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Recent Stories by David Krause

Finding aspens near Aspen: Fall colors hitting their peak around central Colorado

September 20, 2018 — September in the Colorado high country is a time of year that would make Bob Ross jealous. Led by the golden hues of aspen groves, the mix of colors above 6,000 feet are reminiscent of the "happy little trees" the late television artist would often

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Aspen remembers 9/11 with thoughts, prayers and stories of tragic day

September 11, 2018 — Dark clouds formed over Smuggler Mountain and a breeze picked up Tuesday just as Aspen's fire chief asked for a moment of silence to remember those killed, including the nearly 400 first responders, in the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago. The only sound that could

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On the Trail: Solo hikes have their benefits and risks

September 3, 2018 — There are always those questions swirling around hiking alone: how smart is it and what if you get hurt or fall and no one finds you? It plays out over-and-over again in the mountains with recoveries: "The individual was hiking alone," many of the statements

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Stroke of luck bounces right the way after trip up to Anderson Lake

August 20, 2018 — Monday morning, I left Snowmass Village just before 6 to take a drive up Lincoln Creek, and while I've grown fond of that area of Independence Pass, the trip was for all the wrong reasons. By about 7:30 a.m., I was wondering what I was

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Bearing witness to another love in Snowmass Village

August 7, 2018 — Remember that shot of nervous excitement you got when you met the person who would become your spouse? That moment you knew and you felt it in your soul: the exhilaration, the joy, the bliss. It is a feeling you never forget and still get

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John Thorpe, longtime Aspen local and 1950s skiing icon, dies at 83

August 5, 2018 — John Thorpe, whose family bought a block in Aspen in the 1930s that became known as "Thorpeville," died last week of complications from a pulmonary ailment. He was 83. Born in Denver on Oct. 7, 1934, Thorpe moved to Aspen in 1937 and the family

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Community journalism has its role in covering Lake Christine Fire

July 30, 2018 — Today marks one month, exactly four weeks, since the Lake Christine Fire started. And hopefully tonight at the community meeting, we get the news that the fire is completely or mere percentage points away from being surrounded. It has been a long month for many

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Lake Christine Fire 72 percent contained; Neil Diamond gives surprise concert

July 29, 2018 — It has been a sweet weekend in the midvalley for firefighters as they made big gains on the Lake Christine Fire and were treated to an intimate version of “Sweet Caroline” by a longtime resident and music legend. The fire is 72 percent contained, crews

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Crews continue to hit Lake Christine Fire north side; containment up

July 27, 2018 — As the growth of the Lake Christine Fire slowed at the end of the week, crews were able use back burning Friday to gain more containment, which increased for the first time in nearly a week. The fire, which has scorched 12,286 acres, is now

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Lake Christine Fire moves north; containment lines holding

July 22, 2018 — Crews working the Lake Christine Fire continued Sunday to focus on the north and northeast side of the fire, securing an area along upper Cattle Creek Road near eight private cabins. At Sunday night's community meeting, officials said the fire was measured at 11,459 acres

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Men who drowned at Ruedi Reservoir identified as valley locals John Teague and Bret Varra

July 22, 2018 — The men who died Saturday at Ruedi Reservoir were friends who had their boats tied together when one struggled in the water and the other jumped in to help him. Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis identified the victims Sunday night as John Teague, 46, who

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Lake Christine Fire crews work most active section; update has fire at nearly 9,700 acres

July 21, 2018 — Crews focused Saturday on working the northwest corner of the Lake Christine Fire with numerous helicopter water drops and slurry drops as the fire grew by nearly 1,000 acres, officials said. In a Saturday night update, the fire was up to 9,672 acres and dropped

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Food & Wine Classic: Lessons from a couple of rookies

June 13, 2018 — Tonight, I know what I'll be wearing to the opening events for Food & Wine Classic. Last year, our photographer Anna Stonehouse and I were the Food & Wine Classic newbies, and our goal was to take in everything the weekend had to offer: inside

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Roaring Fork Valley man accused of seeking sex with girl to appear in federal court

June 4, 2018 — Ryan Mausner, a Roaring Fork Valley man accused by the FBI of flying to Kansas City under the guise of having sex with a 7-year-old girl, is scheduled to be in federal court today in Missouri. An FBI online covert employee, posing as a mother

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On the beat: Thank you for your service

May 28, 2018 — Sometimes you have to make yourself slow down to listen. When you least expect something to happen, I have found, is when the good stuff comes along. That's how it was more than 25 years ago when I was ready for some alone time and

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Aspen’s first war hero, Peter F. Galligan, remembered each year at Memorial Day

May 27, 2018 — Tucked at the base of Smuggler Mountain in a quiet cemetery filled with aspen trees and forget-me-not flowers lies one of Aspen's first war heroes. Cpl. Peter F. Galligan is the first name read aloud every Memorial Day to honor Aspen's servicemen who were killed

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Search in Pitkin County along Crystal River for missing Delta man unsuccessful

May 25, 2018 — A multi-jurisdictional group of more than 20 people searched western Pitkin County on Friday for a Delta man who has been missing for nearly two weeks, but they did not find any signs of him or the motorcycle he was riding. The Pitkin County Sheriff's

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Denver Post woes will get to this side of the Divide

May 7, 2018 — When you are in it, sometimes you miss how bad it is. I think it's that "forest through the trees" thing. I was in the forest for a long while, spending nearly 17 years in the once-dynamic Denver Post newsroom. I have been asked a

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Leslie Rudd, renowned investor, wine expert and parttime Aspen resident, has died

May 3, 2018 — Leslie Rudd, who has business ties to Aspen and built upon his family's beverage-distribution company out of Kansas, died Thursday. He was 76. A spokesperson for the Leslie Rudd Investment Co. based in Wichita confirmed Rudd's death but would not release any other information, including

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Bernie Young, Snowmass staple and WWII vet, dies

May 2, 2018 — Bernard "Bernie" Young, a decorated World War II veteran who later fell in love with Snowmass Village and was a major part of the community, died April 23 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 96. Young helped start the Rotary Club in Snowmass

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