Noon whistle: Can’t set your watch by it |

Noon whistle: Can’t set your watch by it

John Colson

For a town obsessed in so many ways with so many things, time appears not to be a matter of great concern to most Aspenites.

At least, that’s one conclusion to be drawn from the fact that the town’s noon siren has been off by a quarter-hour for several days and no one seems to have noticed.

Or, if anyone noticed, he didn’t care enough to make a call to correct the situation.

Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob said Wednesday that he hadn’t noticed anything wrong with the siren. It is set to give off one blast, automatically, at noon every day, but it has been sounding off 15 minutes late for the past couple of days.

Chuckling to himself, Grob said, “It might have happened on Monday, when the power went out for a little while. It probably put our timer a little bit off, I’d guess.”

Crews working in the installation of fiber-optic cable for the ATT Cable franchise cut into an underground city power main Monday, cutting off power to most of the downtown area for a short time.

Grob said he would have expected someone to call before Wednesday to report the errant whistle and get it back on the right schedule.

“That is strange,” he mused.

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