Aspen Times Weekly: April 19 edition
The Aspen Times Weekly reaches thousands of readers in in the Aspen and Western Colorado region. In this edition, writer Amanda Charles explains how one marijuana farm in Western Colorado is growing up; also, we travel to the Kentucky Derby and Yellowstone, we find good locally grown honey and cheeses, interview 'The Simpsons' write Mike Reiss, and explain why Snowmass may not ever see a vineyard.
A&E THE SECRETS BEHIND `THE SIMPSONS' 20 || VOYAGES Yellowstone meets the Kentucky Derby 30 APRIL 19-25, 2012 � ASPENTIMES.COM/WEEKLY FIND IT INSIDE CULTURE/CHARACTERS/COMMENTARY GEAR | PAGE 16 THE POT TRADE GROWS UP SEE PAGE 25 BELLY UPFOR LIVE MUSIC. ASPEN WHERE ASPEN GOES STAFF PLAYLIST KEVIN WHITE GRAPHIC DESIGNER WED 4/18 18+ HEAD FOR THE HILLS FRANKENSTEIN BROTHERS ON THE STREETS AGAIN LEE SCRATCH PERRY VISIT BELLYUPASPEN.COM TO CHECK OUT MORE OF THE BUA PLAYLIST THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR W/ ELDRIN SHOW 9 PM THU 4/19 SHOW 10 PM DJ SHADOW W/ MOPHONO Playing in between his Coachella weekends, Shadow is the developer of an instrumental hip-hop style. Winner of Band, Album & Song of the Year @ SXSW. SAT 4/21 21+ SHOW 9 PM SUN 4/22 SHOW 9 PM 18+ MON 4/23 SHOW 8 PM HEAD FOR THE HILLS W/ WAITING ON TRIAL Named Denver's "Best Bluegrass" band two years in a row by Westword. JES GREW FEAT. BROCCOLI BROS. HORNS CAMERON'S GOING AWAY PARTY! 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Now an even larger reach -- global is the difference. Scan for more information Find more at www.masonmorse.com Aspen | 970.925.7000 Carbondale | 970.963.3300 Glenwood Springs | 970.928.9000 Redstone | 970.963.1061 Exclusive Member for Aspen and Snowmass, CO A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 3 THANK YOU for another winter season! I often say that what I love about winter in Aspen is that it's always different and unpredictable, a story yet to unfold. Well, I admit this year was a little too different for my taste. Thankfully, we've enjoyed above average snowfall for four straight years and my letter last year called out all the dedicated community partners that work so hard to make Aspen/Snowmass such a wonderful place to live and visit. Given the conditions this year, I'd like to use this space to recognize a group of people that saved our collective bacon this season: the snow cat operators and mechanics. While much more goes into mountain operations than meets the eye and the entire on-mountain team exhibited incredible dedication and commitment in getting us open and offering great skiing and riding all year long, the snow cat crew was nothing short of magical. They reminded me of Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter of the Broncos vs. Bears game, except they played that well all night, every night. They performed miracles through the holidays as we endured a 60-day drought, which was �anked by hurricane force winds, forcing them to rebuild trails that they had so gingerly pieced together in December and January. They adjusted quickly to the conditions once it started snowing mid-season and were grooming steeps and the classics providing us with their consistently impeccable corduroy. As it started to heat up and melt off they adjusted their track and tiller speeds, demonstrating their patience and commitment to quality. And �nally, they were nothing short of super-human the last six weeks, rebuilding melted-out roads, trails and lift mazes, while grooming the snow-covered trails to perfection every night. I have received countless comments from guests and locals alike about the groomers this year, but I believe they deserve a standing ovation. So please join me in a collective and heartfelt thank you for saving our season, we are all forever grateful and in awe of your skills and your passion for excellence. Mike Kaplan, President/CEO SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SNOWCAT DRIVERS: ASPEN MOUNTAIN: Alan Burnham Andy Wood Brad Dingess Chaz Peiffer Chris Peckat Derrin Carelli Jerrad Mildenberger Joe Giampaolo John Cody Joshua White Kasandra Spehar Patrick Cooke Robert Durham Steve Fischer (Emeritus) ASPEN HIGHLANDS: Alan Cerise Charlie Webb Dennis Cerise Don Helmich Don Millard Jesse Juneac John Kirkham Joseph Mallory Michael Beal Michael Krajcar Travis Blair ZZ Bright SNOWMASS: Amanda Wech Andrew Tweed Brad Cabot Brad White Charley Bovee Dan Rauer Dave Stidham Erik Jacobson Erin McDuffey Gary Schultz Greg Smith Ian Gray Jim Dowling Joel Holzman John Musick Justin Bladecki Justin George Mark Gressett Matt Long Michael Nass Michael Pagan Nick Surles Roger Kelly Ron Coberly Tom Vail William Drake SNOWCAT MECHANICS: Jeff A. Jensen Joe D. DeGraff Pete Robinson Matt D. Bergstresser Patrick R. Chase Noah Z. McCord Pat S. Minnaert Donny G. Mushet Tim D. Shaw Michael W. Hayworth Cindy G. Rios Don J. Popish Paul Wirth Bryan C. McFarlin Dan Christian BUTTERMILK: Corey Shaw Jeffrey Bingham Richard Stutsman Ron Arbaney Steve Gall Travis Benson Photo: Scott Markewitz Athlete: Patrick Westfeldt 4 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 HORSE RANCH GARDENS SNOWMASS VILLAGE Lovely gardens, ponds and patios surround this sun-lit Snowmass Village home. Expansive views of the mountains and ski runs. Wonderful entertainment spaces both inside and outside. Vaulted ceilings. Gourmet chef's kitchen. Family room. Two fireplaces. Lots of storage. Oversized 2-car garage. Close to the Snowmass Golf Course. Four bedrooms, four baths, one powder. $2,495,000 Web ID: AN124735 Jane Moy 970.379.1788 email@example.com Aspen | 514 E. Hyman Avenue | 970.925.7000 Carbondale | 0290 Highway 133 | 970.963.3300 Redstone | 385 Redstone Boulevard | 970.963.1061 Glenwood Springs | 1614 Grand Avenue | 970.928.9000 Find more at www.masonmorse.com Exclusive Member for Aspen and Snowmass, CO A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 5 WELCOME MAT INSIDE this EDITION DEPARTMENTS 08 12 14 17 28 30 32 35 42 THE WEEKLY CONVERSATION LEGENDS & LEGACIES FROM ASPEN, WITH LOVE WINEINK ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT VOYAGES AROUND ASPEN LOCAL CALENDAR CROSSWORD A&E THE SECRETS BEHIND `THE SIMPSONS' 20 || VOYAGES Yellowstone meets the Kentucky Derby 30 APRIL 19-25, 2012 � ASPENTIMES.COM/WEEKLY FIND IT INSIDE CULTURE/CHARACTERS/COMMENTARY GEAR | PAGE 16 THE POT TRADE GROWS UP SEE PAGE 25 18 FOOD MATTERS Columnist Amiee White Beazley explains about great resources for local honey ... and goat cheese. 25 COVER STORY Writer Amanda Charles looks into the Colorado marijuana industry in advance of a big question on the November ballot. ON THE COVER Illustration by Afton Groepper on the ballot | A few centuries ago, the Mayans, in the EDITOR'S NOTE height of our power, predicted the end of the world in 2012. And the way our presidential candidates are talking these days, we are starting to wonder if they are right. We hope it is only a -- probably rank as one coincidence that the of the least important. Mayan prediction and We understand why, the 2012 election were but we still find the scheduled only a few conversation about it weeks apart. If the two fascinating. (And we events are related, it will get to the other makes me also wonder topics later. Promise.) what else the Mayans To justify our RYAN SLABAUGH knew and what they fascination: Here we could help us out with right about have a material that has never now. I wonder if Mayans, in full killed and rarely injured and can prediction mode, also sat around be used for medicinal purposes, the fire and conjured up images while being banned, targeted and of our presidential candidates. heavily policed. Television host Did they know their names would and advocate for legalization Joe be Mitt and Barack? Was Ron Rogan summarizes it best, saying, Paul on their radar? Now that I "I could walk around stabbing think about it, did the Mayans people with forks and nobody know about Newt Gingrich and would think about banning them." forget to warn us? While Joe's point is true, the Joking aside, the upcoming question is really about how a election will take the country's government changes a culture temperature at a time when little toward legalization. It is not a seems to be settled. Today's cover switch to be flipped. It is a huge, story investigates one changing titanic ship to rearrange and area, marijuana, which among all reverse its direction. of the cultural shifts today -- gay Advocates have long said rights, energy independence the legalization, taxation and and globalization, to name a few regulation of marijuana will not make a big difference in our state's future, repeated again in the proposed amendment, which states one of its primary goals as decreasing the tax burden of police enforcement of marijuana. To clarify, the amendment is not saying marijuana is good for society -- it just states its negatives do not warrant all this attention. Predictably, opponents of the amendment are not budging. They argue kids would be the most vulnerable, and on and on we go. The discussion will, and should, continue. Whether the question passes or not, these are not bad questions to ask. Do we want our police concentrating on enforcing strict marijuana laws, or do we want to allow it, tax it and use those resources to help repair other parts of our cash-poor, TABORlimited state? If only we could go back and consult the Mayans. We imagine they would be confused by our ballot question but would love Joe's allegory about forks. firstname.lastname@example.org VOLUME 1 ISSUE NUMBER 22 Editor-in-Chief Ryan Slabaugh Advertising Director Gunilla Asher Subscriptions Dottie Wolcott Design Afton Groepper Arts Editor Stewart Oksenhorn Production Manager Evan Gibbard Contributing Editors Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Gunilla Asher Kelly Hayes Jill Beathard Jeanne McGovern John Colson Contributing Writers Paul Andersen Hilary Stunda Amanda Charles Michael Appelbaum Warren Miller Contributing Partners High Country News Aspen Historical Society The Ute Mountaineer Explore Booksellers www.aspentimes.com Sales Ashton Hewitt Jeff Hoffman David Laughren Christian Henrichon Su Lum Louise Walker Classified Advertising (970) 925-9937 6 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 BRIAN HAZEN PRESENTS... �Ak��r y� īk�9A�k� For Sale... downtown Garage Spaces Convenient Garage parking spaces on Durant Ave. just steps to the Silver Queen Gondola and downtown Shopping Malls with adjacent storage closets. 