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Judson Haims: Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia

February 12, 2018 — While a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is a life-changing event for those diagnosed and their families, it is not always accurate. Researchers have found that about 20 percent of Alzheimer's cases may be misdiagnosed. Other studies have found that people with Alzheimer's have symptoms that are

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Tony Vagneur: Worker housing showing diminishing returns

February 10, 2018 — I readily admit to being one of the "old school" people Auden Schendler talks about in his recent opinion piece in Outside magazine. According to Schendler, an Aspen Skiing Company employee, we conservationists, preservationists, or whatever, from 40 years ago don't get it – we

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Roger Marolt: Going underground for a new Lift 1A at Aspen Mountain

February 8, 2018 — It is time to dig deep for a solution for replacing the aged but iconic Lift 1A. The new lift will define that historic part of Aspen Mountain and our town for the rest of our lives and until the death of snow by greenhouse

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Art and education fuel young public lands advocates

February 8, 2018 — At the University of Montana, students foster a conservation vision for the future In Missoula, Montana, a current art exhibition includes a cardboard rendition of President Donald Trump's border wall, complete with windows and wildlife doors. There's also a greenhouse made of wood along with

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The power of fossil fuels is fading

February 7, 2018 — Western states that power their economies on fossil fuels need to start getting real. It's been a long and lucrative ride, but the age of fossil fuels is ending, and failure to plan for a realistic future is going to have severe repercussions for folks

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Aspen Princess: Finding my pedigree

February 7, 2018 — I think I found a new line of work. I'm sitting here on the patio at Confluence Coffee in Basalt (please, I'm begging you, do not call it "Saxy's" anymore) and literally every person who has walked by has asked me if they can take

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To save the oceans, save the rivers

February 6, 2018 — "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one." — Jacques Cousteau In 2013, I stood in the barren landscape south of Mexicali, Mexico. Everywhere I looked, for almost as far as the eye could see, there was nothing but dirt and

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Meredith Carroll: Aspen vs. Lee Mulcahy: Can both lose?

February 6, 2018 — Unless you're native to Philadelphia or Boston, you were probably among the tens of millions who watched Sunday's Super Bowl with a super-sized bowl full of indifference and antipathy. Between peak Tom Brady media-adoration saturation and correctly predicting Philly fans would set fire to their

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, think about your passion and connection

February 5, 2018 — Last month, with the start of the new year, we offered a few tips and tools to strengthen the fabric of your relationship. As Valentine's Day approaches, we invite you to enhance your bond by playing with passion. For many couples, maintaining a healthy, vibrant

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John Colson: Our very own ‘man behind the curtain’

February 5, 2018 — And the shell game goes on. I'm referring, of course, to the tendency of the current, hapless and hopeless occupant of the White House to treat every obstacle to his reign — whether major or minor — as an opportunity to obfuscate and distract public

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Andersen: Claiming sacred place

February 4, 2018 — A longtime local accosted me at the Basalt post office last week to deliver the breaking news that the Roaring Fork Valley — especially Aspen — is ruined. He singled out my columns as a sympathetic lament for the incremental loss he mourns as development

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Segal: God in drag

February 3, 2018 — When my wife paints her nails, our kids usually want in on the fun. Our daughter (3) and son (6) enjoy the bold colors of nail polish and the look of it on their fingernails. And why shouldn't they? Sometimes I let them paint my

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Beaton: Affirmative action and all that jazz

February 3, 2018 — Imagine you're born "Thelonius Sphere Monk" in the early part of the last century on New York's west side back when it was a slum (think "West Side Story"). And you're black. What do you do? Well, you of course teach yourself the piano and

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Vagneur: Is Aspen losing its characters?

February 2, 2018 — "Do you think the younger generation will have any characters like we've had?" asked the lady across from me in the gondola. "It's hard to say, but you're right, we've had a few," replied yours truly. "For Chrissakes, you were married to one," I further

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Nothing compares to pot, until you compare pot to nothing

February 1, 2018 — "As a new industry explodes, a new normal of craft beer culture has evolved with it — allowing consumers to come out as proud beer drinkers, now able to integrate the ritual into more aspects of their lives than ever before. Whether using this miracle

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The strong spirit of Auntie Su

February 1, 2018 — Although I have met some truly amazing people, the one person that has impacted me the most is my "Auntie" Su Simmons. Auntie Su has been a family friend since before my parents were married. She worked in a restaurant with my mom back in

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A new way to take the public out of public lands

January 30, 2018 — Two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order reducing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half, Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart introduced a bill in the House that would put local politicians in charge of the public lands cut away from the monument. One

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Beckwith: Method Man and Redman: Time 4 sum Aspen

January 30, 2018 — Aspenites all have their favorite Belly Up Aspen shows. If you ask a group of friends, it quickly turns into a one-upping contest. "Oh, you saw Jane's Addiction? Well Al Green invited me onstage." "That's cool. One time, after Jurassic 5, Chali 2na and I

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Meredith C. Carroll: How to get kids ski-school-ready in 42 easy steps

January 30, 2018 — 1. Have them pick out their ski clothes the night before. 2. Get them to bed early — a full day on the mountain requires ample rest! 3. Gently wake them up 90 minutes before departure time. 4. Gently remind them to wake up two

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Giving Thought: Bringing music back into classrooms

January 29, 2018 — As funding for public schools has diminished in recent years, many have lamented the loss of arts programs and musical instruction in the classroom. But a new initiative from the governor's office aims to restore music — instruction as well as instruments — into the

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