Top 5 most-read stories: Aspen’s Bosq wins Michelin star; Aspen Mountain terrain renamed Hero’s

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The team from Bosq in Aspen poses with the Michelin mascot during Tuesday night's Michelin Guide unveiling ceremony at Mission Ballroom in Denver.
Sarah Girgis/The Aspen Times

We’ve rounded up the top 5 most-read stories on last week.

1. Aspen’s Bosq one of 5 Colorado restaurants to win coveted Michelin star

After years of preparation and months of speculation, Colorado restaurants have officially earned their place in the coveted Michelin Guide. And in an unveiling ceremony on Tuesday night at Mission Ballroom, Aspen’s Bosq joined three Denver restaurants — Beckon, Brutø, and The Wolf’s Tailor — and Boulder’s Frasca as the only spots in Colorado to earn a coveted star.

For the inaugural year in Colorado, the guide covers Aspen and Snowmass Village, Boulder, Denver, the town of Vail, and Beaver Creek Resort.

Bosq was the only restaurant outside of the Front Range to earn a star. The intimate, tasting menu eatery is run by Aspen native and James Beard Award-nominated chef Barclay Dodge and his wife, Molly.

Sarah Girgis

2. New Ajax terrain renamed Hero’s to honor Jim Crown and other Aspen heroes

Aspen Mountain’s new terrain, formerly referred to as Pandora’s, has been renamed Hero’s to honor all the people who played an instrumental role in the opening of the new terrain, most impactfully Jim Crown.

Skico, in a press release, said Crown’s vision and leadership helped bring the ambitious expansion to reality. The former managing partner of Skico died in a racing accident in Woody Creek in late June.

The new high-speed quad and surrounding terrain pod is named in honor of him and all the Hero’s who brought the project to life.

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3. Aspen tightens timeline for Main Street resurfacing project to minimize disruption

The schedule for the 2023 Asphalt Overlay Project, also known as “Maintain Main,” has been updated to 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. from Monday, Sept. 11, to Monday, Sept. 18.

In a news release, the city announced plans to condense the timeline of the project from its initial dates of Sept. 18 through Oct. 6 as a way of minimizing long-term disruption and facilitating a “quicker return” to normalcy. The timeline was then later changed to Sept. 11 to Sept. 22.

The asphalt resurfacing project will start at 7th Street and proceed along Main Street until reaching the intersection at West End Street and Cooper Avenue.

Jonson Kuhn

4. New COVID boosters could be in Roaring Fork Valley next week

The new COVID-19 booster shots may arrive in the Roaring Fork Valley as early as next week.

National news organizations are reporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may approve the new COVID boosters as early as this weekend. The next step is for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue recommendations on who most urgently needs the shots. The CDC scheduled a Tuesday morning meeting for its immunization practices committee, which votes on those guidelines.

Pitkin County Public Health Epidemiologist Carly Senst has heard the same hopeful news from sources.

She told The Aspen Times that she sees Pitkin County being well-positioned for the oncoming cold weather and the respiratory problems that often ensue.

Lynda Edwards

5. Dr. Jane Goodall returns to Aspen, sends message of hope to youth

As the natural world continues to lose its battle against humankind, Dr. Jane Goodall remains hopeful about the future. The source of this hope comes, in part, from the hundreds of young eyes looking back at her, a generation still learning how important it is for humans to co-exist with nature.

“That’s why I have so much hope in the young people,” Goodall said Monday from Aspen. “Once they start to understand the problems and we empower them to take action and we give them a voice, we give them a choice. They can choose what they are passionate about.”

Goodall, the famed ethologist, conservationist, and activist, made her return to the Roaring Fork Valley after a 20-year hiatus as part of a community youth lecture put on by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Despite her age, Goodall, 89, energetically talked for more than an hour on Monday inside the Harris Concert Hall to a capacity crowd of about 500 people.

Austin Colbert


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