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One, by far the less numerous, is an expanding list of quackery in the guise of health care products that promote this or that miracle cure to this or that ailment. I say "this or that" because there are too many to mention here, and they are too goofy to warrant much ink. The other is a screeching, caterwauling demand that the world endorse their primary cause, the exposure of President Barack Obama as a "fraud." They call him a socialist, which is clearly the measure of their insanity. Obama is a modern capitalist who believes in welfare for corporations first and foremost. They say the country has been "torn to shreds" since he was sworn into office and blame him as the cause of that tearing when actually it is they and their supporters who do their best to rip things apart. They cite the ravings of one Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist whose writings appear to prove the proposition that even a deaf and blind bird gets the worm every now and then. In his case, the idea is that if you spout enough blarney over a long enough period of time, every now and then you'll hit on something that is of interest to someone, somewhere. I have learned, to my regret, that Corsi was born in Cleveland, the city of my own birth, and that he earned a degree from Case Western Reserve University, the same school that matriculated my late, anarchistic mother. I make that known not because I think it means much but just in case some fool reader out there recalls earlier mentions of my birthplace or my mom's college and tries to smear me by association. Anyway, Corsi has written extensively about Obama's supposed noncitizenship in the U.S. He also participated in the "Swift Boating" scam launched against Sen. John Kerry that helped re-elect George W. Bush in 2004. According to the leftist Guardian newspaper in Britain, Corsi -- who is Catholic-- has been accused by the American press "of being antiIslamic, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic and homophobic, and of exploiting racial prejudices in an attempt to `scare white America'." Sounds like a teabagger to me. So what do we have here? We have a movement (the teabaggers) that was spawned by the Republican elite as a foil against the Democratic Party but which swiftly and viciously turned on its creators when the mainstream Republican Party lacked the proper degree of certifiable lunacy. We have a movement that is sidelining itself through its own excesses and has turned its online newsletter into an electronic tabloid excrescence akin to the National Enquirer just to stay economically afloat. And now the teabaggers are promising to unleash "stunning new revelations that Barack Hussein (the Muslim connection) Obama has perpetuated the greatest fraud on the citizens of the United States." Tellingly, they do not say what this monumental revelation will be. Instead, they say all will be unveiled if you send them some money. Hmmm. I'm starting to think the teabaggers are somehow in league with that guy in Nigeria who keeps offering to give me millions of dollars if I'll only send him my financial data for an immediate transfer of funds. HIT&RUN MICHAEL LEE ASPEN "I'm all for it if it can help our economy. Tax it. " JEFF NEUMANN OKLAHOMA CITY "Absolutely not. It's like drinking and alcohol. I think people can get out of control and cause accidents out on the road. " BRYNA PATTERSON ASPEN "Yes. It would be great revenue for the state and for the country. " firstname.lastname@example.org V O X P O P C O M P I L E D B Y M I C H A E L A P P E L G AT E 8 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 Happy 59th Wedding Anniversary Jim the With Love from Mary Eshbaugh Hayes read the latest edition online at WWW.ASPENTIMES.COM/WEEKLY Jim & Mary Hayes having drinks in the Bell Tower at La Fonda in Santa Fe on 50th Anniversary, April 18th 2003. We were married April 18th, 1953 in the Aspen Community Church then went to Taos and Santa Fe on our honeymoon A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 9 THE WEEKLY CONVERSATION SEEN, HEARD & DONE edited by RYAN SLABAUGH CHEERS&JEERS Our Food Matters columnist Amiee sent us a picture last week of someone "planking the monkeys" in downtown Aspen. We checked. This is not nearly as dirty as it sounds. FIVE THINGS TOP 5 STRANGEST MARIJUANA ALIASES WE'VE HEARD O1 O2 O3 Dank Canny Banny Meg Kansas Grass Colorado Cocktail CHEERS | To the city of Aspen's increase in spending to support the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Taxpayers, in fact, will not have to foot the bill, as the increase is coming from additional vendor fees and sponsorships, as well, keeping the general-fund spending on par with previous years. To us, it's win-win. More bang. Same buck. JEERS | To the person who shot and killed a local dog in Holland Hills, a midvalley subdivision. The shooter used a single BB shot to kill the dog, a signal to the dog owners that it might have been a kid who did not know any better. We hope so. CHEERS | To the bike ride between Woody Creek and Aspen, one of the great things about living in this valley. Talk from area officials about whether to pave part of the section is ongoing as they consider three different proposals. We wish them luck -- improving trails is part of the public process we should enjoy discussing. JEERS | To the closing of our ski resorts, the annual sign that the ski season will soon be ending. Despite the lack of snow and the significant avalanche danger this winter, we are sad to say goodbye to our favorite season -- snow season -- and wish everyone happy travels this coming offseason. O4 O5 POST US YOUR TOP FIVE THINGS email@example.com BUZZ WORTHY ASPEN STAY IN THE KNOW -- CATCH UP ON RECENT NEWS & LOCAL EVENTS United continues to serve the local market year-round, joined by seasonal newcomer American Eagle, which launched service for the winter in December; it ended April 8. American will begin summer service June 15, but for the spring offseason, United Express, operated by Skywest, is the sole option for commercial flights into and out of the resort. -- Janet Urquhart ASPEN HUNGRY LATE AT NIGHT? Late-night food options are somewhat limited in Aspen, especially with regard to deliveries after 10 p.m. But a 29-year-old entrepreneur is trying to change that. Derek Koster, a Durango-born, Glenwood Springs-raised resident who has lived in Aspen for the past eight years, has started a 10 p.m.-to3 a.m. free delivery service based out of a shared catering facility off North Mill Street. It's called Wally's Aspen and is named after his grandfather. It's a fledgling operation, about three weekends old, but Koster said it's off to a good start. He's offering seven kinds of sandwiches, Asian cuisine, Mexican fare and various types of munchies and breakfast foods. Prices range from 1 for bottled water to 12.85 for the teriyaki rice bowl. A grilled-cheese sandwich runs 6.50, and the three-taco package goes for 9.99. ASPEN AIRPORT TRAFFIC INCREASING Passenger traffic was up nearly 11 percent at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport for the first quarter of 2012, thanks in part to the addition of a third airline. On Monday, though, the airport drops back to service from just one carrier. With April 16's 7 a.m. departure of the Frontier Airlines flight to Denver, Frontier ceases the service to Aspen it launched in 2008, when it ended what had become a United Express monopoly. The addition of Frontier brought fares down noticeably at the time. SKI.COM JOINS WITH OTHER COMPANIES Aspen-based company Ski.com announced April 16 it is forming a joint venture with two of the largest ski-tour operators in Brazil and Mexico to focus on getting more Latin American skiers to visit resorts in North America and Europe. Ski. com's new business partners are Viajes Holam of Mexico and SKI Brasil. "Through this new relationship, Viajes Holam and SKI Brasil will utilize Ski.com's proprietary reservation system and online booking technology while still growing their own brand identities," the statement from Ski.com said. "The new alliance will also allow access to Ski.com's industry-leading inventory of lift tickets, hotels, condominiums, private homes, flights, ground transfers, rental cars, rental equipment and more." Skiing has become a popular activity for Latin American travelers. Mexico is already the second top source of international travelers to the U.S., and Brazil is ranked seventh. International travel to the U.S. is expected to increase from 59.7 million visitors in 2010 to more than 80 million by 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE LEAVING ASPEN DOESN'T MEAN FOREVER." 10 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY -- BILL TOMCICH, STAY ASPEN SNOWMASS, ON FRONTIER'S DEPARTURE Apr il 19-25, 2012 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO THE WEEKLY CONVERSATION GUEST OPINION COLUMN by ANDREA LANKFORD of WRITERS ON THE RANGE A good ranger stands up to bad bureaucrats WHEN A WOMAN ran to the front door of Yellowstone Park Ranger Robert M. Danno with a small bundle in her arms and a panicked look on her face, he grabbed the medical kit the National Park Service had issued to him. Danno, whose duties included emergency medicine as well as law enforcement, carried the kit with him constantly, even bringing it to his own home. It was fortunate that it was available when the young mother laid her blue and unconscious infant on the ranger's kitchen table and begged him to do something. That was in 1994, and Danno had worked with the Park Service long enough to know that during the course of every park ranger's career, bad things can and will happen. But he never imagined that one day, more than 10 years later, he would find himself handcuffed and held at gunpoint by his peers. He had no idea that he would end up facing a courtroom trial or that his testimony about what occurred that day on his kitchen table inside Yellowstone National Park would play a role during it. In 2003, after working in several Western parks, Danno accepted the position of chief ranger at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park near Washington, D.C. Many rich and powerful people live near the C&O Canal, which parallels the Potomac River. For decades, park officials aggressively protected the historic and natural integrity of the C&O Canal through scenic easements prohibiting landowners from cutting mature trees on lands bordering the park. So, in 2004, when Dan Snyder, the billionaire owner of the Washington Redskins, clear-cut 130 protected trees, it was Danno's duty as the park's chief law enforcement ranger to initiate an investigation. Some facts surrounding the Snyder Danno blew the whistle on the park superintendent. Eventually, the inspector general found the Park Service guilty of "wrongdoing," and the case was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney's Office. But instead of following up on the inspector general's vindictiveness behind the Park Service's retaliation against this ranger is stunning. Incredibly, a U.S. attorney had the audacity to bring the theft case against Danno to trial. It is a pleasure to read how the prosecutor squirmed while the ranger told the jury about the day he laid a blue infant on his kitchen table in Yellowstone and resuscitated her until she started breathing again. The baby turned from blue to pink with the help of an oxygen tent Danno created with items pulled from the Park Service medical kit he always brought home when off duty -- the same emergency trauma kit the federal agency later charged him with stealing. The jury had no clue that Danno was a government whistleblower, but even without the benefit of this knowledge, the deliberations lasted only 20 minutes. Their verdict: not guilty, acquitted on all charges. Yet Danno's ordeal with the Park Service is far from over. He remains demoted, stripped of his gun and badge, exiled to a lonely office and shunned by his colleagues. Was it worth it? The ruin of his reputation? The lawyers' fees? Were a hundred or so trees really worth fighting for? Amazingly, Danno still thinks so. "In spite of everything that has happened," he says, "I am still loyal to the national parks." Andrea Lankford is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (www.hcn.org). She is a former park ranger and the author of Ranger Confidential and lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. For more about Rob Danno, go to www.honorcodepublishing.com. ANDREA LANKFORD In 2004, Dan Snyder clear-cut 130 protected trees. It was investigated by the National Park Service. tree-cutting scandal remain sketchy because the high-level government officials involved "don't recall" anything. According to an Office of the Inspector General report, it appears that Fran Mainella, Park Service director at the time, and several others "from the Bush administration" attended a Washington Redskins game. Soon after, Dan Snyder was given unprecedented permission by C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt to cut down 130 protected trees. The clear-cut improved the view from Snyder's mansion and increased his property value significantly. It also left behind an unsightly gash in an eroding hillside. Snyder's neighbors were furious, the Audubon Society was horrified, and report, the U.S. Attorney's Office focused its attention on a case the Park Service had begun building against Danno himself. In 2007, federal officers raided Danno's home and indicted the ranger on charges of theft of government property. Among the seized items were a gaggift necklace made of obsolete government keys, retired Park Service signs and an emergency medical trauma kit. Danno tells all the sordid details in his new book, "Worth Fighting For: A Park Ranger's Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats and the Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder." In this cautionary tale for all whistleblowers, the stubborn Tucker is a little lap dog and a lover. He only weighs about 15 pounds. We don't know what mix he is but we are guessing something like a Parson Terrier mix, but he is stalky and more mellow. He is really well behaved and about the nicest guy you will meet! 