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Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, Aspen man among trio accused of being United Arab Emirates agents

Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, was charged alongside Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, 43, of the United Arab Emirates

Crime and Courts

Pilot appears to have been flying too low in mountains near Aspen before deadly crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of 11,500 feet on July 3 as it approached a mountain ridgeline with summits over 13,000 feet

News

YouTubers build replica of “Dumb and Dumber” mini-bike, retrace ride from Nebraska to a little place called Aspen

Coloradans

The most expensive home sale in the Aspen area just closed. Here’s how much was spent.

The property was purchased by Patrick Dovigi, a Canadian who was a former professional hockey player who is now founder, president and CEO of Green for Life Environmental

Housing

How emergency declarations in Colorado’s high country housing crisis smooth the path to more homes for locals

A "disaster" resolution over housing in Crested Butte enables the town to bypass codes, buy a hotel, remove limits on downtown camping and curtail short-term rentals. More communities are planning similar declarations as high country housing crisis reaches a crescendo.

Housing

Kayaker killed in treacherous stretch of river in western Colorado

Outdoors

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out

More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.

Housing

How fake blue pills killed people on the Western Slope and led to Colorado’s first counterfeit opioid death conviction

For the first time in Colorado, a drug dealer has been convicted of causing a person’s death from fentanyl pills disguised to look like prescription painkillers. The trial centered on one victim, but there were others.

Crime and Courts

How Aspen Snowmass hosted six major contests in a season when resorts worldwide canceled events

Thousands of athletes, coaches and event staff had given up on the 2020-21 competitive ski season when Aspen Skiing Co. called them to the Roaring Fork Valley and “saved our sports.”

Outdoors

A “once in a lifetime” bond: Aspen mourns the death of Zoot the avalanche rescue dog

The 11-year-old Airedale terrier was battling cancer

Outdoors

Colorado mountain, resort communities are rebounding — and then some — from coronavirus-scarred 2020

Despite grim projections last spring, many of Colorado’s high-country resort communities saw waves of in-state visitors in the fall and early winter fill local coffers.

Outdoors

Colorado man among 5 killed in Alaska backcountry skiing helicopter crash

Greg Harms was a backcountry guide and new dad from Aspen

Outdoors

Colorado wildlife officials use helicopter to transport and study pregnant elk near Aspen

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's study of survival rates of calves under a year old among herds across the state focuses how human recreation may be influencing the behavior of elk.

Outdoors

State-border jumpers can get vaccinated in Colorado — even if no one’s happy about it

Colorado officials say an address is not required to book a vaccine appointment, but counties say they’d rather prioritize their own full-time residents

Coronavirus

Pitkin County has the worst coronavirus rate in Colorado. And experts aren’t sure why.

Although skiing and outdoor activities are mostly safe, indoor gatherings before and after a day on the mountain have been responsible for some transmission.

Coronavirus

Pitkin County, with Colorado’s highest coronavirus incidence rate, is moving to red-level restrictions

The change means indoor dining will cease in Aspen. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery at restaurants still will be available, though there will be an 8 p.m. last call and tables can only have people from the same household.

Coronavirus

FBI aids in investigation of gas pipeline sabotage that turned heat off in Aspen

Black Hills Energy "hopeful“ to begin re-lights for residential customers by Monday evening, but a snowstorm in the forecast could slow the process.

Crime and Courts

Coronavirus drives blistering sales of Colorado mountain homes, sets 2020 as historic high mark

Driven by high-end sales, real estate markets in Colorado’s resort communities have set records since July. Most resort towns saw sales through October surpass all sales in the record-setting 2019.

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