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Roses and Thorns

Roses to Aspen Skiing Co. for scoring a major ski-racing event with the 2017 World Cup Finals. Yes, we’ve had World Cup races far more seasons then not, but now it feels like the relations that were frayed between Skico and the International Ski Federation in the mid-1990s are finally, totally repaired. We can’t wait for March 2017, when we can watch the best of the men and women in the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

Thorns to drivers in Aspen who refuse to use their turn signals. With summer auto traffic increasing as well as bicycle and motorcycle traffic on the rise, turn signals are vital for our health and safety.



Many roses to Marie Gasau, who is retiring after leading the flock as pastor of Basalt Community United Methodist Church for almost 20 years. Marie doesn’t care if you are Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic or atheist. She helps anyone in need and strived to inspire all of us to show more compassion to others. The Roaring Fork Valley was fortunate to have her services for so many years.



Roses to the Aspen High School senior athletes of the year, honored recently at the Senior Sports Banquet at the Snowmass Conference Center. The four graduates exemplify academic excellence as well as athletic excellence in at least two sports. The 2013-14 honorees are Shannon Turbidy and Mary Landis for the girls and Max Marolt and Clayton Crawford for the boys. Marolt, by the way, lettered in four sports this year.

Thorns to those drivers whose heads are, well, somewhere while they’re talking on their cellphones. While patiently waiting a turn at the four-way stop at Two Rivers Road and Midland Avenue, one of our staffers watched as a woman second in line proceeded right behind the car in front of her, blowing by her responsibility to stop. She obviously didn’t realize what she did because she was busy holding a phone to her mouth and yak, yak, yakking.


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