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Having heard about soilcement roads in New Mexico, Aspen planned to substitute soil cement for asphalt and employ cost-cutting construction by doing the work in-house. I sat on our front porch on the street and the opposite side. Not requiring his transit, using years of experience and his naked eye, he declared there was at least a 1-foot difference in elevation. We pondered the discovery and were perplexed by the civil engineering. Was the street going to steeply slant to our side of the street, or had city workers made a major mistake? At the time, Aspen suffered from the dust and mud of unpaved streets. Highway 82 through town provided the sole island of smooth surface. The county and city had joined efforts in 1958 to pave the road to the hospital (then located at the bottom of the Red Mountain road), Third Street to the amphitheater and Aspen Street to the bottom of the No. 1 lift. Driving off Main Street was both figuratively and literally a letdown as years of repaving thickened the roadbed. Exiting onto side streets involved a precipitous drop off the asphalt. Asphalt is expensive. Rather than implementing an aggressive annual paving program, the city graded streets and oiled the surface, but high-altitude freezing and thawing and the annual spring snowmelt reduced streets to chuckholeinfested, muddy messes. Nor did Aspen's streets have curbs or storm drainage. The first step was to construct concrete curbs with SOIL CEMENT (SOMETIMES CALLED DIRT-CEMENT) IS CREATED BY MIXING PORTLAND CEMENT WITH LOCAL DIRT. IT IS OFTEN USED AS A ROAD SUB-BASE BECAUSE OF ITS RESISTANCE TO FROST, WHICH LENGTHENS THE LIFE OF THE ASPHALT LAYER ABOVE. Hopkins Street with my uncle, who was an engineer and a certified surveyor. He looked at the difference in curb height between our side of Soil cement (sometimes called dirt-cement) is created by mixing Portland cement with local dirt. It is often used as a road sub-base because of its resistance to frost, which lengthens the life of the asphalt layer above. Some New Mexico towns used soil cement mixed with adobe soil as the entire road material. Aspen held high hopes for cheap streets with no asphalt, but Aspen "dirt" is not adobe. The curb situation on our street was not unique to the project. "Fiasco" is too polite a description of the city's do-it-yourself-andsave-money street-paving program. Soil-cement critics quickly surfaced. Without further study, the city reversed course, raised the budget and hired Corn Construction of Grand Junction. Blocks of constructed curbs were replaced and asphalt applied. Accustomed to dust and mud, residents waited patiently. All that was necessary to calm any complaints was to finish the job. A year later, their joy was dashed. After Aspen acquired smooth streets and functioning curbs and storm drains, the city realized that the 80-year-old main sewer line buried below Mill Street had to be replaced. They dug up the pavement and traumatized traffic an entire summer. If only someone had done a study! Tim Willoughby's family story parallels Aspen's. He began sharing folklore while teaching for Aspen Country Day School and Colorado Mountain College. Now a tourist in his native town, he views it with historical perspective. Reach him at email@example.com. 12 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WILLOUGHBY COLLECTION LEGENDS & LEGACIES FROM the VAULT compiled by THE ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY F LY I NG H IGH 1912 A L L A M B 'S DRUG S T OR E PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY "Mail Carriers Will Fly" read an advertisement on Aug. 17, 1912, in the Aspen Democrat-Times. "This is an age of great discoveries. Progress rides on the air. Soon we will see Uncle Sam's mail carriers flying in all directions, transporting mail. People take a wonderful interest in a discovery that benefits them. That's why Dr. King's New Discovery for Coughs, Colds and other throat and lung diseases is the most popular medicine in America. `It cured me of a dreadful cough,' writes Mrs. J. F. Davis, Stickney Corner, Me., `after doctor's treatment and all other remedies had failed.' For coughs, colds, or any bronchial affection it's unequaled. Price 50c and 1.00. Trial bottle free at Al S. Lamb's." Al Lamb's Drug Store was located at 410 E. Hyman Ave. from 1890 to circa 1940. As the use of medicine grew in the 1890s, there were four different drug stores on the same block of East Hyman. A S P E N T I M E S . 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C O M / W E E K LY 15 FROM ASPEN, WITH LOVE GUNNER'S LIBATIONS by GUNILLA ASHER NEED TO KNOW Holland Vodka, Coffee Liquor and Tres Leches 82 refers to 82 proof 1.5 oz of Tres Leches 1 oz KRU 82 Vodka 1 oz of a coffee liquor COCKTAIL: WHITE DUTCHMAN I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but it is time to lose the 20 pounds I have gained since kids and cancer, so I am officially working out -- or I am planning to work out. One or the other. When I get like this, I always seem to look for a new water bottle, and this time I found one filled with booze. KRU 82, a vodka from Holland, was kind of a buy-one, get-one free sort of deal with its stainless steel container. To test it, Murphy and I went to Zane's, where Jen poured us a White Dutchman made with KRU 82, and while I didn't hike that day, I will when this bottle is empty. After all, I am ready to get fit for the summer. Gunilla Asher grew up in Aspen, and now is the co-manager of The Aspen Times. She writes a drink review weekly, in the spirit of "She's not a connoisseur, but she is heavily practiced." 16 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTOS BY THINKSTOCK/KRU 82 VODKA WINEINK WORDS to DRINK BY by KELLY J. HAYES PROVING YOU ARE FROM WINE COUNTRY AT THE CLOSE of this column each week there is a line in my brief bio stating that I live with my wife, Linda, and my dog, Vino, in "the soon-tobe-designated appellation of Old Snowmass." Now some wine-geeks have chuckled, but most friends, neighbors and dare I say it, readers, simply ask "What the hell does that mean?" Well, as the geeks know, it is a joke, a tongue-incheek nod to the notion that our high little mountain valley could ever produce grapes KELLY J. and achieve government HAYES sanction as an American Viticultural Area. AVAs, as American Viticulture Areas are called, are the regions of the country that have been officially designated by the Federal Government as "a delimited grapegrowing region distinguishable by geographical features, the boundaries of which have been recognized by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and defined in 27 CFR Part 9." Sounds pretty official. And who, by the way, would want anything to do with the TTB (as the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is called)? Well, if you're in the wine business working with the TTB comes with the territory as they have jurisdiction over just about everything. And being located in a significant AVA can be one of the most important marketing tools that you can have. It is your pedigree. It is a legal designation that defines the geography, the soils, the climate, and the distinguishing characteristics of the place where the grapes were grown and used in your wine. A wine that has 85 percent of its grapes grown in a designated AVA can use the name of that AVA on its label to inform consumers of the wine's origin. Why is that important? Let's say you're a winery that makes Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast AVA. Customers who know they like cold climate Pinots from the region may see your bottle on the shelf and see that it is labeled as having its provenance in the Sonoma Coast AVA. They just may buy your bottle over a Pinot from Paso Robles because they know that Sonoma is cooler, and the Coast is cooler still. Or say you sell big bold California Cabernet. The ability to put the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley on the label will guarantee buyers that it comes from a place that is known for producing great Cabernet. By being able to put an AVA on the label wine about a quarter of a square mile, and does not have a single winery. All of its grapes are owned by the Esterlina Vineyards located not far away in Philo, California. Many of the AVAs in the U.S. are actually "sub�appellations," that is to say they are appellations within other appellations. Take the Cole Ranch AVA, for example. It is in the Mendocino AVA, which is in the Italians and just about every other wine-producing region in the world have put designations in place to help consumers understand where a wine comes from and the qualities that have gone into making that wine. Now about that "Old Snowmass AVA." If we were to file a TTB request we would first have to establish a vineyard. Then we would have to present evidence "that the area makers can tell consumers a lot about the origins of that wine and that can translate to dollars. Especially if the AVA is known for making special wines. There are around 200 AVAs in America. The largest is the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA which encompasses 29,000 square miles overlapping Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. In this vast region there are maybe 1,000 acres planted with wine grapes and around 30 wineries. Contrast that with the smallest AVA, Cole Ranch in Mendocino County, California, which has just 189 acres, Mendocino County AVA, which is a sub appellation itself of the North Coast AVA which encompasses five counties other than just Mendocino. AVAs were originally established in the United States in 1980. Augusta, south of St. Louis, was named the first AVA eight months before Napa Valley received its designation in 1981. But the idea of showcasing wine growing regions is not at all new. As far back as the 1730s the Hungarians had developed a system ranking their Tokaj vineyards based on sun, soil, location -- the things that we have since come to refer to as terroir. Since that time the French, Germans, is known by the proposed name" along with "evidence of boundaries." Check. The ticklish part will be providing "evidence that the geographical features of the area produce growing conditions which distinguish the proposed area from surrounding areas." Let's see. An 8,500-foot elevation, a three-month-long growing season, clay soils ... Kelly J. Hayes lives in the soon-tobe-designated appellation of Old Snowmass with his wife, Linda, and a black Lab named Vino. