Local summaries: thrift store handing out money, coal basin hike, concert

The Aspen Times wins nine State Press Association awards

The Aspen Times won nine journalism awards this past weekend from the Colorado Press Association for work published in 2021 at the culmination of the organization’s 44th annual conference in Denver.

Members of the Michigan Press Association judged entries, awarding only first or second honors in each category.

Swift Communications’ sisters next door are Glenwood Springs Post-Independent and Rifle Telegram combined for seven prizes, and Vail Daily has won 20 prizes, including the lottery for the top in its category in the state.

Aspen Daily News won one, Aspen Journalism won six and Sopris Sun won the journalistic ratings.

Scott Condon won first in agricultural and environmental reporting.

Kelsey Brunner won first place in Feature Photography and Seconds in News Photography and Breaking News Coverage with David Krause.

David Krause won first place writing articles and seconds in environmental and breaking news coverage with Kelsey Brunner.

Andrew Travers ranked second in essay writing.

Kaia Williams won second place for writing the funny column.

Aspen Thrift Shop distributes money

Once a month Aspen Thrift Shop volunteers meet to distribute their hard-earned cash.

This month’s local nonprofit recipients are Aspen Hope Centre, Aspen Fringe Festival, Aspen Youth Center and CASA of 9The tenthThunder River Theater Company, Aspen Indigenous Foundation, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Strong, Bridging Bionics, Carbondale Community Oven, The Aspen Challenge and Lifting the Aspen Reader to the Umbrella

Volunteers said the Aspen Thrift Shop is able to continue funding through community support, and thanked all who volunteer, donate and shop.

The height of the coal basin gives an overview of the methane problem

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency invites the public for a walk at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 23 from Coal dock trail head To the coal mine complex above Redstone, which has been providing jobs and the economic engine for our community.

Now abandoned, these mines still release an estimated 9,000 metric tons of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases (25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide) annually, according to CORE. Officials said it emits more harmful greenhouse gases than residential and commercial buildings, transportation, aviation and waste in Pitkin County combined.

With Chris Kasky of the Delta Brick and Climate Company And Mona Newton of Energy Smart Solutions who is leading this mission, CORE is committed to learning more about the extent of these emissions and finding a solution to the problem. The project is one of the most significant opportunities to reduce carbon emissions in the region, the equivalent of taking 500 cars off the road per day, CORE officials say.

Contact Newton at [email protected] To come or have any questions.

Top 40 Singers to Honor John Denver in Concert

Singer Laura Angelini, Top 40 recording artist, will support Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with a performance at Aspen Camp on October 2.

Her debut single – “Share that Love / What The World Needs Now is Love” – ​​recently reached number 36 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

It is also an institution ShareThatLove.org A charitable organization that focuses on providing resources and awareness to help people and the environment.

In honor of John Denver’s legacy and longstanding support for Aspen Camp, Angelini’s upcoming CD features some Denver songs, which she will perform at the concert.

E-bike webinar explores Colorado State’s efforts

Governor Jared Polis on Wednesday declared E-Bike Day and state officials promoted a webinar on the topic as they charged that Colorado leads the nation in public funding of electric bike programs, opening up new transportation options for residents and business owners statewide.

The webinar will discuss how e-bikes are an equitable transportation strategy for personal health and climate with insights from government leaders along with stories from individuals who purchased e-bikes through the Denver Discount Program.

You can register for the webinar on Zoom at 1pm on September 21st at this link.


  • Will Tour, director of the Colorado Bureau of Energy.
  • Dr.. Ash Lovell, Electric Bicycle Campaign and Policy Director, People for Bikes.
  • Pep Van Hoeven, Director of Government Relations, Bicycle Colorado.
  • Elizabeth Babcock, deputy director of the Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resilience.
  • Darnell Robinson, holder of the Colorado Mini Pilot Bike Program.

The host is Bicycle Colorado and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.

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