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Readers Say Thanks

Wildfest was a heartwarming success

On July 2, more than six hundred people showed up for Wilderness Workshop’s first sold-out Wildfest at Owl Farm in Woody Creek! We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many supporters, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who came together to make the day a success.

Wildfest is a special kind of celebration. We keep the ticket affordable and cut the silly frills to give this valley all it needs to party like it used to: good music, great food, and the finest people. It’s for all ages and backgrounds, bringing everyone together to take a step back and celebrate the wonderful public lands surrounding this place we are so lucky to call home.

Many people made Wildfest a success, starting with Anita Thompson and Owl Farm for providing a fantastic venue. Thank you to our 40 incredible, hard-working volunteers from up and down the Roaring Fork valley. We hope volunteers will join us for our annual Wilderness Workshop volunteer appreciation party later this summer. Thank you to our sponsors and businesses in the community that made this happen, especially our key support from Sopris Liquor & Wine, Alpine Bank, The Agency, Xssentials, Aspen Times, Aspen Sojourner Magazine, Bristlecone Mountain Sports, Reese Henry and Co., and Ken Ransford, P.C. Thank you to the professional musicians, performers, and chefs who made Wildfest a day to remember. And thank you to all who attended. It’s you, the public, which allow Wilderness Workshop to protect and conserve public lands. And only with your contributions, can we bring Wildfest to the valley next summer. We are sustained by community support and we always welcome new members. Join us today and find out more about what we do to keep wild lands wild at

Justin Patrick

communications manager, Wilderness Workshop, Carbondale

Gratitude to our community

As we wind down from our 18th Annual Cajun Clay Night, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the people who live in this beautiful community. Trying to gather volunteers can be a daunting task, yet, I have found that there is no shortage of people who are happy to help, in any capacity. I believe in the importance of civic responsibility, and know that collectively, we all contribute to the health and vitality of the Roaring Fork Valley.

On behalf of the board of directors and the staff at the Carbondale Clay Center, thank you for your involvement, patronage and support.

With sincere gratitude,

Angela Bruno

director, Carbondale Clay Center

Rockies should make minor moves at deadline

Sitting at 49-52 just five days away from the 2015 Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Colorado Rockies are in a precarious spot this season.

Clearly a ways away from competing for the National League West division title at 10 games back, a spot in the National League wild card game at 6 games back and sitting at a 0.9 percent chance at a playoff berth, per Baseball Prospectus, the Rockies have quite a few trade chips that could fetch quite a bit in return on the trade market.

Starting with right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies could get a king’s ransom in return for the All-Star outfielder hitting .317 with 20 homers and 62 runs batted in through 96 games played.

Should the Rockies feel inclined to put him on the market, one would assume that he’d command at least two top pitching prospects and a handful of other solid mid-level prospects to complete the deal, much like what the Rockies commanded from the Toronto Blue Jays last July in the Troy Tulowitzki deal.

While Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are all fine prospects and should one day make a big impact for the pitching-starved Rockies, the fledging franchise would be wise to hold on to its star assets, starting with CarGo.

Sure, his name has surfaced on the trade rumor windmill, especially with the call-up of top outfield prospect David Dahl earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean the Rockies are going to sell high on one of their biggest stars outside of third baseman Nolan Arenado just because they have very little chance of making the playoffs at this point in the year.

No, what the Rockies should do is consider moving fan-favorite Charlie Blackmon, who would command a high value on the market and is reportedly the top target for the Washington Nationals, who are desperate for a great lead-off hitter and top defender in center.

Although the Rockies wouldn’t be able to pry away Washington’s top pitching prospect in Lucas Giolito, Colorado could potentially acquire a pitcher like Joe Ross (7-4, 3.49 ERA, 79 K’s) from the Nationals, along with a mid-level prospect like 1B/3B Matt Skole or catching prospect Spencer Kieboom, both of whom are close to reaching the majors.

Neither prospect would blow the doors off of anyone, but both are solid and would provide depth and upside in the Rockies’ system.

When looking at the Rockies’ system, there’s plenty of hope on the horizon with shortstop Brendan Rogers, catcher Tom Murphy, outfielder Ramiel Tapia, Hoffman and Dahl all close to the big leagues, so a small market team (in baseball terms) like the Rockies would be wise to continue to build a strong foundation.

That all starts with hanging onto stars like Cargo, Arenado and rookie sensation Trevor Story, who looks like a lock to win the NL Rookie of the Year award.

