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Paul Andersen: The last telemark skier in Crested Butte

January 27, 2020

The ski posse formed up last weekend at the Washington Gulch Trailhead a few miles from Crested Butte. Most of us were senior citizens and longtime locals. All of us were originally backcountry telemark skiers....

God’s rainbows

January 26, 2020

Thanks for the rainbows. I especially enjoy seeing all the rainbow flags and banners displayed up and down the valley. I think it is absolutely wonderful that people are willing to remind one another what...

Hard decisions come with climate action

January 26, 2020

Meredith Carroll would not have written this column even a couple of years ago (“Shame on the climate shamers,” Jan. 22, The Aspen Times). Public opinion is shifting rapidly. The Basalt fire put some heat...

An abrupt end to a musical journey

January 26, 2020

I cannot go without saying thank you to all of you. Stan Bialek, especially. Thank you, Stan, Arlene, Scott, Jeannie, Neil and Stu. This amazing gift you guys gave me turned into a fleeting, precious...

Kudos and Kindness

January 25, 2020

Open Your Heart for those in need The Snowmass Village Community Outreach Fund was established more than 27 years ago to assist people living in Snowmass Village. The fund has helped more than 35 residents...

Get Gardner’s ear with your vote

January 24, 2020

It appears that we might have three Republicans willing to vote to include witnesses and documents necessary to have a fair impeachment trial. If we could convince Sen. Cory Gardner to also vote for documents...

Climate action starts with the people

January 24, 2020

In response to Meredith Carroll’s column “Shame on the climate shamers” (Jan. 22, It sure is tempting to believe Auden Schendler’s perspective on the climate crisis, but the magnitude and the momentum of the...

A cry for Sy

January 24, 2020

Where’s Sy Coleman now that we need him? Sy knows what an Aspen radio station is. Come back, Sy. All is forgiven! Michael Gassman Basalt

Around we go with China

January 24, 2020

Donald Trump starts a trade war with China, then he settles part of the war with an agreement to make him appear to be a great statesman for his upcoming election. A number of analysts...

Shame on Aspen Public Radio

January 24, 2020

I’ve been in a state of sadness and disbelief since Aspen Public Radio’s announcement caught me off-guard. APR’s superb music programming so many of us locals have valued and enjoyed for years is gone. Talk...

Roses and Thorns

January 24, 2020

Either a batch of roses or a crown of thorns will be going to the collective crowd in town for the X Games this weekend. As the winter-sports spotlight shines on Buttermilk Ski Area, we’ll...

A golden opportunity for Roaring Fork Valley youth

January 23, 2020

Want to know one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s truly best kept secrets? Want to ensure that the future of conservation will be alive and viable? Your local chapter of the National Audubon Society is...

KAJX now part of the every-day media

January 23, 2020

Just what we need — another 24-hour news station liberally littered with BBC programming (it must be cheap). I get all the news and commentary I want on CNN, MSNBC and more than enough on...

See yourself positively, even in the mirror

January 22, 2020

Last week I wrote about finally feeling well-adjusted and empowered to love myself for who I am. I think I may have yammered on about how my focus has shifted from vanity to thinking more...

Crosstown Shuttle under-used in Aspen

January 22, 2020

To the honorable mayor and Aspen City Council, Thank you for giving us an opportunity to present a request for extended crosstown bus service for the West End. As you know, the Crosstown Shuttle runs...

Old powerhouse building in Aspen needs to cool it

January 22, 2020

Walking by the old powerhouse building that Liz (Chapman, environmental health specialist, city of Aspen) works in, I’ve noticed that second-story windows are open 24/7, all winter long. Talking to Liz today about what of...