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Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen Times daily edition will soon be published seven days per week again.
This Sunday, Dec. 19, readers will be able to find the Times on newsstands throughout the valley for the first time in nearly two years.
“We’re bringing back the Sunday paper first for readers, because we’ve had requests for it and we do miss things that happen on the weekend,” said Publisher Jenna Weatherred. “We’re bringing it back for advertisers as well, because it’s a day that people do read the paper and advertisers want more exposure.”
The Sunday edition of the Times daily was eliminated in early 2009 as part of a series of cost-cutting measures in response to the recession. The magazine-style Aspen Times Weekly has been published on Sunday for years, but is characterized by longer, feature-oriented stories. Bringing back the Sunday daily will enable the newspaper to cover Aspen’s numerous sports and cultural events on the weekends, as well as report breaking news and analysis.
“This will bring back the opportunity for a news product, seven days a week,” Weatherred said.
Find the Sunday Times in the purple racks throughout the valley.
ASPEN – The Thunderbowl chairlift and the terrain it serves at Aspen Highlands will open for the season Saturday, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday.
The additional terrain includes the trails Golden Horn, Audacious, Epicure and Powder Bowl. The Five Trees chairlift, serving the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club headquarters, will also open for the season.
At Snowmass, the Two Creeks chairlift will open for the season Saturday, as will the Campground chairlift. The trails that will open at Two Creeks are East Branch, Creekside, Cascade, West Fork and Eddy Out. “Additionally Long Shot on Burnt Mountain adds its mileage to the mix,” says a statement by Rich Burkley, Skico vice president, mountain operations.
The Slot, Campground, Wildcat and Bearclaw trails will open at Campground. “Powderhorn is a storm away (as is the Cirque up top) from dropping the ropes,” Burkley wrote.
At Aspen Mountain, Brigitte Birrfelder will open Bonnie’s restaurant for the season starting Saturday. And at Buttermilk, the Cliffhouse is expanding its menu.
ASPEN – The Wheeler Opera House will present a new documentary film series, Mountainfilm Mondays, beginning in February. The series, produced with Mountainfilm in Telluride, will have seven events between early February and early April. Mountainfilm Mondays is an extension of MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen, a 2-year-old festival held at the Wheeler each August.
The series opens Feb. 7 with “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” a profile of the late, famed defense attorney Kunstler, whose clients included the Chicago Seven. The film was directed by his daughters, Emily and Sarah Kunstler.
“The Fence,” Rory Kennedy’s critical look at a 700-mile stretch of border between the U.S. and Mexico, is set for Feb. 21. Also on the bill is “Somewhere Near Tapachula,” a documentary about a program that teaches underprivileged Mexican kids to surf.
“Freedom Riders,” about buses full of Civil Rights activists in the South in 1962, gets an encore screening on Feb. 28, after being shown at MountainSummit last August.
Also getting an encore showing, on March 7, is “Bag It,” Telluride filmmaker Suzan Beraza’s warning about plastic bags. “Bag It” shows with “Time For a New God,” about Irwin Kula, an eighth-generation rabbi who asks provocative questions about organized religion. Filmmaker David Holbrooke, who is festival director of Mountainfilm in Telluride, will give a post-screening talk.
A triple-bill of environmental films – “Red Gold,” about the battle over the Alaska habitat for sockeye salmon; “Shikashika,” about Peruvian ice treats made from glaciers; and “Titans,” a look at the disappearing Titan culture of Papua New Guinea – is set for March 21.
“Last Train Home,” director Lixin Fan’s look at the cultural upheaval caused by China’s overheated economy, shows March 28. The film earned grand prize at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival.
Mountainfilm Mondays concludes with a new film that has not shown in either the Aspen or Telluride festivals. “On Coal River,” by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, explores strip-mining for coal in West Virginia.
All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Wheeler box office. For further information, go to wheeleroperahouse.com.
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