Every holiday season, Aspen Sojourner magazine gives a party to salute Aspenites who have been major contributors to the community. This year, the magazine’s 10th anniversary, Sojourner saluted Dick Butera for his foresight in renovating the Hotel Jerome in 1985, his development of The Aspen Club in the early 1980s, and his generous financial contributions to the community; Sue Smedstad for her tenure of 23 years as head of marketing for the Aspen Skiing Company and her many volunteer activities with the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, the Aspen Youth Center, Response and the Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention; and Susan and Larry Marx for Susan’s commitment to the arts in Aspen and Larry for his leadership in the Aspen Valley Community Foundation.Dick and the Marxes were all out of town for the Sojourner Salutes party, so only Sue was feted by the crowd. (The party was in early December and many people, including some of the honorees, were still out of town on offseason trips.)Also in early December, the new Town Center Booksellers in Basalt held a book signing with talks by several local authors including Gail Holstein, with her “Waking the Ancients”; Paul Andersen, with his “Aspen in Color”; and Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, with her “Story of Aspen” and “Aspen Potpourri.” Warren Ohlrich, who has authored several hiking guides and has WHO Press, talked about publishing.Aspenites Jack Crawford, Gene Reardon and Sid Hendricks recently made their annual trip to Sun Valley, where they were joined by Tom Kennedy, a frequent visitor to Aspen. Kennedy was emcee for “Name That Tune” and the star of many other TV programs including “Hollywood Squares.”
Krabloonik dog-sledding and restaurant is celebrating its 30th year in business in March.Maggie May Butler of Aspen is featured in the painting exhibition “Wild Women of Progressive Art 5.0” that opens Saturday, Feb. 26, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. There will be refreshments served and the 18 artists from around the valley will be present and dressed “wildly.” Ashley Catherine Crouch of Aspen has been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she is a senior majoring in anthropology.Anita Rosenau will have a book signing and reading at the Snowmass Club on Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for her two books, “The Story of Job: A Retelling,” and “The Story of David: A Retelling.”Undercurrent … With all the moguls on Aspen Mountain, it looks like the mountain has a giant case of chickenpox.
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Facing a nearly more than $700,000 shortfall in transportation funding, Upper Roaring Fork Valley elected officials decided to dip into their savings account to continue all funding commitments for a year.