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There’s a picture sitting in my office from 1973. I’m 6 years old, straddling a yellow Schwinn, wearing a Vail T-shirt, shaking hands with newly elected mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley. I remember it well. It was down in Venice near the Santa Monica Pier. I was crying, because I was afraid …

Sometimes, you simply cannot talk about a stellar day on the mountain bike, or about beautiful spring flowers in bloom. It can’t be rainbows and unicorns all the time, not even in Aspen. And trust me, I loooooove rainbows and unicorns. Yet, for me to remain silent on systemic racism and ineq…

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Art has always been a reflection of its time, highlighting the most urgent concerns of society and having the power to provoke social change. In the current climate crisis, where skepticism and avoidance are still in play, art holds the power to be a tool, a bridge, and a vehicle and a mediu…

Carolyn Leonhart loves harmony. She doesn’t think it’s in short supply in today’s musical landscape and will tell you succinctly why, if you ask. In jazz, there’s plenty to go around, as Leonhart’s performances tonight and tomorrow downstairs at The Little Nell will demonstrate.

I’ve retired from planning hut trips. That is to say, the kind planned months in advance with a group email chain longer than the approach to the hut; the trip that requires filling and refilling spots, adjusting Venmo requests, assigning ingredients and answering questions about slippers an…

When Christy Mahon moved to Aspen in her early 20s, the concept of using skins, summiting a 14,000-foot-peak or skiing in the backcountry were all foreign to her. But by 2015 at the age of 39, Mahon was the first woman and part of the first crew to climb and ski the 100 highest peaks in Colo…

The news hit me like a sack of ski boots. “Après is dead,” an unknown gravelly voice said, before an ominous silence overtook the line. It was still summer, but the words sucked the wind out of me like a midwinter knuckle landing. Could it be true? Was après in Aspen really a thing of the pa…

Aspen has served as a creative hub for artists ever since Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke envisioned a community built upon the idea of stimulating the mind, body and spirit. There is a special energy in the Roaring Fork Valley that has attracted and inspired countless artists of all types. Whe…

Whenever the economy undergoes a shock like we’re seeing now from the coronavirus pandemic, new trends often appear in the real estate market. It appears we may be in the middle of one of those unexpected paradigm shifts, when our world jumps from one track going in a predictable direction t…

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This week: Local activism continues in support of Black Lives Matter and demanding justice for the death of George Floyd while in police custody, a local bar bends the public health order as phase two reopening allows more patrons within dining establishments, and Pitkin County has a dozen n…

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