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On the Fly: Handheld wireless devices

February 15, 2019 — Do local kids realize how good they've got it? Growing up in America's only town with two gold medal streams is akin to winning the fishing lottery, let alone the world-class skiing, biking, hiking and other distractions around here. The grass is always greener when

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Saloon Night will support Basalt High School athletic programs

February 15, 2019 — The Saloon Night fundraiser to benefit Basalt High School athletic programs will be held Saturday at Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt. The doors for the third annual event in this format will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $60 for couples.

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Issue committee formed to fight redevelopment of base of Aspen Mountain

February 15, 2019 — Formal opposition has been assembled against the Lift One Corridor Plan that Aspen voters are deciding in this winter's election. Alex Biel, an Aspen resident who lives across from one of the proposed hotels that's in the plan, filed an issue committee with the city

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Dispute between RFTA, drivers’ union heading to arbitration

February 14, 2019 — A dispute between the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and a union for bus drivers got emotional Thursday when a pay dispute could not be solved. Ed Cortez, president and business agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1774, read a fiery statement at the RFTA

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Hamilton steps down from Roaring Fork Outdoors Volunteers after 24 years at helm

February 14, 2019 — A man who helped found Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and led it for nearly 25 years announced his resignation Wednesday. David Hamilton will work with the nonprofit organization's board of directors over the next several months to make sure there is a smooth transition in

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Drug awareness and prevention event will be held in Aspen on Friday

February 14, 2019 — An event to build awareness and action on drug abuse and sex trafficking will be held in Aspen on Friday. The third annual Callie's Backyard event will be held at Galerie Maximillian at 602 E. Cooper Ave. from 5 to 7 p.m., with speakers at

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‘Vasectomy zoning’ argument fails to sour Basalt council on project

February 14, 2019 — The majority of the Basalt Town Council approved a development project Tuesday that allows residential uses in a predominantly industrial area despite concern from one board member who said it is an example of "vasectomy zoning." The council voted 5-2 to approve the mixed-use project

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Aspen City Council candidates hot, lukewarm and cold to Lift One proposal

February 14, 2019 — With the Lift One proposal at the western base of Aspen Mountain going to the electorate March 5, the race for City Council has taken on a different posture than in years past. For sure, discussions about Aspen's housing crunch and transportation woes still permeate

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Survey shows most Roaring Fork regional residents satisfied with their communities, homes

February 13, 2019 — Since it's Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that a recent survey of regional residents showed most people love the community where they live. As part of a housing needs assessment, a consultant for regional governments conducted a survey of residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs

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Forum for redevelopment of Aspen Mountain ballot question postponed

February 13, 2019 — The Lift One forum on the city ballot question asking whether to approve or deny redevelopment of Aspen Mountain's west side that was scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed until next week. Developers of the Gorsuch Haus and Lift One Lodge informed The Aspen

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Conundrum Hot Springs overnight permits are available starting Friday

February 13, 2019 — Overnight camping permits at the Conundrum Hot Springs for the first half of the summer will be available starting Friday, the White River National Forest supervisor's office announced Wednesday. The permits for April 1 through July 31 will be available for reservation starting at 8

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Aspen Skiing Co. extends operating hours of some chairlifts starting Saturday

February 13, 2019 — It's that time of year for the extension of chairlift hours at the Aspen-Snowmass ski areas. Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday that the longer periods of daylight will allow some of the lifts at its four ski areas to remain open until 4 p.m. starting

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The Drop-In: All day gondola laps (video)

February 13, 2019 — If you spent all day doing nothing but top-to-bottom runs on Aspen Mountain and could only ride the Silver Queen Gondola, how many laps do you think you could do? Sean Beckwith is taking on that challenge and brings The Drop-In along for his first

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Update: Winter storm watch in effect until Friday, up to 14 inches of snow predicted

February 13, 2019 — Another round of snowstorms is predicted to roll through Aspen and the Colorado mountains over the next three days, according to a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service. The watch goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday and lasts into Friday with

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Midvalley performance center The Temporary forced to pursue long-term vision sooner

February 13, 2019 — The midvalley entertainment venue called The Temporary is looking to transition into a long-term space called The Permanent quicker than planned. The Temporary will close its door at Willits Town Center in early May. It will continue to host some events in different places while

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Jury hears from Glenwood murder defendant’s ex-girlfriend

February 12, 2019 — A Garfield County jury heard testimony of key witnesses Tuesday during the trial related to Blanca Salas-Jurado's death, as prosecutors presented their evidence against her estranged husband and accused murderer, 29-year-old Gustavo Olivo-Tellez. During her testimony, co-defendant Michelle Castillo, 26, said she has obtained legal

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New River Valley Ranch golf owners envision hotel, resort for Carbondale

February 12, 2019 — Dan and Wynee Coleman have big plans to rejuvenate the River Valley Ranch golf course. After several months of uncertainty and a change in ownership, the golf course is on track to open in April. The former Pan and Fork Restaurant, now The Homestead Bar

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In Aspen elections, Mesirow is top fundraiser, Frisch top spender

February 12, 2019 — Newly elected Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' $250 contribution to Skippy Mesirow helped propel the Aspen City Council candidate past his three competitors in the race for campaign cash during the first reporting period for the upcoming municipal election. Mesirow topped his opponents, as well as

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Aspen’s annual Ski for the Pass event will be held Sunday

February 12, 2019 — Ski for the Pass, the annual fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday. The event is a 4.2-mile classic ski from the winter closure gate to Lincoln Creek on snow-covered Highway 82 up Independence Pass. The event is in

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Filmmaker Pete McBride’s ‘Into the Canyon’ will be screened at Aspen’s Isis on Wednesday

February 12, 2019 — The documentary film "Into the Canyon" will be shown at the Isis Theater in Aspen on Wednesday by popular demand. The world premiere was sold out Saturday at the Wheeler Opera House, so the Isis is holding another screening Wednesday at 8 p.m. The film

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