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Final Stranahan donation sterilizes upper Lenado

November 14, 2018 — Completing a process that began more than 40 years ago, local icon George Stranahan donated the last piece of property he owns in the upper Lenado area to Pitkin County's open space program Wednesday. "George has done so much along these lines, something should be

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Man’s theft spree in Aspen includes roll of fake grass, Prada items

November 13, 2018 — A 61-year-old man wearing a plaid shirt and carrying a roll of stolen AstroTurf was arrested Monday and charged with stealing from several high-end Aspen stores, according to court documents. Randy Marcuson admitted to some of the thefts from downtown stores including Prada, Dolce and

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund to distribute more than $3M in 2019

November 13, 2018 — Choosing which Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit gets a piece of nearly $1.5 million from a recently reauthorized property tax requires a lot of work. "We have some real rich conversations," Steve Wickes, a member of the citizen board that makes the nonprofit recommendations, told Pitkin

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Unsealed documents reveal more alleged rape cases in Aspen area

November 13, 2018 — Local law enforcement detectives are investigating five victims in the Aspen area who were allegedly sexually assaulted by two young men from Woody Creek, according to newly unsealed court documents. District Judge Chris Seldin first sealed the documents Oct. 9, the day before Keegan Callahan,

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Aspen City Council begins to consider Lift 1A corridor

November 12, 2018 — After years of proposals and false starts, the Aspen City Council on Monday began reviewing a comprehensive plan to open up skiing access on the western side of Aspen Mountain. "This has been a long and arduous process," Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron said at the

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Pitkin County’s redesigned Veterans Park to be re-dedicated Sunday

November 9, 2018 — As plans for Pitkin County's new building on Main Street began to take shape more than two years ago, commissioners and staff soon realized that Veterans Park next door would be seriously impacted by the 18 months of construction. So they decided to incorporate a

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Sheriff: Pitkin County Jail needs remodeling as part of proposed $10 million safety budget

November 8, 2018 — Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo wants to remodel the county jail to make it safer for inmates and head off any expensive lawsuits that might arise from current conditions, he said Thursday. DiSalvo explained his concerns to Pitkin County commissioners during their annual discussion about

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Area high school students survive car crash into Maroon Creek

November 8, 2018 — Excessive speed was a factor in a car crash Wednesday night on Maroon Creek Road near the T-Lazy 7 Ranch that injured five area high school students, according to the Colorado State Patrol. An 18-year-old Aspen man at the wheel of the northbound 2017 Tesla

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund tax extended for 9 years

November 6, 2018 — A property tax that funds much of Pitkin County's public health efforts and helps fund numerous nonprofits that benefit the community was handily re-approved by county voters Tuesday. The Healthy Community Fund, proposition 1A on this year's ballot — first approved by voters in 2002

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Pitkin County Commissioner: Patti Clapper re-elected to fifth term

November 6, 2018 — Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper was elected to a fifth term on the county board Tuesday night. "I'm really excited for the next four years with the county," she said Tuesday night from the Hickory House. "I'm just relieved. I was sick to my stomach

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Pitkin County Sheriff: Joe DiSalvo voted into third term, defeats Walter Chi

November 6, 2018 — Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo was well on his way to a third term as the county's top law enforcement official Tuesday night. As of the Pitkin County results update at 1 a.m., DiSalvo was handily in front of Aspen Police Officer Walter Chi with

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November 5, 2018 — A preliminary hearing to determine if evidence exists to charge a local teen with raping and choking a high school girl this summer will take place in January in District Court. A District Judge also will decide at that time whether the 17-year-old will be

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More rape charges filed Friday against Aspen pair

November 2, 2018 — Two young men from Aspen previously charged with raping and choking a girl last summer were each charged Friday with sexually assaulting another high school girl around the same time, according to court documents. In addition, the 17-year-old defendant in those cases was charged Friday

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Man found in Aspen alley suffered assault

November 2, 2018 — An Aspen man was taken to a Grand Junction hospital early Thursday morning after he was found in an alley behind a downtown bar with injuries consistent with being assaulted, police said. The man — who was not identified by Aspen police — was found

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Pitkin County budgets $4M for 2019 capital projects

October 30, 2018 — Pitkin County plans to spend about $4 million next year renovating two buildings and purchasing another, officials said Tuesday. At the top of the list is remodeling the historic Pitkin County Courthouse, which is now estimated to cost $2.7 million, said Jodi Smith, the county's

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Clerk: Pitkin County’s ballot processing secure, state system a model for nation

October 29, 2018 — Numerous safeguards are in place to protect against fraud during the election and ensure that each Pitkin County ballot — whether mailed in, filled out early in person or completed on Election Day — is counted accurately, the county's clerk said. In fact, Colorado's election

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Pitkin County Assessor’s Office candidates offer views on position

October 26, 2018 — Pitkin County has had one assessor for the past 28 years, but retirement has come for longtime Aspen resident Tom Isaac. Former Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and assessor employee Deb Bamesberger are vying for the right to fill his shoes. The Aspen Times asked each

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‘Chi for Sheriff’ banner posting irks Mountain Rescue Aspen

October 26, 2018 — A campaign volunteer for Pitkin County Sheriff candidate Walter Chi jeopardized Mountain Rescue Aspen's nonprofit status earlier this week by hanging a "Chi for Sheriff" banner on the MRA building on Highway 82, sources said. The action was not taken at the direction of the

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Aspen man arrested on charges stemming from alleged rape

October 25, 2018 — An Aspen man sentenced to five years of probation and four months in jail for drunken driving in May was arrested Wednesday and charged with raping a female family member, according to court documents. Thomas Sanders, 37, was charged with sexual assault, harassment and resisting

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Aspen rape case charges detail violence

October 24, 2018 — The two young men charged last week with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old high school student this summer repeatedly choked and raped her, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. Keegan Callahan, 20, and a 17-year-old juvenile each face 13 separate felony charges in the case, including

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