If the Rockies do decide to move some pieces to contenders, Blackmon should be at the top of the list. By moving Blackmon, not only do you open up an everyday spot for Dahl to prove himself at the big-league level, but you could also acquire a big-league pitcher like Ross to help right away. Granted, that’s a hypothetical return and one that is sort of realistic.

Blackmon isn’t some cheap castoff, not when he’s playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center and has a slash line of .299/.358/.462. That’s some great production as a table setter at the top of the lineup for any contender looking for an upgrade.

Along with Blackmon, the Rockies could explore moving a veteran corner infielder such as Matt Reynolds to a contender looking for a big bat off the bench with playoff experience, as well as guys like outfielder Ryan Raburn and lefty reliever Boone Logan.

The returns on those three certainly wouldn’t be significant or franchise-altering, but for a team that likely isn’t going to make the playoffs it would bode well for them to sell off veteran pieces that don’t have long-term outlooks with the franchise for whatever they can get in return.

Unlike last year’s blockbuster trade of Tulowitzki, this year’s deadline should be relatively minor for the Rockies. A few more good years of smart moves, good drafting and patience should have the Rockies returning to the playoffs. With a great young core centered around stud pitchers Jon Gray, Tyler Chatwood and Tyler Anderson, along with Arenado, Gonzalez and Story, Colorado might finally have another Rockies group to be proud of.



From Aug. 1-4 the Coal Ridge Titans will host their youth football and cheer camp from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the high school football field.

The camp is open to students in grades 3-8, with a camp fee of $30 per student, and $50 per family.

Each session at the camp will be hosted by the football and cheer teams that will teach fundamentals, teamwork and character development. The camp also includes conditioning. Athletes need to wear comfortable, cool clothing with football cleats or supportive tennis shoes and a water bottle.


The Silt Hey Day Hobble 5K starts at 8 a.m., Sunday, July 31 at the Silt Historical Park at 808 Orchard Avenue in Silt.

Cost of the race is $20 pre-registration, $25 day of the race.

Please contact Kathy Strong at 970-948-7923 for a registration form.


Pyro’s “Push it Up” Trail run & walk will commence at the West Elk Trail on the Flat Tops, at 8 a.m. Aug. 13 with a 3.5K family/beginner trail before going onto a 7.7K trail that is more challenging. The event is capped off by a 13K double down on a steep rugged trail.

The cost of the event is $35 per run. For more information, visit the event website, or call 970-876-2324.

The event is in memory of Capt. William “Pyro” DuBois, who died defending his country in the Middle East on Dec. 1, 2014.

Proceeds from the event will go to Pyro’s Wings Scholarship fund for future fighter pilots and families of fallen heroes.


The Storm King Tournament will take place at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club on July 30.

The two-lady best-ball tournament is open to all ladies with a current United States Golf Association handicap.

Entry fee for the tournament is $110 per team and includes green fees, continental breakfast and lunch. Call Glenwood Springs Golf Club for more information at 970-945-7086.


The Boys and Girls Jr. Golf Tournament will take place at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Aug. 1, and is open to all junior golfers. Age groups for the tournament include all boys and girls 9 and under, boys and girls ages 10-12, boys and girls ages 13-15 and boys and girls ages 16-18. Entry free for the tournament is $10 and includes green fees, hot dog and soda. The Soda Pop Open is Colorado’s oldest Jr. Golf Tournament. Call Glenwood Springs Golf Club to enter 970-945-7086.


The sixth and final installment of the Colorado River Valley Charity Race series is the Cheatin’ Woodchuck Race 5 mile, which will take place Aug. 6, starting at the Rifle Fish Hatchery. Registration is open online, and all proceeds benefit the Sunlight Winter Sports Bus 2016/17 season.


The public is invited to attend a recognition celebrating Coach Bob Chavez and his 30 years as head coach of the Glenwood Demons. This event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in Veltus Park. Light appetizers will be served. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on for this 30-40 minute program. More details to come. Any questions can be directed to Doug Laven at

Hundley, Dahl homer as Rockies beat Orioles 3-1 behind Gray

BALTIMORE — In a duel between rookie right-handers, Jon Gray outpitched Dylan Bundy to provide the Colorado Rockies with a feel-good series win.

Nick Hundley broke up Bundy’s no-hit bid with a two-run homer, and Colorado rode a strong outing by Gray to a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

David Dahl hit his first major league home run in his third game for the Rockies, who took two of three from the AL East leaders.

