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25/50/75

Aspen Times writer

AUGUST 1929Same as it ever was …This is the last week of vacation. School starts Monday with enrollment and then it will be nine months of study for the kiddies.Real estate and “cheap” in the same Aspen advertisement? Such was the case in 1929.FOR SALE – House and furniture, 235 West Main St. Cheap for cash.The Times reported on two separate car accidents, perhaps prompting the action taken in the third article below.It is reported that as Dr. Hopkins was returning to Glenwood from Leadville, by auto, his car developed engine trouble and he had to travel slowly. Traveling the Frying Pan road, as he rounded a curve near Biglow, a car traveling at a fast rate of speed crashed into his car, demolishing it completely. No one was injured. …

It is reported that Prof. Woodie and family, while enroute to their new location in Idaho, were in an auto collision which resulted in the Woodie car being ruined. It is also reported that none of the Woodie family were seriously injured which will be welcome news, although their many friends will regret the loss of their car. …No vehicle shall be propelled along or upon any public highway at a speed exceeding thirty-five (35) miles per hour; said maximum speed shall be reduced to twenty (20) miles per hour on all mountain roads; to twelve (12) miles per hour where vision is obscured beyond a point two hundred feet from vehicle, and to twenty (20) miles per hour in the case of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, including their load, unless said vehicle be equipped with pneumatic or cushion tires; and in case of any vehicle traveling up or down any mountain highway having a grade of ten per cent or more, said maximum speed shall be reduced to fifteen (15) miles per hour.AUGUST 1954The fate of Aspen’s summer arts scene was in the hands of locals 50 years ago. The Times wrote,The Aspen Chamber of Commerce has called a special Town Meeting … The results of this meeting will lead directly to the continuance or discontinuance of both the Music Festival and the Music School in Aspen in the summer of 1955.The story behind tonight’s gathering is a dramatic one. On Monday last, Walter P. Paepcke, President and guiding spirit of the Aspen Institute, made an announcement to a meeting of this summer’s thirty-odd Festival performers, who are identical with the members of the faculty of the Aspen Institute of Music. He said that he had reached “the irrevocable conclusion” that he personally must withdraw for reasons of health, nervous energy and available time from the administration and support of music Aspen for the summer of 1955.Mr. Paepcke suggested that the group of performers-teachers he was addressing in the name of the Institute, consider organizing themselves to take over the complete responsibilities, administrative, artistic, academic and financial, which had been largely his own responsibilities through the past five years. …In brief, Aspen’s musicians submitted to the Board of the Chamber Commerce that they were willing to assume complete responsibility, administrative, artistic and academic for all of Aspen’s music in the 1955 season, with the same staff of artist-teachers. Speaking in financial terms, they said they hoped the citizens of Aspen would be willing to share equally with them the responsibility of the musical deficit of approximately $50,000.A crime remained unsolved, but resolved in 1954. The Times reported,The vandals who entered the Aspen Trap Club and stole shotgun shells and destroyed property some weeks ago again broke into the Club House, but this time for a good purpose. So far as could be estimated, the shells stolen were all returned!

Only the hasp on the door was broken, and the Club wishes to thank the mysterious invaders for the damage can be repaired for a small sum and the shells returned are estimated to be worth nearly a hundred dollars.How about this as an example of the Times tooting its own horn?Most folks shop where they are invited to shop, and an advertisement is an invitation- In the TimesAUGUST 1979It seems the writing was on the wall when it came to Aspen’s housing shortage, at least according to the results of this 1979 survey,A summary of housing needs included in the report show that 250 employees now live downvalley, but would like to move into housing in the metro area.In addition, the report indicates that 505 additional bedrooms are necessary to relieve crowding in existing employee rental units. …Sixty percent of all employees questioned are dissatisfied with their current housing situation. Seventy-five percent of those renting expressed dissatisfaction, while 31% of the owners did also.

The city of Aspen-Aspen Institute saga continued 25 years ago …Hopes were raised briefly yesterday evening that a compromise offered to the Aspen Institute by the city council would be accepted, but were later dashed when it was learned that the final offer was improperly worded.Mayor Herman Edel opened the session with a brief statement about the city’s past concessions and great desire to find a solution to current differences between the city and the Institute.He then made an offer, derived by the council in executive session earlier in the day, to permit the Institute to retain 40% of the non-employee housing conference rooms for tourist use.After an hour’s discussion, Robert O Anderson, Institute trustee board chairman, asked Mayor Edel if the council’s offer was for 40% tourist use averaged over the year. When Edel replied that it was, Anderson said he saw a “ray of light” in the negotiating process that this expansion of previous city offers “just might work” and the trustees would discuss the offer immediately.The informal meeting ended on this note of hope. But as soon as the council members and public left the Institute seminar room, other council members and residents pointed out that the city’s original offer was for 40% tourist use on any given day, not as an annual average.Anderson told the Aspen Times that he and the executive committee had decided to reject the council’s corrected offer.We were willing to consider the original offer of 40% annual average tourist use, he added, but I doubt we would have accepted it. “We may have been able to live with it, but not bank it,” he said.Development also continued to make headlines in Snowmass Village, with the Times reporting,The limitation of growth at Snowmass has been a frequent – and touchy- subject for debate, with various growth control ordinances and statistics being suggested and discussed, but a new limiting factor on growth appeared on the town’s horizons this week when the board of trustees was informed that the town’s sewage treatment plant is not going to be big enough to handle all the development that has already been authorized for the area.The Snowmass sanitation plan is presently undergoing a major expansion, financed by federal funds, which apparently will only suffice for the next seven to eight years.After this, according to Town Planner Joe Wells, another expansion equal to the present one will be necessary.


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