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Aspen High football team looks ahead to 2018 fall season after spring camp

June 21, 2018 — All Travis Benson wanted to see was growth. Earlier this month, the new Aspen High School football head coach took his team to Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, the final hurrah to their spring camp. As one of the smallest teams there, the Skiers

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Colbert: The majesty of the Maroon Bells

June 21, 2018 — Have you ever seen the Tetons of Wyoming? The gray, jagged, ice-sculpted peaks have mesmerized me since I first saw them as a child. The only mountains I've seen that can draw those same comparisons — and awe-inspiring feelings — are in our own backyard.

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Aspen Swim Club dominates home meet, heads to Grand Junction this weekend

June 20, 2018 — As has become custom, the Aspen Swim Club rolled to an easy victory in its lone home swim meet of the summer June 9 and 10 at the Aspen Recreation Center pool. The Speedos finished with 914 points, with Maverick Aquatics of Grand Junction finishing

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On the pitch: Learning the game of rugby during mixed touch nights

June 20, 2018 — As someone raised on American football — go Chiefs — the sport of rugby remains a bit of a mystery to me. Even after writing about it for the better part of two years, the rules and basic strategy haven't come naturally. For this reason,

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Sheriff’s Cup golf tournament returns, this time in benefit of Huts for Vets

June 19, 2018 — What started off as "really a stupid tournament" for a group of local golfers has turned into one of the largest charity events on the links. In its third year, the Sheriff's Cup returns Sunday, June 24, at Aspen Golf Club, this year in benefit

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Taste buds continue to be pushed at Heritage Fire event in Snowmass

June 19, 2018 — Felix Florez couldn't wait to coat his childhood with his own concoction of herbs, onions and lemon juice. The owner of Black Hill Ranch in Houston, Florez has made a business out of pork, lamb, beef and goat, but at Heritage Fire in Snowmass Village

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Work hard, play hard the motto for many Food & Wine volunteers

June 15, 2018 — Sean Clark spent most of Friday watching others sample expensive wines, nibble on fine chocolates and otherwise indulge in all the fanfare that comes with the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which is back for its 36th year. Between those moments, Clark would

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Michael Barlow, Maggie Callahan take Food & Wine 5K titles on Friday

June 15, 2018 — Aspen's Michael Barlow won Friday morning's Food & Wine Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run at Rio Grande Park in Aspen. Barlow finished the race in 18 minutes, 44 seconds. Maggie Callahan of Portland, Oregon, was the top female finisher. She was second overall with a

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Aspen rugby club to host Steamboat on June 16 to open its summer season

June 14, 2018 — They may have called it a "friendly," but that's rarely the case when the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club meets on the pitch against Vail. The two clubs met last weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver in a tune-up for the upcoming Rocky

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Colbert: Trying, and failing, to snowboard on Independence Pass

June 14, 2018 — I would like to say that, after three winters in the Rockies, I'm up to speed on being a mountain man. In reality, I still feel like a clueless moron in many instances, like a few weeks ago when I attempted to go snowboarding on

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Aspen, Basalt High represented on all-state teams for spring sports

June 13, 2018 — After its historic run to the state semifinals this spring, the Aspen High School girls soccer team had a pair of players named first team all-state in Class 3A when the teams were released Tuesday by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Senior midfielder Chelsea

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Aspen High swimmer Emily Driscoll headed to Cali’s Occidental College

June 7, 2018 — Emily Driscoll wasn't much of a swimmer when she was younger. But, by training with the Aspen Swim Club and competing with the Aspen High School girls swim team, she developed into someone who had multiple options for swimming collegiately. "Went from being barely able

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June 6 sports briefs: Aspen football to host annual golf tournament Sunday

June 6, 2018 — Aspen High football to host fundraising golf tournament on Sunday The 7th annual Gridiron Golf Classic is scheduled for Sunday at Aspen Golf Club. The fundraiser is in support of the Aspen High School football team and has helped purchase everything from safety equipment to

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Basalt High football wraps up camp with a scrimmage on June 7 against Paonia

June 6, 2018 — The teams won't keep score and there will be no winners or losers, but June 7’s scrimmage between the Basalt High School and Paonia football teams should be anything but light. "It's important to come out and not take it lightly, not mess around," Basalt

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Swirbul’s dream becomes reality with nomination to US cross-country ski team

June 3, 2018 — Hailey Swirbul was the only one holding the "Four Musketeers" back. But now, as the country's "most decorated junior skier of all time," she might be the one to lead the four friends down the same path recently paved by the likes of Jessie Diggins

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Longhorns graduate 81 during Saturday’s ceremony outside Basalt High School

June 2, 2018 — After a brief interlude to figure out how to work the microphone stand, Drew Olson launched into his speech. Or at least, that was the idea for the Basalt High School senior during Saturday's graduation ceremony on the BHS football field. "What am I suppose

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Olympic medalist Alex Ferreira highlights Aspen High School’s senior graduation

June 2, 2018 — Aspen High School almost didn't have a commencement speaker for Saturday's senior graduation inside the Benedict Music Tent. Fresh off a trip to Singapore, professional halfpipe skier Alex Ferreira had his morning flight from Dallas to Aspen postponed until later that evening, after the ceremony,

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Aspen, Basalt high graduations are scheduled for Saturday

June 1, 2018 — When you're passionate about what you're writing, the words tend to run freely. For Aspen High School's Owen Ramberg, this was exactly the case as he wrote his speech to the Class of 2018 for Saturday's 1 p.m. graduation ceremony inside the Benedict Music Tent.

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Jules Campbell retakes his crown as the 2018 Slaughterfest kayak champion

May 31, 2018 — Next winter is looking a lot more promising for Jules Campbell than the past one, considering he'll have a good bit of bragging rights to hold over the other ski patrollers' heads. Not that the four Aspen mountains take their rivalry too seriously. "It's something

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Colbert: Figuring out this rugby thing by playing with the Gents of Aspen

May 29, 2018 — That chicken with its head cut off feeling? I get it now, assuming said chicken also was a recently concussed, mildly asthmatic Kansan who prior to moving to Colorado three years ago couldn't have told you the difference between a lacrosse and rugby ball (I

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