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1940: Retaining Pond Must Be Built

In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society.Retaining Pond Must Be BuiltGame Warden Downey was in town Monday attending to the pollution of the Roaring Fork river with tailings from the mill on Hunter Creek. The river has been so roily since the mill started that fishing in it has been out of the question with the result that fishermen the whole length of the valley have been disgruntled because their sport was ruined in their favorite stream.As stated last week, Herron Brothers who operate the mill made assurances that steps would be taken to construct a settling pond so the stream would be cleared. So far this has not been done and the stream remains muddy.Mr. Downey came to town Monday with the intention of filing an injunction against the mill operators but after conferring with Herron Brothers and hearing their side of the story and learning what a heavy expense it would involve upon them to have the mill closed down at this time decided to let them go through with their original plans to clear up the stream.Herron Brothers told Mr. Downey that they were waiting for a shovel which would be here the first of this week and promised to have a settling pond built by Thursday. In the event the pond can not be built by then they agree to shut the mill down until the tailings could be satisfactory taken care of.Most experts agree that mill tailings are not harmful to fish so the only harm done by stream pollution from mills of this type is the inconvenience caused to fishermen. Mr. Downey states that while dead fish were found in considerable numbers in the Roaring Fork it is a condition which has been reported this summer from other parts of the state also and is likely caused by some disease of the fish, aggravated by the unusually low water of this season. Some of the dead trout have been collected and sent to laboratories to be analyzed but no report had been received as yet on the findings of the laboratories. (July 25)Baseball Rather Than BombsWhen spring is in the air, there should also be baseballs in the air, so far as American boys are concerned, and that is just what is going on in Aspen. That baseball team which was organized Tuesday night is going to mean a lot to our boys this summer and will provide a lot of good wholesome fun. We should be most glad it is baseballs the boys of Aspen are tossing into the air and not bombs. There will be a few shins cracked and a few knees and elbows skinned, but there will be no homes blown up or lives snuffed out because of some dictator’s greed. We should be very thankful it is baseballs and not bombs our boys are tossing. (April 25)

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