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She Said, He Said: Overcoming the insecurity of making the first move in married life

August 20, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, My wife and I struggle with who initiates sex. I used to initiate more often, but over the past six months or so, there have been multiple times when she said she wasn't in the mood. Now I find myself waiting

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Guest commentary: Quirk in state constitution could harm CMC’s affordability, critical programs

August 19, 2018 — Colorado Mountain College is not only one of the most affordable colleges in the nation, it is also the only college in our 12,000-square-mile service region that trains firefighters, law enforcement officers, nurses and teachers. Consequently, if CMC cannot offer these programs, they will not

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Deeded Interest: Seller beware … disclosures

August 18, 2018 — Until last week, I had an attractive midvalley home listed in a unique, convenient, family-friendly neighborhood. After a six-month listing period, it expired and may come back to me when the current owner decides to re-list. While the home was active on the MLS and

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Guest commentary: Trains on Colorado’s rails are more important than Rails to Trails

August 17, 2018 — Advocates for "Rails to Trails" often ask why we're so determined to keep some of our little short railroad lines going. Two quick answers: We need them to fight forest fires in remote areas, and railroads can boost local economies. In Walsenburg in southern Colorado,

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Guest commentary: ‘No trespassing’ laws create personal playgrounds for the wealthy

August 16, 2018 — Woody Guthrie's most famous song contains a stirring sentiment in its refrain — "This land was made for you and me." Unfortunately, that sort of thinking could get you shot in Idaho. Idaho's new trespass law went into effect July 1. Combined with a new

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Giving Thought: A ‘Night at the Bar’ seeks to provide justice for all

August 13, 2018 — Most of us have needed the services of a lawyer at least once, and they're not cheap. So what happens when you need legal help but can't afford it? Alpine Legal Services is located in Glenwood Springs, serving people from Aspen to Parachute. It exists

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Judson Haims: Evaluate your risk of disease through blood work numbers

August 13, 2018 — When you leave your doctor's office after a check-up and are told that "all looks good," what does that really mean? Odds are, the purpose of most medical office visits is to address a known concern like a cold, flu, respiratory, ache/pain or anxiety. However,

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She Said, He Said: Getting guys to open up can be a challenge for both genders

August 6, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, Since we've been together, my partner has become increasingly shut down. I'd really like him to be more open, and recently approached him about it. He said he's tried to share his feelings with me in the past, and I've judged

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John Colson: Grist for the mill about Lake Christine

August 6, 2018 — I see in the news that Colorado Parks and Wildlife (which once were two separate state agencies known as the Division of Wildlife and the Parks and Recreation Department) will be holding two meetings later this month (Aug. 21 and 27 at Basalt High School)

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Guest commentary: Cory Gardner needs to lead Republican charge for public lands

August 5, 2018 — At Osprey — a leading manufacturer of outdoor gear, employing more than 115 people in the United State — we believe that adventure is open to everyone. Nowhere does that feel more true than in Colorado, which our company has called home for almost 30

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Paul Andersen: Sacred trees root us to the Earth

August 5, 2018 — The Aspen Times last week ran a picture of Jerome Osentowski, noted Basalt permaculturist, nestled in the limbs of an ancient juniper — one of his sacred trees. The accompanying article detailed the devastation of the Lake Christine Fire. Jerome described how his sacred tree

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Sheriff Van Beek: Gratitude and fear from the Lake Christine Fire

August 5, 2018 — Parades were being organized, barbecues planned, hikes and bike rides in the works, disappointment about lack of fireworks but plans for drone flyovers (creativity reigns), with red, white and blue everywhere you look, this Fourth of July was going to be amazing! All was normal

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Mike Littwin: Stapleton must wish his KKK-stained great-grandfather was his biggest problem

August 4, 2018 — It had to happen. Denver's KKK-stained history has gone national. A New York Times story July 24, written by the excellent Julie Turkewitz, questions whether Walker Stapleton's election run for governor will be affected by the state's "grappling with his family's past." I had a

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Tony Vagneur: Bears in the wild seems barely an occurrence anymore

August 3, 2018 — We ducked under young aspen saplings, bent over from a late spring snowstorm, and I frequently had my head down, leaning from one side of the horse or the other to avoid being knocked to the ground. As we reached the end of the narrow

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Roger Marolt: A developer’s dream coming true

August 2, 2018 — Here's one for you: How does a developer salvage a disaster? He unloads it on the government. Seriously, why else would Mark Hunt be shopping his building at 517 E. Hopkins Ave. in the heart of our retail core to the city to be used

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Aspen Princess: As Lake Christine Fire winds down, crews are leaving but will remain in our hearts

August 1, 2018 — My friend Kiki sent me a video clip that's been going around social media of a crew of firefighters dancing in the middle of the wilderness somewhere during the Lake Christine Fire. It's a bizarre scene, really, this crew of men in their green uniforms,

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Sean Beckwith: Gaining access to Aspen’s excess

July 31, 2018 — "What's the password? "Veuve?" "No." "How about 'Gorsuch?'" "Nope." "Silver Queen Gondola?" "Uh-uh." "Goddamn it! You elitist pig! I didn't want to come to this fake speakeasy anyway, you human waste of space. Nice idea for a bar. You know serving alcohol is legal, right?

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Maggart: When the well runs dry

July 31, 2018 — America's Western states are headed for a crisis and how it will all end is hard to guess. The coming crisis can be explained with simple math. According to data from the Colorado River District, Mother Nature deposits an average of about 14 million acre-feet

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John Colson: I don’t dwell in the Twitterverse, thankfully

July 30, 2018 — I should note at the start that I do not tweet, never have and possibly never will. Partly that's because I own and carry what I fondly call a "dumb phone," meaning the old flip phone that dominated the cellphone industry until the unholy emergence

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Judson Haims: Greater quality of life is gained from hearing aids

July 30, 2018 — For anyone who suffers from hearing loss, you may be all too aware of the frustration caused to both yourself and to those people that are close to you. Understanding hearing loss may be the first step in making a choice to do something about

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