Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

Roses to agricultural sustainability nonprofit Aspen T.R.E.E. for taking over John Denver’s peace pole and, better yet, for inviting a member of the Northern Utes to bless the pole at its dedication.

Thorns to John W. Miller, landowner in Little Annie Basin, for thinking that land ownership absolves him of stewardship. Whatever your feelings about Saturday’s wedding, Miller’s exploitation of a Pitkin County loophole violates the spirit of rural and remote zoning.

A bouquet of roses for the many Snowmass Village employees and residents who volunteered on Town Cleanup Day on May 30. Villagers have long taken it upon themselves to care for their community, and the cleanup effort was just another example of that.

Roses to Kingsbury “Pitch” Pitcher for his induction into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Even those of us who think the Brush Creek Valley never should have been developed with Snowmass Village must hand it to Pitcher for having the vision to see a ski area there when it was just national forest and sheep pastures.

Roses to the Basalt community members who are working to create some vibrancy in the downtown rather than just complaining about the lack thereof. The Motors on Midland car show on Saturday evening and the Sunday Market on Midland Spur represent a good start to the summer.