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Crackdown needed on rogue snowmobilers

July 17, 2019

Concerning snowmobiles in the wilderness: No mechanized vehicles, including snow machines of any kind, motorcycles, mountain bikes, ATVs etc. are allowed off of designated routes, winter or summer, period. All mechanized traffic must stay on...


New city building but what about parking?

July 17, 2019

The city is wrapping up a Transportation Impact Analysis for the new city offices, which should reveal the project’s true impact on the Rio Grande public parking garage. The 37,500-square-foot development — which will include...


Leave us, Trump tells Dem congresswomen

July 16, 2019

Apparently, Dora the Explorer will need to be called in to explain to our current leader,”45,” regarding geographical origins — especially those connected to our Progressive Congressional women of color. How many more racist rants...


Thanks for the colts on my way to work

July 16, 2019

I’d like to say a huge thank you to the owners of the property who so kindly allow folks to see your beautiful horses and their newborn colts. You have made driving to work everyday...


Old skis, boards welcome at Buttermilk this week

July 15, 2019

Attention Roaring Fork Valley (and I-70 valley) ski and snowboard enthusiasts: Want to get rid of those old skis or snowboards taking up vital storage space, but you don’t want to throw them into the...



Teachers, wake up: Check out PERA’s investments

July 15, 2019

Teachers, including retirees, are you aware your retirement fund, Public Employees Retirement Association, is invested in the GEO Group which manages 69 private prisons including the infamous Aurora Detention Center, which is confining about 1,000...


Support solar energy in Pitkin County

July 14, 2019

The Aspen and larger Pitkin County community has been rightfully demanding more renewable energy sources for some time now. Well, our big chance is finally here. Holy Cross Energy and Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District are...


L’arome du jour

July 14, 2019

I had to wait until I returned home to send you a short note about the front page piece I saw the day I left Aspen. It illustrates a few things about our culture, one...


Purple mountain majesty

July 14, 2019

To me it is very sad when people are eager to forfeit the majesty and beauty of these mountains in lieu of a solar farm as a monstrous in-your-face black bulletin board sign, for a...


Keep abortion debate civil

July 14, 2019

Why can’t we discuss abortion sensibly? I admit the subject is complicated and painful. Yet abortion is easy to oppose with ordinary science, basic morality and plain speech. I would like supporters to use the...


Climate hysteria to fit the calendar

July 14, 2019

The Prince of Whales is quoted as just having said: “I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to a survivable level.” Being an...


Community support needed for Pitkin solar array

July 13, 2019

I am writing to ask community members to join Holy Cross Energy and show their support of the Proposed Pitkin County Solar array. The project will be reviewed by the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning...


Sanitation going green, reducing costs

July 11, 2019

Many of us wonder what more we can do about the climate crisis. Here’s one thing: support the proposed solar project north of the airport runway. The Aspen Sanitation District is going green. Who knew?...


Comment on Planned Parenthood went too far

July 11, 2019

I am appalled and disgusted that this paper would allow its auspices to be used by Maurice Emmer as a platform to depict the men and women, the families, of this community who marched in...


The enemy is us

July 10, 2019

1. Thank you to Planned Parenthood for participating in the Fourth of July parade. Maurice Emmer, when you personally become pregnant, we can talk about abortions. 2. Aspen is skiing in the winter and the...


City of Aspen offices a manufactured need

July 10, 2019

The perceived need for the large new city of Aspen office building is, and always has been, based on faulty assumptions. Look at the numbers. Why does the city need so much space? The oft...


Making money at the altar of sacrifice

July 10, 2019

Austen Schendler writes of the Aspen Skiing Co.’s support of the proposed 5-megawatt solar energy project, speaking of sacrifice, beauty and hope, and the foundation of a noble future (“New solar farm near Aspen should...



Beware the ides of marching

July 9, 2019

How refreshing to have some back-and-forth on the appropriateness of protests in Aspen’s small town Independence Day parade. While I initially leaned toward the ideal of the event being not confrontational (lest of course one...