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Talk will expose sex trafficking’s reach into Aspen

February 20, 2018 — Jackie Long was ignorant about the prevalence of sex trafficking in Colorado until she learned of an eye-opening situation that affected at least three families in Aspen a decade ago. A man in Boulder was adapt at systematically partying with young female students at Colorado

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Dynamic duo dominates Aspen’s Ski for the Pass race on Sunday

February 19, 2018 — A picture-perfect day attracted 60 participants Sunday in the annual Ski for the Pass up Independence Pass and showcased the skills of the dynamic duo of Anders and Elsie Weiss. Anders had the best time in the annual fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation while

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Fryingpan Valley logging project hit with objections from all sides

February 18, 2018 — A U.S. Forest Service proposal for a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley was hit with a barrage of objections from property owners, conservation groups, a logging business and spelunkers. There were 11 objections filed, but two of them were on behalf of multiple

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Aspen-Snowmass snowfall in February already exceeds what fell in prior months

February 15, 2018 — Reports of winter's demise in Aspen were greatly exaggerated. The Aspen-Snowmass ski slopes already have received more snow in February than they did in any of the earlier months this winter. Snowmass raked in 45 inches for the month as of 5 a.m. Thursday while

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Willits developer sweetens pot, gets Basalt approval to convert retail space into 74 residences

February 14, 2018 — The developer of Willits Town Center sweetened a deal to seal approval from the Basalt Town Council to convert commercial space into residences. The developer, Mariner Real Estate Management, agreed to build two additional affordable-housing units and contribute them to the town's inventory. The units

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Ski racing is in her blood, physics on the mind of Aspen student Jane Marolt

February 13, 2018 — Ski racing is in Jane Marolt's bloodline, and the Aspen High School senior also happens to be talented in physics. As such, that got her thinking one day about the composition of speed suits. Marolt came across a study that confirmed her suspicions that the

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Basalt directs one-two punch at Verizon over poor cell service

February 13, 2018 — The Basalt Town Council and Basalt Chamber of Commerce are directing a one-two punch at Verizon Wireless to try to get better cellular service for their constituents. Both the chamber and town unveiled letters Tuesday that they will send to the cell service provider demanding

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East West Partners: Snowmass Base Village will be effective selling itself

February 13, 2018 — The developer of Snowmass Base Village doesn't think it will require a fancy marketing pitch in far away places to spurs the sales of scores of residences that will be developed over the next few years. Instead, officials at East West Partners said they are

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Aspen-Snowmass saw ‘north of 18,000’ skiers for powder Sunday

February 13, 2018 — The snow finally came and local skiers and snowboarders responded. Aspen Skiing Co. reported that its business Sunday rivaled that of busy days during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The four ski areas pulled in "north of 18,000" skier and rider visits

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Popular Prince Creek trails near Carbondale get updates by BLM

February 13, 2018 — Some popular mountain biking and running trails along Prince Creek Road south of Carbondale were legalized while others will be rerouted and a handful will be closed in a decision made Monday by the Bureau of Land Management. The agency said it had reached the

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Basalt’s retail sales surge 6 percent in 2017 thanks to new businesses, offices

February 12, 2018 — Basalt's retail sales climbed 6.2 percent in 2017 over the prior year and the town's sales tax collections soared past $5 million for the first time, according to a year-end report by the town finance department. The sale tax generated $5.121 million in revenue in

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RFTA CEO Blankenship receives 8% raise for ‘superstar’ performance at bus agency

February 9, 2018 — Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO Dan Blankenship received an 8 percent salary increase and three-year contract extension Thursday for what the board of directors said was "extraordinary" performance in 2017. The RFTA board also said a salary survey showed Blankenship was earning 23 percent lower

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RFTA board approves extra security on buses, eager to look at alcohol ban

February 8, 2018 — Additional security officers will start riding Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses and patrolling bus stops from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The RFTA board of directors approved a staff proposal Thursday to take extra security steps because of an increasing trend of assaults of drivers and

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RFTA poll shows property tax proposal is no slam dunk

February 8, 2018 — An initial poll shows a possible Roaring Fork Transportation Authority ballot question in November seeking a property tax increase to help fund the bus system would be in a close fight for approval. Todd Vitale, founder and principal of Vitale and Associates from Denver, told

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Aspen Skiing Co. says ‘thanks’ to pass holders with bonus day, discounted lift tickets

February 8, 2018 — Most people who bought season passes from Aspen Skiing Co. received an unexpected bonus this year as a sort of thank-you during a tough season. Flex and Double Flex passholders received one free extra day of skiing this season. Premier passholders already have unlimited access

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Gray wolf reintroduction talk has ranchers seeing red

February 7, 2018 — A presentation by an advocate of gray wolf reintroduction in Colorado spurred howls of protest among numerous ranchers and some sportsmen Thursday night at a packed house in Carbondale. Biologist Mike Phillips made the case in his presentation that western Colorado provides the perfect habitat

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Conundrum Hot Springs reservations plan details rollout for spring

February 6, 2018 — Backpackers planning to visit the popular Conundrum Hot Springs this summer will have to shop before they soak. The White River National Forest announced details Tuesday on a new reservations system that will be implemented in April. Travelers hoping to land one of the designated

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RFTA aims to beef up security on buses in Aspen, downvalley

February 5, 2018 — The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority staff has unveiled a plan to beef up security on buses to try to reduce conflicts among passengers, assaults of drivers and damage to facilities. RFTA's management prepared a list of recommendations after meeting with drivers, operations supervisors and its

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Pulling one over on Old Man Winter at midvalley’s Rock Bottom Ranch

February 3, 2018 — The farmers at Rock Bottom Ranch have pulled one over on Old Man Winter. Winter usually gets the best of growers in the Roaring Fork Valley, even when they use greenhouses, because natural light dips below 10 hours per day. It's called the Persephone period

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Aspen Camp receives more than $10,000 in donations, pledge of support from Airbnb after vandals strike

February 2, 2018 — The Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has received more than $10,000 in donations and priceless amounts of public support after word got out that some of its facilities were vandalized during the X Games. The nonprofit Aspen Camp also is

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