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June 1929It’s the same today: Construction projects begin as soon as the snow melts from the long Rocky Mountain winter. However, nothing about roadwork 75 years ago is the same today. The paper reported, The county commissioners awarded the contract to rebuild the Slaughterhouse Hill Road to Gus Swanson; consideration $945.00. The work is to start at once and be complete in sixty days under the supervision of County Surveyor Alonzo H. Adams.Wm. Marolt sure did a dandy job in rebuilding the Hawkeye Bridge across Castle Creek. It is now one of the most substantial bridges in the county. Could Mr. G.M. Pyle have been the founding member of the Independence Pass Foundation?When Ed Groscurth motored thru Buena Vista last week on his return trip to Aspen from Denver, he was given a check for $10 by G.M. Pyle, proprietor of the Lincoln garage at Buena Vista for the Aspen Chamber of Commerce to help boost the Independence Pass highway.Mr. Pyle is a booster for Over the Top highway and all of us Aspen folk sure appreciate it and will boost the Lincoln Garage whenever possible.The opening of the pass signaled summer and the return of Aspen’s early second-home owners, as well as Aspen locals’ busting out of the valley. The paper noted in “About the City,”Mr. and Mrs. D.R.C. Brown arrived overland last Friday from Denver to spend the summer in Aspen.Hannibal Brown made a trip over the pass this week to Leadville, taking Roy Porter and Frank Hamilton over to the Eagles’ convention.Here’s a 75-year-old homily just in time for the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen. Its headline read “A Lesson for Drunks and Cork Smellers.”We give this not as a temperance lecture, but to speak once more of the real woman’s heart. …Sometimes, after a debauch, the man would be repentant. He would promise his wife to do better. But, alas! the years taught her the barrenness of all such promises. And one night when he was getting to be an old man – a prematurely old man, thin limbed, stoop shouldered, with red-rimmed eyes – he said to his wife, sadly:”You’re a clever woman, Jenny, a courageous, active, good woman. You should have married a better man than I am, dear.”She looked at him and – in the far-off vision of those bygone, happy years – thinking of what he had been, she answered in her quiet, sweet voice:”I did, James.”June 1954It was a hot, dry summer 50 years ago, and the editor issued this now-familiar warning on the front page of the newspaper.The highest temperatures ever recorded in Aspen for any summer month have been recorded by your Editor as the Cooperative Weather Observer with a high of 93 degrees recorded for Wednesday, June 23.Practically no moisture has fallen during the month. On June 1 precipitation of .09 of an inch was the last general rain. …Ranger Gay Weidenhaft has been sending out warnings to be extremely careful with fire while in the National Forest. The lack of moisture and the high temperatures make the woods a literal tinderbox.In the “Around Aspen” column there was an item about the construction at the Meadows,It has been reported that the large area in front of the new hotel building will be made into a combined tennis court and ice skating rink.And more news from the Meadows campus …The fourth annual Design Conference opened in Aspen Wednesday morning with slightly fewer registered for the seven-day meeting of artists, designers and architects than was first anticipated. However, the usual high interest among those attending was very evident.The theme of the Conference is: “Planning – The Basis of Design,” with programs divided into topics to be discussed with appropriate exhibits and motion pictures pertaining to the subject.The events at The Aspen Institute campus had become a permanent part of the summer calendar, but the following brief was a reminder that Aspen was still a western mountain town. The Aspen Stables, operated by Miss Jacque Buchanan and wrangler Dick Steel, officially opened last weekend. They are located northeast of St. Mary’s Catholic Church by the Roaring Fork and houses twenty-nine horses, two colts, and one burro. The burro, Spark-plug, made his debut last Friday night in front of the Golden Horn for the Miner’s Bawl. This photo caption exclaimed,And that is fishing! Yes sir! When fish are caught like the one above, the fisherman graduates to the men’s division for sure. This beauty was caught by Nino Trentaz last week in the Roaring Fork where Woody Creek enters. The German brown trout weighed 4 pounds and was exactly 24 inches in length. It was caught on a fly.June 1979It wasn’t the high price of gasoline 25 years ago, it was a shortage of gasoline. The paper reported on a paper reporting,Under the headline, John Denver’s Rocky Mountain high octane, the Rocky Mountain News yesterday reported that the Aspen singer-entertainer is installing a gasoline tank near his Starwood home.Patsy Newbury, county building inspector, said Denver is installing a 4,000 gallon tank.Building inspector Fred Crowley said there have been four applications for gasoline storage tanks in the county since the crunch.Denver, known as an environmentalist, is also involved in another of those applications – from the Windstar Foundation.The June weather also made the news, not for record-breaking heat as in 1954 but for being a spoiler.Rain and snow continued to turn the playing fields into mud and to turn the carefully planned softball schedule into an equally murky quagmire this week as the Aspen softball behemoth waded into mid-June wondering if skis or perhaps water wings would be more appropriate gear than cleats. Softball commissioner Mary Sloop, contemplating this week’s roster of rain-outs (and snow-outs), admitted that she was not looking forward to the prospect of untangling the snarled schedule. Thumbing its nose at the county, Skico decided to take matters into its own hands,Accusing the Pitkin County commissioners of everything from negotiating in bad faith to quoting out of context, Aspen Skiing Corporation President Tom Richardson this week angrily attacked the commissioners’ rejection of the proposed Burnt Mountain Ski Area and announced that the corporation intends to go ahead with detailed studies of the ski area in any case.In announcing his plans to proceed with so-called “site-specific” studies of Burnt Mt, Richardson stated that this action had the backing of the Town of Snowmass, the US Forest Service, and the Colorado Division of Planning – all three of which are partners of the county in the Joint Review Process, a process which supposedly requires unanimous agreement of all parties before any approvals are issued. …On the face of it, the Forest Service should have final say for any projects involving federal land …However, the Forest Service has a policy of following local regulations when possible and has signed a number of formal agreements with the county establishing the county’s right to review major developments within the national forest.

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