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 17 FROM ASPEN, WITH LOVE FOOD MATTERS RUNNING OF THE BEES I CAN'T GO THROUGH a day without a dose of honey. It's one of nature's most perfect foods -- immune and energy boosting, treats minor cuts and burns, sooths sore throats, great for baking and tastes just so darn good all by its lonesome. I'm not talking about pasteurized honey blends you find in squeezable bears at AMIEE WHITE the market, imported BEAZLEY from places like China and Argentina. I implore you to taste the undeniable difference found in raw, unfiltered, local, handcrafted honey, born from flowers in your own neighborhood, state and region and brought to you in its natural form, virtually straight from the hive. It's springtime, and despite the intermittent snowfall, flowers are beginning to bloom and soon the honeybees will return and start collecting nectar and pollen to make this "liquid gold." But beekeepers and bees are already a-buzzin', and it's not all good buzz. There's news on the Colony Collapse Disorder front, perhaps explaining the phenomenon thought responsible for killing billions of honeybees since 2006. According to a story published in the New York Times last month, researchers suggest that a common pesticide, neonicotinoid, has had "significant effects on bee colonies." Unfortunately, it is the most widely used insecticide in the world. Now banned in several European countries, beekeepers and honey producers stateside like Brent Edelen, a 36-year-old, sixth-generation beekeeper from the San Luis Valley and owner of Grampa's Gourmet Honey, hope the USFDA will follow suit. He houses about 900 bees, but has lost up to half of his colonies in recent years due to CCD. "It's hard to keep them alive anymore because of insecticides," says Edelen. "Neonicotinoids are used on almost everything now -- it's even in coating on grass seeds. A lot of municipalities use it because it is proven not to be harmful to humans. It's not the smoking gun, but it's definitely a big culprit (of Colony Collapse Disorder)." Despite the struggles, the mildmannered Edelen forges on with his legacy beekeeping business, running bees across Southwestern Colorado and New Mexico, and even chasing water and flower blooms into Texas award-winning Tamarisk Honey. Despite how people might romanticize beekeeping, small batch, artisanal honey is an intense business. All winter Edelen has been building equipment, packing honey and making sales. Now he is concentrating on the bees, taking them first to the Texas Hill Country before bringing them back to southern Colorado mid-May, which he will do throughout summer and fall. it's me or whoever it is in your neighborhood," says Edelen, "and plant bee-friendly flowers.". Amiee White Beazley writes about dining, restaurants and food-related travel for the Aspen Times Weekly. She is the editor of local food magazine edibleASPEN and contributor to Aspen Peak and travel website everettpotter.com. Follow Amiee on Twitter @awbeazley1 or email awb@ awbeazley.com. to produce some of the most soughtafter raw honey in the Southwest. Edelen produces five different varieties: Colorado Clover Honey, "Chamiso" Rabbit Brush Honey, Desert Wildflower Honey (this spring he is hoping to produce Huajilla, pronounced "wah-heela," a cherished variety currently included in Slow Food USA's Arc of Taste catalog), White Honey and the So how to keep the bees alive and flavorful, local honey abundant? "Buy honey from a local beekeeper trying to make a go of it -- whether 18 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO by AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY GRAMPA'S TAMARISK HONEY WITH A BEAUTIFUL, dark brown uniformity, and robust notes of coffee and molasses, Grampa's Tamarisk Honey is highly sought after for its unique taste. Don't waste this varietal in your tea, instead drizzle over Midnight Blue goat cheese from Avalanche Cheese, or just savor it by the spoonful. WHERE TO BUY Grampa's Gourmet Honey is sold at Epicurious Fine Foods in El Jebel, Planted Earth Garden Center in Carbondale, The Cheese Shop in Aspen, and online at www.grampashoney.com. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 19 ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC/ART/FILM/LITERATURE by STEWART OKSENHORN THE MAN OF STEADY WRITING HABITS MIKE REISS ON `THE SIMPSONS,' NORTH KOREA AND RED SKELTON Mike Reiss, who has been a writer for "The Simpsons" for 21 of the show's 23 seasons, served as a juror for this year's Aspen Shortsfest. COMEDY WRITER Mike Reiss' latest project, his first effort as a playwright, was "I'm Connecticut." The play, which had an acclaimed, sold-out debut run this past winter (in Connecticut, it should be noted -- "I had the home-field advantage," Reiss acknowledged) is about a guy with no luck at romance. He eventually concludes that the problem isn't him -- it's his home state. "He realizes, `I'm Connecticut.' He's nice, but there's nothing special about him," Reiss said on a recent afternoon while sitting in the comically oversized chairs in the lobby of the Sky Hotel. "I looked up the nickname -- it's the Land of Steady Habits. Not even `Good Habits,' just `Steady Habits.'" Reiss, it comes as no surprise, is also from Connecticut, and he, too, tends to see himself as having taken on the characteristics of the Nutmeg State. Despite having earned four Primetime Emmy Awards while writing for 21 of the 23 seasons of "The Simpsons," Reiss doesn't put himself on a pedestal. "I always think I'm just passing," said the 52-year-old Harvard grad, who also has written for "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show," co-created the animated show "The Critic," penned numerous childrens books and is frequently hired to "punch up" films (Hollywood lingo for script enhancement; Reiss' jokes have been inserted into "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "The Lorax"). At "The Simpsons," he said, "I'm the base level of how funny someone should be. Everyone should be at least as funny as me. I'm dazzled by the guys I work with." Reiss, however, will allow himself this: He is funnier than Red Skelton, who was a star in Vaudeville, radio, movies and TV in the middle of the 20th century. Reiss says he had two landmark childhood moments regarding comedy. One he calls the positive eye-opener: seeing Woody Allen on "The Ed Sullivan Show." "`This is the guy' -- I knew it then," said Reiss, who comes across as a cousin to Allen's nebbishy persona. "And it's been a lifetime love affair." At the other end of eye-opening was watching "The Red Skelton Show." "My third-grade teacher was waxing on about Red Skelton, how funny he was, and I'm going, `I feel sorry for her. What an idiot.' I'm thinking, `I'm 8, and I'm funnier than this guy.' And I know two other comedy writers who had the exact same thing happen -- becoming aware that they were funnier than Red Skelton." Reiss was in Aspen to serve as a juror for last week's Aspen Shortsfest, and while participating in a discussion titled "The Sometimes Hilarious Pain of Writing Funny," Reiss proved himself to be by far the funniest member of a panel that included Alexander Payne (writer and director of "The Descendants" and "Sideways"), Bob Weide (director of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and creator of documentaries on Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce) and Shauna Cross (writer of "Whip It" and the upcoming "What to Expect When You're Expecting"). "Mike can zing you before you realize you've been zung," said George Meyer, a "Simpsons" writer who worked with Reiss on 2007's "The Simpsons Movie." UPON REALIZING he had better jokes than a prominent comedian, the 8-year-old Reiss was given further encouragement from his mother, an award-winning writer of humaninterest stories for community newspapers. While his father, an internist, discouraged his efforts at humor, Reiss' mom advised him to carry a notepad to jot down jokes. (Some 20 years later, Reiss' theory that he was, at 8, funnier than Skelton got some supporting evidence. Needing a joke for Johnny Carson, 20 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTO BY STEWART OKSENHORN Reiss pulled out one he had written as a kid: "No man is an island, but Orson Welles comes pretty close." Carson used it and got laughs. "I thought, `Wow, I could have been making a living at 8,'" Reiss said.) Reiss claims to have nothing good to say about his college experience. But his Harvard years did give him some good jokes. "`The Simpsons' is just like Harvard. `The Simpsons' slaps its name on a lot of "Damascus or Aleppo, Syria -- that's a place where I think, `Yeah, I could live here.' Then a year later it's a war zone, and I say, `Well, I guess it's good we didn't move there.'" Reiss takes his touristing seriously. One afternoon he was examining the huge bear sculpture on the Hyman Avenue mall. He and Denise were on the Aspen Walking Tour. Reiss has visited some clunkers; Cuba, he noted, is more dreary "THEY COULDN'T GET ANYONE TO WORK ON IT. ANIMATION WAS CONSIDERED FOR KIDS. AND IT WAS THE FOX NETWORK, WHICH HAD A SEAMY REPUTATION. I TOOK THE JOB BUT DIDN'TTELL ANYONE. I WAS THINKING, `I'VE HIT ROCK BOTTOM HERE.'" overpriced merchandise -- Harvard has the Kennedy School," he said in a speech at his 25th reunion. Moreover, it gave him a grounding in comedy writing. Most of Reiss' time in Cambridge was spent at the Harvard Lampoon. The school's humor publication wasn't know then as a pipeline to jobs in sitcoms and late-night talk shows, but it did offer fine preparation for the work of a comedy writer. "It was just an organization that happened to work like the TV business," Reiss said. "It's eight guys in a room. One comes up with a joke, and everybody improves on it. About half the `Simpsons' writers came right out of the Lampoon." Reiss went from the Harvard Lampoon to the National Lampoon and then to working on the script of "Airplane II: The Sequel," the satirical TV show "Not Necessarily the News," "The Tonight Show" and a bunch of sitcoms. In time, he realized that the words spoken by people on TV and in movies don't come out of the ether. "I never thought of it as a career. I thought, `This stuff just appears,'" Reiss said. "I thought I would be a funny lawyer." WHAT REISS HAS become, in part, is one of the world's most adventurous tourists. In fact, it is Reiss' wife who picks the couple's travel destinations, and she appears to have the more twisted sense of humor of the two. Denise -- who, Reiss explains, travels for fun, not for journalistic or humanitarian pursuits -- has picked such spots as Syria, North Korea, Cuba and Iraq for their vacations. "It's the only thing interesting about me -- when we travel, we go to Iraq, Libya. And I like places like that," Reiss said, noting he was particularly fond of the Mass Games in North Korea -- "like the Olympics without the competition, only the opening and closing ceremony. There really is nothing like it." Stalinist holdout than quirky Caribbean resort. His favorite? Myanmar, "a military dictatorship -- and full of remarkable things," he said. "Every few minutes you'll see something you've never seen before. Four Buddhas, each as big as the Statue of Liberty, and yet you've never heard about it." Every place, no matter how wartorn, impoverished or suppressed by a brutal leader, is preferable to Los Angeles. After 26 years in Southern California, Reiss moved four years ago to New York City -- to be precise, obligations have been pared down to one day a week, Wednesday, when he flies across the country to sit in a conference room with the staff writers. "I pitch in," is how he puts his current contribution, after having done stints as executive producer and show runner, usually in tandem with his writing partner, Al Jean. It's easy to imagine the pressure these days for Reiss is similar to what it was when he was hired as one of the writers for the first season of "The Simpsons" -- low. Matt Groening had convinced the Fox network to take his ill-mannered, four-fingered, yellowskinned family that had debuted on "The Tracey Ullman Show" and make them the focus of a weekly series. "And they couldn't