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Mulcahy’s Aspen Art Museum littering trial postponed

February 22, 2018 — Lee Mulcahy's trial for allegedly dumping trash he calls art outside the Aspen Art Museum last year was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after he asked to recuse Aspen's Municipal Court judge. The development likely means the city of Aspen will spend more than the $2,000 it

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Aspen cops: Local man admits to stealing snowboard gear

February 21, 2018 — A local transient caught on video stealing a pair of snowboard boots Friday had another stolen pair of boots with him when police caught up with him Saturday at Rubey Park, according to a police report. Noah Huckabee, 28, admitted to the thefts, "complaining that

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Pitkin County to test new emergency alert system

February 20, 2018 — Pitkin County officials plan to test a new cellphone-based emergency alert system in a little less than two weeks. It is the exact same federal system used in Hawaii that sent out a false alarm Jan. 13 that warned of an incoming ballistic missile and

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Illegal bear killing spurs hunting ban

February 20, 2018 — Two Indiana hunting instructors will not be able to hunt or possess firearms for two years after pleading guilty Tuesday to killing a bear in Pitkin County and leaving the carcass behind nearly a year and a half ago. Dan Roe, 55, and his son,

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Four receive hefty fine for ducking ropes at Snowmass

February 16, 2018 — Four people caught skiing in a closed area at Snowmass on Friday paid a steep price for their brief indulgence, police said. The four skiers became the first people fined $250 each for violating the Snowmass Village municipal code forbidding people from skiing closed areas,

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Cops: ER nurses assaulted by transient

February 16, 2018 — A local transient was charged with two counts of assault Friday after allegedly kicking one emergency room nurse and spitting on another, according to court documents. David Fletcher, 25, first came to attention of emergency personnel when paramedics were called to Fifth and Main streets

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Snowstorm in Aspen creates headaches for cops, commuters

February 15, 2018 — While the snow Thursday kept area law enforcement officers busy dealing with car crashes, most were minor and no serious injuries were reported, officials said. Aspen city police officers responded to 14 accidents between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Rick Magnuson said. The department

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Commissioners to codify caucus feelings on pot

February 14, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners took the first step Wednesday toward officially incorporating into law the differing views on marijuana represented by each caucus in the county. With the exception of the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus, each caucus has until July 15 to inform county officials whether it

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Grant adds to county’s mental health efforts

February 13, 2018 — Thanks to a recently awarded state grant, law enforcement officers in the upper Roaring Fork Valley soon won't have to serve as psychiatrists and substance-abuse counselors when they respond to calls involving people in crisis. That's because a trained mental health clinician will be by

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Hatchet man arrested at Intercept Lot again

February 12, 2018 — For the second time in a year and a half, a local transient was arrested Friday for brandishing a hatchet at fellow residents of the Intercept Lot, according to court documents and statements in court Monday. Justin Schaaf, 35, was charged with felony menacing after

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Man in Colorado prison identified as alleged Aspen burglar

February 9, 2018 — Aspen police had been looking to arrest Thomas Abbott since September for allegedly twice breaking into the same home on West Hopkins Street a year ago. Turns out, he'd been sent to prison in July. Abbott, 49, was transported back to Aspen last week, where

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Appeals court: Judge’s mistake means Nardi must be resentenced

February 8, 2018 — A former Aspen bartender convicted of sexual assault in 2014 must be resentenced on that charge because the district judge in the case made a mistake, the Colorado Court of Appeals said in a decision issued Thursday. Peter Nardi, 55, was convicted by a Pitkin

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Aspen man arrested on DUI charge after second traffic stop

February 8, 2018 — Pitkin County sheriff's deputies arrested a local man Wednesday with a history of DUI and drug use and charged him with felony DUI, according to court records. Kent Muer, 41, was pulled over twice on Highway 82 after a deputy saw him weaving and crossing

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Lawyer: Aspen DA turnover harming citizens

February 7, 2018 — Turnover at the Aspen District Attorney's Office is leading to charging mistakes that are harming upper Roaring Fork Valley residents, a defense attorney said Wednesday. "I have expressed my displeasure to (DA) Jeff Cheney about the pattern of cases I see developing where the office

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Maybe it’s Aspen blasphemy but I don’t care

February 7, 2018 — My winter is over. I never cashed in the voucher for my one-day-a-week ski pass, so Tuesday I handed it back up the chain of command for a full refund. At this point, it wasn't going to make economic sense to cash the thing in

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Former dog-sitter helps self to $160k

February 5, 2018 — A dog-sitter allegedly stole her former employer's checkbook and wrote 45 checks to herself over several months totaling nearly $160,000, according to court documents. Vanessa Simon, 21, who now lives in Denver, admitted to the theft when a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy called her Friday,

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Alleged LSD drug deal in Aspen bar leads to felony charges

February 5, 2018 — Aspen police arrested two people on felony drug charges Friday after an employee at a downtown bar witnessed an alleged drug deal involving LSD, according to court documents. Morgan Abrams, 27, of Chicago faces one count of possession of LSD and one count of distribution

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Police: Stats show Aspen is ‘really safe place to live’

January 19, 2018 — For Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn, crime statistics from 2017 should convey one major thing for city residents. "I hope when the public sees these (statistics), they go, 'Man, Aspen's a really safe place to live,'" Linn said Friday. The total number of crimes

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Pitkin County commissioners add voice to letter to Sessions

January 18, 2018 — Pitkin County commissioners joined a group of elected officials from across the country earlier this week when they signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to respect each state's decision on legal marijuana. The letter — organized by Pueblo County Commissioner Sal

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Flu misery and the downward spiral

January 17, 2018 — I do not get the flu. I've never in my life gotten a flu shot, either. I hear other people talk about these things, usually around this time of year, but it's generally none of my concern. Because I do not get the flu. In

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