Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Aug. 13, 2017) | AspenTimes.com

Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Aug. 13, 2017)

America’s past time lives on in Basalt

As our baseball season winds down and the equipment starts stacking up in the rec office, I would like to thank our coaches who spent many evenings and hot days on the diamond coaching our players and teaching them not only baseball but sportsmanship and team work.

Many thanks to Griffen Jenkins, Alex Seibert, Becky Dombrowski, Brandi Wolfe, Katie King, Melissa and Jeff Bowman, Todd Hartley, James Lindt, Aaron Pearlman, Bryan Donnelly, Jeff Ferreira, Kerry Bidlack, Ryan Kottyan, Mike Rooding and Dani Myers. Thank you to all of our umpires for their hard work with the games. Thank you to Crown Mountain for making sure we had wonderful fields to play on. Thank you to all the parents who helped with treats, made sure the kids were at the fields with all their gear and cheered the teams on. And finally, thank you to all the players for giving the team the best you could. You are all champions. Thanks for being on Basalt Recreation’s team!

Dorothy Howard

Basalt Recreation Department

Some love for the Boot Man

The other day a friend and I walked by a car in Clark’s parking lot and my friend said, “Look, that car got booted.” And I said, “Ohhhh, I hope mine didn’t,” knowing that I was over the allowed time.

Well, sure enough, there it was — the boot on my car. I called the Boot Man and said, “There’s a boot on my car,” and he said, “I’ll be right over.”

So when he arrived we had a pleasant conversation, and while he was running my credit card he asked me if I liked wine, and I said, “Yes.” Then he pulls out a bottle of wine. He then proceeded to give me the very high-end wine (2013 BV George De Latour Private Reserve!), which was left over from the Aspen Art Crush. He told me that I was so mellow and nice to him on the phone that he decided that I deserved a bottle of wine.

So thank you, Britt (Boot Man), for taking the sting out of the boot experience and giving me a great story for my collection of experiences.

By the way, yes, the wine was amazing, as you might expect.

Valarie Fabian

Snowmass Village

Community steps up for Anderson Ranch

Thank you to the Aspen/Snowmass community for helping us to create a fun and successful 37th Annual Art Auction and Community Picnic for Anderson Ranch.

On Aug. 5, the sun shone upon the ranch as we welcomed over 600 guests to our campus to enjoy outstanding works of art, live bluegrass music, a delicious, summer picnic and some much-needed sunshine. The event, which featured a silent auction with over 150 works and culminated with a live auction, was a success on all levels. I am pleased to announce that we reached the fundraising goal for the event. This would not have been possible without the help from the community, volunteers and everyone involved.

We would like to recognize the generosity of our event sponsors: Sotheby’s and Douglas Elliman Real Estate as well as Aspen Magazine, Frame Center, Paddle8, Alpine Bank, Gourmet Girl on the Go, Roaring Fork Beer Co., Rock Canyon Coffee, Suerte Tequila and Valley Valet.

We also would like to thank all of the artists, galleries and members of the Anderson Ranch family who contributed works to the auctions, as well as the generous volunteers, staff and interns. We could not have done it without you!

Nancy J. Wilhelms

Executive director, Anderson Ranch

Regarding RFTA and moose

I have recently had such great experiences with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority in making it possible for me and my faithful guide dog, Hercules, to attend Aspen Institute lectures, historical society events and other civic programs that I sent this email to a RFTA supervisor.

I thought your readers might be interested in hearing about the great job RFTA is doing and the history of moose in the valley:


Good talking with you and please pass on my complements to everyone at RFTA for the great job they do.

My blind friend and I, and our two great guide dogs, had a very enjoyable trip to the Maroon Bells yesterday. We did not see a moose, but one of the drivers told us he had seen one with a calf in a pond a few days ago. However, there seems to be confusion as to how the moose got here so when I returned I checked it out with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

There may have been moose in the valley in the mining days, but no one is certain. What we do know is that the miners virtually destroyed all the wildlife in the valley for food. Deer and elk had to be reintroduced in the 1930s.

Moose were reintroduced into parts of Colorado (North Park and down near Creede) in the late 1970s and the early 1990s, but it is doubtful that many of them made their way to our valley. However, between 2005 and 2007, 91 Shiras moose were introduced onto Grand Mesa just outside Grand Junction. This is a smaller subspecies than the Alaskan moose. They migrated over 100 miles and started consistently appearing in our valley in 2012.

Now the numbers have increased to the point where moose hunting is now permitted.

Nick Coates


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