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  • By Jordan Curet, Special to the Aspen Daily News
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As temperatures begin to spike, melting off what’s left of the high-country snowpack, river watchers are anticipating this season’s languid peak flows in the Roaring Fork watershed in the coming days. When exactly those flows will take place, how long they will last and how below normal they…

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The Aspen woman who stole over $570,000 from her sister’s physician practices in the valley pleaded guilty to felony theft last month, and while she may avoid a jail sentence, prosecutors are seeking restitution of just over $675,000, an amount that includes interest.

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A forecast from AAA Colorado about Memorial Day weekend travel estimates nearly 760,000 Coloradans will be taking to the roads and skies this weekend.

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The town of Basalt has officially chosen a new attorney to replace longtime legal adviser Tom Smith.

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A judge has ruled that an Aspen resident who is suing the city in an effort to force a public vote on a new government office building has standing and her case can proceed.

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Athletes who accept the nomination to the U.S. Freeski Team will receive program support, coaching, sports medicine and education opportunities along with access to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Center of Excellence.

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The Colorado Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision announced Monday, upheld Aspen’s fee on paper grocery bags, finding that the 20-cent charge is not a tax because it offsets the costs of a municipal waste-reduction program.

  • By Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
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Jesse Dempsey, a longtime local resident described by friends as having “phenomenal athletic ability,” died unexpectedly Saturday. He was 42.

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The woman who was hired by a wealthy Aspen family as a dog sitter and swiped 45 blank checks to steal $160,000 was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail — the maximum possible because the term is part of a probationary sentence.

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A more concrete design for a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Owl Creek and Brush Creek roads in Snowmass Village is expected by December, after the town council last week voiced no major objections to an initial study undertaken by SGM engineering, and presented by public works dir…

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Parking at Pitkin County Airport is limited and expected to be in demand for the rest of the week, due in part to heavy offseason travel. It is requested that those who are traveling in the near future make alternative arrangements to access the airport when possible. 

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It’s become an Aspen rite of spring — like attending the Aspen Highlands closing party or skiing the top of Independence Pass — but not nearly as much fun.

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The magazine that owns the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen changed hands in January when its parent company, Time Inc., was acquired by the Iowa-based publisher of numerous food and lifestyle titles in a $2.8 billion deal backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.

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Tom Stephenson, a former Aspen police chief who apprenticed under the late Pitkin County sheriff Dick Kienast, died Thursday in a Denver hospital.

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Sometime last summer, a thief was able to unbolt a metal post and make off with the iconic “Deadly Bells” sign that once stood near Maroon Lake and the trailhead that is the gateway to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area.

  • By Sam Kahn, Special to the Aspen Daily News
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Aspen High School students on Friday witnessed a “mock crash” put on by local emergency-response agencies intended to recreate the aftermath of a car accident where the driver was distracted and under the influence.

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After the deaths of eight people last summer on or near mountains outside Aspen — five people perished climbing Capitol Peak alone — and numerous emergency calls, three government agencies are teaming with two local guide services in an unprecedented effort to educate people on everything fr…

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The Aspen School District is exploring an expansion of employee housing on its 5-acre West Ranch site in Woody Creek, according to members of the district’s senior administration. Up to eight units in a duplex-style configuration could be sought.

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If the Snowmass Village Town Council were to rely solely upon a community questionnaire to determine whether or not to allow retail marijuana dispensaries within town borders, it would find a wide array of opinions as have been voiced recently by elected officials.

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State road crews are scheduled to pave several damaged sections of Main Street between Aspen and Galena streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, adding to the morass of construction, road and bridge projects causing headaches for motorists.

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Aspen City Council and members of the public offered high praise Tuesday for efforts to get two hotel developers, the Aspen Skiing Co. and the city’s planning office on the same page regarding the lower placement of a new Lift 1 chairlift.

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Snowmass Village would consider a 5-percent excise tax on retail marijuana sales if the municipality decides to allow dispensaries within the town, elected officials determined Monday evening.

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Summer operations on Snowmass ski area begin June 22 and include the debut of new attractions in the Lost Forest, highlighted by the canopy zipline tour, challenge course and expanded hiking and biking trails. The Breathtaker alpine coaster, which opened last winter, is also part of Snowmass…

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The German-based bank that made a $520 million loan to the developer of Base Village in 2007 only recouped $90 million after the project stalled and went into foreclosure, according to a May 9 court filing.

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Aspen School District and Aspen Family Connections present a public program entitled “As You Are,” which is being touted as a “body positive symposium” tonight, May 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Aspen High School Commons. It was inspired and organized by Aspen High School senior Madelyne Le…

  • Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
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Aspen City Council went a step further Monday with a police department request to set an escalating fine structure for individuals cited with harassing wildlife.