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Willoughby: Rapscallions vs. speculators — who’s to blame?

May 19, 2018 — "Every miner knows of mines which will yield very rich specimens for assay, the mine itself being worthless," the Mining Industry and Tradesman opined in April 1892. Mining publications and local newspapers commonly assumed the most optimistic view of any discovery, and rarely suggested skullduggery

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Write for invite

May 19, 2018 — Each week, we pick out our favorite and not-so-favorite tweets (at least those that are printable) about Aspen and display them on Sunday's page A2. • "To Madelyne Leibinger and her parents, thank you for empowering others with your story. @EDCareDenver was honored to be

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City of Aspen celebrates Arbor Day with tree giveaway

May 18, 2018 — On this Arbor Day, city of Aspen foresters are celebrating trees while at the same time trying to protect the urban inventory from development. As neighborhoods like the West End see homes torn down and redeveloped, often the trees go with them. Many of them

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On the Fly: Love and tarpon

May 18, 2018 — With the freestone rivers running brown, many anglers start thinking blue. For some, casting a fly into the salty unknown is as good as it gets — whether that be walking flats in search of bonefish, chasing the elusive tailing permit, or casting into the

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News Briefs: Roadwork in Aspen and Marble; rally for Basalt police

May 18, 2018 — Rockfall work in Marble A contractor will begin a months-long project Monday on Highway 133 near the Marble turn-off to control erosion and rock fall near the road, according to a statement. The $1.3 million project, scheduled to last until mid-October, will concentrate on the

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Aspen Times’ Roses and Thorns

May 18, 2018 — • Roses to the city of Aspen for allowing at least two streets free of orange construction cones. And even more roses to the city if it puts its $51,000 new logo on the existing street cones. • Yet the city deserves a thorn or

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Show support for Basalt officers Saturday during National Police Week

May 18, 2018 — The wives of Basalt police officers will host an event Saturday to celebrate National Police Week. The wives will have a table outside at the El Jebel City Market from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday to collect signatures on a special message to the officers.

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Sloan Shoemaker stepping down from Wilderness Workshop

May 17, 2018 — Sloan Shoemaker, the head of the environmental watchdog group Wilderness Workshop, announced his resignation Thursday in what the nonprofit organization called a "bittersweet moment." Shoemaker, who was the Carbondale group's executive director for 21 years, will be replaced by its conservation director, Will Roush. Shoemaker's

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New Aspen restaurant heading for government review

May 17, 2018 — The restaurant group that owns the White House Tavern in downtown Aspen is preparing to develop the building next door for another restaurant. Hillstone Restaurant Group Inc. is proposing to tear down the current building where the Aspen Brewery and Over Easy restaurant once lived.

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New plan submitted for mixed uses, expanded park at Basalt’s Pan and Fork site

May 17, 2018 — A developer with an option to buy the former Pan and Fork parcel in Basalt submitted an application Wednesday that seeks approval of free-market rowhouses and such public amenities as a home for the Art Base, a visitors' center, affordable housing and a coffeehouse. Basalt

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A Global Community

May 17, 2018 — On a recent afternoon, 14 middle school students from Chamonix, France, gathered at the Aspen Historical Society for a presentation on the history of Native Americans in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Historical Society's Nina Gabianelli told the French audience the creation story of the

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Skico employees foundation awards record amount for environmental causes

May 17, 2018 — The Aspen Skiing Co. employees' Environment Foundation handed out a record $140,710 in grants to 23 projects in the latest cycle. The foundation awarded multi-year grants to two institutions in the local green community — Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.

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On the links: The maddening nonsense that is the sport of golf

May 16, 2018 — After a nearly eight-month hiatus, I played my first round of golf last week at Basalt High School's fundraising tournament, held at the beautiful Roaring Fork Golf Club. For the most part, the feeling of getting a club back in my hands felt great, and

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Crystal Valley Trail would be built in phases

May 16, 2018 — CARBONDALE — Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials said Wednesday they will phase possible construction of the Carbondale to Crested Butte trail starting with the section climbing from Redstone to the top of McClure Pass. That 7-mile stretch of narrow dirt trail is the

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Forest Service seeks comments on Skico’s plan to expand Aspen Mountain terrain, snowmaking

May 16, 2018 — The public is getting its chance to comment on Aspen Skiing Co.'s proposal to add the Pandora terrain to Aspen Mountain and enlarge the snowmaking system at the mountaintop. The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it will hold a public open house to discuss the

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Skico: No skiing on Aspen Mountain during Memorial Day weekend

May 16, 2018 — Lift-served skiing on Aspen Mountain has been ruled out when the Silver Queen Gondola fires up for the summer season May 26, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday. "Unfortunately we confirmed (Tuesday) that there will be no skiing on Memorial Day when we

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Sure sign of summer —Sky Mtn Park, Glassier trails open today in Aspen area

May 16, 2018 — The riding has already been great for local mountain bikers and it's about to get better. Sky Mountain Park and the Glassier Trail open for the season today. The opening of Sky Mountain Park includes the Seven Star Trail on the west side of Brush

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Aspen officials, developers agree on a new lift alignment at base of Ajax

May 15, 2018 — The proverbial bullwheel for a new chairlift at the base of Aspen Mountain's west side has been set in motion, now that developers and city planners have the go ahead to bring the alignment down to Dean Street — or close to it. Aspen City

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Most campgrounds open Friday in Aspen’s Great Outdoors

May 15, 2018 — Hundreds of camping sites from east of Aspen to near Marble and from Maroon Valley to Ruedi Reservoir will open in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District for the summer Friday. A concessionaire for the U.S. Forest Service is opening most of the campgrounds while the agency

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Feds aim to seize Texas doc’s Ritz-Carlton fractional at Aspen Highlands

May 15, 2018 — A criminal case involving a Texas physician federally indicted for a $240 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme is reverberating in Aspen. On Monday, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada of Mission, Texas, was charged in a seven-count indictment related to performing unnecessary medical procedures on

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