It’s one of the more exciting weekends of the off-season — Aspen High School graduates its senior class this Saturday, and everywhere around town there is a feeling of hope for the future and celebration of a tight-knit community that in many ways collectively raises the next generation of young leaders. In honor of graduation weekend, The Aspen Skinny is taking a look at what makes the local education system so special.
Aspen voters went to the polls on May 5 for the annual municipal election, handily re-electing Mayor Steve Skadron and Councilman Adam Frisch. But the second council seat that was up for grabs, Dwayne Romero’s (he chose not to run), wasn’t won outright by any of the remaining six candidates. Instead, attorney and real estate agent Bert Myrin, who received the second-most number of votes, and former mayor and county commissioner Mick Ireland, who came in third place, are now facing each other in a runoff election on June 2. Also on the ballot, Referendum 1, which gives voters the power to decide land-use applications with variances approved by City Council, passed with 53.4 percent of the vote.
So what does this election mean for Aspen and its future? And in particular, what does the passage of Referendum 1 mean for development, since it has shifted control from Council to the electorate over future commercial development applications with more height or mass, or less parking or affordable housing than what’s required by code? (More on the recent history of legislating variances can be found on this Skinny post.) Continue reading →
About two years ago, a trio of Aspenites set out to climb and ski the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. Now, they’re almost done.
Chris Davenport and Ted and Christy Mahon had a good head start when they conceived the Centennial Skiers project in the spring of 2013. The skier mountaineers had each already skied off the state’s 53 fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet), Davenport in a record-setting one year in 2007 and Christy Mahon being the first woman to achieve the same feat three years later. Continue reading →