

Livestock industry associations representing ranchers who have to contend with wolves scaring and attacking cattle and sheep supported the bill. They said in a letter to Congress that wolf populations have recovered to the extent that the animal would have been removed from the endangered species list if not for “activist litigants” who “used the judicial system to circumvent sound science and restore full ESA protections to these predators.”

A spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency is completing a review of the wolves’ status in the lower 48 states and expects to make a recommendation in coming months. The agency did not take a position on the House bill.

Comments from Colorado 3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton news release were added to this AP report by Aspen Times staff.

Colorado Buffaloes fire football coach Mike MacIntyre after six-game skid

BOULDER — Two years after he was named AP coach of the year, Mike MacIntyre's run at Colorado ended Sunday when he was fired amid a six-game skid in his sixth season.

"It was a difficult decision because Mike is a knowledgeable coach and he has really elevated this football team since 2013," athletic director Rick George said after asking quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper to serve as interim head coach for Colorado's final game next weekend.

George lauded MacIntyre's dogged focus on character, classroom and community service but said, ultimately, his program just wasn't successful enough on the scoreboard.

"What this came down to was that I wanted to see more consistency with winning seasons," George said. "Mike had an amazing 2016 season. We really hoped that that kind of achievement would be continuous, but unfortunately that didn't happen."

MacIntyre was voted AP college football coach of the year after leading the Buffaloes to a Pac-12 South title and 10 victories in 2016. That was his only winning season at Colorado, going 20-40 overall and 6-38 in the Pac-12 in the other five.

MacIntyre is due about $10 million from the five-year extension he signed after that 2016 season.

As his extension was being finalized, MacIntyre fell under scrutiny over his improper handling of domestic abuse accusations against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin by a former girlfriend. Tumpkin called the defensive plays during the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, 2016, and resigned a month later. MacIntyre's contract extension was held up for a few months by the Board of Regents.

After an outside investigation, MacIntyre, George and Chancellor Phil DiStefano were reprimanded, with DiStefano serving a 10-day suspension and MacIntyre and George ordered to make $100,000 donations to domestic violence causes.

George said he had no regrets over signing MacIntyre to that extension. "He deserved it and his staff deserved it," George said.

The Buffs slipped to 5-7 last season but began this year with five straight victories and moved into the AP Top 25 again.

"Six weeks ago, we're 5-0 and the talk of the country," George said. "That's where Colorado should be every year and every season, we should be the talk of the country. But we're not there and that's why I made the decision."

The Buffs have lost several starters in the program's worst rash of injuries in 33 years, none more impactful than a turf toe that sidelined star sophomore receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. for a month.

Colorado tied a program futility mark by blowing a 28-point second-half lead against Oregon State last month. The following Monday, George went to MacIntyre and told him he still had his support.

"But as the next three weeks went by my gut told me I needed to … bring on new leadership," George said.

He made the move now, he said, to inject some energy into the team because it can still earn a bowl berth with a victory Saturday over California: "We've still got a lot to play for."

Following Colorado's 30-7 loss to Utah on Saturday, MacIntyre maintained his belief that he'd keep his job in Boulder, where his son, Jay, was one of several seniors celebrated in pregame festivities.

"I don't feel like it's my last game," MacIntyre said. "We've got one more, hopefully we can win that and go to a bowl game."

MacIntyre, who had taken a photo of a bison heading into a storm into his weekly news conference with buzz already building about his job being in jeopardy, said Saturday the nature of coaching is being asked when you'll leave whether you're winning or losing.

"I could've left (for) three good places, and stayed," MacIntyre said. "That's just the way it is. When you're losing, they want to get rid of you. You never can win as a head coach on that and I understand that."

Asked if he now figures he should have parlayed his success in 2016 into another job elsewhere, MacIntyre said: "No, I shouldn't have left, that's why I stayed. A lot of people told me to leave, just like a lot of people told me not to come here. I wanted to come here.

"My family loves it here. I definitely feel like this program has (progressed). You all saw it before I got here, it was abysmal. I feel like we've come a long way. This has been a tough stretch, there's no doubt about it. But no, you don't second guess anything like that, you do what you feel like is the right thing to do at the time."

MacIntyre then quoted senior receiver Kabion Ento, who spoke up after Saturday's loss, saying, "We've got one more to win one more."

A day later, that was no longer the case for MacIntyre but for Roper, his close friend of 20 years.

"We all understood when we got into this profession what this profession is like," Roper said. "But it doesn't make these days any easier when they happen."

Colorado 2019-20 budget request at $33.4 billion, up 5 percent

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s John Hickenlooper on Friday presented his last budget request as governor to lawmakers — one he says helps prepare the state for an eventual recession.

Hickenlooper spoke on Friday before the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. The bipartisan panel will use the proposal in fashioning a state budget for fiscal years 2019-2020 during next year’s legislative session.

The governor’s $33.4 billion request is nearly 5 percent, or about $1.5 billion, above the current budget.

It includes $13.2 billion in discretionary spending and would increase state reserves from 7.25 percent to 8 percent of the general fund — more than $954 million — to prepare for an economic downturn.

Hickenlooper called the request “a responsible one in the sense of accommodating what we can’t see.”

“Part of being a Coloradan is being prepared,” the governor said, noting that the credit rating agency Moody’s “still projects that we can’t withstand a moderate recession without making some cuts in the state budget.”

The Democratic governor has served the maximum two terms and leaves office in January.

Colorado has seen sustained economic growth and low unemployment in recent years, but still struggles to finance public schools, higher education and transportation projects.

