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Basalt council votes to push for relocation of shooting range

August 14, 2018 — Basalt town government will lobby Colorado Parks and Wildlife to relocate the shooting range that's been part of the town for roughly 50 years to a new, "suitable" location. If a new site cannot be found, the town wants the state agency to address public

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Mountain biking clinic Saturday

August 14, 2018 — Intermediate mountain bikers aiming to improve their skills on climbing and ascending single-track switch backs can attend a clinic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The clinic, which costs $50, is limited to five riders and will be held on the Rim Trail in Snowmass.

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Snowmass history: Bringing in butter from Brush Creek

August 14, 2018 — The following excerpt by Anne M. Gilbert, "Rural people with connections; Farm and Ranch families in the Roaring Fork Valley," was published in 1992. "Ranch women spent most of their days growing, raising, storing, and cooking food; usually taking charge of dairying, caring for large

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Meet Snowmass Town Council for ‘Get the Scoop’ before group photo Thursday

August 14, 2018 — Before the final free concert of the summer kicks off Thursday, the Snowmass Village Town Council will host "Get the Scoop" at Fanny Hill beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members of Town Council will offer free ice cream and be available to discuss any topic of

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Zoppé Italian Family Circus back in Snowmass Base Village

August 14, 2018 — Giovanni Zoppé believes Snowmass Village is an "extra special" destination to recreate his family's 176-year-old traveling circus because its small mountain town setting is how he imagines the show's early days overseas. "It's like a little European village," Giovanni, a sixth-generation Zoppé performer who stars

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Snowmass Town Council reviews regulations for pot shops, mayor no longer combating them

August 14, 2018 — Although still adamant that pot shops and the village do not mix, Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler said she is done advocating for a town vote on the matter. "I've tried three times now," a defeated Butler said to the Snowmass Sun after a Town Council

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Marolt: It’s no big deal if you voted for Base Village, unless you now deny it

August 14, 2018 — I think it is time to set up some rules for complaining about Base Village. First of all, let there be no more railing about the size and design. Yes, it's horrific in both regards, but there is nothing we can do about it. If

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Gustafson: Maximizing minimalism on the road again

August 14, 2018 — Once again I find myself climbing behind the steering wheel for a dose of wanderlust as administered one Midwestern pit stop at a time. My kids and I hit the road last week, determined to end the school calendar summer with at least one more

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Independence Pass trails: Midway Pass hike (video)

August 14, 2018 — On this episode of The Drop-In we head up Independence Pass and check out Midway trail to Midway Pass. The full hike is an overnight trip that takes you into the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. For those doing the day hike as showcased in this episode, the

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Survey: More adults are using marijuana, while youth rates remain flat in Colorado

August 14, 2018 — Since Colorado made recreational marijuana use legal for adults age 21 and up, the rates at which they’re using cannabis have increased. At the same time, the percentage of youth who use marijuana has not. The information comes from two recent surveys by the Colorado

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Cache Creek Fire jumps line, burns back toward Battlement Reservoir Road

August 14, 2018 — The large column of smoke seen Monday afternoon was from a spot fire over the line on the west side of the Cache Creek Fire and burned in the bowl east of Battlement Reservior Road, according to the latest from the federal incident command team.

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One of the best restaurant locations in the valley changes hands in Basalt

August 14, 2018 — After working for decades to help other restaurant owners operate their businesses, a couple have decided to make a go of it for themselves. Andrew "Andy" Hopp and Claire Clarke purchased the Riverside Grill in Basalt on July 31. The couple, partners in business and

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Four Dogs hopes to put the bite on Whole Foods’ pursuit of beer license

August 14, 2018 — When Whole Foods Market goes before the Basalt Town Council tonight to seek a license to sell 3.2 percent beer, it will be faced with an opposing petition from its neighbor, Four Dogs Fine Wine and Spirits. The adjacent businesses have lived in harmony since

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Review: Paris blooms at Aspen Music Festival

August 14, 2018 — Atmospheric music dominated this past weekend at the Aspen Music Festival, in large part French pieces that fit into the season's Paris theme, culminating in a beautifully expansive performance of Debussy's evocative "La Mer" in the Benedict Music Tent on Sunday. But the award for

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Briefs: AHS golf second at Adobe Creek, BHS football debuts at No. 9

August 13, 2018 — The Aspen High School boys golf team finished second Monday, Aug. 13, at a tournament hosted by Fruita Monument at Adobe Creek National Golf Course. The Skiers shot a collective 221, losing by two strokes to Class 5A Fruita, while Palisade came in third out

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City of Aspen enacts mandatory water restrictions

August 13, 2018 — For the first time in history, the city of Aspen has declared a stage 2 water shortage. Due to extremely low water levels due to low snowpack and little summer precipitation, Aspen City Council approved the move at its regular meeting Monday. "After a warm

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Charles Paterson, founder of Aspen’s iconic Boomerang Lodge, dies

August 13, 2018 — Charles Paterson, the architect who designed, built and operated the Boomerang Lodge, died last week at Aspen Valley Hospital. He was 89. He also was a husband to Fonda Paterson for 49 years, and a father to his daughters, Carrie and Jenny, who grew up

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Basalt man hit with felony charge

August 13, 2018 — A Basalt man was charged with felony assault Sunday after he allegedly attacked a man who works on his property, according to court documents. Gary Williams, 59, admitted to a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy that he hit the man "after losing his temper," according to

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Help needed for weekend trail project

August 13, 2018 — Volunteers are needed to help repair, reconstruct and restore damaged sections of the Thomas Lakes/Mount Sopris Trail on Friday through Sunday. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is partnering with Wilderness Workshop, the U.S. Forest Service and Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council on the project. Volunteers are

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Efficiency gains reduce library’s carbon footprint

August 13, 2018 — Since completing renovations in 2016, the Pitkin County Library is saving about $27,000 a year on utility costs thanks to efficiency enhancements such as better insulation, skylights, LED lighting, roof repairs, rainwater filtration and an upgraded HVAC system and chiller. Efficiency has improved by as

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