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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The Basalt Town Council honored six students of the month and one citizen of the month at its meeting last week.

Each month, the council recognizes students for following one of the Six Pillars of Character. January’s characteristic was fairness.

The students who were honored from Basalt Elementary School were Amelia Allen and Benjamin Limongelli. From Basalt Middle School, Yulisa Ramirez and Jack Huggard were honored. The students from Basalt High School who were awarded were Sara Pearson and Jace Cheatham.

Each students received a certificate from the council as well as a free pass to the Basalt swimming pool next summer.

The council also recognized Angela Meraz as the citizen of the month.

“Angela Meraz has dedicated her time and shared her talents by providing organizational abilities and much enthusiasm as chair of the Basalt Arts and Social Happenings (BASH) committee,” said a proclamation in her honor.

The BASH committee organized numerous community events designed to build community camaraderie and boost business.

ASPEN – Aspen’s Little Nell hotel earned AAA’s exclusive Five Diamond Award for the 21st consecutive year in 2012.

The highest rating is in recognition of “top-quality service and facilities that consistently exceed guest expectations,” said Tony DeNovellis, president of AAA Colorado in a statement. “It is truly a significant accomplishment to achieve the highest level of hospitality and to maintain it on a continual basis, over a number of years.”

Only four Colorado lodges and one restaurant received the Five Diamond Award. The other hotels to earn the highest ranking were The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek; The Ritz-Carlton, Denver; and the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The Penrose Room at the Broadmoor is the only Five Diamond restaurant in Colorado. Montagna, the restaurant at The Little Nell, earned AAA’s Four Diamond Award.

Other Aspen properties were also recognized by AAA. The Hotel Jerome and St. Regis Aspen Resort were Four Diamond Award winners. The restaurant Syzgy also received a Four Diamond Award.

AAA reaches its conclusions through unannounced inspections of lodgings and restaurants where cleanliness, safety, ambiance, amenities and service are inspected.

CARBONDALE – Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale will host an event Monday to benefit the 5Point Film Festival. The evening will include a five-course dinner paired with five beers from Ft. Collins’ New Belgium Brewing.

Making appearances will be five athletes – climbers Tommy Caldwell and Craig DeMartino, Everest guide Linden Mallory, adventurer Amanda Boxtel and water advocate Wende Valentine – sharing their stories.

The 5Point Film Festival will hold its fifth annual gathering April 26-29 in Carbondale. For further information, go to

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