Those struggles include sometimes-conflicting constitutional mandates, adopted by voters, restricting the government’s ability to raise taxes or issue bonds without asking voters. Those voters rejected ballot measures Nov. 6 that would have increased funding for public education and for transportation.

A constitutional mandate requiring annual increases in K-12 school spending has been grossly underfunded for years because of the tax-and-spend restrictions. And by law, legislators must produce a balanced budget each year.

Hickenlooper is seeking $30 million in water infrastructure over the next three years to help implement a state water plan that seeks to accommodate the needs of the growing metropolitan Front Range while ensuring agricultural areas can weather a prolonged and severe drought.

The proposal also seeks $121 million to keep tuition flat at public colleges and universities. It calls for increased tax credits for child care and more spending to cover the state’s share of Medicaid health coverage for growing numbers of the elderly.

Kudos: Nov. 18, 2018

Thank you for supporting Basalt fire

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of the residents of the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District for their continued support and confidence by passing Ballot Question 7F.

Your generosity will enable our dedicated volunteers and staff to continue to provide the level of service which you have come to expect.

Thank you again.

Ed Van Walraven, Leroy Duroux, Mark Kittle, John Young and Vonda Williams

Board of directors Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District

'It takes a village'

Well, thank you village for the beautiful rededication of Veterans Memorial Park and for an equally beautiful Veterans Day ceremony.

Thank you KSPN for the air time; much appreciated.

Thank you Louis Swiss Bakery for the gratis coffee and scones; well eaten.

Thanks to both papers for their stories and photos of the mini parade, the USMC birthday celebration and for the rededication ceremony; wonderful.

Thanks to Mark for the park prep; nice job as usual.

Thanks to Colorado Audio/Visual; loud and clear.

Thanks to the Aspen Police Department, Aspen Valley Fire Department and CRO's for the escorts; much appreciated.

Thanks to the Cub Scouts for handing out poppies and programs.

Thanks to the AVFD Honor Guard and to the Cadet Honor Guard, Air Force Junior ROTC; looked SHARP.

Thank you Virgil Simon and the Cadet Honor Guard for the laying of the memorial wreath.

Thank you Nancy Bosshard for 31 years of lighting the memorial candle.

Thank you Chaplin Roy Holloway for the invocation and benediction; kind words.

Thank you to all the valley veterans organizations; keep up the good work.

Thank you Patti Clapper and the county commissioners for your unwavering support and for a beautiful park to show for it.

Thank you Richard Sundeen; sweet and touching notes.

Thank you Tom Buesch for "In Flanders Field"; well read.

Thank you Virgil Simon, Jim Markalunas and Ryan Gentry for your stories.

Thank you Jeannie Walla; lovely as always.

Thank you Janine Barth, Pitkin County VSO, for the 50th Anniversary pins.

Thank you Darryl Grob; unforgettable names and words.

Thanks to those individuals who came forward and shared their stories.

Thank you the Elks Lodge No. 224 for the delicious lunch after the ceremony.

Thank you Colonel, Gunny Perigo and Palmer Hood for all you do.

These are just a few of the wonderful villagers who made this a very special and wonderful day.

Thank you from an appreciative veteran,

Dan Glidden

Aspen

Grateful for fantastic voter turnout

Now that the election has come and gone, I'd like to thank some people for helping with our ride to the polls event. Our event was a great success and we could not have done it without all the support we got from the community. With over 60 percent voter participation, Colorado led the nation in voter turnout. Wahoo!

We would like to thank Austin Nelson for allowing Pedi-Pigs to shuttle folks to and from the polls; Gretchen Bleiler for offering to pedal folks around; The Aspen Times and Anna Stonehouse for the great pictures; Craig Turpin for being our Peter Parker and grabbing some great action shots; Igor Laray for donating ad space and helping to get the word out; Skippy and Fi and their "unicorns" for helping to decorate the cars and wrangle any and all voters; and, lastly but most certainly not least, Kevin Cordova and Stacy Rothberg of NOMI limo for donating cars, drivers and gas for the shuttle service.

Without all of this support, this event never would have been so successful. Thank you to this wonderful community for embracing the efforts of all above.

Aidan Wynn

Aspen

Tweet All About It: All downhill from here

Each week, we pick out our favorite and not-so-favorite tweets (at least those that are printable) about Aspen and display them on Sunday's page A2.

• "For Seattle-area skiers, this might be the year for a trip to Aspen, Colorado, particularly if you purchased the Ikon Pass — good for several days at Aspen's four mountains." — @seattletimes

• "I really need this money to stop playin because I'm suppose to go to Portland and Florida in January and Aspen in February. At this rate I'm only making it to my couch." — @murrrsayds

• "sometimes i think 'damn, at my age, my parents had been married a few years! they were so far ahead. such mature adults!'then i remember they also still didnt have kids, were ski bums in Aspen and regularly doing coke. so they were both more mature AND more cool than me" — @barleypoop

• "We want to give a big JAS CONGRATS to past #JASLaborDayExperience artists @KeithUrban & @carrieunderwood who took Entertainer of the Year & Female Vocalist of the Year @ the #2018CMAs last night! See who else took home a W — who knows they could end up on the JAS Stage" — @JazzAspen

• "@lancearmstrong I'll give you a free watch if you run all the streets in Aspen." — @rickeygates

The Aspen Times can be found on Twitter, as well. Simply type "TheAspenTimes" (no spaces) into the search bar, and get daily updates on what's happening in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Photos: Aspen Misc., Nov. 18, 2018