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Lake Christine Fire grows nearly 800 acres, type 2 incident management team returning

July 19, 2018 — The explosive growth of the Lake Christine Fire on Wednesday and Thursday spurred the federal government to bring more resources and expertise back to the fray on Basalt Mountain. The management of the incident will be turned back over to a type 2 team, White

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Highway 82 paving from Aspen Business Center to roundabout begins Monday

July 18, 2018 — Aspen commuters may be in for it again next week. The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to repave Highway 82 between the Aspen Business Center and the roundabout starting Monday and continuing through Thursday, according to a statement. Crews will tackle the westbound, downvalley

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Downtown Aspen Arts Festival moves to Rio Grande Park this year

July 11, 2018 — The annual Downtown Aspen Arts Festival set for July 21-22 will be held at Rio Grande Park. Following 15 years on Monarch Street, the festival, a partnership of Howard Alan Events and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, opted for a larger venue that will also

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Polo to benefit Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

July 9, 2018 — The annual Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar event to benefit Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is set for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at Aspen Valley Polo Club. The event, which will include gourmet food and beverages, and multi-course table service for VIP guests, is

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Lots on tap at Aspen Institute this week

July 9, 2018 — The Aspen Institute will play host to a number of talks this week featuring prominent people in their fields. This week's schedule is as follows: Today, 5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium — The Sandra Day O'Connor Conversation Series will have a conversation with Evan Thomas in

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Aspen Education Foundation lands seven-figure donation

July 9, 2018 — Aspen Education Foundation board chairman Raifie Bass announced Monday the reception of its first-ever seven-figure gift. The gift comes from the Altec-Styslinger Foundation and will be designated to support The Aspen Promise, an endowed scholarship fund that provides financial support to make college attendance possible

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Feds take charge of Lake Christine Fire, but it likely will burn for weeks

July 5, 2018 — Federal resources are pouring into the mid-Roaring Fork Valley to take command of the battle to corral the Lake Christine Fire after local firefighters saved hundreds of homes during a "chaotic" period. "Today was a good day. We got some resources in," said Keith Brink,

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El Jebel residents charged with 4th-degree arson for Lake Christine Fire

July 4, 2018 — A man and a woman from El Jebel are facing an initial charge of fourth-degree arson for allegedly starting the Lake Christine Fire by firing tracer rounds Tuesday evening at the Basalt shooting range, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Other charges may be

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CPW defends decision not to close Basalt shooting range sooner

July 4, 2018 — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials defended their decision Wednesday to keep the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range open after fire restrictions were placed on public and private lands throughout the Roaring Fork Valley last week. J.T. Romatzke, Northwest Regional manager for CPW, said in

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Lake Christine Fire: Evacuations extend to Missouri Heights, El Jebel Mobile Home Park

July 4, 2018 — The Lake Christine Fire evacuations spread to Missouri Heights early Thursday as gusty winds continued to blow the fire to the north and make conditions unpredictable. Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation notice for Missouri Heights at 12:47 a.m. “All residents in Missouri Heights should evacuate

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‘Tracer rounds’ at shooting range near Basalt ignite Lake Christine Fire

July 3, 2018 — More than 80 firefighters along with two helicopters and a slurry plane attacked a wildfire that was started Tuesday evening by two people who were firing tracer rounds at a shooting range northwest of Basalt. The fire quickly spread up Basalt Mountain and forced evacuations

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Fire near Sweetwater Lake northeast of Glenwood Springs, crews on scene

June 29, 2018 — A fire burning northeast of Glenwood Springs has caused a closure between Shingle Peak trail and Turret Peak trail, according a press release Friday afternoon from the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit. The fire was first reported around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, and crews

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White River National Forest, Pitkin County increase fire bans to Stage II; no campfires of any kind

June 29, 2018 — The White River National Forest is moving to Stage II fire restrictions effective immediately for the more than 2 million acres it covers, joining a growing number of agencies including Pitkin County to tighten the fire rules going into the Fourth of July holiday. The

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Performing arts center at Willits takes step closer to reality

June 27, 2018 — The group proposing a performing arts center at Willits sailed through the first of two reviews before the Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night. The board voted 6-0 to grant sketch plan approval for the plan proposed by The Arts Center at Willits, or TACAW.

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City of Aspen putting the brakes on parking privileges

June 26, 2018 — Aspen City Council took several measures Tuesday that will place restrictions on parking, including limiting trailers and oversized vehicles in town. Council also agreed to let the city impound cars whose owners have let a parking, standing or stopping violation lapse for more than 30

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Hickenlooper signs executive action barring Colorado resources from being used to separate immigrant families

June 18, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday took executive action barring any state resources from being used toward the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrants illegally crossing the bordering to the U.S. from their children — a decision that's unlikely to have widespread impacts, but which sends a

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What’s the Big Deal: Mill Street Commercial Center fetches $15M

June 17, 2018 — "What's the Big Deal?" runs Mondays and is based on the most expensive property transaction recorded in Pitkin County through 3 p.m. each Friday. Price: $15 million Date recorded: June 15 Address: 465 and 557 N. Mill St. Buyer: North Mill Street LLC Seller: North

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Monday Business Briefs: Investment firm executive to address climate change at Aspen event

June 17, 2018 — Investment firm exec to discuss climate change Philipp Hildebrand will discuss investment firm BlackRock's stance on climate change in a presentation titled "Sustainable Investing: A Turning Point" at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Hall in Aspen. Hildebrand's free talk is part of the Aspen Center

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John Kerry to highlight Aspen Ideas Festival lineup

June 13, 2018 — Former Secretary of State John Kerry is among the speakers and panelists slated to appear at the upcoming Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute announced Wednesday. Kerry will be participate in an Afternoon of Conversation set for 3 p.m. June 27 at the Benedict Music

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Pitkin County not immune to opioid crisis; officials to host Aspen forum

June 9, 2018 — Pitkin County lags behind the state in such categories as opioid deaths, but one statistic has caught the attention of health officials — the rate of patients vulnerable to long-duration opioids. At 38.1 percent in Pitkin County, it is a figure more than double that

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