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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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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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Making way for marijuana in Snowmass Village

August 7, 2018 — As the conversation of Snowmass Village and pot shops progresses, one major question that continues to arise is where a dispensary would operate within the village. With a marijuana sales tax ballot question in the works, a town sentiment that dispensaries should be restricted to

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Snowmass Village will ask voters about pot sales tax in November election

August 6, 2018 — As Snowmass gives the green light to pot shops in the village, voters will soon decide if the town should pose an additional 5 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana. In a 5-0 vote Monday night, the Snowmass Town Council unanimously approved a resolution that

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Pitkin County under air quality health advisory

August 2, 2018 — Pitkin County is under an air quality health advisory as a result of smoke burning from the Cache Creek Fire near Rifle as well as the Lake Christine Fire and regional wildfires spanning all the way to California. The Colorado Department of Public Health and

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How Snowmass’ moratorium on pot shops compares with other Colorado towns, what’s next

July 31, 2018 — Snowmass Village is among a small handful of Colorado municipalities still in limbo on what to do with marijuana, which has been under a moratorium in the town since 2013. The moratorium is set to expire for a third time Oct. 31. Colorado voters approved

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Lake Christine Fire update: 82 percent contained, 3 of 4 area power lines restored

July 30, 2018 — As crews aim to completely contain the Lake Christine Fire within the next couple of days, other non-firefighting groups, such as valley-wide power providers, also are working tirelessly in the aftermath of the incident. About one month after the fire flared up July 3, officials

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Hometown heroes: Snowmass fire district responds to Lake Christine Fire in full force

July 24, 2018 — From the night before the Lake Christine Fire flared up until now, every member of the nearly 30-person Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District has served some role in protecting and helping save the community. Whether the Snowmass crew was battling the flames on the front lines,

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Yoga on the Mountain returns to Snowmass Village

July 24, 2018 — The highest elevation yoga festival in the U.S., or at least so it is touted, Yoga on the Mountain will return to Snowmass Village for its second summer beginning Thursday afternoon. This time around, the three-day festival is involving more local retailers, teachers and businesses

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Yoga on the Mountain festival returns to Snowmass Village

July 24, 2018 — The highest elevation yoga festival in the U.S., or at least so it is touted, Yoga on the Mountain will return to Snowmass Village for its second summer beginning Thursday afternoon. This time around, the three-day festival is involving more local retailers, teachers and businesses

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Not all tacos are created equal: Ajax Tavern launches new summer dinner series aimed at locals

July 23, 2018 — If it's all in the details, as they say, it makes sense that a consentido, crafted from a wagyu fat-infused tortilla, puts all the other tacos I've tasted (especially those prepared in my kitchen) to shame. A consentido is a taco from Nogales, Sonora, near

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Aspen housing authority forces former board member to sell home after illegally renting on Airbnb

July 18, 2018 — A former Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board member who illegally rented her taxpayer-subsidized home on Airbnb is being forced to sell her three-bedroom unit at Aspen Highlands. The APCHA board Wednesday voted 6-1 that Renee West must list for sale the property on Boomerang Road.

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Snowmass Club under contract for sale of ‘around $20 million,’ set to close mid-August

July 17, 2018 — Scott Brown's vision for the Snowmass Club includes developing upward of 50 employee-housing units, improving the club's amenities and restoring some of its "private roots." Brown is the CEO of ABA Hospitality, a real estate investment and management firm that is under contract to purchase

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Little Red School House in Snowmass Village seeks to expand

July 16, 2018 — Snowmass' sole preschool plans to expand upon its campus off Owl Creek Road in an effort to accommodate more families locally and help alleviate the valley's increasing demand for childcare services. The four Snowmass Town Council members at Monday's meeting supported the Little Red School

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Pitkin County to begin move into new $24.8 million building next week

July 13, 2018 — For the first time in at least a half century — or ever — Pitkin County's core services will be housed under one roof when the county unveils its new and improved $24.8 million building on Main Street on Monday in Aspen. County employees aren't

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Erica Robbie: A million ‘thank-yous’ and more

July 10, 2018 — Is it possible to adequately thank a stranger for sacrificing his or her own life and livelihood to save our own? I'm fairly certain the answer is no, but I want to throw the question out there in case anyone, or better yet, a firefighter,

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Snowmass Town Council mulls pot sales tax

July 10, 2018 — Amid a town discussion Monday of whether to pose an additional sales tax on recreational marijuana in Snowmass, Mayor Markey Butler tried again to reverse the council's direction to move forward with pot shops in the village. Snowmass Town Council on June 18 voted 3-2

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Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to ask Snowmass voters for property tax

July 10, 2018 — While Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler believes another property tax will be a tough sell to voters in the village, she also recently said it would be a "disaster" if the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's proposed mill-levy increase failed on the ballot this fall. RFTA executives

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For the thrill of it: Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 45 years of wild rides

July 3, 2018 — What entices one to straddle an aggressive, 2,000-plus pound animal whose sole goal is to buck off riders by any means necessary? Local bullrider Christian De La Cruz learned the moment he climbed on a bull for the first time. "It was the craziest adrenaline

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Snowmass Town Council talks ‘just big enough’ in review of another comp plan draft

July 3, 2018 — How can Snowmass Village project its idealized notion of "just big enough," in terms of development, when the town is nearly built out? Snowmass Town Councilman Tom Goode posed the question at a public hearing July 2 to review the latest draft of the town's

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