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March 1979

Millions were spent recently on the Lewis Ice Arena at the ARC. Twenty-five years ago, a mere $330,000 was spent on an ice sheet. The Times reported,

Aspen was offered, and accepted, a gift-sale of the only all weather, artificial ice rink in the area, the Aspen Ice Garden, during the regular meeting of the city council Monday.

One of five owners of the rink, John McBride, explained that the owners felt they ran a public facility, but since it was not profitable they could not continue the operation forever at a loss.

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Their offer was to sell all the stock in the corporation owning the rink to the city for $200,000 and have the city assume a $130,000 non-interest bearing note, bringing the total price to $330,000.

Recreation director Ted Armstrong called it “a tremendous asset to the community … a tremendous loss if it were to be lost,” adding that it could also serve as a community and teen center.

Now a player in the local theater scene, Brad Moore was just a budding actor 25 years ago.

Brad Moore, son of Bev Moore of Aspen, is a junior at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and recently played a supporting role in the musical production of Cabaret, given by The Little Theater of the Rockies. Moore has also appeared in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Man of La Mancha, and Visit to a Small Planet. Last summer he toured small towns of the state in theater productions with Colorado Chautauqua.

On March 16, Snowmass voters will decide on an initiative limiting the Town Council’s ability to approve large projects such as the currently proposed Base Village. In 1979, the future development of the Village was also in question. The Times reported,

Pitkin County commissioners Monday voted to deny the Snowmass Village Master plan, noting even as they did so that it was “an exercise in futility.”

It is futile because Snowmass Village is now an incorporated town and its trustees have jurisdiction over the land within the town’s borders.

Since incorporation, the village trustees have adopted their own master plan which includes a concept of “over-zoning,” allowing growth beyond the county’s growth management plan quotas.

Just hours after the commissioners took their action Monday, Snowmass trustees justified their fears by approving, four to one, a proposal for the development of 278 units on the Benedict property, near the Snowmass Conoco station.

And again, St. Pat’s Day in Aspen was in the news …

You don’t have to be Irish to get into a bit of the blarney this Saturday, on St. Patrick’s Day in Aspen.

Everywhere there are green carnations, green beers, and just maybe, if the weather holds, the first green clover leaf pushing out of the snow.

St. Paddy’s day is a blend of traditions and the first wild stirrings of Spring Fever. Back in the mining days, the Irish families got together for a huge Catholic dinner to celebrate the ending of winter the day of one of their most symbolic saints.

Tradition has held all these years, and the St. Mary’s Catholic Church dinner is still very much the same celebration it was when it began in 1892.

March 1954

Aspen was beginning to realize the importance of the tourism industry 50 years ago. Thus, the construction of hotels was underway. The Times reported,

Mr. Walter Paepcke, President of the Aspen Institute, and Col. Henry R. Dutton, manager of the Aspen Company, have announced that the contract has been let for the construction of the first unit of a new hotel that will contain 12 rooms and baths. This building will be constructed in Hallam Addition at the junction of the Roaring Fork River and Castle Creek and is the first of several similar units to be constructed in the next few years. …

Herbert Bayer and Fritz Benedict have collaborated in the design of the new construction and a like design will be carried out on the others already in the planning stage. …

Present plans are the result of much careful study of the modern trend in hotel facilities and trips to many resort areas to study and inspect.

In another sign of the times, glass milk bottles were being replaced by paper cartons. The Times noted in a photo caption,

Marvin Hoaglund, owner and operator of the Aspen Dairy, operates the new machine for filling and stapling quart cartons of milk. This machine opens the pre-formed cartons and fills them from the 10 gallon, stainless steel tank, and staples them at the right. Persons who desire their milk in cartons will find their Aspen Dairy milk packaged under the same high standards that are used in the filling of glass containers.

The town’s affection for St. Patrick’s Day continued in 1954 …

The public was invited to the St. Patrick’s Day dance sponsored by the Junior Class of the high school last Saturday night. A good crowd enjoyed the Blue Notes Orchestra in the gayly decorated new gym.

March 1904

Editor’s note: Copies of The Aspen Times from October 1903 until 1911 are missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives and the Pitkin County Library’s microfilm reels. In order to continue our journalistic history of Aspen, we will copy excerpts from The Aspen Democrat, the Times’ competitor 100 years ago.

Once again, a shooting in Aspen captured headlines. The Democrat reported,

Aspen seems to be having its share of accidents and unfortunate events lately.

Again was this city startled late yesterday afternoon when it was learned that Willie Taylor, the little 5-year-old son of Mrs. Robins had been shot by John Farrell, a lad of 16 years. …

Tuesday night Master Willie Taylor was taken to the doctor’s office and had the X-ray turned on him to located the bullet which was lodged in his body Monday night. A photograph taken of the body shows the bullet lodged about the middle of his back. The attending physician had not probed for the bullet up to last evening but will in all probability remove it today. The little fellow was suffering quite severely from its effects yesterday.

A move to curb some of the violence?

One of the best things ever done by the county commissioners was the appointment of a truant officer as the number of children that used to loaf around on the streets are now missing and are in school where they ought to be.

There was a feeling among a number of the people in the city yesterday that a time of depression had overtaken our town owing to the night shift on the Smuggler having been laid off. This should not be a source of worry to any one as it is but a temporary one as the men are only laid off owing to the shut down of the old lead mill. There is plenty of work for all in Aspen and this small and temporary lay off should cause no anxiety.

Spring was in the air 100 years ago …

Within the next ten days we will receive our spring car of farm implements, wagons and buggies. Get your orders in early. …

Now is the time to have your bicycle cleaned and enameled. I will call for your bicycle and return it free of charge if you leave your address.

Aspen’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration was a “hummer” in 1904. The Democrat wrote,

Every year the peacefulness and quietude of the Lenten season is busted wide open on St. Patrick’s Day, when the Knights of Wolfe Tone of Aspen give their annual ball, and last night this popular organization celebrated its twentieth anniversary ” and it was a hummer.


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