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As the campaign heats up on Aspen’s this fall’s election about whether to approve or shoot down a 37-room lodge on Main Street, both sides are focusing on the issue of parking. The ballot question asks that city council’s approval of Base 2 be rescinded. That approval came with no obligation to provide parking on-site. But the developer has now agreed to build parking below the hotel in an effort to win over voters.

Carolyn Sackariason speaks with developer Mark Hunt and Ward Hauenstein, who led the citizen referendum to get question 2A on the city of Aspen ballot this fall.

2015 has been a robust year in Aspen, but the newly-released August consumption tax report shows a flatline.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company released its winter schedule yesterday. A third consecutive record-breaking fundraising event won’t change the way the company operates artistically.

The “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser in July was the most profitable fundraiser that the group has had yet. That is the third year in a row that it has broken its own record, but the group does not release the numbers publicly.

Public documents show that the organization raised $700,000 through fundraising in 2013.


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The Distiller’s List launched earlier this year. The website sells craft spirits and produces videos and stories about the elixirs online. But does this new online boom in liquor retailers spell the end of the brick and mortar liquor store? Some economists say it might.

Colorado Dept. of Transportation

The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday (10/6) will review a new law that prohibits semi trucks on Independence Pass. This is the first full season with the restrictions.

House Bill 1021 went into effect last August but local law enforcement officials say some truckers are slow to follow it. If semi trucks 35 feet in length travel over the pass, they can be fined up to $1600. Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says even with the law, tickets are still being handed out.

Charlotte Graham

  Charlotte Graham is curious what people remember about days gone by. She’s the author of “Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal: People and Places in the Crystal River Valley.” Her second volume is out and it’s all about Carbondale’s history.

Nova Southeastern University

  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

The timing of a terminated business deal in Snowmass Village is the latest delay for the ongoing Base Village development, and elected officials there are not pleased

First Draft - George Hodgman

Oct 5, 2015

George Hodgman is the author of the memoir, Bettyville.  He has also worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Vanity Fair.  He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Magazine Journalism.  He lives in Missouri and New York.

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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.