get anyone to work on it," Reiss said. "Animation was considered for kids. And it was the Fox network, which had a seamy reputation. I took the job, but didn't tell anyone. I was thinking, `I've hit rock bottom here.' I remember asking everyone, `So how long do you think this will run?' Everyone said six weeks -- and that was a compliment." The planned first episode was considered "unshowable," so "The Simpsons" had a delayed premiere, with a Christmas special ("Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," in which Homer and Bart spend Christmas Eve at the racetrack), while the crew worked to improve the other 12 episodes. was not too far removed from your average sitcom, and Dan Castellaneta did the voice of Homer as a play on Walter Matthau. But Reiss points out that there hadn't been a prime-time animated show in decades, and the creators were just finding their groove. "The animators went from making one-minute shorts to half-hour episodes. There was a very sharp learning curve," he said. By Season 3 -- when Reiss and Jean were show-runners, with overall responsibility for each program -- "The Simpsons" was putting out classics such as "Flaming Moe's," a spoof on "Cheers," and "Like Father, Like Clown," a retelling of "The Jazz Singer," with Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofski, the disappointed father of Krusty the Clown. Reiss doesn't buy into the theory that "The Simpsons" has been on a steady downhill ride since whatever a particular viewer deems to be its glory years. If there was a creative lull, he believes it was cured by the recent collapse of human civilization -- "9/11, George W. Bush, the rise of the religious right," he enumerated. "That's been great for `The Simpsons.' The worse the world gets, the better `The Simpsons' will be." Based on his experience with "I'm Connecticut," Reiss could consider a move into writing plays. The writing process was amazingly simple: It took Mike Reiss is one of the original members of the writing team for "The Simpsons." Times Square, one block from where the ball drops each New Year's Eve. "I said, `Let's really go to New York. Let's go right to the center of things," he said. "And I'm happy every day. In L.A., I can't say there were ever two days in a row that I liked the place. Maybe there was one day here and there." The reason Reiss can travel so much, and doesn't have to endure L.A., is that his "Simpsons" "Even before it aired, the reviews came in with critics saying they'd never seen anything like it. They raved," Reiss said. "We all got together for a bowling party and said, `Hey, this is great, free bowling -- and oh, people really love it.'" By its third week, "The Simpsons" was on the cover of Newsweek. All of this might come as a surprise to loyal viewers. In the first season, the animation was crude, the tone him 10 days to cut and paste scenes he's written for other projects that never got used into a cohesive play. The play killed; there were readings in L.A. and more scheduled in New York with an eye toward more performances. But Reiss isn't sure he'll even take another stab at live theater. "It went so well, my wife said, `Never write another play,'" he said. "'It'll never go this well again.'" P H OTO C O U RT E S Y M AT T G R O E N I N G A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 21 CHAFFIN LIGHT & Morris & Fyrwald Classic Mountain Home � � � � � � 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5,049 sq ft Designed with a flare for the dramatic Classic Rocky Mountain Style Rustic pine floors, river rock fireplace Office, media room with wet bar Extensive vistas from every room with defining Aspen Mountain Views � 3 levels & 2 enormous master suites � At the base of Smuggler and Hunter Creek trails � An easy walk to downtown Aspen $4,500,000 Susan Hershey | 970.948.2669 Price Reduced Price Reduced Maroon Creek Club Townhome Spacious 4 bedroom townhome Ski to the new Tiehack lift On the Maroon Creek Club fairway! 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Additional FAR available, no transfer tax $3,500,000 $2,150,000 Jeff Pogliano | 970.379.3383 New Listing Charming Historic Victorian 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,917 sq ft Nicely manicured lot with mountain views Just a 5 minute walk from Aspen's core Approved plans for 4th bedroom included $2,250,000 $1,895,000 Tom Melberg | 970.379.1298 Price Reduced Castle Creek Hideaway 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,602 sq ft 49 acres within a forest of aspen trees Huge views of surrounding peaks Just 7.5 miles to downtown Aspen $6,500,000 $1,800,000 Craig Ward | 970.379.1254 Well Priced Mountain Valley Home 4 bedrooms+ office, 2 baths, 2,013 sq ft Two story living room with abundant windows Large deck engineered for a hot tub Parking area for four+ cars $1,725,000 Sally Shiekman-Miller | 970.948.7530 Brush Creek Home 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,361 sq ft Sun-drenched well-kept home 2.5 acres adjacent to open space Easy access to Aspen & Snowmass Village $1,400,000 $1,225,000 Mark Haldeman | 970.379.3372 A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 23 & A mazing views... Spring Park Meadows This extraordinary 35+ acre ranch/homesite property overlooks Spring Park Reservoir. It showcases the literally 360-degree views, including the Elk Mountain Range and looks directly over the reservoir toward Basalt Mountain. Build your Colorado dream home and watch the wildlife from your deck. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets will begin and end your day with breathtaking displays. There are only a handful of properties like this in the entire valley. Approvals for main residence, guest house and accessory buildings. (See listor for details). $995,000 Terry Rogers 970.379.2443 New Listing! Willows This newly renovated, top-floor studio has an unmatched location. Enjoy easy ski-in, ski-out access and parking right outside your door. $299,000 Greg Didier 970.379.3980 New Listing! Timberline Ski in and out to this pleasant one bedroom located 100 feet to Fanny Hill ski run. New pool and spa area. $449,000 Bruce Baker 970.923.2006 Homestead Acres This 1,529 sq. ft. home on approximately 3.5 acres was designed and built with incredible views over Spring Park reservoir. $645,000 Garrett Reuss 970.379.3458 River Valley Ranch Two lots directly on the Crystal River in the Settlement neighborhood. Build 1 or 2 homes! Mt. Sopris views and RVR living!. $450,000 Jana Dillard 970.948.9731 Ted Borchelt 970.309.3626 Smuggler Park This 4-bedroom, 2-bath home features Aspen Mountain views. Walk to town or hop on the free shuttle. $679,000 Rick Head 970.274.2627 Country Club Villa Top floor 2-bedroom corner unit with vaulted ceilings and extra windows. Custom decor and designer furnishings. $765,000 Kathy DeWolfe 970.948.8142 Aspen | 970.925.6060 Snowmass | 970.923.2006 Basalt | 970.927.8080 Carbondale | 970.963.4536 ASPENSNOWMASSSIR.COM 24 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 FROM BUD TO BONG ONE MAN'S STORY FROM INSIDE THE WESTERN SLOPE'S POT TRADE by AMANDA CHARLES PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 25 REGISTERING HAS RISKS This picture from 2011 shows young marijuana plants ready to be planted on a medical marijuana cooperative in Jacksonville, Ore. In the months since federal agents seized dumptruck loads of medical marijuana from large gardens in Southern Oregon, the numbers of registered grow sites serving multiple patients throughout the state has fallen dramatically. Growers and medical marijuana advocates say the risk of losing their crop and their property and even going to federal prison has had a chilling effect on others if not themselves -- just one of the quandaries facing the industry as local, state and federal governments adopt conflicting laws. 26 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK If you don't like my fire/Then don't come around/ Cause I'm gonna burn one down. Ben Harper's words flourish in the quests of ganja buffs across the world this week as the weed-smoking celebrations of "420," more formally known as National Pot Smoking Day by its media counterparts, commence. Arguably one of the most unofficial and unsupported holidays of its kind with a subculture origin dating back to the 1970s, the merriment of this day revolves around what Rastafarians call "a natural state, man" and what Americans simply call "getting high." In its evolved fame and shame, April 20 marks the annual day when people from all walks come together under one singular goal: to smoke cannabis and be happy. Here in Colorado, reefer madness stems to big and small towns alike. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, thousands will gather for an annual "smoke-out"; in Denver, thousands of others will participate in the two-day High Times Medical Marijuana Cup, bringing the newest and most popular pot strains from medical dispensaries around the country to compete for awards and prizes. But as the adoption of medical marijuana under Colorado state law in 2001 has spearheaded the incorporation of hundreds of dispensaries -- putting Denver on the map for more medical marijuana centers than Starbucks -- it appears that the pot culture no longer revolves around a teenybopper image of a couple of kids meeting outside the school grounds to get high but around the business model of the dispensaries and the regulated oversight of the entire pot trade -- from seed to plant, from farmer to caretaker, from caretaker to patient. In a mission to track down the methods behind Colorado's most elusive industry, I was fortunate to speak with Pete Tramm, owner of Locals Emporium for Alternative Farms (L.E.A.F.) in Aspen, who unlike most in his line of business, talks as if he has nothing to hide. A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 27 POT REGULATORS SLASHED IN STATE The Denver Post reported earlier this month that Colorado is cutting its medical marijuana enforcement staff by more than half because the state isn't collecting enough licensing fees to pay for it. The Department of Revenue said that 20 of 37 staffers at its Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division will be reassigned to other jobs within the department. The division licenses and regulates medical marijuana businesses such as dispensaries and marijuana growers. A kind-bud operation The first dispensary to grace the streets of Aspen back in 2009, L.E.A.F. (downstairs from Johnny McGuire's) serves about 100 patients regularly. Ten to 15 types of hash and 30 to 35 "WE COULD OUTSOURCE PRODUCT FROM DENVER OR OTHER AREAS, AND WE COULD MOST LIKELY TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT, BUT IN THE END IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME AS KNOWING THE DETAILS OF HOW IT WAS GROWN." -- PETE TRAMM, POT GROWER, ADVOCATE walls. ... My customers knew exactly what they were eating. ... The same goes for my cannabis. It's quality from the ground up." But overseeing three separate growing facilities and keeping up with a dispensary, according to Tramm, requires much more than a passion for growing, especially when an electric bill for just one indoor grow is 1,200 per month. Ganja farm The state law on the ballot for November is asking voters for permission to tax the marijuana industry, mainly to help solve fiscal conflicts since medical marijuana was legalized. Revenue spokesman Mark Couch says the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is cash-funded, which means that when fees don't come in, the division has to whittle staff. It was budgeted for $5.7 million this fiscal year. So far this fiscal year, it has collected $418,750 in licensing fees. State marijuana licensing fees range from $2,750 to $14,000, depending on the type and size of business. Individual workers in the business also must pay $250 