When we talk about local food in the Roaring Fork Valley, we’re actually referring to a more regional concept — most of our “local” food comes from the farms and fields of the far more agriculturally developed North Fork Valley (Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, etc.) — about 100 miles from Aspen — and the Grand Junction/Palisade area — around 130 miles away. But with ever growing demand, desire, and benefits to eating local becoming apparent, there’s a concerted effort underway to get back to a more truly local food system. And it’s being led, oddly enough, by the governments of Aspen and Pitkin County. Continue reading
Lately, the talk of the town has been how hot the Aspen real estate market is, and a lot of what’s been written is fanning those flames. While there’s certainly a lot to be excited about, we want to offer some context — a little background detail and long-range thinking to help you understand the market. Continue reading
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Snowmass Village officials are having quite the busy summer, as they are neck deep in an intense and condensed review of an application to amend approvals for Related Colorado’s Base Village development. But apart from those involved — and a good-sized room full of interested observers — most people’s eyes glaze over at the mention of Base Village, a seemingly endless process that has gone through dramatic changes since its original approval in 2004.
Most recently, the transportation aspects of the Base Village plan, including a once-controversial roundabout, have been the focus. But instead of going into the nitty gritty of the most recent meeting, we’ve put together an overview of the process, Continue reading