Use your head when celebrating today

It’s dry out there, and we encourage Fourth of July revelers to use their heads when soaking in the festivities.Pitkin County has a fire ban that outlaws smoking outdoors, open fires and explosives. And there’s also a fire ban on federal lands.Saying that, we implore folks to be careful out there today. It’s that dry, and any boneheaded move with fire-engaging devices could result in a nasty blaze.And while sparklers are legal, those who must use them should use them in “the safest way possible,” says Ron Ryan of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Today is intended to be a celebratory one, and using common sense will keep it that way. Tonight’s fireworks at the Aspen Golf Club will crown the festivities, and local firefighters will be overseeing the exhibition. Let’s leave the fireworks to the firefighters.And in the meantime, have a happy – and safe – Fourth.


Genstar’s Jean-Pierre Conte sued in Aspen by ex-girlfriend Hillary Thomas

The former girlfriend of Jean-Pierre Conte, the chairman and managing director of the private equity firm Genstar Capital, filed suit Thursday in Aspen claiming that Conte committed assault, battery, and violated the terms of a 2021 separation agreement. Hillary Thomas claims in her lawsuit that during her more than nine years with Conte, she helped parent his four children and her two children “whom they raised in a blended family.”

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