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Dynamic duo dominates Aspen’s Ski for the Pass

February 19, 2018 — A picture-perfect day attracted 60 participants Sunday in the annual Ski for the Pass up Independence Pass and showcased the skills of the dynamic duo of Anders and Elsie Weiss. Anders had the best time in the annual fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation while

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City of Aspen stepping up its security at public buildings

February 18, 2018 — During a time when mass shootings and attacks in public buildings are on the top of officials' minds, the city of Aspen is making moves to better secure its facilities. As staff continue to assess its nearly two dozen buildings, they've realized there are deficiencies

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Business Monday: Aspen Valley Hospital embarks on final lap of expansion

February 18, 2018 — The fourth and final phase of Aspen Valley Hospital's $178 million expansion project will be contingent on the continued fundraising campaign to pay for one-third of what's called the master facilities plan. The public hospital is tapping three sources for the entire expansion — $50

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What’s the Big Deal: $21.5 million fetches Aspen home

February 18, 2018 — "What's the Big Deal?" runs Mondays and is based on the most expensive property transaction recorded in Pitkin County through each Friday. Price: $21.5 million Date recorded: Feb. 15 Address: 135 Miners Trail Road Neighborhood: Smuggler and Hunter Creek area Buyer: 135 Miners Trail LLC

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Aspen-area avalanche danger expected to spike with next storm

February 18, 2018 — An avalanche watch has been forecast for the Aspen-area mountains until Tuesday morning because of another strong winter storm barreling toward the Elk Mountains. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center anticipates a "high" avalanche danger above, near and below tree line in the Aspen zone starting

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Another winter storm expected to hit Aspen, Snowmass area Monday

February 18, 2018 — If you plan to travel Monday as part of the holiday weekend, expect difficult driving conditions because of snow and high winds, the National Weather Service said Sunday. The NWS Grand Junction office issued a winter weather advisory for areas including Aspen, Snowmass and Vail

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Fryingpan Valley logging project hit with objections from all sides

February 18, 2018 — A U.S. Forest Service proposal for a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley was hit with a barrage of objections from property owners, conservation groups, a logging business and spelunkers. There were 11 objections filed, but two of them were on behalf of multiple

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Tweet All About It: Shout outs, white outs

February 17, 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. • "Excited to have six local #Aspen athletes representing at the #WinterOlympics2018! Halfpipe skiers Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira, alpine

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Willoughby: Charles Dailey and the demise of the Aspen Democrat Times

February 17, 2018 — A couple of generations ago, when I taught an Aspen history class for Colorado Mountain College, I rounded up primary documents to use as resources. One treasure trove had gathered dust in my uncle John Herron's garage: several years' issues of the Aspen Democrat Times.

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Summer of Music to receive $20K boost from Glenwood Springs

February 17, 2018 — The new Glenwood Springs Summer of Music organization will receive $20,000 in backing from the city, same as the concert series has gotten in past years. The money was already budgeted, in anticipation that the city may need to step in for a second straight

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Skier rescued after going out of bounds at Aspen Mountain late Friday

February 17, 2018 — A skier from Massachusetts was rescued late Friday evening after going out of bounds at Aspen Mountain and getting lost. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said Saturday morning that the man called ski patrol about 2:30 p.m. Friday and said he was lost near Walsh's

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Aspen committee chooses Capitol Creek Brewing owner to run Wheeler restaurant space

February 16, 2018 — The new restaurateur chosen to operate in the Wheeler Opera House said he has no qualms with the public scrutiny that will come with running a business in the city-owned space. "I'm very excited about the concept, and one of the things I've learned in

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On the Fly: Trout bum 101

February 16, 2018 — Local anglers are an eclectic bunch. Some are itinerant couch surfers, others live life high on the hog. Some are teens, others are "trustafarians," many are retirees. There are commonalities they share, regardless of how well-appointed they are, as well as big-time differences. They are

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Glenwood Springs may backtrack on South Midland design

February 15, 2018 — If Glenwood Springs City Council goes for anything near a $10 million rebuild of South Midland Avenue, Mayor Michael Gamba says he's done lobbying for state and federal funding to build the South Bridge project. "We can't spend stupid money, and we can get this

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Aspen-Snowmass snowfall in February already exceeds what fell in prior months

February 15, 2018 — Reports of winter's demise in Aspen were greatly exaggerated. The Aspen-Snowmass ski slopes already have received more snow in February than they did in any of the earlier months this winter. Snowmass raked in 45 inches for the month as of 5 a.m. Thursday while

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Aspen’s Ski for the Pass will be held Sunday

February 15, 2018 — The Ski For the Pass classic ski race and fundraising event for the Independence Pass Foundation will be held Sunday. The sixth annual event is at 10 a.m. at the winter closure gate 5 miles east of Aspen. Participants will ski up to Lincoln Creek

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Aspen part of winter storm warning issued for all day Thursday, NWS says

February 15, 2018 — A winter storm is expected to continue in the Colorado mountains all day Thursday and predictions are from 8 to 20 inches of snow by midnight, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS in Grand Junction has issued a winter storm warning for heavy

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City of Aspen’s effort to keep traffic to 1993 levels a success

February 14, 2018 — The annual monthly average of vehicles crossing the Castle Creek Bridge was 22,081 in 2017, which is a slight decrease over 2016. But the number that really matters is the traffic count from 1993, which is the target goal for the community to never exceed.

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Commissioners to codify caucus feelings on pot

February 14, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners took the first step Wednesday toward officially incorporating into law the differing views on marijuana represented by each caucus in the county. With the exception of the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus, each caucus has until July 15 to inform county officials whether it

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