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Doc to discuss death and dying

Dr. Charles Hamlin of Denver will speak on “Mortality, Morality and Honor: The End-of-Life-Paradigm” at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at Pitkin County Library, 120 N. Mill St. in Aspen.

Hamlin currently serves on the National Board of Compassion and Choices, the largest advocacy group for choice at the end of life and aid in dying. His presentation will visit society’s attitudes toward death and dying. He also will review the ballot initiative facing Colorado voters this November on end-of-life options.

Following his talk, there will be an interactive discussion.

Hamlin, a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Medical School in New York, practiced hand surgery in Denver for 40 years. He was the recipient in 2001 of the Humanitarian Award given by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Volunteer Services Award given by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

PTSD talk today at Mountain Rescue

Michael Ferrara will discuss his experience with post-traumatic stress disorder at 6:30 p.m. today at the Mountain Rescue Aspen building, 37925 Highway 82.

Ferrara has been profiled in Outside Magazine, interviewed by NPR and CNN and spoke at the annual meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society and numerous search-and-rescue organizations, first-responder groups, veterans’ organizations and outdoor and mountaineering shops.

Ferrara is a former Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy and an award-winning paramedic and educator.

City seeks feedback for Prockter Open Space

The city of Aspen is holding two public information and feedback sessions about its planned upgrades to the Prockter Open Space.

The sessions are scheduled at 4 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at Herron Park.

Planned improvements include stormwater treatment for water that historically flows through the property before entering the Roaring Fork River.

The city is looking for public feedback and opinion on the stormwater treatment plan and other upgrades to the area.

For more information, call 970-920-5080.

Kokomo Pass hike with Vet Voice is Saturday

Join a free hike to Kokomo Pass above Camp Hale on Saturday. This high-alpine valley was recently proposed by Sen. Michael Bennet as a National Historic Landscape because of its monumental contribution to the armed forces and to the ski industry in the United States. Camp Hale was the training ground for the famed 10th Mountain Division of ski troopers during World War II. After harrowing battles and successes fighting in Europe’s Alps, many 10th Mountain troopers returned home and contributed enormously to the growth of the ski industry.

Join Iraqi war veteran and Vet Voice Foundation area director Garett Reppenhagen, who will lead the hike, along with Wilderness Workshop and Conservation Colorado representatives. Vet Voice Foundation is an advocacy group for veterans who want to be involved in civic issues.

Hikers will use the Colorado Trail No. 2109 to reach Kokomo Pass from Camp Hale. The trail begins in the Pando valley meandering through wildflowers and aspens. It then climbs up a steep canyon through meadows and evergreen forests on an old logging road for 2.5 miles to an abandoned sawmill site. From there, the trail gains elevation along three switchbacks to an alpine meadow before ascending up a steep ravine to Kokomo Pass. While stronger hikers may want to do the entire hike, more leisurely hikers may choose to do only the first half of the trail.

Hikers are invited to make it an overnight, finding a suitable group spot once on the trail, or hike on Saturday only. Want to stay overnight but don’t have the gear? Try out the best new gear through a generous offer from My Trail Company, providing a limited number of packs and shelters for hike participants.

Overnighters who need gear should email

The hike is free but hikers must preregister. Space is limited to 15 people. Register at

Art Aspen returns Aug. 4 to 7

Thirty of the country’s pre-eminent art galleries, exhibiting the very best in modern and contemporary artwork, will converge at Art Aspen on Aug. 4 through 7. Situated in an elegant and unique boutique style setting with Aspen Mountain as the backdrop, Art Aspen will provide an intimate environment for collectors, art enthusiasts and patrons to collect important works of art by emerging and established artists.

Art Aspen will kick off with an opening night preview Aug. 4, offering attendees the first chance to explore and acquire artwork from exhibiting galleries.

Art Aspen will be open to the public Aug. 5 through 7. Tickets are $20 per day in advance or $25 at the door. The fair is open Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race returns

Every year, endurance athletes worldwide vie for a chance to compete and participate in the famed Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 Mountain Bike and race the legendary course.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race, presented by Life TimeSM, returns for the second year and is allowing riders the opportunity to experience the famous course over three days in a stage race format. New this year, participants also can form a team of two to three people, allowing each person to race one to two legs of the race.

The Leadville Stage Race will again serve as a Leadville 100 MTB Race Qualifier, giving away 50 slots for the 2016 Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 MTB on Aug. 13.

The Leadville Stage Race consists of three routes covering the Leadville 100 MTB course. The majority of the race is on forest trails with some mountain roads and elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,424 feet.

More information on race logistics can be found at

and the Leadville Race Series Facebook page.• Stage 1, July 29, 42 miles: Starts at Lake County Rodeo Grounds and finishes at Lost Canyon/Twin Lakes.

• Stage 2, July 30, 16 miles: Starts at Lost Canyon, climbs Columbine and returns to Lost Canyon.

• Stage 3, July 31, 42 miles: Starts at Lost Canyon and returns to the Rodeo Grounds in Leadville.

Registration for the Leadville MTB Stage Race is still open but slots are filling quickly. Visit to register.