“It’s one of our best series of the year,” Colorado manager Walt Weis said. “It’s got to be up there. We got real good starting pitching this series and we had some really clutch hits. That’s what it takes.”

Colorado has won six of seven and is 9-4 since the All-Star break.

Gray (7-4) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to earn his first road win since June 5. He had to be sharp, because Bundy was unhittable from the outset.

Making his third career start, Bundy (3-3) retired the first 16 batters before Mark Reynolds drew a walk.

Hundley then hit a 1-2 changeup into the left-field seats for a 2-0 lead.

“When a guy is rolling that good, you’re just looking for a mistake,” Hundley said. “Fortunately, he made a mistake.”

Two batters later, Dahl chased Bundy with a shot to center.

Dahl made his big league debut in the series opener and got a hit in each game.

“He had got me the at-bat before on all changeups,” Dahl said, “so I wasn’t really looking for it. But I kind of just saw it and saw it up and tried to take a good swing.”

Manny Machado homered for the Orioles, who fell to 37-16 at home after dropping successive games at Camden Yards for the first time since May 30-31.

On the positive side for Baltimore, Bundy went deeper into a game than ever before and notched a career-high eight strikeouts.

“He was the reason we were in that game,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Impressive.”

After Machado hit his 21st homer in the sixth, Baltimore didn’t get another runner into scoring position.

Adam Ottavino and Boone Logan worked the eighth for the Rockies and Carlos Estevez got three straight outs for his 10th save, tops among major league rookies.

Earlier, Baltimore missed two opportunities to jump on top.

After the Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, Gray retired major league home run leader Mark Trumbo on a popup before Jonathan Schoop hit a fly ball to center.

Baltimore also wasted a leadoff double by Matt Wieters in the fifth.


Orioles slugger Chris Davis snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a bunt down the third-base line against the shift. He also walked and struck out twice.


Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He will take the spot of reliever Jason Motte, who was put on the 15-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain.

Rusin was 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 12 games before being sidelined by a strained left shoulder. Manager Walt Weiss said Rusin will be used out of the bullpen.

Orioles: Hyun Soo Kim was back in the lineup for the second consecutive game after being activated from the DL on Tuesday. Kim started in the left field and has not shown any lingering effects from a strained right hamstring.


Rockies: Rookie left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA) makes his ninth career start Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Mets. He won his last outing against the Braves, allowing three runs over six innings.

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38), who returned from paternity leave Tuesday, will start Thursday’s makeup game from a May 9 postponement in Minnesota.

While Jimenez has struggled this season, he is 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Twins.

Armed man arrested after hostage situation outside of Aspen

An armed man took at least one person hostage Wednesday evening near a popular camping area off Independence Pass before sheriff’s deputies were able to arrest him.

No one was injured during the situation near the intersection of Lincoln Creek Road and Highway 82, though the man threatened to kill people and fired shots from a handgun “in the direction” of Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies, said Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan.

“This was a big deal,” said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo. “This nation is learning that cops run to danger. This is what cops do and it is a big deal.”

Two Pitkin County deputies were able to peacefully resolve the situation, though details of how exactly that occurred were not available Wednesday night.

It was also unclear Wednesday night how many people were taken hostage by the man. Radio reports and initial information from law enforcement indicated just one person was held hostage. However, DiSalvo said he visited the scene and saw a group of people he estimated to be in their 20s who appeared to have been involved in the situation.

“They looked very, very frightened,” DiSalvo said.

The unidentified man, who was armed with two handguns, was taken into custody about 6 p.m., and transported to the Pitkin County Jail, according to emergency radio transmissions.

Rob Kurk, a Glenwood Springs resident, told The Aspen Times on Wednesday night that he and a friend had just turned on to Lincoln Creek Road from Highway 82, crossed the bridge and had gone about 200 yards down the road when they saw a four-door pickup truck blocking the road.

“It looked a little odd,” he said.

Kurk and his friend were about 100 feet away from the pickup when another car approached from the opposite direction, he said. The approaching car provoked the man in the truck blocking the road to react, Kurk said.

“He immediately jumped out (of the truck), pulled a black handgun and pointed it at the occupants of the vehicle,” Kurk said. “With the gun still pointed at them, he said (to us), ‘Back away or I’m going to kill them.’”

Kurk and his friend did as they were told, then drove back down Highway 82 toward Aspen.

“We thought it best to get out of there and call police,” he said.

Kurk said the man appeared to know the occupants of the car he stopped because another car passed by him just before that car arrived, and the man made no move to stop them. He described the man as about 30 years old, of medium height and medium build.

