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The newspaper warned its readers that several Aspen dogs were being poisoned in March 1908 and some valuable ones too. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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March 1908The newspaper alerted its readers and instructed an evildoer.It is understood that a number of dogs have been poisoned. Those putting out poison for dogs could be in better business, especially this promiscuous poisoning. Recently several valuable animals [see photo] have been killed in this way causing heavy losses to the owners. If you want to kill a dog, be sure and get the dog you are after and tell the owner beforehand, thus giving the owner a chance to confine his dog to a kennel.The cleaning up season will soon be here and it should be the aim of our citizens to keep the city scavenger and his assistant busy until the city is cleaned of the winters accumulation of garbage. Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives. These 1908 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.The paper passed on some good news after a long winter.Yesterday Quarantine Officer Coryell reported the last scarlet fever case in Aspen went out of quarantine.This will be welcome news to all our people but we must not become careless and invite a return of the dread disease. The same precautions that have been enforced for some time past should be continued that our city be not only free from disease but that it presents a clean and orderly appearance. It is hoped our people will co-operate with the city officials and health officers in this respect.

March 1958There was bad news and good news to report about Aspen competitors in the Roch Cup.The first race in Aspens annual Roch Cup meet took place this morning, with one of the top competitors out of the running with a bad spiral.Among this areas top girl racers, Jane Moore of Aspen, spiraled her leg standing up in a practice session on Wednesday. Somehow, though she didnt fall, she broke her leg in a freak twist. The first race of the three-day event was the giant slalom, which was run on Ruthies on a course set by Fred Iselin. 44 men and 11 girls competed.Chuck Ferries of Aspen won this mornings Roch Cup giant slalom in 108.2. In the ladies race, Bev Anderson from mammoth Mountain won in 120.7, about 22 seconds ahead of Mary Alice Morrow of the Buff Ski Club, who came in with 143.0.Tomorrow the slalom will take place on Lower Magnifico at 10 a.m. on a Friedl Pfeifer course. If the snow is right, Saturdays downhill, set by Lefty MacDonald, will wind down Ruthies Run to the Norway Hill [see photo]. The racers banquet, open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Onion.Wide-open parking in Aspen made it tough to clear snow from the streets (see photo). The Aspen Times reported new rules.A resolution prohibiting parking on that part of the state highway which runs through Aspen from 3 to 8 a.m. was passed by the city council.The resolution was adopted as part of a plan to facilitate snow removal during the night within the city. At a previous meeting last December the council had voted to prohibit parking in certain sections of the business area during the same hours.A new chairlift was added on Aspen Mountain in 1958 to access more ski trails, but one entrepreneur announced another way to access the Elk Mountains champagne powder. Aspen resident J.B. Thomas IV has started a unique air taxi service here.A skier since 1933, Thomas is a veteran pilot and plans to fly skiers to the alpine snowfields around Aspen in his ski-equipped Cessna 180 plane, which can carry three passengers and their gear.He can thus transport a party of six to nine skiers to a snowfield at 13,000 feet in less than an hour. It would take more than a day to go in overland.The group is ultimately picked up in the valley, a vertical mile below, by taxi or private car. Some of the areas made more easily available by Thomas ski-plane service are Montezuma Basin, Mount Hayden, Taylor Pass and Conundrum Basin.

March 1983 The headline read Flint Smith and Erik Peltonen win Jackson Hole Powder 8s.[Two Aspen Mountain ski patrolmen] won the Big One, the granddaddy of them all the Jackson Hole Grand National Powder 8s Contest.To realize what an accomplishment this is, you have to realize that theyve been holding the contest in Jackson Hole for 13 years, and this is the first time that anyone from outside Jackson has won. In a powder-eight competition, two-member teams ski down, one directly behind the other (and one turn behind the other), skiing in perfect synchronization, leaving behind a linked trail of figure eights.The competitors are judged in six categories: Three for their skiing (style, technique and synchronicity) and three for the tracks they leave behind (roundness, symmetry and consistency). Our attitude was different, said Peltonen. We were there to perform more than compete.Maybe its because weve already won the North American Championships [in Canada] twice, adds Smith. Maybe that took some of the edge off it this time, but we just wanted to do the best run we could. We wanted to put on a real good show.There were more Aspen skiers to tout. The paper announced,Five Aspen youngsters were named to the Rocky Mountain Divisions Junior II Olympic Team last weekend after posting top finishes in the Governors Cup races at Buttermilk.Carter Payne, Susan Dillingham, Pat Palangi, Takaya Sagara and Michael Dayton were among the 28 racers selected from the field of 91 who traveled here from Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico to compete for places on the Junior II Olympic squad. That team will compete with other racers ages 14 and 15 from around the U.S. at the Junior II Olympics at Jackson Hole, Wyo., March 16-20. Payne dominated the girls races, placing first in the downhill, first in the giant slalom, and fifth in the slalom to take overall top honors and the girls portion of the Governors Cup.Dillingham was not far behind, finishing second n the downhill, second in the slalom, and seventh in the GS for third overall. compiled by Sara Garton


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