Update: In our most recent coverage of the investigation into Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister's murder (see it below), we noted that the conviction of frail-looking 66-year-old William Styler as the sole person responsible for the killing -- and prosecutors' decision to drop charges against Styler's w ... More >>
Maria Alvarado-Gomez, 32, was arrested after allegedly putting rat poison in smoothies she then gave to her young daughters; she also ingested some of the substance in an attempt to end her life. A resident of Carbondale, Alvarado-Gomez is said to suffer from mental-health issues, calling into ques ... More >>
A few months back, we told you about the murder of Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister and the shocking arrests of William and Nancy Styler, an ex-doctor and his wife in their sixties who were renting Pfister's home. Now, all charges have been dropped against Nancy Styler -- but thus far, prosecutors are ... More >>
In his heyday, Montgomery Chitty was a prominent Aspen resident and pal of area celebrities such as the late Hunter S. Thompson and Ed Bradley. Lately, however, he's been hanging out with inmates, owing to his conviction in relation to a cocaine operation that ran between Aspen and L.A. for years - ... More >>
Last week, we updated you on the investigation into the murder of Nancy Pfister, a socialite whose body was discovered in a closet of her tony Aspen home; see our previous coverage below. Retired Denver-area doctor William Styler and his wife Nancy had previously been arrested in relation to the cr ... More >>
While we would love to take credit as the first newspaper in Colorado to actually offer advice on growing and consuming marijuana, it turns out that the Aspen Daily Times had us beat by decades, going all the way back to August 11, 1938. Sort of. The little brief is tucked away on the second page o ... More >>
Aspen is still reeling from the murder of Nancy Pfister, a member of a famous local family and a familiar face in the community's social scene. And equally shocking is the unlikely couple charged with the crime: Longtime Denver doctor William Styler and his wife, Nancy. The Stylers' arrest hardly p ... More >>
Update: Late Wednesday afternoon, while most of us were getting ready for a well deserved day off on July 4, the Udall family, including Colorado Senator Mark Udall, were dealing with a tragedy. Randy Udall, Mark's brother and a nationally known environmental activist and fracking critic, had been m ... More >>
A well-known figure in the Aspen area, Peter Nardi previously ran an eatery named for him and is currently the day manager and bartender at a local restaurant. But these days, he's making news well outside the foodie realm. Nardi's been accused of a sex assault involving a woman with whom he was onc ... More >>
On Friday, we reported about the tragic death of a snowboarder in an avalanche near Vail Pass; see our original coverage below. The victim has now been identified as Mark McCarron, 38, of Westminster. As part of its original release, the Eagle Police Department noted that McCarron and friends accom ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we reported that a body was found in an out-of-bounds area of Aspen Highlands and is presumed to be Jeff Walker, a skier who'd been missing since March 7; see our previous coverage below. As if this news wasn't heartbreaking enough for Walker's friends, family members and loved o ... More >>
Earlier this month, we told you about the skiing accident that took the life of Natalie Egleston, a Philadelphia-based executive, during a visit to Aspen Mountain. She was struck by another skier, subsequently identified as Virginia Chen, age 53. The district attorney with jurisdiction in Aspen inv ... More >>
Earlier this month, news broke that Aspen is considering a yield-stop cycling law -- meaning that bicyclists would be legally allowed to yield at a stop sign as opposed to completely halting. At least two other mountain communities -- Breckenridge and Dillon -- have similar yield-stop laws. But wou ... More >>
Pretty much everyone in these United States understands that smartphones are essentially tracking devices. Even photos taken with them include GPS coordinates, as fugitive antivirus king John McAfee learned when authorities tracked him down in Guatemala this week. An iPhone led to the busts of Micha ... More >>
Put up or shut up. After a group of Democratic leaders staged a press conference last week to demand that Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns, ABC News asked the group if they would make public their 1040s, too. Several refused to do so -- but not Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, whose tax posture ... More >>
One handy gauge for checking on the relative financial health of the world's one-percenters can be found right here in Colorado -- well, okay, the other Colorado, the one populated with champagne wishes and caviar dreams. And the latest figures for real estate transactions in the Gucci-padded wonder ... More >>
In February, we told you about the arrest of former Basalt High school basketball coach Lauren Redfern, accused of having sex with a student. Now, however, a plea deal is reportedly in the works for a reduced charge that would keep her off the sex-offender registry. Was the age of the student in que ... More >>
Last year, Littleton resident J.P. McDaniel's push to name the east peak of Mount Sopris after singer John Denver made national headlines -- but a story last week implied that the campaign might have reached its expiration date. Not so, says McDaniel, who stresses that her slow and steady approach i ... More >>
Each anniversary of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High massacre seems to bring disturbing new events -- like Earl Moore's attempted bombing of a nearby mall. This year's shocking tie-in: An announcement that a Basalt High student had been busted for an alleged plan to kidnap, beat and starve another ... More >>
When we named Charlie Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller Shmuck of the Week this past December, we only knew the barest details about her arrest in Aspen on cocaine-and-assault-related charges. Does her deferred sentence in the case call this award into question? Not really judging by info from a just-r ... More >>
A handful of medical marijuana centers in unincorporated Pitkin County are sitting in legal limbo, waiting on county authorities to move forward with regulations that the state says are necessary for the shops to stay in business.