for a state background check and other vetting to make sure they're eligible to work with medical marijuana. strains of indicas such as "Granddaddy Purps" and sativas such as "Golden Goat" line the shelves. With lit display cases of pipes, bongs, vaporizers and T-shirts reading "4:30, Better Late Than Never," Pete Tramm's L.E.A.F. appears to be just like any other medical marijuana dispensary. But fix your eyes toward the walls where framed photos of indoor and outdoor grows hang, and the scale of the operation becomes a reality. Licensed as one of six outdoor growing operations in the state of Colorado and the only one existing on the Western Slope, Tramm and his two partners proudly tend an outdoor medical marijuana farm in New Castle along with two indoor growing facilities: a 3,000-square-foot facility also in New Castle and a 7,000-square-foot facility in Carbondale. Responsible for growing 100 percent of the bud for L.E.A.F, Tramm believes in a direct relationship between his plants and his patients. "We could outsource product from Denver or other areas, and we could most likely tell you all about it, but in the end it's just not the same as knowing the details of how it was grown," Tramm said. Currently caring for between 200 and 250 plants, Tramm considers himself a passionate farmer whose approach to pot growing stems back to his days owning his own restaurant on the farmlands of Indiana, where he used organic, local ingredients. "Who controls the spice controls the universe," Tramm said. "I had pictures of my cows on the Using a combination of high-pressure sodium and metal halide grow lights to mimic the temperature of the sun, organic ingredients such as chili oil, chrysanthemum oil, neem oil, seaweed, kelp and molasses, a regimented water schedule and a completely sterile environment, Tramm credits his indoor growing success to being preventive and proactive. "You can have all the right principles and ingredients for growing, but you can't always predict what's going to happen. The worst is a loss of hundreds of plants because of spider mites or cockroaches," he said while recalling having to bleach an entire indoor operation due to bug problems. But according to Tramm, his indoor environments are much more sensitive and allow bugs to multiply much more quickly than his outdoor environment, which is why he wears a full protective suit upon entering. And though his indoor grows sustain his business throughout the winter months, Tramm believes his outdoor grow, bordered by a 12-foot-high razor-wire fence with protective netting, yields much more productivity. "You just can't beat the sun," said Tramm, who plans to plant 1,000 clones in the ground in June for harvest in October. "The outdoor yields the most optimum light cycles, especially during the flowering phases of 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of darkness." Much like corn, Tramm's plants are annuals and are therefore cut down following the harvest. To obtain the most from his plants, however, Tramm uses the remaining components to make different types of hash, which he also sells at L.E.A.F. "People ask all the time what the best ingredients are for growing, and the truth is, it depends," Tramm said. "Each strain is different, and it often comes down to an individual basis. ... An unsurpassed compost is probably the biggest key, but unfortunately no farmer is going to share their recipe with the world." 28 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK Pot wars In November, Colorado voters will decide whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use, making a bag of hash as easy to purchase as milk and eggs. Until then, Tramm and his partners at L.E.A.F. continue to comply with the everchanging regulations of running a medical marijuana dispensary. Each time Tramm gets in his car with marijuana, which is as many as three times a week, he must receive a transport manifest online that documents the time he is leaving, how much he is carrying and where he is going. On a good day, the manifest takes 15 minutes to process. At the dispensary and at each offsite grow, video cameras survey every move, and random visits from field officers are the norm. Every plant and patient must be accounted for, background checks of employees must be completed, and certified badges must be worn at all times. But separate from other dispensaries that are only allowed six plants per patient with a maximum 2-ounce yield per plant, Tramm is currently one of 14 in the state with a marijuana infused product license, meaning he is permitted to grow as much cannabis as he desires. In the following weeks, Tramm and his partners plan to remodel a commercial kitchen adjacent to L.E.A.F. where they will make their own pot candies, cookies, brownies and more for patient use and for wholesale to other dispensaries. "We are seriously looking into the future of cannabis," Tramm said. "The plan is to make L.E.A.F. as transparent as possible by using all organic ingredients and labeling our products so our patients know exactly what they are buying." In the months to come, Tramm seeks to produce his own pot strains and make L.E.A.F. a selfsurviving model for the cannabis community. "My theory is that 99 percent of our population could benefit from cannabis," he said. "You're going to smile, you're going to eat well, you're going to sleep well, and you're not going to get into any confrontation. So tell me, what's the downside to that?" Amanda Charles is a regular contributor to The Aspen Times Weekly. Her last cover story, "The Grand Traverse: Chart of darkness, was published March 29. " AMENDMENT 64: THE REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL ACT OF 2012 COLORADO'S POT QUESTION SUMMARY On the November ballot, voters will be asked to pass Amendment 64, which seeks to make the personal use, possession and limited homegrowing of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. It establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to how alcohol is currently. The act also would allow for the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp, according to the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol website. AS IT APPEARS ON THE BALLOT Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp? "THE PLAN IS TO MAKE L.E.A.F. AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE BY USING ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS AND LABELING OUR PRODUCTS SO OUR PATIENTS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE BUYING." -- TRAMM PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 29 VOYAGES DESTINATION | WYOMING by AP YELLOWSTONE ROADS OPEN FOR THE SEASON ROADS INTO THE north and west sides of Yellowstone National Park are scheduled to reopen for the season on April 20. The roads will be open from the park's North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., and the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont., to Norris, Madison, Canyon and Old Faithful. Park officials say visitors still have a good chance of encountering cold weather and snow this time of year in Yellowstone. Also, many park services and amenities remain closed. People visiting Yellowstone will be rewarded with free admission April 21 through 29, which is National Park Week. Entrance fees will be waived to encourage people to visit America's 397 national parks. NEED TO KNOW For up-to-the-minute trail and road information, visit www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm. 30 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 PHOTOS BY THINKSTOCK VOYAGES DESTINATION | KENTUCKY by BRUCE SCHREINER ATTRACTIONS GALORE IN LOUISVILLE AT DERBY TIME ABOVE: John Velazquez rides Animal Kingdom to victory during the 137th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. RIGHT: Bland McCall of Bennettsville, S.C., poses for a photograph in front of the iconic Louisville Slugger bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. SHADOWBOX with a silhouetted Muhammad Ali. Grab a bat and take a few swings in a batting cage at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Dig into a Hot Brown at the place where the savory sandwich was created. Sip Kentucky bourbons at a hotel where Al Capone played blackjack. Louisville, Ky., is home to plenty of originals that liven up a visit to Kentucky's largest city, best known for a two-minute sporting event on the first Saturday in May, when the Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs -- where mint juleps flow, women sport flowery hats and sleek thoroughbreds race for immortality. It's not just about horses. Restaurants and watering holes are abundant in town, including Lynn's Paradise Cafe, where the funky decor and comfort foods are big draws. The baked macaroni and cheese, hot browns, meatloaf and omelets are among the favorites. And you can wash it down with a bourbon ball milkshake. But Louisville's most enduring landmark is Churchill Downs, situated south of downtown. The historic track underwent a facelift several years ago that refurbished the six-level clubhouse, added luxury suites and spruced up the home of the Kentucky Derby. The spring racing meet begins April 28, a week before the Run for the Roses. Visitors can watch Derby contenders go through workouts in preparation for the big race, but it requires an early wake-up call. Churchill's Dawn at the Downs offer runs from Tuesday to Thursday of Derby week, May 1 through 3 this year, and includes a sumptuous Kentuckystyle breakfast buffet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in a dining space overlooking the finish line. Carolyn Hayden, of Louisville, brought her extended family from California to visit. "On a pretty day it's great to be outside at the track," she said. PHOTOS BY AP A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 31 AROUNDASPEN The SOCIAL SIDE of TOWN by MARY ESHBAUGH HAYES THE DIG ON THE SNOWMASTODON LEADING THE DIG for the mastodon bones found in the Ziegler Reservoir last summer were Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller, planeontologists with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and now they have written a book titled "Digging Snowmastodon: MARY Discovering an Ice Age ESHBAUGH HAYES World in the Colorado Rockies." The Aspen Historical Society held a book signing and reception for the authors recently before they gave a talk about the dig at the Snowmass Conference Center. The book is a fascinating read about all the bones that were found (many different species of ice-age animals) accompanied by color photos of the dig (and the bones). Helping members of the Historical Society with the reception were Betty Davis Gates, of Les Dames d'Aspen, and Christine Aubale Gerschel, president of Les Dames. Had an email from Aspenite Sarah Pletts, who is in Italy dancing with the "Ode to Life," by Pablo Neruda, in the Teatro Palazzo St. Chiara, which is two blocks from the Pantheon in Rome. Tosi Poleri, who sang "The Telephone," by C. Menotti, and "Street Scene," by K. Weil, in 1983 under the direction of Martha Schlamme, is Sarah's collaborator and the producer and soprano/pop singer. The show is called "Canto Neruda" and is composed of 11 odes by the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet. The music is composed by the Argentine composer Eugenio Chabaneau. The photographer Fernando Borrello is well known in Italy and usually photographs for opera and rock 'n' roll. Sarah plans to attend the Cannes Film Festival in France in May and will be home in Aspen in June. Undercurrent ... can't believe I've been able to garden this early in the springtime. Catherine Lutz and Ian Miller. Catherine edited the book "Digging Snowmastodon," which was written by Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller, paleontologists with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. MASTODON