Editor’s note: Silver Pen Award
The Roaring Fork Valley if full of residents with strong opinions, and that’s why The Aspen Times has decided to recognize our finest letter writers with a monthly Silver Pen Award. We’ll take a look at the letters to the editor we have printed each month and deem one the best – whether that’s because it’s particularly well-informed, well-written, or just more pithy or witty than all of the rest. The monthly award winner will receive an Aspen Times silver pen, and will be one of the 12 people in the running at the beginning of each June for the Freddie Fisher Irreverent Wit “Fishwit” Prize, in cooperation with the Aspen Historical Society. The prize is awarded each year on Fisher’s birthday in honor of the longtime local who exceeded at writing regular letters to the newspaper.To enter, simply write us a letter to the editor. As usual, our writing guidelines call for letters that are less than 500 words in length, include the writer’s name, address and phone number (for verification, not for publication.) E-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject box, so it is easily distinguishable from the junk mail we receive. Or, mail or hand-deliver your letter to The Aspen Times at 310 E. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611.
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The town of Basalt is working on an update to its 2007 master plan. The document will be a blueprint for how and where the town will grow. But the family that has owned a 180-acre ranch at the edge of town for nearly 60 years objected Tuesday to the document’s parameters for its property.