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Aspen committee chooses Capitol Creek Brewing owner to run Wheeler restaurant space

February 16, 2018 — The new restaurateur chosen to operate in the Wheeler Opera House said he has no qualms with the public scrutiny that will come with running a business in the city-owned space. "I'm very excited about the concept, and one of the things I've learned in

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Public defender: No room for ‘hate speech’ in Carbondale dog-killing case

February 14, 2018 — GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A 13-year-old boy made his first court appearance Wednesday to hear charges connected to allegations that he gunned down a yellow Labrador retriever in a residential neighborhood near Carbondale last month, while the judge denied his attorney's emotional plea to close the

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Delayed church construction means no St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Aspen

February 13, 2018 — The St. Patrick's Day dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church, Aspen's oldest annual tradition dating back to the 19th century, will not be held this March because of delayed construction on the place of worship. Father John Hilton told parishioners over the weekend of the

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St. Regis Aspen owners aim to wow investors

February 9, 2018 — Some of the key principals behind Elevated Returns, which owns the St. Regis Aspen Resort, wined and dined potential investors Thursday at the swanky lodge's Chefs Club on their final stop before 1.675 million of the hotel's shares are offered on the New York Stock

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Aspen marijuana shops sold $11.3 million in 2017, topping liquor stores for first time

February 7, 2018 — There was plenty of green to go around among Aspen's marijuana dispensaries in 2017, and more than enough to top liquor stores in revenue, as well. Legal-pot purveyors hauled in $11.3 million in revenue last year compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores, marking the

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Marijuana sellers butt heads in Pitkin County court

February 6, 2018 — A Snowmass Village man has been cited twice for contempt of court since he ignored a civil court order to stop fraudulently billing customers for marijuana products that are distributed by another company. Now he can't be found. Attorney James Fosnaught, who represents The Laughing

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Business Monday: How Aspen Constructors went bankrupt

February 4, 2018 — Defective construction work on the master bedroom of a West End home has pushed an Aspen company into bankruptcy. Legal records in Pitkin County District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Denver weave together the business plight of Aspen Constructors, a builder of high-end

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Elective surgeries resume at Aspen Valley Hospital

February 1, 2018 — Elective surgeries are back on the table at Aspen Valley Hospital after a near weeklong disruption due to sterilization issues, officials said Thursday. At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, the public hospital received clearance that it can resume all types of the surgeries it offers. "We're

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D.A. considers felony animal cruelty among charges in Carbondale dog shooting

January 30, 2018 — The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office is contemplating filing at least two felony charges against a 13-year-old boy suspected of shooting a dog to death last week near Carbondale, including animal cruelty. The suspect, who lives in the Carbondale area, is due in Garfield County

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Sterilization woes prompt Aspen Valley Hospital to suspend elective surgeries

January 29, 2018 — Elective surgeries have been suspended at Aspen Valley Hospital since Thursday night because the facility's sterilization process has been compromised, hospital CEO David Ressler said. "We have temporarily suspended much of our surgical operations until we get this issue fixed," Ressler said Monday. The hospital

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Business Monday: Aspen hospital pair aim for hospitality in El Salvador

January 28, 2018 — Sometimes the best ideas come in the workplace, or at least that's what two Aspen Valley Hospital employees are banking on. Over the past decade working together, emergency room tech Juan Osorio and nurse Chris Smith courted the possibility of opening up a surf B&B

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Yellow lab shot and killed; Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office investigation underway

January 25, 2018 — The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a dog Wednesday at a private residence in the Crystal River Valley where a man came home and discovered his young yellow lab lying in a pool of blood in the family living room.

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Mulcahy offer: Let me support charities and keep my house

January 24, 2018 — A $20,000 donation to the Aspen Homeless Shelter, a $10,000 donation to the Arlington Life Shelter in Texas, a $20,000 donation to the Africa Water Wells charity in Texas, and 500 hours of community service at Habitat for Humanity. At first blush that might appear

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St. Regis Aspen public offering clears SEC, will open at $20 a share

January 24, 2018 — The Securities and Exchange Commission has given clearance for the initial public offering of the St. Regis Aspen Resort hotel. The SEC on Tuesday issued what's called a "notice of qualification," which paves the way for a $33.5 million IPO of the Aspen luxury hotel

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City of Aspen announces Wheeler restaurant finalists

January 23, 2018 — The city announced the four finalists Tuesday for the restaurant space at the Wheeler Opera House, and existing tenant Justice Snow's is not one of them. An evaluation committee instead opted for a new direction for the city-owned space, selecting four operators of restaurants in

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Pitkin County judge releases Crown ‘protester’ after incident near Hotel Jerome

January 22, 2018 — A judge ordered a man to be released from jail Monday despite his plea to remain incarcerated on pending charges related to allegations that he told police Saturday there was a bomb in his backpack close to the Hotel Jerome, the venue for that evening's

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Aspen Valley Hospital decides to opt in to End-of-Life Options Act

January 21, 2018 — It was the December after Colorado voters passed the End-of-Life Options Act in November 2016 that Aspen Valley Hospital's board of directors voted to not have the facility participate in aiding in the death of terminally ill individuals. At the time, the board, heeding the

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Five slopeside Aspen townhomes combine to sell for nearly $43 million

January 18, 2018 — Five residences that are part of a 14-unit free-market development near Lift 1A at the base of Aspen Mountain combined to sell for nearly $43 million this week. The sold units are part of the One Aspen residential project — which Boston-based developer ASV Aspen

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Pitkin County property sales topped $1.9 billion in 2017

January 15, 2018 — Property sales in Pitkin County nearly reached the $2 billion mark in 2017 while easily outpacing 2016's performance and rivaling the much-heralded figures from 2015. Sales volume totaled $1.91 billion last year, based on data provided by Land Title Guarantee as well as Aspen Times

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Settlement in works for Kenichi ownership dispute

January 14, 2018 — Settlement discussions are underway in a business dispute among two former owners and two current owners of the Kenichi sushi restaurant in Aspen, according to court documents filed last week. Friday's scheduled conference was vacated by District Judge Denise Lynch, who, in a written order

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