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A phone number belonging to an al-Qaida senior operative has been indirectly linked to the corporation that once managed the Aspen-area estate of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, according to a Sept. 11 investigatory document that was declassified by Congress on Friday.The New York Times first reported the release of the 28-page document examining the possible relationship between Saudi Arabian officials and al-Qaida.The document, which had been kept ...read more

Electric car owners in the Aspen area can now charge their vehicles in a fraction of the time now that the new 50 kilowatt charging station is up and running at Pitkin County Public Works. The new, faster charging station joins four existing lower kilowatt charging stations in the Public Works parking lot, located at 76 Service Center Rd. across Highway 82 from the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. ...read more

The partners in the proposed Gorsuch Haus hotel said Wednesday their contract with Aspen Skiing Co. ensures timely construction of a replacement of Lift 1A.Norway Island LLC's contract to purchase land from Aspen Skiing Co. requires Skico to start lift construction within 18 months of a request from Norway Island, according to Maureen Poschman, a representative of the development firm.“We would give notice upon receiving conceptual approval” ...read more

A company that's been a constant factor in the ever-changing construction industry of the Roaring Fork Valley over the past four decades is going through a changing of the guard.Myers & Co. Architectural Metals announced Wednesday it was sold June 30. Buyer Mark Blodgett is the new principal. The selling partners will remain in consulting roles with the company, some at a higher degree than others, according ...read more

Part absurd truth, part fiction, the one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” takes place in the decadent mini-mall that Barbra Streisand built for herself in the basement of her California mansion.The luxurious lair is the factual part of the story, inspired by Streisand's 2010 coffee table book “My Passion for Design,” which details her private water wheel and frozen yogurt bar, antique shop, doll collection and vintage clothing ...read more

Forty short and feature-length documentaries will come to town in late August for the eighth annual MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House.The film festival, produced by the Wheeler and Telluride Mountainfilm, will run Aug. 24 through Aug. 28.It will open Aug. 24 with an Evening of Adventure short film program, including a special guest appearance by high-end fashion model/free-skiing world tour competitor Sierra Quitiquit ...read more

The curious and often large-scale sculptures and paintings of Alan Shields prod you to move. You have to walk under them, around them, lean over them. Twenty-four of Shields' multi-colored works hang from the ceiling, rise from the floor and wrap the walls of two galleries at the Aspen Art Museum.“The works affect you — they're in your physical space, but you also affect them when you're ...read more

The Aspen Institute had lost its way, the late Sidney Harman told his fellow trustees in a board meeting little more than a decade ago. He said that the think tank that was founded in 1949 with a conference on Goethe had forgotten how vital the arts are to its roots and its mission.Harman proposed integrating the arts back into the Institute's policy work, beginning with an ...read more

A woman riding her bike home from City Market on Tuesday crashed near No Problem Bridge and was later helicoptered to Denver with serious head injuries, authorities said. The unidentified woman was about 50 years old, though she was unconscious when police arrived and her hometown was not available Wednesday, said Aspen Assistant Chief Bill Linn. The woman was riding her bicycle down Neale Avenue toward Herron ...read more

A local interior designer has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $140,000 from two clients, according to court documents. Renee Bowden, 58, turned herself in last week in the Dallas area after a warrant was issued for her arrest last month, said Aspen police Detective Jeff Fain. Police first received a report about Bowden in March 2014, when a man who hired her ...read more

Police arrested a 44-year-old Aspen woman last weekend who allegedly stole or tried to steal more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from five different downtown stores, according to court documents. Melony Verlander was charged with felony theft and concealment of goods after a police officer caught her with items from four stores that still had price tags and security alarm tags on them, according to a police ...read more

A 35-year-old man fell while ascending Capitol Peak on Wednesday morning and had to be helicoptered to safety, according to a news release. Emergency dispatchers received a call about 10:15 a.m. from the hiker, Adam Einhardt, who reported that he'd fallen off the summit of K2 Peak, located next to Capitol Peak, according to the release from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office. He said he fell about ...read more

The Aspen Institute is featuring Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, in conversation with Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson. This event will take place on July 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute's Aspen Meadows campus. The McCloskey Speaker Series is made possible by a generous ...read more

#AspenOnTheHill July 6th- Exploring Ruby Mine On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. At the end of Lincoln Creek Road on Independence Pass, you'll find the ruins of the old Ruby Mine. In addition to some cool mining artifacts, the valley itself is beautiful and well worth the 5 mile ...read more

The Gorsuch Haus received mostly outright support or more tepid votes of confidence Tuesday night in the first public hearing held in the city of Aspen review process.Several audience members at an Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission meeting said the site of the proposed hotel on the west side of the base of Aspen Mountain is the perfect spot for a hotel. However, some urged the development ...read more

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