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Paul Andersen: Biophilia on the Frying Pan
Paul Andersen: Biophilia on the Frying Pan

April 22, 2019

Spring is a wildlife bonanza on the Frying Pan Road. Flashing my lights in warning that a new attraction is around the curve is wearing out my brights. Bighorn rams provide an amazing show-stopper that...



A natural reaction to a witch-hunt

April 21, 2019

The CIA and FBI chased a fictitious rumor that led to no finding of a crime committed by the president or his campaign. But the president’s complaints about the investigation, complaints that were prompted by...


All the president’s liars

April 21, 2019

Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and William Barr. What a lying group of worthless sacks of … I mean, most politicians lie here and there, but these criminals do it everyday. Without shame. I feel...


Marijuana has lost its luster

April 21, 2019

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “people who use marijuana or are involved with it in any way fail to have ‘good moral character,’ a prerequisite for people who have legal permanent residence...




Deeded Interest: Earning the commission
Deeded Interest: Earning the commission

April 21, 2019

After near blizzard conditions and record snows in February and March, April has made way to sunshine, warmer temps, spring skiing and, down toward Basalt and Carbondale, sprouting daffodils and even an open patio or...


Tony Vagneur: Casey Tibbs, a horse-riding idol
Tony Vagneur: Casey Tibbs, a horse-riding idol

April 20, 2019

In the strangeness of the dream, my dad told me we were going to (Old) Snowmass to meet Casey Tibbs. That name hadn’t crossed my consciousness in maybe 20 years. Casey Tibbs (1929 to 1990),...


Your time is up, freeloading Aspenites

April 19, 2019

Wow, I feel like I’ve spent too much time complaining about Aspen’s socialist policies and about and the constant demands of the freeloader voters who pretend to be accomplished and intelligent. How’d it feel when...


Tired of the potholes on Highway 82

April 19, 2019

Thank you, CDOT, for repairing potholes on Highway 82. Can I send you my shredded front tire as a token of my appreciation? Carl Heck Aspen



Aspen government vulnerable with no controls

April 18, 2019

It saddens the community to see a family devastated by misguided conduct. Yet a cautionary lesson lies in the saga of alleged theft from Aspen Skiing Co. Many ask, “How could this go undetected for...


PETA gives Aspen props for drones over fireworks

April 18, 2019

I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including many across Colorado, to commend you for choosing to replace...


Aspen Princess: The pug and the purpose of life
Aspen Princess: The pug and the purpose of life

April 17, 2019

Crazy things I’ve done in the week since my pug died: Spent over $100 on a custom ceramic urn on Etsy that looks like a sugar jar from Pottery Barn and probably costs like, five...


Dispatchers — our unsung heros

April 17, 2019

This week there is a banner hanging over Aspen’s Main Street to recognize National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Please help us celebrate by thanking a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Every day the safety and lives of our...


The city of Aspen’s failure to communicate

April 17, 2019

At Monday night’s meeting during a public hearing, Aspen City Council is being asked to approve certificates of participation that will total approximately $60 million, which includes interest to build only the new Galena Plaza/Rio...



Bathroom door not working in Snowmass

April 16, 2019

Surely a multimillion-dollar ski area like Snowmass can afford a quality door to its rest-room facilities. The door under the Westin, just behind Snowmass Sports on the mall, has not been operable for 10 years....


Emotional politics

April 16, 2019

“The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt explains that people make decisions based on emotion, not logic. Once the emotional decision is made, arguments concocted by the “rational” mind are used to justify it. The arguments...