Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Aspen airport offers appointments for expedited security program

A new program is available at the Aspen airport to expedite the security process, but those interested have only a small window of dates in March to sign up locally.

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport announced earlier this year that the Transportation Security Administration’s Pre Check program was coming to the airport this winter. The program allows qualified travelers to go through a separate security line and not have to remove their shoes, belts, or jackets nor remove laptops or bags of liquids from carry-on luggage. Continue reading

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Jack and the box: Building a locavore culture

It’s the middle of winter, yet Jack Reed — Farmer Jack, as he’s better known — is as busy as he is in the summer, maybe busier. Four days a week, Jack leaves his home in Paonia with a van full of fresh, regionally produced foods, delivering orders to homes and restaurants up and down the Roaring Fork Valley

But Farmer Jack is not just a middleman between Western Slope growers and his customers from Aspen to Glenwood. He’s a crusader of sorts for the local foods movement — determined to change how both consumers and producers think and act in order to help create a sustainable, long-term system of healthy, local eating. Continue reading

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The big, big snow family photo album

Following a sunny couple weeks in January, Old Man Winter came back with the kind of vim and vigor we haven’t seen in years. In the last two weeks, nearly 5 feet of snow have graced our local slopes, much to the delight of powderhounds — and the chagrin of shovelers.

Lucy walks to dinner in a blizzard.

Lucy walks to dinner in a blizzard.

It all started with a storm at the very end of January that dumped a record-setting 24 inches in 24 hours on the local ski mountains. Meanwhile, Aspen and Snowmass residents will swear they woke up on Friday, January 31, to 3 feet of new snow on their decks and driveways (it was pretty obvious as the prior dry spell melted nearly everything away prior to that).

What followed was unprecedented. Nine additional inches (officially) fell by Saturday morning, followed by a brief window of bluebird skies and sunshine to take in the magical white-covered landscape. Then more snow came, and more, and more — 2 to 9 inches every day but one since February 4. We’ve gotten almost 2 feet in the last week alone.

The historic conditions beg for documentation for posterity’s sake — it’s been a while since we’ve seen snow piles so high, cars buried so completely, and efforts to move around in the stuff so comical for man and his best friend. So here’s a little photo album and some stats we put together to remember the Big Storm of 2014, from the BJ Adams and Company family.

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Sochi 2014: Look out for Aspen’s Olympians

Aspen sent four athletes to the Sochi Winter Olympics, which officially kick off with opening ceremonies on Friday night (though some competitions began Thursday) and run through February 23. Here’s what you need to know about when (in Mountain Standard Time) — and how — to watch our hometown heroes, so you can cheer them on from afar. Continue reading

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