A surprise from ACES

Dear Editor:The proposed conveyance of a portion of the Hallam Lake Preserve by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to the city of Aspen for building a multiunit affordable housing complex came as a great surprise to me. In 1995, Elizabeth Paepcke’s estate designated the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve as a gift for all of Aspen’s citizens to enjoy and protect for future generations.The need for affordable housing should not circumvent the conditions of Mrs. Paepcke’s original gift. As a citizen of Aspen, I understand and honor her generosity, and its importance to Aspen and the surrounding communities. I strongly question why the ACES board of directors and the city of Aspen are ignoring the legal stipulations of Mrs. Paepcke’s gift. What are they thinking?Judith NeisserAspen


Professional dancers return to Aspen to perform in ‘The Nutcracker’

Roaring Fork Valley natives Emily Ridings and Nikki Ferry have come full circle when it comes to dance. Both studied dance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) as kids, continued their training with other prominent schools, and now return this weekend, as ASFB presents “The Nutcracker” at Aspen District Theater.

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