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Officials say there will be no Fourth of July fireworks over Aspen Mountain this summer due to concerns about wildfires.

The Aspen Times reports Aspen Chamber Resort Association President Debbie Braun said Tuesday that the association instead will opt for a drone show, which was the plan last year before inclement weather nixed the show.

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Officials say the road to a mountain scenic area near Aspen will likely open later than usually following a winter of heavy snow and avalanches.

The Aspen Times reported Thursday that Pitkin County public works officials expect that the road to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will not be open by the May 15 target date.

Avalanches Might Challenge Reopening Of Independence Pass

Mar 25, 2019
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Officials say a mountain road near Aspen has been hit with avalanches, likely adding to the challenge of reopening it for the summer.

Independence Pass Foundation Executive Director Karin Teague tells The Aspen Times that State Highway 82 was in "good shape" until reaching an area near Green Mountain last week.

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The U.S. Forest Service says some trails in the Aspen area might not open until well into the summer, if at all, due to a heavy snowpack and avalanche debris.

The Aspen Times reports that Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer said Tuesday that the biggest questions exist for the Conundrum Trail and parking lot southwest of Aspen.

X Games
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The Winter X Games have begun. The annual extreme sports event has been hosted by Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain since 2002, featuring extreme skiing, snowboarding and other winter action sports competitions.

KUNC's Desmond O'Boyle checked in with Alcyin Becktesh, news director for Aspen Public Radio, on what's new this year.

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Picture this: You're in a warm pool of water, elbow to elbow with dozens of other people. There's music, drinking, general mayhem. Oh, and maybe you’re naked. If you’re picturing a Spring Break party, you’re wrong.

Try Conundrum Hot Springs outside Aspen, Colorado.

The high alpine pool draws thousands of visitors from around the world every summer and fall. As visitation numbers spike, the U.S. Forest Service, the federal agency tasked with maintaining the area’s wild character, says the hot springs’ popularity threatens the very things that make it unique. 

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

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