Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors

Downed tree samples are aiding research of last snow season’s epic avalanche cycle in Colorado

By Scott Condon, The Aspen Times ASPEN — Mike Cooperstein and Jason Konigsberg maneuvered a 6-foot long cross-cut saw with menacing teeth into position Tuesday on a hulking spruce trunk that was ripped out of the ground by an avalanche in March 2019. “It makes a ringing sound when you get a groove going,” said […]

Posted inHealth, News

9 people connected to Australian coronavirus patient test positive for disease; 1 more test pending

A cluster of nine people who were traveling in Aspen with an Australian woman who later tested positive for COVID-19 when she returned home last week have tested “presumptive positive” for the virus, Pitkin County authorities said Wednesday. They represent nearly a third of all the confirmed coronavirus cases in Colorado through midday Wednesday. Test […]

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As ski pass wars heat up, U.S. Forest Service curtails public ski area land fee disclosures

By Scott Condon, The Aspen Times ASPEN — Public oversight of the ski industry has become a casualty of the battle between Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Co. As the competition between the ski companies has heated up, the amount of information the U.S. Forest Service will share about ski areas’ use of public lands […]

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Female farmers are fueling agriculture’s resurgence in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen

By Scott Condon, The Aspen Times Working the Aspen farmers’ market booth last summer for Rock Bottom Ranch, agriculture manager Alyssa Barsanti was chatting with a customer who couldn’t believe she was one of the farmers responsible for growing the vegetables he was about to buy. “He asked to see my hands,” Barsanti recently recalled […]