July 1929Imagine if this were to happen today.Friday evening a piece of the cliff on Aspen mountain broke away and rolled nearly to town, causing a lot of noise and a great deal of excitement.Attention drivers:Per the order of the Public Utilities Commission all busses and autos carrying passengers must attach a reflector type of red tail light in addition to the red light now required. This order goes into effect August 1st.The demise of Aspen’s mines continued 75 years ago. The Times reported,It was sure a blue day in Aspen last Sunday, when word was received in town about 9:30 in the morning that The Hope Flotation Mill was on fire, no hopes of saving it or any of the buildings near the portal of the tunnel. …For some time past great hopes were manifested by our people that the new flotation mill erected by the Cross Creek company and the Denver Equipment company would prove the salvation of The Hope. …The Times knows that the stockholders of The Hope are made of “the never give up” spirit and will hasten to rally to the support of their property by again coming to the front and subscribing in sufficient amount to put The Hope on its feet and in shape to give the long expected reward.JULY 1954Long before high-tech computers, the Internet and fancy printing presses, the Times was publishing newspapers. In 1954, that meant:The Times is proud to announce the installation of a new Model 23 Linotype to replace the old Model 5 used for many years in the production of the newspaper and job printing. …In 1893, the then owner and publisher of The Aspen Times, B. Clark Wheeler, was among the first to acquire the new invention that would set type mechanically. He, bravely in the face of threats of thousands of hand compositors all over the country, bought a Model 1 Linotype, No 1177, and began the composition of The Times without the aid of so much hard work. … B. Clark Wheeler was actually about the six hundredth purchaser of this marvelous mechanical contraption. …In replacing the faithful work horse of The Times mechanical department the management considered a used, but later model machine and finally discarded that idea as being inadequate.Also new to Aspen …Construction work is advancing at a steady pace on the new $100,000 double chair ski lift now under construction on Aspen Mountain by the Aspen Skiing Corporation. …The new lift roughly parallels the upper section with the upper terminal and the lower terminal is located in Spar Gulch at a point that can be reached without climbing from the trails down the front of Bell Mountain and the FIS trail. …The lift was designed for a capacity of 500 passengers per hour. There will be 92 double-chairs running at a rope speed of 450 feet per minute. The trip should be about a 10-minute trip. The chairs will have backrests, arm rests, and varnished hardwood slat type seats.Aspen received a bit of good water-related news 50 years ago. The Times wrote,L.D. Chalfant, president of the Pitkin County Water Protection Association received a telephone call from Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon notifying him that the House has killed the measure to authorize the $172,898,000 Frying Pan-Arkansas diversion project in Colorado.The project was designed to divert water eastward from the Frying Pan river and Hunter Creek through the continental divide to the Arkansas river valley where it would be run through 7 power generating stations before it was used for domestic water for Pueblo and additional irrigation water for the Arkansas valley. As sop for Aspen a 28,00 acre foot reservoir was to be constructed about two miles above Aspen on the Roaring Fork to even out the flow of the Roaring Fork. Needless to say, most everyone in Aspen is jubilant over the decision of the House to reject this preposterous scheme to rob the Western Slope of its water for future development of oil shale, coal, and the irrigation of thousands of additional acres or crop and pasture lands.JULY 1979The Aspen Institute, and its plan for what is now the Aspen Meadows, was sparking controversy 25 years ago. The Times reported,Trustees of The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies were meeting this week to discuss a possible reduction in activities.That discussion began after a Monday night Aspen City Council decision to deny an Institute request to expand its facilities on the 110-acre site.”We do not intend to pursue this request further,” said Robert O. Anderson, chairman of the board of trustees. “After some seven years of negotiation, it is apparent that officials of the city of Aspen are adamantly opposed to increasing the size of institution facilities.”The Institute had hoped to add a 350-person conference center and rooms for guests and participants. Originally the council had agreed to an expansion of 264 rooms, but recently reduced that to 169.Council, voting six to one against the proposal, felt that it amounted to a resort hotel and feared the impacts on Aspen’s residential West End. …Elizabeth Paepcke called the council’s decision “disastrous.” She said that without the Institute Aspen would be like Estes Park.It was a sad day for local duffers …Play on Aspen’s new 18-hole golf course will not start this summer as previously planned but will be postponed until next spring, the city council decided during its meeting Monday.Parks director Jim Holland told the council that although the course was in “phenomenal condition” for the 16 weeks of growing time, it would “play rough” if opened this summer and would not enhance the town’s reputation for quality golf. Plans for a new Basalt library were shot down just months ago; 25 years ago, plans for the current library were under scrutiny. The Times wrote,Basalt librarian Annette Milliron asked county commissioners this week for advice on how to finance a new building.Milliron said space is so short in the small wooden Basalt Regional Library that, “we will have to take a book out to put one in.”The present building is 10 years old. It was put up by volunteers with donated materials. It is on property owned by an investment corporation, she said, and has a month-to-month lease that is likely to be terminated in the near future. …The proposed new building would be in town park between Highway 82 and Midland Ave. It would provide 2,465 square feet of space on three levels. It would include a public meeting room. Passive solar heating and lighting are planned.As it continues to do every summer, the Snowmass Balloon Festival brought bright colors and good times to the valley. The Times wrote, under a front-page photo,It was hardly a down to earth weekend at Snowmass as 30 hot air balloons descended on that resort to ascend into the early morning air for a little light-hearted competition. Hundreds of local residents, groggy in the pre-dawn gray, watched enthralled as the balloonists spent one morning trying to drop golf balls into the 18 holes of the Snowmass course and followed with a second day spent trying not to spill glasses of champagne tied between pairs of balloons with light plastic tape. Nothing too serious. Nothing too earth-shaking. Just a weekend of bright colors and airborne delight.
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