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May 1929

We are reminded every year to never forget,

Old Sol favored Aspen with its efficient rays all day yesterday and our people took advantage of an ideal Memorial Day by decorating the final resting places of dear ones and friends who had passed on to their reward, their homes in eternity.

All day long hundreds of autos and pedestrians could be seen going to and returning from the cemeteries …

All day long three young ladies, Miss Aileen Olfs as a soldier, Miss Martha Downer as a sailor and Miss Dorothy Ware as a Red Cross nurse, sold poppies for the Legion Auxiliary in memory of the boys over there lying in Flanders Field, the boys who made the supreme sacrifice that Democracy might live and Military Autocracy be sent into everlasting oblivion.

The American people should never forget the sacrifices made by Our Boys who stayed Over There.

The newspaper asked, “What would we do without our Hotel?” in reporting a remodeling project.

Mr. Mansor Elisha, the popular proprietor of Aspen’s famous hostelry, is never satisfied only when making improvements.

Right now he is having an ornamental steel ceiling put on the Ladies’ Rest Room of the Hotel Jerome. As soon as this is done the room will be painted in cream and buff, a brand new carpet for the door and remodeled furniture will be in order.

As long as 75 years ago the rejuvenating aspects of mountain living were evident.

D.S. King celebrated his 81st birthday last Saturday by challenging anyone half his age to a 4-round bout, or a wrestling match, for money, moss agates or marbles. Without any joshing. Mr. King doesn’t look to be over 50 at least.

Aspen has always been on the cutting edge (pun intended) as reported in this business brief.

The next time you are in the Mesa Sore, just notice the brand new Clever Electric Meat Saw, just installed by its enterprising proprietor, Mr. Julius Zupancis.

It is a dandy addition to the already modern meat market department of this uptodate store and it goes through a bone like a knife does through butter. During the day it saves many o push and pull for the meat cutter.

Exiting the doors of the Red Brick School, Aspen High graduates entered the doors ” after overcoming minor obstacles ” of a select group.

Last Friday evening the Alumni Association of the A.H.S. initiated eleven neophytes into membership, and the screams and hollering could be heard for blocks around the Fraternal Hall, the scene of the goat riding.

Many interesting events loomed large in the pathway of the candidates, but all was topped off nicely with a picture being taken of each new member at the end of the initiation.

This year’s initiation surpassed all other past events and the Class of 1929 are to be congratulated on being able to stand the ordeal so well. …

Saturday evening the Alumni Association entertained by giving a dance in the Fraternal Hall with the Class of 1929 as the honored guests. The entire evening passed only too quickly with one and all attending having a dandy time to the music furnished by the Roamers’ Rhythm King.

May 1954

“The first armed robbery in Aspen within the memory of many of the old timers” stunned the community 50 years ago.

Hotel Jerome was robbed last Sunday morning at 4 o’clock by a masked gunman of nearly $800 and at this writing has been able to elude capture in spite of road blocks quickly thrown up by surrounding county sheriffs.

Sheriff Lorain Herwick stated that a lone masked man walked into the Jerome, showed his gun to night clerk Norton Seeber, and demanded all the money in the safe and cash drawer. …

Mr. Seeber was taken to the wash room by the bandit and warned to wait 10 minutes before coming out. Mr. Seeber did not wait that long but came out and called the Sheriff’s office and the night marshal, Jim Parry. …

Sheriff Ralph Baker of Glenwood Springs has been cooperating closely with Sheriff Herwick because of the fact that there have been four burglaries early last Saturday in Garfield County. …

The man who held up the Hotel Jerome night clerk or someone else broke the front door in Herald Motors and took $1.60 cash from the register sometime Saturday night.

A photo caption described the development occurring in the area known as the Aspen Meadows.

The Seminar Building of the Aspen Institute will be the meeting place for the first convention of the year, the annual meeting of the Izaak Walton League, which begins next Friday. Designed by Herbert Bayer and built by Fritz Benedict, this building has two circular rooms, one seating 200 persons and the other a few more than 100. Located near the Amphitheater [the Music Tent], this building will be convenient to the new Hotel development now underway just a short distance to the west.

As buildings representing Aspen’s future were erected, other buildings representing her past were demolished. Another photo caption exclaimed,

Down, down she goes. Two sections of the three remaining bins of the Veteran Tunnel and the Aspen Deep Shaft mines are caught in midair as they are toppled for salvage. … the huge structure [is] practically the last remaining building of Aspen’s mining past. Supporting timbers were blasted to loosen the structure and than a cable was fastened to a truck and the frame pulled over. … Another old landmark gone and soon forgotten.

May 1979

Did Aspen take another “step closer to Disneyland” or did it anticipate the demand for more and more tourist attractions? The paper reported,

Despite opposition from Chairman Peter Guy, who said the proposal “represents everything that belongs somewhere other than here,” the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission gave a narrow 3-2 vote of approval to Aspen Highlands’ plans for constructing an “alpine slide” on the slopes of the Thunderbowl Lift.

Several PZ members expressed misgivings that the slide would bring Aspen one step close to Disneyland, but the majority eventually backed the proposal, apparently under the impression that if the county denies Highlands the alpine slide, Highlands will, in turn, deny the county use of its parking lot for the Maroon Bells bus system.

On the other hand, the county commissioners fired two rounds at the Aspen Ski Corp.

The Pitkin County commissioners leveled a major, and perhaps crippling, blast at the Aspen Ski Corporation’s proposed Burnt Mountain Ski Area this week, refusing to give their approval for the project to move ahead to the next phase of the planning process.

… the commissioners approved a resolution which attacked the corporation for failing to deal with a wide range of possible impacts of the new ski development in such areas as transportation, housing, wildlife, other environmental impacts, and the general problems of increased growth in the Aspen-Snowmass region.

After scuttling the Ski Corporation’s plans for building a new ski area on Burnt Mountain, the county commissioners fired a second blast at the Corp by threatening a similar fate for snowmaking on Aspen Mt unless the corporation reverses its decision to shorten the ski season. …

[Attorney] Gideon Kaufman, representing local property owners who have long opposed the snowmaking, pointed out to the commissioners that the original purpose of snowmaking for Little Nell was to insure good conditions in the early season.

… Ski Corp has decided to eliminate the first two weeks of the 198o ski season by not opening the Aspen Mt lifts until Dec. 6, thus possibly cutting down on the need for snowmaking.

Commissioner Michael Kingsley said he would only vote to approve snowmaking if the Corp agreed to roll back the opening to the traditional Thanksgiving date.

The commissioners then agreed to table further discussion until the Ski Corp was able to respond.

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