MASTODON Left to right are Betty Davis Gates, of Les Dames d'Aspen, Kirk Johnson, who was the paleontologist in charge of the Snowmass dig for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Mimi Teschner, of the Aspen Historical Society. MASTODON Left to right are Kip Hubbard, of the Aspen Historical Society, and Barbara and John Zrno. MASTODON The Ziegler Family of Snowmass and Wisconsin. MASTODON Left to right are Virginia and Rick Newton and Lisa Hancock. Left to right are Susan Hamley, Ian Miller, Jim Campbell and Sandy Jackson. MASTODON 32 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 P H OTO S B Y M A RY E S H BA U G H H AY E S & M agnificent views... McLain Flats The beloved Jaffee Estate is now available for purchase. This 17.6-acre legacy property includes dedicated open space preserving the views in perpetuity, thus giving the property its expansive, ranch feel. The White Horse Springs/Star Mesa neighborhood is home to some of Aspen's most exquisite and elegant homes. Enjoy the views and privacy while only minutes from Aspen and the airport. $8,490,000 Penney Evans Carruth 970.379.9133 New Listing! Aspen Charming 1880s era historic log cabin an in idyllic setting. Easy walk to downtown Aspen. Combine with adjacent property for family compound. $1,250,000 Karen Toth 970.379.5252 Bistro Basalt Building This local's gathering spot includes basement and garden patio. Upstairs residence has high ceilings and full kitchen. $2,500,000 Jana Dillard 970.948.9731 Ted Borchelt 970.309.3626 New Listing! Starwood Two adjoining homesites, each with breathtaking views. Can combine into a private estate compound, second to none. $1,975,000 for each lot Garrett Reuss 970.379.3458 Geni King 970.923.4010 Shadow Mountain Lodge Your chance for a "fraction" of whole ownership to live the Aspen lifestyle. Wonderful views. Starting at $4,700. Susan Gomes 970.366.1383 Downtown Aspen Two commercial spaces. First floor location. Garage parking and storage is available for purchase. Unit 103 $765,000 Unit 102 $589,000 Karen Toth 970.379.5252 Mittendorf Only 2 blocks from the gondola, this 2-bedroom condo is your entrance to life in the mountains. Excellent short-term rental. $925,000 Charley Podolak 970.948.0100 Aspen | 970.925.6060 Snowmass | 970.923.2006 Basalt | 970.927.8080 Carbondale | 970.963.4536 ASPENSNOWMASSSIR.COM A S P E N T I M E S . C O M / W E E K LY 33 AROUND ASPEN MASTODON Members of the Ziegler family, which owned the reservoir under which the mastodon bones were found. Left to right are Erik, Joan, Courtney, Peter and P.T. Ziegler. Left to right are Ian Miller, George Sparks, who is CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Georgia Hanson, director of the Aspen Historical Society, and Kirk Johnson. MASTODON MASTODON Christine Aubale Gerschel, her granddaughter, in red, and her friend sample the dessert ... chocolate mousse in the reservoir. MASTODON Gary and Becky Anslyn. MASTODON Michael McNeill, of the Denver museum, left, with Jim Miller, of Snowmass Village, who is the father of paleontologist Ian Miller. MASTODON Germaine and Al Dietsch with Virginia Newton. MASTODON Left to right are Betty Davis Gates, Liz Miller, who is Ian's mother, and his brother, Kris Miller. Liz Miller did the cooking for the meals for the teams of diggers for the Snowmastodon. 34 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 P H OTO S B Y M A RY E S H BA U G H H AY E S CURRENTEVENTS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Trivia Night 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale. Proceeds benefit RESPONSE. Call 970-704-1216. DJ Shadow 10 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St., Aspen. Developer of the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo' Wax label. Shadow is a playable character in the video game DJ Hero. Call 970-544-9800. Mark Nussmeier 9 p.m. - 11 p.m., BB's Lounge, Aspen. Loop-based, acoustic and electric rock. No cover charge. Call 970-429-8284. FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Spring Comedy Noises Off 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Barn The CRMS spring comedy is a funny, peerless backstage farce. It is sure to bring laughter as it shows the trials and tribulations of putting on a comedy. On April 20-21. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 970-963-2562. The Quick `n' Easy Boys 9 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale. Live music. Call 970-704-1216. Colorado Architecture Month Film Screenings 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen. Join Aspen-area AIA Colorado West members for two film screenings:"Angle Of Inspiration," featuring Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge, and "Eames: The Architect & The Painter," about Charles and Ray Eames' collaborations, lives and work. Free. Call 303-446-2266. Eames: The Architect & The Painter 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Wheeler Opera House, Aspen. Free film screening, hosted by Colorado Architecture Month, highlighting Charles and Ray Eames' collaborations, lives and work. Call 970-925-5590. Film: Angle of Inspiration 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Wheeler Opera House. Free film screening, hosted by Colorado Architecture Month. Film features famous architect Santiago Calatrava. All are welcome. Call 970-925-5590. SATURDAY, APRIL 21 St. Stephen's Wine Tasting 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Third Street Center, Carbondale. Featuring all Colorado wines for tasting, or by the glass or bottle, plus local foods prepared by local caterers, a silent auction and a drawing for prizes. Tickets are $30 and include a commemorative wine glass and a photo. Call 970-274-0681 for ticket information. Chingaso and Red Stinger 9 p.m., Carnahan's Tavern, Carbondale. Chingaso features heavy stoner rock; Red Stinger offers high-energy punk `n' roll. Call 970-618-1156. Greg Masse 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Fine Line Bar & Grill, 60 El Jebel Road, El Jebel. Live music with a local musician. Call 970-673-6061. Head For The Hills 9 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St., Aspen. Named Denver's Best Bluegrass band two years running (Westword) Head for the Hills produces a mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies and improvisation. With Waiting on Trial to open. Call 970-544-9800. Josh Rogan 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Downvalley Tavern Restaurant, 68 El Jebel Road, El Jebel. Live music. Call 970-963-4388. Magpie the Band 6 p.m. - 6 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale. Live music. Call 970-704-1216. The Quick `n' Easy Boys 9 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale. Live music. Call 970-704-1216. SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Live Poetry Night 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Victoria's Espresso & Wine Bar, 510 E. Durant Ave., Aspen. The Aspen Poets' Society celebrates National Poetry Month with live music and an open mic for poets. Call 970-379-2136. MONDAY, APRIL 23 Live Music Jam 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale. Old-time jam session. Call 970-704-1216. APRIL 19 - 25, 2012 edited by RYAN SLABAUGH Valley's Got Talent 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Basalt Regional Library, community room. The Basalt Middle School Choir, Basalt High School Chamber Choir and Bel Canto Choir present an hour of choral music. Free. Call 970-927-4311 (Ext. 7-1006). TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Garbage 8 p.m. - 12:55 a.m., Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St., Aspen. Multi-platinum, femalefronted alternative rock band that spawned hit singles "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains." In May, they release a new studio album, "Not Your Kind Of People." Call 970-544-9800. Haden Gregg and Friends 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., L'Hostaria, 620 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen. Live music every Tuesday. Call 970-925-9022. Community Art Center, 99 Midland Ave., Basalt. Registration in progress for Plein Air Painting in Watercolor with Georgeann Waggaman for adults (all skill levels), to take place Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required. An introduction or a review. Jump start your outdoor painting experience. Cost is $70 plus $25 for art supplies; members receive 10 percent off. For more information and to register, visit wylyarts.org. Call 970-927-4123. FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Ballet Technique 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Coredination, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale. Classical ballet technique for adults and teens -- beginning level. Call 970-379-2187. focuses on the main energy centers of the body and the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of being in balance. Through a series of yoga postures with specific breath techniques, one is able to connect with each "chakra" and intentionally bring harmony to them. One-hour discussion followed by a 90-minute Chakrabalancing yoga practice. $60. Participants should pre-register. Call 970-379-7724. Runner's Yoga 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., The Yoga Space, 309 14th st., Glenwood Springs Learn how yoga can increase your running spreed without adding mileage! Runner & Denver yoga teacher Rachel Ahalt will discuss running mechanics and physiology. $30.00 Call (970)947-1000. SEE Rock band Garbage makes its Aspen debut on Tuesday, April 24, at Belly Up. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Oakhurst: Album Release Party 9 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St., Aspen. Denver-based quintet's fifth release, "Barrel," takes a noticeable turn from the bluegrass tendencies that characterized the band's previous efforts to a more genre-bending Americana and Bluesey reverberation. Call 970-544-9800. SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Workshop: Landscape in Broad Strokes 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, 99 Midland Ave., Basalt. Conceive and paint a landscape with surprising and fresh results in very little time. Cost is $60; $54 for members. Preregistration required. Call 970-927-4123. THE COMMUNITY THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Creating a Climate for Change 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., ACES at Hallam Lake, 100 Puppy Smith St., Aspen. Open Society Media Fellow Jeffery Barbee presents a five-country series of positive African climate change projects that are examples for the world to follow. Enjoy a special launch of the 35-minute film and an open discussion with scientists and the filmmaker. This film tells the story of how development, international and national co-operation around climate change and natural resources can effectively fight the related evils of poverty and environmental destruction. Call 970-925-5756. Future Area Elderly Care 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pitkin County Library, Aspen. Emzy Veazy III presents a free lecture. Adaptation of the famous Lutheran Wartburg elderly care approach will be discussed. Call 424-288-6202. FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Live Wolves in Carbondale 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thunder River Theater, 67 Promenade, Carbondale. SolTribe, Mission Wolf and 12 local students host an entertaining and educational presentation with live wolves from the Mission Wolf sanctuary. The evening will feature students from Ross Montessori, Carbondale Community School, Waldorf and Roaring Fork High School as they introduce the wolves to the audience and share what they learned from their experience visiting the sanctuary. