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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen, CO Colorado

Frank Martin/Aspen Times fileLocal sign painter Gaard Moses creates an old-style sign on the side of the historic Brand Building in Aspen 25 years ago. The sign is still visible today.

Politics, in advance of the upcoming election, filled the pages of The Aspen Democrat-Times a century ago. There was this, for example:

The Pitkin County Democrats will hold another rally at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday evening, October 28. The central committee has engaged the services of John V. White, the noted advocate of the initiative and referendum.

The opera house will be packed on this occasion, as it was when Mr. White addressed an Aspen audience on the initiative and referendum about a year ago.

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There was also this:

For the women.

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Suppose you step into your kitchen and discover that your cook is not doing something you want her to do and you do it yourself – that is the initiative.

And again, suppose you step into your kitchen and your cook is doing something you don’t want her to do and you stop her – that is the referendum.

If our legislators don’t make laws that we want, we use the power of the initiative and do it ourselves.

If our legislators do something we don’t want them to do, we use the power of the referendum and stop them.

In other words, it places the power of running the government directly in the hands of the people, where it belongs.

Vote for the Initiative and Referendum and be self-governing.

Fifty years ago, a Glenwood Springs driver survived a harrowing plunge off Highway 82. The Aspen Times reported:

A 55-year-old Glenwood Springs man narrowly missed death Sunday evening, Oct. 23, when he and the car he was driving plunged off Highway 82 at the Shale Bluffs, four miles west of Aspen.

William Inglis, only occupant of the auto, was found by James Adams, Aspen, shortly before 6 a.m. by the side of the road where the vehicle had dropped into the canyon.

Suffering from shock, abrasions and lacerations, he spent the night crawling up, and slipping down, the 300-foot bank of the gulch. Inglis’ 1953 or 1954 Lincoln hardtop sedan was found totally wrecked in the Roaring Fork River.

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What was, at the time, the largest-ever city of Aspen budget was adopted 50 years ago. The Oct. 28, 1960 edition of The Aspen Times reported:

The largest city budget in the history of Aspen was approved Monday evening, Oct. 24, by a resolution of the City Council.

The record 1961 budget was in three separate sections, one for the city’s general fund, one for the Water Department and one for the Electric Department. Total figure was $379,971.68.

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Local crime apparently took a break 50 years ago. On Oct. 28. 1960, The Aspen Times reported:

For the first time since Aug. 20, 1959, the Pitkin County jail was without an occupant last week and this week.

The last prisoner was released Monday, Oct. 17, Sheriff Lorain Herwick, who is also jailer for the county, reported on Monday, Oct. 24.

The county jail is used for both county and city prisoners. Herwick said he has hopes that the present respite will continue.

The Aspen City Council adopted a considerably larger budget 25 years ago than it did 50 years ago. The Oct. 31, 1985 Aspen Times reported:

Resolutions adopting Aspen’s $26,914,226 budget for 1986, but retaining the mill levy at 3.88, were adopted by the city council during its regular meeting Monday.

Segments of the budget have been discussed by the council at semi-weekly sessions since Sept. 9 and its adoption before Nov. 1, the date the county requires certification of the tax levy, is mandated by the charter.

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A proposed smoking ban in unincorporated Pitkin County, following on the heels of one enacted in Aspen, didn’t get much traction with county commissioners 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

“If I owned a restaurant I wouldn’t want government interfering with my private enterprise.”

Pitkin County commissioner Bob Braudis made his position known to smoking ban advocate Sharon Mollica Monday. Braudis told Mollica and the other commissioners that he is strongly against any effort to enact a smoking ban in Pitkin County, similar to that recently passed in the city of Aspen.

Mollica suggested the board enact a smoking restriction in restaurants, at least to provide non-smoking areas. She also asked the board to enforce smoking regulations at the airport, where posted no-smoking signs are apparently ignored.

While the commissioners agreed to enforce smoking regulations at the airport, the notion of a broader ban raised some hackles.

Commissioners Braudis and Helen Klanderud summarily rejected Mollica’s restaurant proposal. Both are smokers and both argued against legislative means of controlling smoking.

“To use the cloud of legislation is not the way to go,” said Klanderud. “I’m very opposed to passing such legislation in the county. That kind of legislation literally turns my stomach.”

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