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Recent Stories by David Krause

Aspen Highlands opening day full of powder runs, bowl laps

December 1, 2018 — This season's mountain openings have been one big celebration after another, and Saturday at Aspen Highlands felt like the biggest of the past two weeks, with another round of steady snow welcoming skiers and snowboarders all morning. The biggest thrill for many who made it

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First-chair etiquette should be taught in ski school

November 26, 2018 — For nearly all of my life as a skier and mostly snowboarder, I have been a first-chair guy. I love the mornings, don't mind the cold and can easily find ways to kill time standing in line. When I was part of the Front Range

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Aspen Times Weekly gets fresh: ATW bringing out new look, refreshed storytelling

November 21, 2018 — Irreverent? That's the plan. Intriguing? Always. Relevant? Yeah, duh. You've been reading the Aspen Times Weekly on Thursdays — in print or online. This week, we think you'll do a double-take, and we're pretty grateful for that. Starting with the Thanksgiving Day edition, the "ATW"

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Rescuing a mutt from Aspen’s shelter good for the dog and the soul

November 12, 2018 — For sure, it is a dog's world. I've thought that for a long time, but the more I am around our new dog, which we picked up last spring from the Aspen Animal Shelter, the more I see how our world revolves around them. At

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Update: Aspen Police hear from person of interest after images in alleged assault case posted online

November 4, 2018 — After releasing surveillance images Sunday morning of two "people of interest" concerning an alleged assault Thursday, Aspen police got a call from the man in the photo who is expected to meet with police Monday. Police were asking for the public's help to identify two

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Education proponents take swing at tax increase for school funding

October 15, 2018 — In another statewide attempt to increase taxes for education, Amendment 73 would use a sliding scale to raise income taxes on individuals and corporations making more than $150,000 per year. Based on past results for education spending, Colorado voters are hesitant to increase taxes for

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Mountain biker, 62, dies on expert Valhalla trail at Snowmass ski area

September 30, 2018 — Editor’s note: This story was updated with the identity and age of David Eckardt, according to information from the Pitkin County Coroner’s initial report released Monday. A 62-year-old man died Saturday afternoon while mountain biking on an expert trail at the Snowmass ski area, officials

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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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