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call Lori Ventimiglia at 970-456-7196 for more information. THE ARTS THURSDAY, APRIL 19 WC3 Art Show: Three Palettes Artist Reception 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Woody Creek Community Center, 0006 Woody Creek. Plaza Meet the artists, Liz Frazier, Mindy Vernon and Katalin Domoszlay. Call 970-922-2342. Arts Club 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Aspen Youth Center. In collaboration with the youth center, the Aspen Art Museum offers a free program of six incenter art classes after school. Activities include drawing, graffiti, collage, illustration, sculpture, pottery, painting, printing and more. The classes conclude with a student-hung installation and family-and-friends gallery reception at the center. Limit is eight students per class; register at the youth center on the Monday prior to the class. Exhibition is May 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. For grades 4-8. (No class on May 3). Call 970-544-4130. Intermediate Ballet 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., ASFB studios, downstairs at Colorado Mountain College, 0245 Sage Way, Aspen. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet offers intermediate adult ballet class. Drop-ins welcome. Call 970-925-7175 (ext. 106). Plein Air Painting in Watercolor Wyly YOGA & EXERCISE THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Zumbatonics 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Aspen Recreation Center. High-energy fitness parties with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines, for 6- to 12-year-olds. Drop-ins welcome; $10 per class. Call 970-920-5140. Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Class 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Yellow Brick school gym. Adult karate and self-defense class incorporating hard and soft styles, sparring, kata and weapons training. Call 970-319-5898. Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m., Ebenflo Yoga Studio, in Mountain Naturals, 316B, Aspen Airport Business Center. Learn the postures of the Ashtanga primary eries with proper alignment and timing to one's breath. For intermediate students. Drop-in fee is $17. Call 970-925-5502. Vinyasa Flow Yoga 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Coredination, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale. Class for all levels. Call 970 379-8108. SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Chakra Balancing Yoga 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Ebenflo Yoga Studio, in Mountain Naturals, 316B Aspen Business Center This workshop CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A S P E N T I M E S . 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C O M / W E E K LY 41 WORDPLAY INTELLIGENT EXERCISE by RYAN SLABAUGH BOOK REVIEW THE CITY BENEATH THE SNOW WITH HER BELLWETHER Prize-winning novel Correcting the Landscape -- a tale of journalism and urban development -- Marjorie Kowalski Cole put Fairbanks, Alaska, on the literary map. Her posthumously published story collection "The City Beneath the Snow" again brings to life the people of that outpost in the boreal forest, besieged by winter for six months of the year. Recognizing the complicated reality behind the myth of The Last Frontier, many of Cole's stories focus on those for whom, in the Lower 48, "land ran out too soon" -- the restless, displaced and bereaved, those who keep seeking second chances: "It's looking at this house no different than a dozen others on this street, and wanting to start over again with a girl and a cabin." In this subarctic melting pot, fish processors mingle with geography teachers, bush pilots with social workers. Engineers take art classes, and women "doing a man's work" still look good in loose sweaters and snow pants. Love blossoms at 40 below but remains brittle where "oil money eroded all the usual connections" between people. Skeptical readers could accuse Cole of stereotyping, but even her secessionist junkyard owner, who attacks the mayor at a Golden Days Parade -- with a Viking mace, no less -- rings eerily true. A Fairbanks resident for more than 40 years, Cole gets the details just right, from the urethane-sprayed Quonset home complete with chicken yard to the aerobatics of dumpster- NOTEWORTHY The City Beneath the Snow: Stories Marjorie Kowalski Cole 276 pages, hardcover; $22.95 Univ. of Alaska Press, 2012 diving ravens. She perfectly captures the vibe of laid-back, sometimes throwback, Interior Alaska. "This is a different place," one protagonist says. "Not as tense as California. It's hard to live here but people seem to have a good time with less." Less can be more, and Cole's sketches succeed at depicting this "landlocked land" and its breed where many a more ambitious novel has failed. This book review originally appeared in the High Country News (hcn.org). by DANIEL A. FINAN | edited by WILL SHORTZ 1 19 22 25 29 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 20 23 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 24 15 16 17 18 IN-NUENDOS ACROSS 1 8 15 19 20 21 22 Split the tab Left McEnroe rival Under development? Put on microfiche, maybe Golfer with an "army" 1997 Will Smith/ Tommy Lee Jones flick Van Gogh or Monet vista "Frosty" air? Knicks star Anthony, to fans Hikers' wear General refusal? Attention getter Bishop's locale Preventive measure, proverbially Yesteryear Huge, to Hugo Prima donnas' features Skip over water, as stones Some game Headstone phrase Camaro ___-Z Fraction of a min. Phony: Prefix Commercial suffix with Power Baskin-Robbins unit Smooths Athlete wearing a calligraphic "D" logo Lurid 1979 film about John 76 77 78 79 81 84 87 88 93 95 96 97 99 101 109 112 113 114 117 119 120 121 126 127 128 129 130 131 Dillinger's girlfriend, with "The" Went downhill fast Misses part of a movie, maybe Contortionist's bendy part Letter seen twice in Philadelphia Stray sounds? Blocks (up) Masculine principle "To be on the safe side ..." Bank take-back Seasonal potation Hook hand Stone-pushing Winter Olympian Japanese native Golf ace Rogers's partner Swiss cheese concoction ___ driver The Royal Game of India Russia's ___ Mountains "There is ___!" Refuges One who looks friendly but isn't 31-Across, for one Like some bad language Hammy, say Compos mentis Spouse's acquiescence Perched 2 3 4 5 Hoofing it Coercion Multipurpose Private investigator, in slang Do a semester's worth of studying in one night, say Breakfast items often eaten with spoons "Amscray!" Total "Bad Moon Rising" band, for short Yellowfin tuna OFF! target Ex-senator Bayh Reply to "Gracias" Security crises Where skaters skate Where skaters skate V components Org. Big name in the diamond business? Set (against) It's often slanted What [wink wink] may signify ___ about (approximately) Dungeons & Dragons figure "Dianetics" author ___ Hubbard "Want me to draw you ___?" Bedews Certain angel ___ school Canonized mlle. 45, e.g. 47 48 50 52 53 54 56 58 62 64 65 66 68 70 71 72 Western U.S. gas brand Locale for many a lounge chair Lounge lizard's look Sasquatch's kin Torpedo Does some yard work Pan handler Virginia athlete, informally Get ready What a texter of ":-(" might be "Xanadu" group, for short "Oh yeah? ___ who?!" Glimpse Retainers, e.g. N.B.A. forward Lamar ___ "Game of Thrones" protagonist ___ Stark Father of a grand duke Word on a cornerstone Person with a safe job? Sleepers Run nicely Home of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Leave thunderstruck Tyrannosaurus rex, archetypally Prepare, as cotton candy "Wake up and smell the coffee!" Not kosher 26 30 37 40 41 49 56 62 70 76 71 77 81 89 97 101 102 103 104 112 115 121 127 116 122 123 124 82 83 90 91 92 57 63 50 58 64 65 66 51 31 32 33 34 27 35 38 39 28 36 42 52 59 67 72 73 78 84 93 98 105 113 117 118 125 128 119 99 85 86 94 100 87 68 53 54 43 44 45 46 55 61 69 47 48 6 60 7 74 75 24 25 26 27 29 31 35 36 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 21 23 79 88 96 80 95 106 107 108 109 114 120 126 110 111 40 41 42 46 49 51 55 57 59 60 61 63 67 73 74 75 79 80 82 28 30 32 33 34 37 38 39 43 44 45 46 83 85 86 89 90 91 92 94 98 100 102 69 DOWN 1 Designer Versace 103 104 105 106 107 108 Cockney greeting Head turner Cross to bear Dieter Deutsch marks? Percussion instrument with a pedal Afore Wiggle room "Why not?!" Quits, slangily Not stay the same Went back to brunette, say 109 110 111 115 116 118 122 123 124 125 Make ___ at An Obama girl Check for fit Drink with a lizard logo Slips in pots Bar car? Onetime aid in psychotherapy "Bah!" Gardner of "The Barefoot Contessa" Tic-tac-toe winner -- Last week's puzzle answers -- L A N D C C A P R A L O A B Y E B L S T E S I A A C H A S I T P R O C A W R A M I S S N O T I S H A R G I J O T M A N F A C T A S H E L E A N G R A I N Y S I R S H E I L A E L O P E R S C O O L I T B O N O A N M E F A D T I C O S I S V I E I R D C K S F F T E U R B L E P A P L I N L E E C W A C K S L I H E D B A R K E T R W I E R W I H E O S U T N I K S A A N S E P S A C D C E A M S T E E S S T H T A O K E P E R L I G E P E O L D E A R A T E R T A R A A M I D R A T D P O R T O Y S T R A F E D F O R E P L A Y A V A N I C Y M E R U G B Y A C L U E E C O A L I B A B A C L E R K S K E G S U E S P C I N G S O O N I D B E I S S O L O C K R H A R Y O R O U N I N G O E C A R N E Z O N E I V E R E R I R O N T O D D S D S C S 42 A S P E N T I M E S W E E K LY Apr il 19-25, 2012 fa pub ican s mer tion a ed A efin anal lib r ring artis u feat & pen. ow o n re JUSTICE SNOW'S `HAPPY DAY' DRINK SPECIALS 11am-6pm / 7 days a week $3.50 SHOT & A BEER a pint of Coors Light/Bud/Bud Light/Miller High Life and a shot of Jameson $5 MARGARITAS, MIMOSAS & BELLINIS made with freshly-squeezed juices EVERYTHING YOU'VE HEARD IS TRUE FREE DELIVERY AT LIGHTSPEED FROM THE CORNER OF CATHERINE STORE ROAD & HWY 82 970-704-WINE at the WHEELER OPERA HOUSE 328 E. 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Has lived with Princess for the past four years. It would be great if they could be adopted together but they don't have to be. LUPITA Beautiful, friendly, calm 9-year-old Husky mix female. A retired sled dog looking for a loving home. Pumpkin has an adorable expression with ears that reach to the sky. PUMPKIN Call me today to develop a c u s t o m m a r k e t i n g p l a n for your property. ALLIE Large, friendly, 8-year-old Mastiff male. Gets along well with everybody, but occasionally picks fights with other dogs possibly due to fading eyesight.All in all, a very cool dog. BEAR Gentle, affectionate, 5-year-old, tancolored, Alaskan Husky who gets along well with people and other dogs. He was bred to be a sled dog and has even competed in a 100-mile race! CURLY Sweet, pretty 2-year-old Staffy mix female. Athletic + affectionate. Needs a responsible, active knowledgeable home. MAYA Sleek, friendly, 9-year-old Husky mix female. She is a retired sled dog looking for a loving home. TIMBER Gorgeous Siberian Husky female, approximately 4 years old. Athletic and affectionate. Gets along great with other dogs. DERMA STILL OVERFLOWING WITH ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY CATS! See dogsaspen.com for many more animals. 2.5-year-old Cattle Dog mix female. Fun-loving, highenergy. Loves people. Can sometimes be dominant with other dogs but seems fine with many other shelter dogs. Knows some commands. Raymi Goodm an Broker Associate Harriet is a 6-yearold black and white domestic short-hair. She is a loving, gentle cat who has lived with other cats in the past, and enjoys the company of both adults and children. HARRIET is a strong, goodlooking, athletic, white-colored, blue-eyed, 5-year-old Alaska Husky who gets along well with people and other dogs. A little shy. FRANKIE Older neutered male Boxer/Pitbull/Lab. Roughly 11 years old. Found in Emma on 12/9 and never claimed. Super sweet old man. 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