Famous for its ski bums, Aspen also has a modest contingent of real bums -- although the homeless shelter downtown isn't exactly as celebrated as the haunts of the 1 percenters. But that may soon change. Fresh on the heels of the uproar over the new sociology study The Slums of Aspen, aspiring songw ... More >>
Brooke Mueller.It can't have been easy to be married to Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood just isn't the basis for a happy union. But that doesn't excuse Brooke Mueller for her #winning cocaine arrest last weekend near the Belly Up in Aspen -- the scene of another Shmucky episode just two week ago - ... More >>
Asa Robinson really really, REALLY, REALLY wanted to go to the Zeds Dead concert in Aspen last Tuesday, so badly, in fact, that police say he called in a bomb threat to the concert venue after he couldn't buy tickets to a sold-out show. The goal of the bomb threat, it appears, wasn't to exact retrib ... More >>
Benton in '72. It turns out that even Aspen's elite can't escape the effects of the world recession. Smarting from the latest stock plunge, high country homeowners are also digesting today's report in the Aspen Daily News that assessed property values in Pitkin County have dropped $10 billion ... More >>
We are one step closer to having a peak near Carbondale named after Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., who was born in Roswell, New Mexico. You probably know him as John Denver, which is the actual name the eastern peak of Mt. Sopris will take if J.P. McDaniel has her way. This week, she's report ... More >>
An Aspen judge ruled against Nathan Benner regarding his request to use medical marijuana while on probation -- but that may not be the final word on the subject. Attorney Joseph Saint-Veltri says he's discussing a possible appeal with Benner and family. And even if they don't decide to move ... More >>
In an April post about the John Denver Tribute Concert and Colorado Hall of Fame Induction, I conceded that JD's music triggers my gag reflex. But others feel differently about the late Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., including J.P. McDaniel, the Littleton resident behind a petition to name th ... More >>
In Colorado, degenerate urbanites are used to letting our mountain towns take the lead when it comes to killjoy environmental reforms, such as restricting the use of gas grills or parking spaces. So it figures that the green-leaning town of Basalt is proposing to get tough on plastic bag sinn ... More >>
FlickrSummer beckons in Colorado's high country, which means it's time for an annual reminder to all whose usual encounters with nature don't extend beyond a petting zoo. Pawing and picking up baby wildlife, no matter how adorable or seemingly in need of rescue, is almost never a good idea. T ... More >>
FlickrThis weekend, David Shefte, David Trainer and Kurt Heckle learned you can get ticketed for throwing snowballs in Aspen. Crazy? Maybe -- but there were some extenuating circumstances, including the ages of the alleged attackers and the descriptive word they hurled at their victim after ... More >>
In the pilot episode of the cult series The Tick, the title hero promises to deliver "one steaming hot cup of justice." That's exactly what's needed in Aspen, where a coffee shop is suing a former employee for turning off the espresso machine on his last day of work.
The Aspen TimesA closed restaurant was not getting in between this man and his nachosIn an apparent last-ditch attempt to make the "Dumbest Criminals of the Year" list, an El Jebel man allegedly broke into the Fine Line Bar & Grill early Tuesday morning, stole some cash and started a fire whi ... More >>
Smile, you're in The Aspen Times.As aggregated news and poorly sourced blogs permeate an industry once driven by a dying breed of scrappy local journalists, the little guys at the heart of the big story are often forgotten -- or worse, just plain robbed. But Rick Carroll, managing editor at ... More >>
Charlie Sheen didn't study his Colorado legal history before he headed to Aspen for a vacation last Christmas. Three decades ago, Colorado was at the cutting edge of recognizing the dangers of domestic violence. The first battered women's shelters in the country were established here, and Co ... More >>
"If only milk could make my groin stronger."It's okay to read Denver blogs if you're not from Denver. We won't tell. Denver Stiffs's Andrew Feinstein breaks down the good, bad and ugly of the Nuggets' 2009-2010 season's first half, noting that without Chauncey Billups, the team is "rudderles ... More >>
"Who wrote this script? It isn't funny."Charlie Sheen has made some nice coin over the years working in front of cameras. But apparently he doesn't want to do so for free -- especially when it pertains to his December 25 arrest in Aspen for allegedly threatening and assaulting his wife, Brook ... More >>
A photo of Shaun Hadley and a friend, from Hadley's MySpace page.The lack of state regulation and oversight of medical marijuana dispensaries, which spurred a raucous Colorado Department of Health hearing last month, has Durango Police Chief David Felice worried. He tells the Durango Herald N ... More >>
In an item included in a May 2008 Message column, longtime Denver Post staffer Steve Lipsher talked about his decision to leave the beefy broadsheet in favor of a news-editor gig at the Summit Daily News, a 12,000-circulation free daily based in Frisco. His love for the mountains was one motivation ... More >>
In mid-December, news broke that MediaNews Group head Dean Singleton (pictured) asked unions to open negotiations on new contracts early in the hope of saving a combined $20 million at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency. But, as mentioned parenthetically in a December 16 More Messages b ... More >>
Aspen gets soaked in a battle over bottled water.
From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.
Professional snowboarder Chris Klug carves his way back to the top of the mountain.
Aspen's bizarre crime spree sent some of its favorite sons to prison -- and left the town wondering what went wrong.