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Roses and thorns

Roses to the groomers who have kept the slopes skiable despite the dry spell that’s going into its fifth week (and hopefully about to end).

Thorns to the Colorado Department of Transportation and city of Glenwood Springs for not resurfacing Midland Avenue and Seventh Street before starting the work on the Grand Avenue Bridge project. Midland Avenue is a minefield thanks to all the potholes. Now they’re going to be forced to improve those roads while traffic is already affected by the bridge work.

Roses to the scores of alpine and nordic volunteers who assisted at the Colorado High School Skiing Championships in Aspen last weekend, devoting long days to support the high school student-athletes.

Thorns to the knucklehead adults at the Colorado High School Skiing Championships who insisted on bringing their dogs to the races at Aspen Highlands in spite of signs prohibiting such. Their thoughtless actions forced other fans and spectators to do the doggie doo-doo slalom at the base of the racecourse at Highlands.

Roses in memory of Rick Griffin, a beloved member of the Snowmass Village community who left this world Feb. 26. Rick was always kind, quick with a laugh, highly visible in the Aspen-Snowmass real estate community and dedicated to serving the public. He will be sorely missed.

Thorns to the Colorado Republican Committee for doing away with the presidential-preference polls in this year’s caucuses. The Pitkin County caucus was lackluster. While delegates were chosen, the lack of an official straw poll left some voters feeling as if their voices were not heard. Delegates go on to the state assembly to vote, but on whose behalf? The lack of official polls means they’re not bound to a particular candidate, but the lack of straw polls also suggests they’re not even sure which candidates their respective county’s constituents support.


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