June 1929It took every means imaginable to clear Independence Pass 75 years ago. The paper proclaimed on June 14,Road overseer Hendricks and ten men have plowed and shot and shoveled their way through the snowbanks and on over the top of the world, arriving on the summit with the county truck yesterday evening. On the other side the Lake County road gang met the Pitkin County builders on the top. Automobilists can now drive over Independence Pass Highway in safety and at the same time experience the novelty of rolling between snowbanks 10 to 25 feet high.The deep snowpack in the mountains, as noted in the item above, became a torrential runoff in the lower valleys.The ranch home of Alvin Sloss on the Frying Pan was almost swept out of existence Monday night by a gigantic mudslide and flood waters.The machine shop was swept off its foundation and farming implements scattered to the four points of the compass. The home building was threatened to such extent that the occupants made a hasty departure in their pajamas. The fields were covered and a large acreage of crops entirely ruined. Al;l night long a force of men worked to save the basalt bridge across the Frying Pan.No lives were lost. As summer arrived, so did ranchers in search of greener pastures for their herds.Mr. and Mrs. John Peczuh and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Aubert of Price, Utah are spending the summer here with their sheep and are staying at Mrs. Peczuh’s parents home, Mr. and Mrs. John Perlo, on Castle Creek.Patriotism waved spiritedly and spiritually in this report about a holiday that is virtually ignored today.This is the One Hundred and Fifty-second anniversary of the birth of the American Flag The Stars and Stripes or Old Glory.The angels up in heavenTook a fleecy cloud of white,And fashioned it into a banner fair;Then striped it with the crimsonOf the dawn’s eternal light With just enough of skyTo hold the stars a-gleaming there!Then with their wings they fanned itUntil its sparkling folds unfurledIn radiant splendor oer the throne above,And God Almighty bless itAs He gave it to the world That’s the story of Old Glory,The flag we love!Today is Our Flags Birthday, and that it may be fittingly observed the officers and members of Aspen Lodge No. 224 Benevolent and Protective Orders of Elks will exemplify the Flag Day Ritual of the Order tonight at 8:00 oclock in Fraternal Hall.A most cordial invitation is extended to all patriots and fraternal societies and to the public in general to attend these exercises showing the evolution of the American Flag, with the national anthem played by the McHugh Paramount Orchestra. June 1954The latest report from two adventurous Aspenites who were rafting from Aspen through the Grand Canyon appeared in the Around Aspen column.A phone call from Charlie Bolte and Earl Eaton from Moab, Utah, Tuesday morning, told of the latest developments of their trip down the Colorado. It seems the motor died, permanently, so a week was lost in Moab waiting for a new one. Wednesday, they started down the Cataract Canyon, and from there into the Glen Canyon, about Friday. The middle of the Glen will be the halfway mark of their trip. Charlie says. The river, so far, has been no test. It had become a new summer tradition: the arrival of The Aspen Institute and Music Festival team from New York City. The paper announced, Mr. Richard Leach, vice president of the Aspen Institute, opened the Institute office last Monday and will carry on the work of conducting the famous Aspen Festival from the Opera House. Mrs. Genevieve Lyngby, registrar, is also in Aspen and she will again be in charge of all enrollments and credits from her office in the Opera House.Fifty years ago began the transformation of the Wheeler Opera House to today’s art movie house. Appropriately, the first movie on the summer schedule would star a part-time Aspenite. The Institute has just purchased a 35mm moving picture projector for use in connection with its summer program. A fireproof projection booth is being installed in the balcony of the Wheeler Opera House as we go to press. The new equipment will make its debut during the Design Conference next week.As in previous years, the Institute will sponsor a Monday evening film series as part of the regular Festival program. The 1954 series will comprise ten, possibly eleven, outstanding films of the past as well as of the present …The opening [film] scheduled is likely to be High Noon, starring Gary Cooper.Cowboys and culture continued its uneasy alliance