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Lake Christine Fire leaves stark beauty on Basalt Mountain

October 21, 2018 — A handful of people ventured onto Basalt Mountain this past week to find a landscape of contrasts with fresh, white snow blanketing slopes covered with thousands of black tree trunks charred by the Lake Christine Fire. The trails and roads on the mountain reopened Oct.

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Firefighting costs for Lake Christine, others in White River forest topped $40M

October 21, 2018 — It cost an estimated $39 million to snuff four major fires in the White River National Forest this summer, including the one that threatened Basalt and El Jebel, according to the U.S. Forest Service. "That's just the big fires. The little fires cost money, too,"

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Eagle County commissioner candidates grilled on positions on El Jebel project at Squirm Night

October 19, 2018 — Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney on Thursday defended her vote to approve the controversial Tree Farm project in El Jebel last year by contending public opinion was split on the issue and that the board applied the "available" standards in the review. Challenger Jackie Cartier

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RFTA gambles it can convince voters to approve property tax for bus system

October 18, 2018 — Local elected officials took a calculated risk this fall that voters can be convinced that a new property tax is needed to raise revenue for the regional bus system. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's board of directors voted unanimously Aug. 9 to seek approval of

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Aspen Snowmass among resorts trying to battle ‘snow hangover’ from last winter

October 17, 2018 — Low snow levels at many U.S. resorts last winter apparently has had a mixed effect on skiers' willingness to book vacations this winter, according to travel industry experts. Stay Aspen Snowmass, a central reservations agency, reported Tuesday that bookings for both resorts are down by

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RFTA says new property tax needed to combat traffic congestion in Aspen and region

October 16, 2018 — Roaring Fork Transportation Authority officials are relying on their track record to try to convince voters to invest more local dollars in the regional bus system. RFTA is asking voters in its member jurisdictions this November to approve a new property tax that would raise

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Business Monday: Chasing the American dream at the Roaring Fork Grill in El Jebel

October 15, 2018 — Lidia Dominquez has built a reputation in some segments of the Roaring Fork Valley as a special cook, so now she's using her skills to pursue the American dream. Dominquez, an immigrant from Mexico, opened the Roaring Fork Grill in Basalt earlier this year with

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‘Cowboy’ Jim Crowley recollects his 100 years in Fryingpan Valley and Basalt

October 14, 2018 — When you live to be 100 years of age, you better have some darn good stories to tell, and "Cowboy" Jim Crowley has just that. Crowley, who will mark a century Oct. 29, was born in Glenwood Springs in 1918 and raised on a ranch

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Bill Tuite, 70, remembered for big heart, infectious laugh and special Aspen legacy

October 12, 2018 — Bill Tuite, a man who was so well-liked he briefly served simultaneously as an Aspen councilman and a Pitkin County commissioner, died Sept. 26 at his home in Ohio. He was 70. Friends and family remembered Tuite on Thursday as a guy who almost always

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Fire closure lifted on Basalt Mountain but Forest Service warns of risks

October 11, 2018 — The closure of lands on Basalt Mountain in wake of the Lake Christine Fire will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. today for non-motorized travel, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday. The reopening will include Basalt Mountain Road, also known as Forest Road 524, and Cattle

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Basalt’s paralysis over Pan and Fork site means no new amenities for riverfront park

October 11, 2018 — The Basalt River Park is looking like Cinderella before the fairy godmother stepped in and got her prepped for the ball, but in this case it's uncertain if the fairy godmother will ever intervene. The Basalt Town Council's inability over the past seven years to

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Eagle County seeks extension of open space property tax through 2040

October 11, 2018 — Eagle County government is hoping its track record in buying property and conservation easements over the past 16 years is enough to convince voters to extend the existing open space property tax. Voters approved a 1.5 mill levy property tax in 2002 for acquisition and

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Clarity may come in criminal cases against Lake Christine Fire suspects next month

October 10, 2018 — The attorneys for the couple accused by police of starting the Lake Christine Fire indicated Tuesday in Eagle County Court that prospects remain to resolve the cases without trials. Josh Maximon, the attorney for Richard Miller, told Eagle County Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez he had gone

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Lake Christine Fire in Basalt 100% contained after rain and snow

October 9, 2018 — Local and federal authorities declared the Lake Christine Fire completely contained Tuesday after Basalt Mountain was socked with rain, snow and low temperatures over the previous three days. "While there still is a chance that some minimal heat remains within the perimeter of the fire,

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Basalt, Snowmass firefighters asking voters for funding help

October 9, 2018 — Basalt and Snowmass Village firefighters are, metaphorically speaking, walking on water right now after teaming with regional and federal firefighters to save the midvalley from the Lake Christine Fire last summer. The career and volunteer firefighters of the merged departments met the challenges posed July

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Skico says it will be better prepared at Snowmass if it is another low snow year

October 8, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. officials are hoping for bountiful snow this winter, but they're employing some old-school techniques at Snowmass Ski Area in case they have to deal with dry conditions again. Skico crews are using temporary and permanent snow fences to try to capture and

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Lake Christine Fire suspects due in court Tuesday; DA says hearing is procedural

October 5, 2018 — The couple accused by authorities of starting the Lake Christine Fire are scheduled to appear in Eagle County Court for a disposition hearing Tuesday, as is the father of one of the suspects. The hearings are expected to be procedural, with no pleas or other

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RealAmerica hopes to get some tenants back in Basalt apartments within days

October 5, 2018 — After a chaotic Wednesday filled with uncertainty about when her firm's apartment complex in Basalt could reopen, RealAmerica President and CEO Ronda Weybright felt relief and exhaustion Thursday. A RealAmerica team, along with contractor Excel Fire Protection, made significant progress getting the Roaring Fork Apartments

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Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans

October 4, 2018 — Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears

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Rockies gain a lot of fans in Rocktober

October 4, 2018 — Rocktober brings out posers. Yeah, you heard me right. There are people who couldn't list more than four Colorado Rockies players a week ago who are suddenly big "fans." I get it, to a degree. The baseball season is long. It can be boring to

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