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Aspen TSA employees showing up to work

January 17, 2019 — Federal security officers continue to show up to do their jobs at Aspen's airport despite the fact that they haven't been paid in more than three weeks because of the government shutdown, officials said Wednesday. "If they didn't show up, flights wouldn't take off," said

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Aspen airport outreach process begins in earnest

January 15, 2019 — Pitkin County commissioners took the first concrete steps Tuesday in a yearlong community outreach process that will determine the future of Aspen's airport. In a two-hour discussion, commissioners hammered out the basic structure of three subcommittees that will look at various aspects of the project,

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Cops: Drunk Vail man harasses, punches woman

January 15, 2019 — A 45-year-old Vail man allegedly harassed and groped a woman repeatedly Saturday night at a downtown bar, then assaulted her when she pushed back against his advances, according to a police report. The actions by Todd Santos — which allegedly included trying to slap and

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Carbondale man arrested for stalking woman

January 15, 2019 — Aspen police arrested a Carbondale man Sunday for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend over the past six months, according to court documents. The alleged victim in the case told police that Steven McCullough, 58, had been harassing her by phone and text, called her and appeared

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Aspen police: State agency assisting in investigation of former Aspen Skiing Co. director

January 13, 2019 — Aspen police have asked the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to help oversee their investigation into allegations that a former Aspen Skiing Co. director sold company goods online for personal profit. "We know the level of public interest is high," Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn

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Basalt man arrested early Friday near Aspen for 7th DUI

January 11, 2019 — A Basalt man trying to dig his car out of a snowbank early Friday morning was arrested for drunken driving for the seventh time, according to court records. When he arrived at the Pitkin County Jail, Lauro Gonzalez-Espinoza, 48, also was found with a baggie

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Teen scheme to steal Aspen hotel booze yields felonies

January 10, 2019 — An apparently ongoing scheme by Aspen-area teenagers to break into a downtown hotel and steal alcohol came to an end this week with three local teens facing felony charges, according to court documents. Lucas Velasquez, 18, of Carbondale, turned himself in Wednesday at the Pitkin

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Third man charged in Carbondale beating

January 10, 2019 — A previously unidentified man who allegedly helped two other people beat and stab a teenager six months ago over a marijuana deal gone bad has been identified and charged by authorities, according to court records. Benito Santoyo, 28, of Carbondale faces the same felony charges

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Spirited, adventurous Pitkin County Assessor Tom Isaac retires

January 9, 2019 — After nearly 50 years in Aspen as a ski bum, business owner, city councilman and seven-term Pitkin County Assessor, Tom Isaac has achieved near-legendary local status. "He's just been an icon in that position," Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper said. Icon is a good word

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Consultant to assist Pitkin County assessor transition

January 9, 2019 — A Denver-based consultant has been hired to help with the transition from longtime Pitkin County Assessor Tom Isaac's leadership to that of newly elected Assessor Deb Bamesberger. Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock said he and other county officials planned on hiring the consultant no matter

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Man jailed after alleged scuffle in Aspen mall

January 8, 2019 — Aspen police arrested a local man Sunday and charged him with stalking a former girlfriend and assaulting the woman's current boyfriend, according to court documents. Marc Eberstein, 44, allegedly pushed the woman into an Aspen police officer's patrol car when the officer responded to a

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Cameron Dallas assaulted man after he ‘kept getting weird,’ wouldn’t leave hotel room, police report says

January 4, 2019 — A social media star arrested for felony assault last weekend at an Aspen hotel not only fractured another man's nose but broke his jaw as well, according to police documents. In addition, Cameron Dallas, 24, told an Aspen police officer he lost his temper and

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‘We had a 6-inch powder rule forever’ — Treasurer Tom Oken retires

January 3, 2019 — When voters adopted Pitkin County's Home Rule Charter in March 1978, they changed the treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. The first man hired for the job lasted seven months. The second man appointed Pitkin County Treasurer has lasted more than 40 years.

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Chilean suspects identified in Aspen jewelry robbery

January 2, 2019 — Aspen police have identified three Chilean men as suspects in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollar's worth of jewelry from the lobby of The Little Nell hotel last month. Three arrest warrant affidavits were filed Friday and Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court,

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City/county program makes composting fun

January 1, 2019 — Last month, I wrote a story for The Aspen Times about the success of the composting program at the Pitkin County Landfill. At the end of my visit to the facility, Liz Mauro — the landfill's environmental compliance specialist — asked if AT photographer Anna

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Internet star Cameron Dallas arrested in Aspen, charged with felony assault

December 31, 2018 — An actor and internet personality with millions of online followers was arrested early Saturday morning at an Aspen hotel after allegedly punching another man and breaking his nose, police said. Cameron Dallas, 24, of Whittier, Calif., was charged with felony second-degree assault with intent to

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Aspen man arrested for burglary, theft

December 29, 2018 — An Aspen man who's twice been sanctioned by the state for falsely representing himself as an architect was arrested last week after he was found squatting in two Aspen homes, according to court documents. Jeffrey Halferty, 49, now faces charges of felony second-degree burglary and

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‘Whale’ 737 makes first-ever landing at Aspen’s airport as debate about larger plane continues

December 29, 2018 — The once-unthinkable happened Thursday afternoon in Aspen. For the first time ever, a Boeing 737 airplane touched down at Aspen's airport. And while Hunter S. Thompson may have rolled over in his grave, hardly anyone else seems to have noticed. Those who did see it

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Pitco courthouse’s north side up for debate

December 20, 2018 — The next major decisions in the plans to renovate the Pitkin County Courthouse will center on the historic building's north facade. That was the word earlier this week from Jodi Smith, the county's facilities director, who asked Pitkin County commissioners to consider removing the canopy

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A brush with the bus

December 19, 2018 — Driving a RFTA bus around Aspen takes a certain kind of masochist, but this time of year it must be maddening. Oblivious tourists are forever stepping off the curb in front of you. Entitled locals curse you when you're late. And the weather, well, it

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