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Snowmass Town Council motions to raise age to purchase tobacco products to 21

November 18, 2018 — Snowmass Village is on track to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 and also to prohibit its tobacco vending machines. This is the direction Snowmass Town Council moved toward collectively during a Monday work session where Risa Turetsky of

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Breckenridge topples town’s trailside troll

November 17, 2018 — A Breckenridge crew took down the town's trailside troll, named Isak Heartstone, Thursday morning, much to the dismay of those who loved the sculpture. Town staff blocked off the Wellington Trail as workers cut up and dismantled the roughly 15-foot sculpture made of reclaimed wood.

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Aspen Mountain opens for the season with 180 acres of skiable terrain

November 17, 2018 — How good was Saturday's opening day on Aspen Mountain? Well, Aspen Skiing Co. president and CEO Mike Kaplan pretty much summed it up in one word. "So excited. My quote is, 'Woohoo!' How's that?" Kaplan said shortly after the Silver Queen Gondola opened for the

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Glenwood Springs vets center celebrates one year of operation

November 17, 2018 — The Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) celebrated the first anniversary of the Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center with a Nov. 10 community event at the Center in downtown Glenwood Springs. Janna Owens, Casey Owens' mother, and John Beckius, Jesse Beckius' father, were among the

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Your Watershed column: A story of ecological restoration

November 17, 2018 — Butler Creek is located in the White River National Forest at the headwaters of Rifle Creek. It is directly north of Rifle by about 16 miles, and "if you look at pictures from decades ago, Butler Creek was a mess," said Clay Ramey of the

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Tipton joins House majority in dropping federal legal protections for gray wolves

November 17, 2018 — WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in

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Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail debate much mellower on far side of McClure Pass

November 16, 2018 — While a bitter debate is underway over the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail section in the Crystal River Valley, planning for a route on the other side of McClure Pass is inching ahead mostly with a shrug. There has not been a lot of opposition

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Former Aspenite Devon Meyers and family lose home in Malibu fire

November 16, 2018 — A former Aspen Times photographer who maintains close ties to the Roaring Fork Valley lost his home in Malibu to the Woolsey Fire last week. Devon Meyers was able to use a press pass from the Malibu Times to gain access Thursday to his Trancas

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Sextiped Valley column: Happier holidays for homeless pets

November 16, 2018 — Years ago, when I worked in animal shelters, we used to close adoptions just before Thanksgiving and resume on Jan 2. That is, people could adopt but weren't allowed to take their new pets home til after the holidays. I know this sounds counter-intuitive: the

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One lane of WB I-70 now open in Glenwood Canyon after crash

November 16, 2018 — UPDATE 7:19 p.m. — One lane is now open westbound, allowing traffic to begin moving, according to CDOT. — GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado —Westbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon was closed shortly after 6 p.m. Friday due to a multi-vehicle accident near the Grizzly Creek Rest

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Garfield County crime briefs: Suspicious motel call leads to hypodermic needles

November 16, 2018 — At approximately 3:42 a.m. Nov. 9, Garfield County emergency dispatch received a call about suspicious activity at a north Glenwood Springs motel. According to an affidavit, the reporting party stated that a dark-colored sedan had parked next to a truck in the motel parking lot

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South Bridge easement agreement between Glenwood, RFTA finalized

November 15, 2018 — Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday finalized an easement agreement with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority that allows a crossing of the Rio Grande Trail and inactive rail corridor south of town for the future South Bridge project. Thankfully and remarkably, the June 2002 Coal

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El Jebel video producer needs help on possible Lake Christine Fire documentary

November 15, 2018 — A midvalley videographer who was in the thick of the Lake Christine Fire in July is considering making a documentary of the event if he can enlist the public's help. Barry Stevenson of Outside Adventure Media said the project will likely hinge on whether he

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Juvenile who shot, killed dog near Carbondale sentenced two years in youth division

November 14, 2018 — A Garfield County district judge sentenced a 14-year-old boy Wednesday to two years in the Colorado Division of Youth Services for shooting a dog to death and transgressions he committed in two unrelated cases. That's according to prosecutor Tony Hershey, who provided limited details about

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Groundbreaking marks start of Glenwood Springs’ 27th St. Bridge project

November 14, 2018 — A Wednesday groundbreaking marked the ceremonial start for Glenwood Springs' planned replacement of the aging and poorly rated 27th Street Bridge. The bridge, commonly known as the Sunlight Bridge, provides the city's main link over the Roaring Fork River to the neighborhoods along South Midland

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Father of man accused of sparking Lake Christine Fire asks for trial in trespass case

November 14, 2018 — EAGLE — Craig Miller said he's not guilty and will take his chances at trial. Miller, whose son Richard is accused with Allison Marcus of sparking the Lake Christine fire, pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, to charges that he stormed to a neighbors'

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Micro-housing and free market river cabins part of new proposal for Basalt’s Pan and Fork

November 13, 2018 — A developer working on a plan for the former Pan and Fork site in Basalt reduced the number of free-market units and created "micro-housing" and rental apartments to try to sweeten the pot for the town council. Basalt River Park LLC, headed by midvalley businessman

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Health care in Summit County and Colorado keeps getting more expensive

November 13, 2018 — A new study has found that health care costs in Colorado are still rising. A study by the Portland, Maine-based Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement found that health care costs for commercially insured individuals in Colorado increased by 2 percent from 2015 to 2016, while

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Aspen Mountain will open Saturday with 130 acres, top-to-bottom terrain

November 13, 2018 — Aspen Mountain will open Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing on 130 acres of terrain, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday. Skico previously said it would open five days before the scheduled opening, but details weren't available on what terrain would be open. The mountain will debut for

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Roaring Fork Valley Life for All profile: Redefining the perception of challenge

November 13, 2018 — Editor's note: The Post Independent, in conjunction with Valley Life For All, continues a monthly series of profiles about people in our community who have different abilities. Twenty-seven percent of Americans experience some disability. One hundred percent are a part of our community. Each has

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