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Aspen by the Numbers

March 8, 2009

Aspen by the Numbers.

Year round residents of the Aspen area are older, richer, whiter, more masculine and a heck of a lot more liberal than their fellow residents of Colorado and the United States.

So let’s look at the Aspen area by the numbers:

Pitkin County has 15,106 residents. 97 percent are white. 1.4 percent are asian. .7 percent are black. And 8.2 percent are Hispanic. If you noticed this adds up to way more than 100 percent, that is because Hispanic is an ethnic group, not a race. So they can get counted twice.


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Aspen Cougar Hunt?

Aspen cougars, for the time being, are safe.

Video of the local wild cats being stalked and hunted will not be showing up on Wild Kingdom any time soon.

But it appeared that way earlier this month when word got out that Aspen Entertainment Group was looking for locals to help with the production of its latest film “Cougar Hunting.”


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Aspen Day Trips: Penny Hot Springs

Penny Hot SpringsPenny Hot SpringsFor centuries, Colorado’s geothermal hot springs have enjoyed an almost mythical reputation for medicinal rejuvenation. The Rocky Mountain region is speckled with a handful of world-famous hot springs, many within a day’s driving distance of Aspen.

Glenwood Springs, forty miles from Aspen at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, is home to the mammoth, 2-block long Hot Springs Pool. However, many visitors to Aspen do not have to drive the whole way down valley to bath in steamy and soothing mineral waters.

Penny Hot Springs is located in the breathtaking scenery of the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale and Redstone. Spending an afternoon splashing around in Penny Springs is an unforgettable and sublime experience.


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Aspen Drowning in Forbes Real Estate Story.

We repeat the old joke – now at the expense of Forbes Magazine: How do you make a small fortune in Aspen real estate?

Start with a large fortune.

There is no other way to explain the recent Forbes article alternatively headlined “Why Aspen Prices Holding Up” or “Why Prices Are Up in Aspen.”


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Aspen Enviro Conference: Stop the Insanity!

The private jets are gone. The Aspen Environmental Conference is over. But the lunacy lingers on.

Luckily for us, we have some bloggers -- unschooled in Anthony Robbins NLP intellectual cloaking -- to tell us what really happened at this internationally known conference. We caught at least two of them telling the truth.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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Aspen Fashion Week Round Up: Hedonism and Haute Couture

Never doubt Aspen’s ability to feast on issues of vanity, even amidst a crippling national recession. “Aspen” –as an idea– is elevated in the American public’s imagination as the self-actualized pinnacle of the American Dream. This remote mountain retreat of soaring peaks, powdery slopes, and wide-open skies righteously touts Gatsby-like success and excess, be it après-ski soirees or outrageous real estate prices. Valentino and Lisa Johnson at Aspen Fashion Week: valentino-lisa-johnson-aspen-fashion-weekValentino and Lisa Johnson at Aspen Fashion Week: Need more proof? Take a walk past the chichi shoe, fur, and handbag boutiques with easily mispronounced French and Italian names.

Designer-thread retailers are big business in Aspen, a town eponymous for international self-trumpeting festivals and celebrity charity events. Thus, it was merely time and starry-eyed destiny before the fashion world descended on Aspen with the good intentions of hosting an “official” winter fashion week.


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Aspen Greens Turn a Lighter Shade of Pale.

You are an environmental group. You hate carbon footprints. At least from other people. You hate even more when punk-ass bloggers stomp on the carbon footprints that come from all the fossil fuel you burn whenever you travel to far away places to meet with your environmental buddies to complain about other folks creating carbon footprints.

To quote the great philosopher Karl Malden: “What will you do? What … will … you … do?”


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Aspen History Week

In 1890, as silver mining boomed in the snowy footholds of the Elk Mountains, Aspen’s population ballooned and a rustic mining camp became the third-largest city in the state of Colorado. Boasting a population of 13,000, only Denver and Leadville were bigger. The Aspen area was the single largest silver producer in the country until the mine-town era came crumbling to a halt.