1970: Thompson runs for sheriff
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.Thompson runs for sheriffAuthor Hunter S. Thompson’s bid for Pitkin County sheriff failed, though he took 44 percent of the vote and won in the city of Aspen.Thompson had been a resident of Pitkin County since the late 1960s. In a 1970 Rolling Stone article titled “Freak Power in the Rockies” (also later published in the Thompson collection “The Great Shark Hunt”), he documented the rise of a new political generation of hippy activists in Aspen. Aspen Country Day opensLocated on Maroon Creek in the summer Music School buildings, the Aspen County Day School will open this fall offering classes for kindergarten through twelfth grade, with plans for boarding facilities for 100 students in grades nine through twelve.The school will be basically college prepatory nonsectarian and co-educational.The will be a Lower School (kindergarten through sixth grade) and Upper School (grades seven through 12).Grades one through three will be “non-graded” – each student will progress at his own rate of readiness and development.Curriculum planned for all other grades is flexible. Classes will be about 15 students each with the teacher acting as a discussion leader.The school seeks a student body of stable, well-rounded boys and girls of good character and wide background.Requirements for admission consist of (1) a desire to learn and a willingness to support and abide by rules, regulations and code of ethics of the school, (2) a personal interview, (3) previous record, and (4) tests required by the Aspen Country Day School.The program includes art, music and sports activities. Day students will be expected to be there all day.The board of directors acts in an advisory capacity to the headmaster, Carter Hall. One of the major purposes of the board is to evaluate and discuss various philosophies of education, and their possible relevance to Aspen Country Day School. Members of the board from Aspen are Edgar Stern, Richard Lee, Suzy Swales, Franz Berko, Carter Hall and Jamie Hall.Others are William K. Martin, retired Air Force General and Vice President of American Cement; Canon Charles Martin, headmaster of St. Albans School at Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Edward Lasater of Ft. Worth, Texas; and John Bennett of San Antonio, Texas; Andy Black, headmaster of Denver Country Day school.
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