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Roger Marolt: Maybe there really isn’t anything we can do about the weather

June 21, 2018 — The message on climate change isn't working. I turn the heat down in the winter. Nothing. I support the bag tax. Nothing. I eat less red meat. I make crass jokes about ecological hypocrites. For crying out loud, I drove a Prius for six years.

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Aspen Princess: ‘It can happen again. Don’t ever forget.’

June 20, 2018 — I was talking to my friend Rabbi Shereen the other day about having a naming ceremony for Levi. I can honestly say that I don't really even know what a naming ceremony is, exactly. I just know that in lieu of having been raised with

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Caught in the crossfire at a Colo. campground

June 19, 2018 — It was a Friday night in July 2016, the height of tourist season. But having camped in this gulch for decades without incident — not even a hungry bear — we didn't anticipate how much had changed since our last visit five years before. We

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Meredith C. Carroll: Aspen True or False — Summer 2018 edition

June 19, 2018 — Information moves quickly during the jam-packed Aspen summer season, a fact that can make fake news harder to decipher and easier to spread. Here's a quick true-or-false quiz to see how easily you're fooled by less-than-credible local stories: 1. According to the weekend's Food &

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Judson Haims: Ideas on what you should do now when your elderly loved ones start getting lost

June 18, 2018 — There's a heart-pounding scene in "Still Alice" when the main character, Alice Howland, gets lost while jogging in familiar terrain. Then comes a heartbreaking scene when Alice gets lost in her own home trying to find the bathroom. After opening door after door, her husband

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John Colson: The Fields in midvalley too dense for the neighborhood

June 18, 2018 — Let me say from the get-go that I believe Temple Glassier and Charles Spickert, members of the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission, are absolutely correct when they propose that the commission should take a renewed and much longer look at The Fields proposed development

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Giving Thought: Introducing youth to orchestral music

June 18, 2018 — Classical music is often perceived as a select art form that's hard to understand and out of reach to all but the most studious listeners and players. But Sarah Graf and the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra (RFYO) are busting this myth by bringing orchestral music

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Paul Andersen: Training myself to do nothing

June 17, 2018 — I needed a quiet place to practice. My backyard in the Seven Castles neighborhood of the Fryingpan Valley was perfect, so I reclined in a folding chair under a shade tree and just sat. What a discipline. Just sitting. And yet, isn't that what I

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Deeded Interest: Powerful intangibles shape Aspen real estate

June 16, 2018 — On a recent drive to Grand Junction, as I drove past Storm King, into the Piceance and eventually through Dubuque Canyon and the tunnels, I had a sudden realization subsequent to deja vu. I had been through these parts before. I remembered seeing it all

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Littwin: Trump trapped by his own desire for success

June 16, 2018 — The word of the day from pundit-world seems to be "snookered," which is being used to describe Donald Trump's, uh, accomplishments in Singapore, where, to put it nicely, nothing really happened. But I'd say snookered is the wrong word. Trump didn't care what kind of

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Cary Kennedy: Enriching education should be Colorado’s top priority

June 15, 2018 — For decades students in Glenwood Springs have been going to elementary school in an old building that was too small to fit the entire student body. The old school, originally built in 1921, had rain water damage, poor lighting and accessibility problems. For nearly a

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Guest commentary: Menconi wants to take activism to Congress

June 15, 2018 — Follow the money and you see who and what runs America. What are the federal government's five biggest benefactors? 1. Finance ad banking 2. Military and security complex 3. Oil and gas 4. Big pharma 5. Big agriculture I have an MBA. I ran a

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Tony Vagneur: Crested Butte vibe cautiously optimistic

June 15, 2018 — The peacefulness is the first thing one notices, the quiet and the feeling of a slower pace. The best part, perhaps, is that the tranquility is uninterrupted, all day, every day. No big jets flying over, dropping VIPs off, no commercial airlines littering the blue

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Roger Marolt: When all Vail breaks loose in Crested Butte

June 14, 2018 — Poor Crested Butte. It must be painful. It is certainly embarrassing. Since the beginning, their mantra and mandate has been not to become another Vail. Suddenly, just like that, they are. Darth Vailer has landed and marched his storm troopers through the central Rockies village

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Aspen Princess: Feeling like the hottest guy in room

June 13, 2018 — Just before Levi was born, I made a very important decision. I was not going to buy a minivan—I was going to buy a Mini Cooper. I have always loved cars, a passion I inherited from my father, the man who taught me how to

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Guest commentary: Newcomers need to know the many benefits of Colorado’s TABOR

June 12, 2018 — The latest Census Bureau data released earlier this year show that Colorado's population has grown by nearly two-thirds since 1992, one of the fastest increases in the country. If you are part of the more than 2 million new residents who have arrived over this

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She Said, He Said: Be careful with that unicorn during the honeymoon

June 11, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, I recently met a woman who may be the "one." She is kind, beautiful and independent with a promising career. The only problem is I'm starting to think she's too good for me. I'm worried she'll eventually realize she can do

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Littwin: Official Unofficial #CO2018 governor’s race rankings, Week Eleven

June 10, 2018 — The question now for the Littwin gov panel and everyone else in Colorado — and the one we'll keep asking until June 26, the last day of voting — is whether the front runners in either party can possibly be caught. I'm going to go

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Colorado should adopt its own vehicle-emission standards

June 10, 2018 — A warming climate, caused by increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas pollutants in the atmosphere, has immense implications for Colorado's snowpack, water supply, forest health, wildlife and snow-sports economy. Regionally, there are now 23 fewer days of freezing temperatures (below 32 degrees) than

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Paul Andersen: The watershed of rebellion in 1950

June 10, 2018 — The conformity of the 1950s blew apart in the 1960s with a rebellious spirit that overturned the cultural values of the status quo. Hippies and protests went hand-in-hand as American youth flexed our muscles amid the tumult of Vietnam. The generational phenomenon that led to

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