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White River National Forest winter closures coming Friday

November 21, 2018 — Winter vehicle restrictions for the White River National Forest will go into effect Friday and continue until May 20, 2019, the Forest Service announced Tuesday. Snow accumulation before Friday may result in gate closures at higher elevations, the Forest Service said in a press release.

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Colorado’s state parks, campsites and hunting license fees to increase next year

November 20, 2018 — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved price increases across the board last week. This is the first hunting and fishing cost increase since 2005 and the first camping fee increase since 2015, spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell said. The changes come after the Colorado legislature passed a bill

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Volunteers wanted for largest ski competition in Utah since Olympics

November 16, 2018 — PARK CITY, Utah — It's about two months until the 2019 FIS freeski, snowboard and freestyle World Championships kick off Feb. 1 with snowboard cross on Solitude Mountain. Organizers expect the International Ski Federation event, which is set to take place at Deer Valley Resort,

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Aspen Skiing Co. alters dog hours for uphillers at Buttermilk, Snowmass and Highlands

November 16, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. has reduced the time that dogs can spend on its ski slopes this winter because officials said there have been too many problems in recent seasons. Dogs will be prohibited between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands,

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Christmas tree-cutting permits for White River forest land available now

November 14, 2018 — Permits are available starting Nov. 15 for those who want to find and cut down their own Christmas tree from White River National Forest land. Before heading out, people need to know the rules and regulations for Christmas tree harvesting, forest service officials said Wednesday.

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Aspen Mountain will open Saturday with 130 acres, top-to-bottom terrain

November 13, 2018 — Aspen Mountain will open Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing on 130 acres of terrain, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday. Skico previously said it would open five days before the scheduled opening, but details weren't available on what terrain would be open. The mountain will debut for

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Aspen Mountain will open for season five days early on Nov. 17

November 8, 2018 — Aspen Mountain will open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 17, five days before the scheduled opening — though what exactly will open is yet to be determined, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday. "We're opening. We're happy to be opening. We just don't know what

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Independence Pass closes for the season after weekend storm

November 5, 2018 — There's only one way for motorists to get into and out of Aspen until late May. The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Monday it has closed the Independence Pass winter gates on Highway 82 between Aspen and Twin Lakes for the season after a foot

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Election Day voting options in Pitkin County

November 4, 2018 — The Pitkin County administration building in Aspen will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for in-person voting, and the drop-off box for ballots is available outside of the building through Election Day. There also will be walk-in voting Tuesday at the Snowmass

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Update: Independence Pass closure will be ‘reassessed’ Monday

November 2, 2018 — The first closure of the season for Independence Pass will last through the weekend and conditions will be updated Monday, local officials said Saturday morning. The pass, which peaks out at 12,095 feet, closed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday officials sent out an update

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Base Village developers unveil plans, programming for The Collective Snowmass aka Building 6

October 31, 2018 — Plans for what will soon happen within the walls of The Collective Snowmass, known to most as Building 6 of Base Village, have gone from 0 to 100 this month. At a Town Council meeting in late September — about a year after the town

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Snowmass Thanksgiving community potluck, food drive set for Nov. 18

October 31, 2018 — The annual John Bemis Thanksgiving community potluck and food drive will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Westin Snowmass conference center. The Rotary Club of Snowmass, Snowmass Chapel and the Town of Snowmass Village will provide the main meal:

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Aspen allows hybrid vehicles to continue to get break on paid parking

October 30, 2018 — After 14 years of parking for free in the city's residential zones, drivers of hybrid vehicles will have to start paying $4 a day, Aspen City Council decided Tuesday. The decision was a compromise of sorts, since the "no charge" for hybrids was set to

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Aspen air traffic controllers honored for performance during Lake Christine Fire

October 30, 2018 — Air traffic controllers at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport received special recognition earlier this month for finding creative ways to get aircraft safely in and out during the Lake Christine Fire this summer. The controllers received a team excellence award from the Federal Aviation Administration in

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Halloween happenings in Aspen: Wednesday events for kids and adults

October 26, 2018 — Who says Halloween is just for kids? Halloween is the locals' holiday in Aspen as the mostly tourist-free resort town plays host to the biggest annual offseason party of the year. While Halloween falling on Hump Day this year may seem like a buzzkill, fret

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Report: El Niño could bring more snow to Colorado’s southern resorts this season

October 26, 2018 — A good winter could be in store for southern Colorado ski resorts that endured drought last season, thanks to a reappearance of the climate phenomenon known as El Niño in the Pacific Ocean. Weather forecasters and climatologists say it’s too soon to say with reliability

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Aspen Board of Education will not renew superintendent’s contract

October 25, 2018 — The Aspen Board of Education announced Thursday it will not extend the contract of school district Superintendent John Maloy. After meeting in executive session Thursday, the board issued a statement saying it had opted not to extend Maloy's employment agreement that keeps him at the

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Seven Coloradans come close to $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

October 24, 2018 — One number was all that separated seven Colorado lottery hopefuls from a near-record Mega Millions windfall Tuesday night as major winners in the state pocketed $170,000 in prizes. The jackpot swelled to a monstrous $1.537 billion ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing, which was ultimately won

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City of Aspen’s election date change could mean holiday campaigning

October 22, 2018 — Aspen City Council on Monday initially signed off on an amendment to the election code in response to a potential change of the municipal election date. Ballot Initiative 2A proposes to change the date when city voters elect new council members and a mayor from

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Novelist Sarah Schantz to speak on mental health at CMC campuses

October 16, 2018 — Award-winning novelist Sarah Schantz will visit Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Aspen campuses this month to bring attention to mental health issues. Schantz, author of the novel “Fig,” which won the 2016 Colorado Book Award and was National Public Radio’s Best Book

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