in 1950s Aspen. Riding Groups Organized: Youre Invited to Join, headlined the article next to news of the Music Festival.The new Riding Club met at the Aspen Stables on Sunday for the first trail ride of the season. They rode the new trail made by Jack Ray this spring to the Aspen-Meredith trail, which they followed for some distance until they bush-whacked down Red Mountain. Sixteen ring-riders met on Tuesday at the old Aspen race track [near the Music Tent] for the regular Tuesday ride. Anyone wishing to join this group is cordially welcome. Meet at the Jerome Stables at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning and 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.The second trail ride of the season will be held on Sunday, June 20, at 10 o’clock sharp. The ride will be up Smuggler mountain and down into Hunter Creek. Riders will meet at the Aspen Stables beyond the Court House on the river. The Juniors (up to age 18) will meet later this week to plan summer activities. Call Sandra Smith, Aspen 4760.The paper went on to announce Aspen’s version of American Idol,On page one of this issue is printed an entry blank by which ladies and girls who wish, can enter the Silver Stampede Rodeo Queen Contest.The contest is open to all woman and girls who live in Pitkin County … there is no age limit and the contestant must furnish her own horse and riding equipment.The queen will be chosen Sunday, July 11, at the rodeo arena. Everyone is invited to be at this judging for the audience will play a part in choosing the queen.The three judges will rate the contestants on horsemanship. This rating will form 75% of the total possible points. The candidates popularity with the audience will be worth up to 25%.June 1979 This summer marks the silver anniversary of the Aspen Art Museum, which continued although with a new name to secure Aspen’s prestigious position in the art world. The paper announced,An Aspen landmark comes back to the people when the Aspen Center for the Visual Arts holds its grand opening this Sunday.Although renovations in the Center (the historic former Holy Cross Building) are not quite finished, The Visual Arts Center will still open with two shows, American portraits of the 1960s and 1970s in the main gallery and Tsutsumu: The Art of the Japanese Package in the upper gallery.The opening is a culmination of two years of planning by the Visual Arts Boards along with the City of Aspen, which purchased the building and paid for the renovations.Says the art center director Philip Yenawine, I hope Aspenites will come and see what they have bought for themselves. …On hand for the grand opening will be Yenawine as art center director and Jill Richards, assistant director, and members of the Visual Arts Board including Missie Thorne, Wes Pouliet, Bob Starodoj, Dick Carter, Julie Auger, Barbara Conviser, Jeff Costley, and Nick DeWolf.And Martin Kahn, Bill Kane, Janet Landry, Roger Moyer, Carla Stroh, Laura Wheeler, and Larry Yaw. Haven’t we all been led to believe this is a historic bridge? A small news item appeared 25 years ago.Reconstruction of the Maroon Creek bridge on Highway 82 has finally started. The State Highway Department began setting up barriers June 13, a month behind schedule.The delay was due to a steel haulers truck strike.The bridge will be completely rebuilt from the steel girders on up, one lane at a time. Traffic will be one lane for the duration of the construction period, which is estimated at 20 days.The headline, Aspen As may soon be no more, alerted citizens to the eventual disappearance of the beloved A-frames, which housed small, quirky, local businesses and were located on Durant Avenue across from Aspen Mountain.No more running around the corner to enjoy dessert at Chip Chip Hooray after a Burger Brothers falafel.A new six-lot building plan was presented to the [Aspen Historic Preservation] commission … The building, to be named the Ajax Mountain Associates Building, will be shop and office space.It will consist of approximately 26,000 square feet of retail space distributed among lower, upper and mezzanine levels, according to the architects.A pocket park is planned, with lots of open space, seating and sunshine. Fountains and a kiosk for artisans are also being discussed.
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A ski season surrounded with uncertainty kicks off on Wednesday. The six inches of new snowfall Tuesday will allow opening of an additional 62 acres on Aspen Mountain, bringing opening-day total to about 160 acres.