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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – An organization called Aspen Valley Horse Rescue is throwing a party to raise funds to support its mission of saving imperiled horses.

The event, “Galloping Good Time,” will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sky Hotel in Aspen. The cost is $50. It will feature food and drink from Cache Cache, Smoke Modern Barbecue and the Sky Hotel. There will also be live music.

Aspen Valley Horse Rescue is dedicated to saving pregnant mares and their offspring. So far, the nonprofit organization has saved 200 horses and 100 babies. They are trying to raise additional funds to save other horses at risk.

To learn more about the effort, go to and hit the “Help Save a Horse” link.

BASALT – Basalt Health and Fitness won the crown this year in the “best decorated business” holiday contest sponsored by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce.

The gym at 0082 Duroux Lane decorated for the holidays by hanging scores of ornaments inside and featuring an outdoor lighting display prepared by Holiday Magic. There were icicles, blue lights, live trees wrapped in lights, and boughs and garlands.

The contest winner was selected by popular vote, with a close outcome among several participating businesses, according to the chamber.

In the cookie baking contest at the Willits Holiday Celebration, three judges picked “Grandma’s Swedish Shortbread Cookie” as the winner. In all the sugar-fueled excitement over the sampling, the winner’s full name wasn’t recorded. Chamber officials only know the mystery baker as “Kathryn.” Congratulations on a mean cookie, Kate.

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