Andy Stone leaving news group |

Andy Stone leaving news group

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” One of the most recognizable faces of The Aspen Times is stepping down.

Andy Stone, who has worked on and off at the newspa­per since 1974, is exiting his job as editorial consultant for the newspapers of Colorado Mountain News Media (CMNM), which operates the Times and a host of other mountain-town publications in Colorado. Stone said he will continue to write his weekly column for the Times.

“I’m leaving because I’ve been doing this for so damn long that I can’t remember when I did anything else ” and that means it’s high time for me to try something new,” Stone, 63, said in an e-mail.

Stone’s career at the Times began in 1974 as a reporter, before he took a hiatus in 1977 to write the novel “Song of Kingdom,” published by Doubleday in 1979. He returned to Aspen the same year, before moving to Spain in 1985.

In 1991 he came back to the paper as night editor, then subsequently became editor of the daily newspa­per before taking the executive editor post. He became editor and co-publisher when editor/publisher Loren Jenkins left the Times in 1995.

When the Times was acquired by Reno, Nev.-based Swift Communications (the owner of CMNM) in 1999, he continued various upper-management roles at The Aspen Times until 2002, when he became editorial direc­tor of CMNM. His duties included working with reporters and editors on issues affecting content of the newspapers. A New York state transplant, Stone said his depar­ture from CMNM is amicable, and he’s simply ready to move on to his writing career.

“I want to do more of my own writing without wor­rying about the constraints of fairness and accuracy ” and anyone who thinks those concerns haven’t had any effect on me in the past should just sit back and see what comes next,” he said. “Of course, I do plan to continue my column for The Aspen Times for as long as the editors will continue to put up with me.”

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Snowmass Center project complicated by phasing, supply chain and legal logistics

It’s been just shy of a year since Snowmass Village Town Council reviewed and approved the final redevelopment plans for the Snowmass Center in late fall of 2020 and just shy of two years since the project was first brought before council for review in 2019. But the building still looks the same as it did last year and the year before. Why?

See more