Emergency dispatchers first received a call – probably from Kurk – about 5:15 p.m., reporting a man with a gun was threatening people, Undersheriff Ryan said. The two deputies arrived on the scene about an eighth of a mile down Lincoln Creek Road soon after, he said.

The deputies contacted the armed man, who was holding at least one hostage and threatening to kill people, Ryan said. The deputies were able to talk with the man, though some shots were fired “in the direction” of the two deputies, he said. Radio reports indicated the shots may have been fired into the ground.

After about 40 minutes, the deputies were able to arrest the man, Ryan said.

Both Ryan and DiSalvo commended the response from most law enforcement agencies in the valley, including Aspen police, the Garfield County SWAT Team, Basalt police, the Colorado State Patrol, Snowmass Village police and the area’s U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer.

“The response was amazing,” DiSalvo said. “The fact that it ended peacefully removes all the stress from the situation.”

Letter: A theory on policy

As per Bob Axelson’s letter, I also wondered why names are omitted from the PI’s Crime Briefs. I just loved the way Randy the editor explained that our reader opinions were only considered amusing entertainment by His Nibs.

I have another theory; If the PI printed names of local miscreants, it would expose how much crime is committed by people who have no legal right to be here. Like the way Barack won’t use the word “Islamic” before the word “terrorist,” Randy abhors the accurate use of illegal to describe his beloved “immigrants.”

This omission allows “progressive” liberals like our editor to continue spreading the illusion that people here illegally are a benefit to our community. I like the Aspen Daily News motto on their front page: “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.”

On the positive side I must give Mr. Essex credit for printing views contrary to his own.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


Editor’s note: Once again, here is the policy on naming people arrested and the reasons: There’s no evidence that Mr. Kirchenwitz’s assertion about who is arrested is correct, nor is he blessed with the power of reading the editor’s mind. The public can always check Garfield County Jail inmates here:, though having a particular surname says nothing about a person’s legal residency or citizenship. Our editorial in which we set policy against using “illegal” as a label for human beings is here:

Letter: Beware knee-jerk responses

To my Republican friends:

During this election season, terrorism is going to present some tough choices to you and your party. There will be more attacks – by both domestic and international attackers – and there will be increasing calls to take tough action.

I urge you to judge the proposals according to your own conservative values. Beware of knee-jerk responses that would take away our freedoms in the name of keeping us safe. Be skeptical of authoritarian candidates who might use a crisis to increase the power of government (by declaring martial law, for example). Question those who undermine our pride and self-reliance with messages of fear. Challenge those who are less than committed to Constitutional principles such as due process and equal protection under the law.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Dave Reed


One dead in accident near Rifle

A man was ejected and killed Wednesday afternoon after his two-door car rolled over on Interstate 70 near Rifle, according to Rifle Police Chief John Dyer.

Eastbound I-70 was closed for about an hour ending shortly after 5 p.m. following the accident.

Rifle police, Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded the crash, and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office helped with traffic control.

Jerry Neil White

Longtime local Jerry Neil White passed away peacefully on the 20th of July in his home.

After serving in Vietnam as a decorated Marine, Jerry came to Aspen in 1976 and enjoyed skiing biking and the mountain lifestyle. He worked at Schlomo’s, The Little Nell and Little Annie’s in various capacities, the main being bartender. He retired as a 17 year veteran driver for RFTA in 2014. Jerry was originally from St. Elmo, Illinois.

He will be missed by his wife Diana, his dogs, Gunner and Gabriel, his brothers, Ben and Mike, and sister Patty.

Jerry was proudest to have served as a Marine and been the grandson of Annabelle McKenzie.

His family will be eternally in debt to the Hospice workers of the Valley.

A wake will be held September 3, 2016, for details please call 970.379.5188.

Dennis Andy Palardy

Dennis Andy Palardy, 51, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Grand Junction. He was an equipment operator.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at the Redstone Town Park in Redstone, Colorado.

Dennis is survived by his four sons, Tyler Palardy, Dylan Palardy, Tristin Palardy, and Patrick Palardy, all of Carbondale; his daughter Chandelle Palardy of Goodyear, Arizona; parents, Gene and Marie Grange of Hotchkiss, Colorado; two brothers,Richard Palardy of Glenwood Springs, and David Palardy of Hotchkiss; two sisters, Debra McManus of Pascoag, Rhode Island, and Linda Soderberg of Aspen; and one grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dennis’ name to Response at Friends and family may leave their condolences at