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

The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and two others — including a Colorado man — conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among three men charged in New […]

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

The pilot of a small airplane that crashed near Aspen earlier this month appears to have been flying too low for the tall mountains surrounding the resort town when he crashed, killing himself and another man.  A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of […]

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

By Andrew Travers, The Aspen Times Like most people who saw “Dumb and Dumber” when they were kids, Zach Courts and Ari Henning have re-watched it countless times and can rattle off quotes and whole scenes of dialogue. Unlike most people, these grown men and professional motorheads now have a YouTube channel and a budget […]

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

By Christine Benedetti, Aspen Daily News A Red Mountain home and guesthouse sold for $72.5 million on Tuesday, making it the most expensive real estate transaction in Pitkin County history, according to records in the Multiple Listing Service. The property was purchased by Patrick Dovigi, a Canadian who was a former professional hockey player who […]

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

Ali Fuchs wants to build two, deed-restricted one-bedroom units behind Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven, her shop in downtown Crested Butte. The town’s zoning code requires two parking spaces per unit. But she doesn’t need four spaces. With only two tenants, she needs two spaces. “Because that makes sense,” she said.  The impasse led Fuchs to […]

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

When Teri Havens bought two acres tucked in a thick stand of aspen on a hill south of Marble in 1995, it was her bit of backcountry nirvana.  Yes, it sat along a popular jeeping trail  ̶  a county road leading to the historic Lead King Loop. But she could live with four-wheel-drive vehicles jouncing […]

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

The unprecedented housing crisis in Colorado will soon see an equally extraordinary flood of cash. In Colorado’s high country, where affordable housing is a decades-long issue that exploded into a catastrophe last year, an army of developers on the front lines of a complex campaign to build workforce housing are ready to help guide the […]

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

Brianna Anthony and her boyfriend, Keenan Montague, have lived in three homes over the past six months in Telluride. The five-bedroom house that the local bartenders rented with friends sold last fall, and the new owner, an East Coast doctor with a home in nearby Mountain Village, launched a major renovation. They moved into another […]

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

The pill was light blue and stamped with “30” and “M,” just like a real 30mg oxycodone. Except it was a counterfeit, cooked up in an illegal Mexican lab rather than precisely measured in a pharmaceutical factory. The fentanyl it contained was potent enough to kill Jonathan Ellington in a matter of seconds. He died […]