As the calendar moves toward June 21, it’s high water (see photo) in the Rocky Mountains. The paper noted,The old Roaring Fork is boiling these days and so are the other rivers and creeks contiguous to Aspen, as a result of Old Sol turning the mammoth snowbanks into water.Much apprehension is felt over the safety of the Rio Grande [Railroad] across the Roaring Fork. The piers of this trestle are threatened and the bridge may crash into the river at any moment. The water is rushing over some of the wagon bridges crossing the Fork.And in the Smuggler mine they are having a time with the water and the raising of 3,500 gallons per minute is only keeping even with the water.And in Glenwood Springs, referred to as “The Hot Water City” by the Aspen Democrat-Times, water was seeping over the banks.The Grand [as the Colorado was known] river is at 18 inches higher this year than ever before. It now runs along the lawn for a short ways over by the pool. Near Rifle all are working to keep the stream from flooding the entire valley and taking all their homes on the new flats.June is also the month for strawberries! The paper announced,Tomorrow is the Big Day for our neighbor Glenwood Springs, the day when we bow in recognition of the Luscious Big Red Strawberry – the berry that makes your mouth water.And you can have all that you can eat if you go to the Spa tomorrow. Yum-yum-yum! Nice, fat strawberries with cream poured over ’em and cake and coffee, all as free as the air we breathe.
And then for a swim in the big pool, and it won’t cost a cent.During the day Governor Gunter will address the people at Glenwood and he will have a message all should hear. Governor Gunter will arrive in the Springs tonight and will be the guest of Senator and Mrs. Barney T. Napier.The railroad companies have given the people of Aspen a pleasant innovation this year. A rate of $1.50 for the round trip has been made, and you can go down on the Rio Grande tonight or the Colorado Midland tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock. A letter to the editor inquired,
I would like to ask you to give some information to the public as to what protection we have against vicious animals running at large, if any? Several parties of fishermen going up the Roaring Fork in the past few days, myself included, have been chased by a wicked looking bull which seems to be running at large and disputes the right of anybody to pass up on the south side of the Roaring Fork. I believe the public should be notified as someone will surely get hurt and the owner should be compelled to keep him up if there is a law to that effect or the brute should be killed for the protection of women and children who pass that way. He is a big black and white, ugly looking brute [see photo] with horns about three feet long.Please tell us what the law is, Mr. Editor, or what protection we have got from the brute.Yours respectfully, A SUBSCRIBERGive it up, dear subscriber, the only way out of it that we can see is to run like the blazes when the bull takes after you, or hit him with a club, or dodge his rushes, or keep out of the darned thing’s way the best way possible, or invoke the law which prohibits, positively, the running at large of any animals.A piece of road engineering needed funding, the paper announced.Up Castle Creek as far as Ashcroft, as you know, makes one of the most beautiful drives around Aspen. One of the greatest objectionable features is the Little Annie Hill. In fact, cars of low power are unable to make the hill without great difficulty.The Associated Clubs have the assurance of the County Commissioners that they are willing to assist in cutting out the upper portions by a detour lower down. It is estimated that the cost for doing this will be in the neighborhood of seven or eight hundred dollars. Will you make a contribution of $5 for this purpose?Several months are missing from the microfilm of our newspapers 100 years ago. These news stories are from the 1917 Aspen Democrat Times, as The Aspen Times and The Aspen Democrat merged in 1909. We will run excerpts from newspapers 90 years ago until the microfilm picks up again in mid-June 1907.
More road improvements were in the works, the paper reported,The highway over Independence Pass [see photos] east of Aspen will be a little better at summer’s end.Among the 95 highway construction projects of the state of Colorado’s agenda this summer is more work on the unpaved highway which rises to 12,095 feet at its summit.The State plans grading, stability and oil processing on 7.2 miles of the western end of the highway designated as U.S. number 34 and Colorado number 54.At present, deep snows still existent on top are keeping the rugged pass road closed.
This report of a fire was like a scene from a Keystone Cops movie.The normally efficient and fast-working routine of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department was undone this morning by a comedy of errors.The fire alarm sounded at about 9 a.m., signaling a fire at Spring and Main streets in the East end.Popping to in rapid order, the big fire truck arrived at Mill and Main within two minutes. Stopping there to get directions, the truck, driven by Johnny Strong, refused to move forward.After a few futile moments, volunteer firemen returned to the firehouse for the old ladder truck and proceeded to the Hotel Jerome [location then of the dispatcher]. Having apparently misunderstood, a bellhop instructed them to go to Second and Main. Arriving there, the firemen discovered all was peaceful and so checked directions again. At which point, they proceeded to Spring and Main.Meanwhile, the fire in the roof of Jack Shafter’s house, which was the cause of it all, had been put out with a garden hose by neighbor George Ware.The Aspen Times Weekly (May 20, 2007) asked, “Who owns Aspen?” The answer in 1957 was Walter Paepcke and Co. The paper noted,One of Aspen biggest property-holding companies has scheduled its annual stockholders’ meeting for next month.
According to secretary William V. Hodges, Jr., the Aspen Company will hold its meeting on July 30 at noon in the Seminar building.Organized by Walter P. Paepcke some years ago, the Aspen Company owns a large number of commercial buildings and land in and near Aspen.Purposes of the meeting are to elect directors for the coming year, consideration and approval of past acts, and consideration and action on new measures.All stockholders have been invited to attend.
There were troubled waters on the school campus, the paper reported.Ann Freers terminated her contract as superintendent of the Aspen Public Schools at the school board’s regular meeting June 7. …She and members of the school board had been the center of controversy the past year when due to declining enrollment, the school district became pressured by the questions of budget cutbacks, staffing cutbacks, and consolidation of school buildings.Freers’ resignation closely followed the resignation on May 17 of school board president Nancy Van Domelan, who terminated her position, stating that the leadership of superintendent Ann Freers and high school principal Richard Zbylut was unacceptable to her. …The school board members, however, stood behind Freers.At a special meeting called a few days later, acting school board president Bob George told a large group of parents and teachers that firing Freers and Zbylut wouldn’t solve the school problems. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Amory Lovins weighed in on oil shale development. Will oil shale ever fly? Author and physicist Amory Lovins says no, because there are too many other more efficient, cost-effective ways to obtain the creature comforts conventional energy sources have traditionally provided. …Lovins was a speaker at Energy Forum ’82, two days of seminars and exhibitions put on by the Roaring Fork Energy and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. …”The oil problem is real,” he said. “One thing you can do about is to stop living in sieves and stop driving petropigs.” Lovins backed up his position that the soft energy path is cheaper and more efficient than conventional energy with an impressive array of charts and graphs illustrating everything from decreasing oil demands to the efficiency of diesel-electric cars.In conclusion, Lovins said that every dollar spent on oil replacements is a dollar lost in opportunities to develop alternatives.
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