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From wagon road to two-lane: Aspen’s history by car, part one

Once celebrated in 1906 Aspen as the transition from horse and buggy to metropolitan, the circumnavigation of the first car through town brought looky-loos into the streets. Who then would have imagined that 116 years later Main Street would be gridlocked with “tin Lizzies.” This is part one of a two-part series. Read part two here.
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Data dashboard: Local streamflows on the rise as snowpack shrinks

Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. The USGS gauge on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen at Stillwater, located upstream of town, measured streamflow at 144 cfs on May 8, which is 122% of average. That’s up from last week, when the river was flowing at 58.9 cfs. On May 8, 2021, the river ran at 108 cfs.
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Data dashboard: Lake Powell water storage back on the upswing

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. Lake Powell has gained more than three inches since last week. Lake Powell‘s storage remains at one of its lowest levels recorded since it...
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Data dashboard: Warmer temperatures increased local streamflow

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. “The last few days of sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures have brought the mixed feelings of early spring as the valley floor greens, snow melts and rivers begin to run,” the Roaring Fork Conservancy snowpack and river report of April 21 noted. “Stream flows increased substantially over the last week; flows on the Roaring Fork River have doubled and flows on the Crystal River have tripled!”
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Lawmakers suspend attempt at legislative fix for water speculation

Colorado lawmakers have suspended an attempt to prohibit outside investors from profiting off the state’s water. On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee voted 5 to 2 to approve an amendment sending Senate Bill 29 back to the interim Water Resources Review Committee for more study and input from water users. However, at the end of Thursday’s hearing, Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, acting as chair, decided to “lay over” the bill, meaning the committee would take it up at another time.
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Data dashboard: Local streamflow keeps increasing with warmer temperatures

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. The USGS gauge on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen at Stillwater, located upstream of town, measured streamflow at 34.8 cfs on April 10, which represents 87% of average. That’s up from last week, when the river was flowing at 26.6 cfs. On April 10, 2021, the river ran at 34.9 cfs.
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Glenwood Springs secures water right for whitewater parks

After a lengthy water court battle, the city of Glenwood Springs has secured a conditional water right for three potential whitewater parks on the Colorado River. The new recreational in-channel diversion, or RICD, water right is a win for Colorado’s river recreation community, even though the city had to make concessions to future water development to get it.

Data dashboard: Spring temperatures boost Crystal and Colorado rivers’ streamflows

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. The USGS gauge on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen at Stillwater, located upstream of town, measured streamflow at 26.6 cfs on April 3, which represents 83.13% of average. A week before, the river was flowing at 25.1 cfs. On April 4, 2021, the river ran at 23.8 cfs.
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Data dashboard: Lake Powell’s water level keeps plummeting

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. Snowpack remains slightly above average for Ivanhoe and Schofield Pass. “Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is 112% of normal,” according to the Roaring...
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Ruedi Reservoir at lowest level in two decades

Ruedi Reservoir is at about its lowest level of the year — and also of the past 19 years — according to numbers from the Bureau of Reclamation. As of Wednesday, the reservoir on the Fryingpan River contained 54,914 acre-feet of water and was about 54% full. And according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation data, outflow is currently slightly more than inflow, meaning levels may not have bottomed out yet.
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Data dashboard: Aspen records its highest February occupancy

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Aspen Journalism is compiling a data dashboard highlighting metrics of local public interest, updated at least weekly by mid-day Tuesday. February occupancy in Aspen hits new record high in 2022. “Due to a strong calendar and a healthy combination of both leisure and group...
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The most tenacious freelancers of the new West

Enjoy this story you helped produce. Between the prosperity of ski towns such as Aspen and Snowmass, in their nooks and crannies, the grit that is the working class conducts its business. For many, the fantastical, idealized mountain-town overcoat that Aspen flaunts is not a financial destination to reach, but...
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