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Our thank you list

It seems strange that last Thanksgiving we wrote an editorial that, in essence, gave thanks that the year was almost over.

In the preceding 14 months we had been through September 11, followed by a seemingly snowless ski season with a record number of on-mountain deaths. Then summer delivered some of the worst wildfires Colorado has seen. A major fire in Glenwood torched 28 homes.

On a broader scale, America had fought one war in Afghanistan and was anticipating another one in Iraq. We encouraged everyone to look forward to the coming year, rather than looking back.



Well, 2003 has served up its own set of problems. The troubles in Iraq continue, our economy remains sluggish and, locally, we’ve seen businesses close in record numbers. However, the past 12 months have been quite an improvement over the ones that came before.

Last ski season brought good snow, and this year is off to a fine start. We had a lush, green spring and a sunny summer. Summer business bounced back to acceptable levels, and the Jazz Aspen concerts were both huge successes.




So this year we should all be especially thankful. Here are a few things we appreciate:

1. The great early snow and the Skico, which allowed us to enjoy some fine powder at Snowmass before the crowds arrived.

2. The incredible Indian summer. It seemed for a time that the fall colors would never end.

3. That the Hickory House is taking only a one-year hiatus from serving its delicious (and free) Thanksgiving dinners.

4. That the four-lane through Snowmass Canyon should be finished ahead of schedule.

5. That the Skico has developed what appears to be a cool marketing campaign, and continues to bring new events to our mountains and make them the best hills in the country.

6. That the J Bar’s experiment with “lunch in a basket” was short-lived, and that we can eat our food on plates again.

7. That there were no major wildfires in our neck of the woods this summer.

8. That we can still get a cup of coffee at Main Street Bakery for $1.36. In fact, we can buy a coffee and two donuts for less than $3. Breakfast of champions!

9. That Aspen no longer uses magnesium chloride, so we can slip and slide around the wonderful white streets.

10. The Highland Bowl, and the Highlands Ski Patrol.

11. That we live in a place where we can all argue and gripe at each other, then turn around and enjoy a great concert together.

12. That Gwyn is back at High Alpine restaurant at Snowmass (No offense, Gordon).

13. The Big Wrap, and the Pilgrim’s Grub wraps it serves every Thursday (except, sadly, on Thanksgiving).

And finally, we are thankful that hobo and former Times photographer Michael Brands finally popped the question to reporter Naomi Havlen (who said yes). Congratulations, guys.


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