Tag Archives: Aspen

What Colorado town will be stand-in for Aspen in 1970?

A movie is to be made about Hunter Thompson’s 1970 campaign to become Pitkin County sheriff on the Freak Party ticket. What Colorado town today most closely resembles Aspen then? Continue reading

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Hemingway antlers returned to Ketchum at last

Hunter Thompson traveled to Idaho in 1964 to investigate what had drawn Ernest Hemingway to Ketchum. Leaving, he took with him a bit of Hemingway memorabilia, the writer’s elk antlers. Continue reading

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Ski Town Showdown and the Georgetown Energy Prize

With the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize on the line, Aspen and Park City have become neck-and-neck competitors—but also collaborators. Continue reading

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Presidential wannabes in ski towns

Presidential candidates were in Aspen and Jackson Hole this year to press the flesh — and pass the campaign donation hat. They visit Park City, too. But they rarely show up in Vail or Beaver Creek. Why not? Continue reading

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Vail’s caution about cannabis

While Aspen and Telluride allow cannabis retail stores in prime locations, others want to keep them at bay. Vail looks to keep them entirely out of town. It’s a matter of the municipal brand. Continue reading

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Aspen’s renewable milestone in 2015

Aspen, the municipality, put its mind to shifting its electrical portfolio to 100 percent renewables—and guess what, it’s about there and without costing an arm and a leg.
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Aspen and immigration policy

The question for Aspen is, in simplest terms, whether national policy will treat our Mexican and South America work force as Irish and Italians were treated or the way Chinese were treated for generations, singled out for exclusion and kept in the shadows. Continue reading

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On the dark side of paradise

People who live in mountain towns tend to view their towns as exceptional places. In many ways they are. But great expectations can turn sour, even poisonous as the internal geography of the human soul just does not match up to the physical geography.
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Creating a new water normal in mountain towns

Breckenridge is among Colorado’s mountain towns looking to take measures to encourage more efficient use of water for outdoor lawn irrigation. “We have to walk the talk,” says Tim Gagen, the town manager. “We can’t just sit up here and say we have all the water, now we’ll use it.”

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Cleaning the carbon house in Aspen

Aspen reports it is ahead of schedule in its efforts to decarbonize municipal operations. But the local community is really no better than the U.S. as a whole. Continue reading

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