March 1979Before West Nile virus and mad cow disease, swamp fever had locals on edge. The Times reported,County commissioners Monday voted to require that horses be tested for equine infectious anemia (swamp fever) before being offered for hire in the county or taking part in any rodeo, hunt, or fair here.The action was taken after an outbreak of the disease at the Pomegranante boarding stables, where six animals were found to be infected. Two died.Further testing by the veterinarians in the county has turned up no additional cases. There are an estimated 2,000 horses in the valley.There is no vaccine to prevent the disease and no known cure.Will the same be asked about Obermeyer Place?Is there any danger of the Trueman Center in the Rio Grande area becoming competition with downtown Aspen?Some members of Aspens mall commission have anxieties about fragmenting Aspen through more extensive use of the Rio Grande area.Andre Ulrych, of the new and old Andres club and restaurant, said at a mall commissioners meetings that he is worried about the Trueman Center becoming a satellite and independent of downtown.He noted that it is easy to park in the new area, and he feels that people may be tempted to park their cars and take care of all their business down there, instead of walking up to the downtown area. Two different ski area expansion plans were keeping the P&Z busy. The Times wrote,The Pitkin County Planning & Zoning Commission (PZ) yesterday voted 3 to 1 to draft a resolution recommending denial of the proposed Burnt Mt ski area expansion at the conceptual stage.The Little Annie ski area proposal has moved from the conceptual to the site-specific stage over objections of PZ. The draft resolution on Burnt Mt will include a statement that, as far as PZ is concerned, conceptual questions remain unanswered in the Little Annie application as well.The Burnt Mt proposal is a five-phase expansion to a capacity of 6,600 skiers a day out of East Village in Snowmass. The expansion, on 2,000 acres of terrain, would bring overall capacity in the Snowmass Village area to 16,000 skiers a day.Spring break arrived in Aspen 25 years ago, naked people and all …Aspen police arrested two men caught skinny dipping in the swimming pool behind the Aspen Square March 23. Police responded to a call about the swimmers at 2:40 a.m. Saturday. According to the police report, they arrived and found the pair naked in the pool. Police reportedly ordered the men to get out of the water. Sgt. Bill Drueding said the men got out of the water and took off. Leroy Johnson was found hiding in the main post office. He was arrested and taken to the police station, but Wesley D Wiley managed to escape. He was arrested the next day when he went to the police station to pick up his truck. Police impounded the vehicle after the swimming incident.March 1954Stop the presses …Miss Ginny Horne is driving a new 1954 Oldsmobile convertible.The offseason shuffle was beginning in March 1954, with the Times reporting the following in its Whats New In Town column:Yesterday was the official closing of the Roaring Fork Cafeteria. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the Coffee Shop of the Jerome Hotel at the same reasonable prices.Harry Poschman, owner and operator of the Edelweiss Inn and Chalets, has started building a third chalet this week.We imagine these parents would be none-too-pleased with the comings and goings of high schoolers these days, whose outdoor ed and exchange programs take them across the country and around the world. They wrote, in a letter to the Aspen School Board then published in the letters to the editor,The Aspen High School senior class has been granted permission by the School Board to leave the state on its annual sneak day, according to the school news in The Aspen Times. It has not been specified by class officers where sneak day will take place, but it is rumored that the class will spend a week in California.As parents of children approaching high school age, we should like a statement of policy by the School Board as to the limits of time and distance allowed the senior class for its sneak day. Without such a policy it is conceivable that if enough money were collected from class sponsored activities over a period of four years, some future senior class could spend a month in Australia. …March 1904Editors note: Copies of The Aspen Times from October 1903 until 1911 are missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives and the Pitkin County Librarys 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.Readers of the Democrat were reminded not to be a fool on April Fools Day …Dont kick any old hats, bricks or packages on the side-walk. Dont think you have been so fortunate to find a fat wallet on the street and attempt to pick it up. Examine the sugar bowl before putting its contents into your coffee. Dont be beguiled into looking for rents in your clothing, etc., today. But remember from early morn until dewey eve it is April 1st. There are many small boys and others who will lay pitfalls and snares for the feet of the unwary.And in other holiday news, the Democrat published these two articles:The observance of Arbor day and the inculcating in the minds of the children for a love for nature and all its beauties, is one of the most commendable and praiseworthy of objects. Educate in them a love for nature and you strengthen their characters. Let a man live near to natures heart and he is as free from guile and deceit as are the feathered songsters, whose melody delights our ears.Christ is risen!He is risen, indeed!The end of forty days of fasting repentance.Easter, the most beautiful day in the year for the lesson it teaches. A resurrection not only of Christ which we yearly commemorate, but of our better natures, a shifting off of our past errors and unhealthy habits, and we start out with the intention to live better lives and in closer touch to the Father.It was recently reported that temperatures in Aspen have been some 25 degrees above normal. A similar heat wave was sweeping the valley in 1904. The Democrat wrote,During the winter of 1903-04, while the east and much of the rest of the country were in the grip of icy blizzards, Colorado enjoyed weather that was more like that of spring or early summer than that which is commonly scheduled for the season. There were very few days that were really cold, and there were no snowfalls to speak of. The thermometer readings were far above the normal, the mercury, on one day in February, climbing to the 73-degree mark, and it was not an unusual occurrence to see shirt waists on the streets; in fact, there were many days on which summer garb predominated. The parks and boulevards were thronged, on many occasions. It was a remarkable winter, even for Colorado.And like this year, warm temperatures led to unstable snow conditions in 1904.A large number of men who are employed on Aspen Mountain properties and engaged in leasing, did not go to their regular work yesterday owing to the heavy fall of snow Tuesday and its wet conditions which was very liable to cause snow slides which would endanger the lives of the men on their way to work. However, no slides have occurred on any of the surrounding mountains so far as reported except one small one a few miles up Castle Creek. It did no damage, however.
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