25-50 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50 years ago

Sara Garton

Courtesy Aspen Historical SocietySheep make their way home along West Hopkins Avenue from their summer range in the mountains in 1967.

Local sheep grazed high-mountain pastures during the summer and were herded down the mountain and through the streets of Aspen every autumn into the 1970s (see photo). This article urged Coloradans to “Eat More Lamb.”Colorado sheepmen, in cooperation with the National Wool Growers Association of Salt Lake City, are launching a statewide promotion calling attention to home-grown lamb. …”This situation of shipping all of our lambs east for consumption isn’t good for producers or consumers,” Chet Price, Montrose rancher and President of the Colorado Wool Growers, says. “Our aim is to sell more good mountain lamb right here at home – and we’re realizing that aim.”Aspen music was making radio waves. The paper noted,

Clippings from the papers and magazines advertising the World Music Festival on Sunday, September 18th, have been received.The program, a broadcast of the Columbia Broadcasting System from New York was carried over its network and heard over the nation.The program featured the Aspen Festival Orchestra with Hans Schwieger conducting; baritone Mack Harrell and pianists Vronsky and Babin. Numbers on the program included “Le Bourgeoise Gentihomme,” Act III of “Faust,” and Quintet, Opus 114 by Franz Schubert.News from the gridiron included a name as familiar for wrangling and strumming as for running and passing.The Aspen High School football team failed to break into the win column last Friday as their faulty defensive play failed to slow down New Castle’s Don Van Landinghorn.Although Aspen’s offense looked improved with Bert Anderson and Buck Deane running the ball, and Deane and Ralphael Mecham passing. The New Castle Tigers had too much power and enough defense to quell the Skiers’ hopes by a score of 4824.This week the Skiers are hard at work planning a drastic change in tackling technique in order to throw up a strong defense against the Minturn Panthers on Friday at Minturn.One thing that has helped the work has been the arrival of two new blocking dummies and a tackling dummy that were sent to the team by Mr. Had Deane.

The writing was on the wall: More red and green lights in our future. The paper reported,State highway officials will again be asked to install more stoplights on Main Street as part of a concerted drive to increase pedestrian safety on Main Street. …

[S]teps that could be taken immediately included making crosswalks more visible and installing warning signs for them; removal of excess signs; creation of a standard 25 mph speed limit; creation of a bicycle lane or lanes; installation of more readable pedestrians-have-right-of-way signs at the edge of town; addition of stop signs at one or two intersections as a trial; and creation of pedestrian-only movement intervals at existing stoplights. …There were four [accidents involving pedestrians on Main Street that required ambulance service] in 1979 and eight during the first eight months of 1980, including one which resulted in the death of 85-year-old Anna Anderson on August 15.Golden aspen leaves are to revel in and to run in (see photo).The Golden Leaf mini-marathon was won by Skip Hamilton with a time of 1:24:40, exactly tying the course record set by Kim Hartman in last year’s first running of the race. …The fastest time by a woman was posted by Ruth Brown at 1:36:56, 57 seconds slower than the course record established by Francie Larrieu in 1979. …All 114 racers finished the course, including two men from Leadville who had the misfortune to continue up Burnt Mountain rather than following the Government Trail at the top of Wood Run.

A Gentleman made an ungentlemanly remark about the refereeing in Ruggerfest 25 years ago.The Highlanders reached the final game by eliminating the Gentlmen of Aspen in the second round of the tournament. Aspen had fought back in that game from a 10-0 halftime deficit before a controversial call on a kick set up a penalty kick that put the Highlanders ahead 13-11.`Another Highlanders try made the score 17-11, and Aspen was out of the winner’s bracket.Coach Buddy Ortega said after that game, “We outplayed them, a good team should come back, and we did. One of these years, we’ll get a break [from the refs].” Aspen won two games in the consolation to capture fifth, the team’s best showing in its own tournament since 1974.