John A. Thomas Jr.

Aspen Times writer

John Anthony Thomas Jr. died on Sept. 18. J.J. was born on April 28, 1979, in Houston.He had lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1991, graduating from Basalt High School in 1997.J.J.’s passion was the outdoors. He loved snowboarding, camping, hiking and fishing. A memorial service was held at the home of Kevin and Shirley Helmer. He is survived by his mother, Sabrina, and Joe Deveydt, his brother, Joshua, and many friends. So, to our son, our brother, our friend: “You were at your prime, taken away before your time. You touched all our lives with your gentle spirit, your laugh and your smile. We will love and miss you forever, bro.”


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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