Mountain Town Roundup: Museum exhibit captures Aspen, circa ’75 |

Mountain Town Roundup: Museum exhibit captures Aspen, circa ’75

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Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – The old adage (if you were in Aspen in the ’70s, you can’t remember it) aside, the Aspen Historical Society plans to jog a few memories with its new exhibit – Out of Your Mind, Body and Spirit: Voices of Aspen, 1975.The second floor of the society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum, to be formally unveiled Tuesday, is devoted to Aspen in the mid-1970s – think crimes of fashion, public nudity and a freewheeling party town where anything went and everyone played on a softball team.The exhibit gives a nod to the times, from women’s lib to Nixon’s downfall and the gas crisis, but it’s the Aspen-centric elements of the exhibit that will either leave museum-goers wistfully remembering the past or wishing they’d been alive – and in Aspen – when it all went down.There is, of course, a display honoring the not-exactly-accredited Aspen State Teachers College, founded in 1975, which promulgated campus activities like bowling on the newly built downtown pedestrian malls, using a beer keg for a ball and people for pins. It was likely more about getting high than higher learning. The college handbook – there’s a copy on display to peruse – offered such course selections as Advanced Hustling 401, Sub-letting 104 and Drinking 205.There are more serious elements to the exhibit, as well – Aspen grappling with growth, for one – but there’s also a tribute to local musicians of the era (John Denver, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Starwood and others) and to the sports scene.The Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St., is open from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $6 and includes access to the historical society’s Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, as well.Admission is free starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the society holds a grand opening for the exhibit. The event is an installment in the society’s Time Travel Tuesdays series.- The Aspen Times

VAIL – It’s been a tough road trip for Vail triathlete Josiah Middaugh, so welcome home.First off, it’s important to define what “tough” means for Middaugh. The 31-year-old finished second three consecutive times in Xterra triathlons before taking third Sunday in the East Championship in Richmond, Va.He is comfortably in second place in the overall standings with 352 points, ahead of Craig Anderson of Henderson, Tenn. (284). The problem is that South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz is 4-for-4 this season with 400 points.Stoltz won Sunday’s event in Virginia with a time of 1 hour, 46 minutes and 28 seconds, ahead of fellow South African Dan Hugo (1:47:39) and Middaugh (1:50:40).”It’s hard for me not be frustrated with the results,” Middaugh said. “I’m happy to be on the podium. That’s good to see, but it’s hard being second so many times and third doesn’t feel much better.”Middaugh is quick to say that he doesn’t want to sour about his results, but like any focused athlete he wants to win. While he enjoys the sport, one doesn’t swim 1 kilometer, mountain bike for 24K and then run another 10K, the element’s of Sunday’s race, just for fun.But the Xterra tour may be taking a turn in Middaugh’s direction. Its next stop is Beaver Creek July 17, which is a home race for Middaugh. It’s also the first of three races, including nationals in Ogden, Utah, and worlds in Maui, Hawaii, that involve major elevation change, something conspicuously absent in the first four events of the series.- Vail Daily

ALAMOSA – Firefighters east of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado are battling a fire burning amid high winds rugged terrain.A second fire is burning across 170 acres on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado. A red flag warning has been issued for high fire danger across much of the central and southern parts of the state. It’s in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.No injuries or damage to structures has been reported from either fire.The fire in Great Sand Dunes, known as the Medano Fire, grew to 4,713 acres by Sunday and was high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains on the east side of the park. The park has remained open during the fire.- The Associated Press

DENVER – A woman missing for days has been found alive in the mountains near Fraser.The family of 45-year-old Kelly Guzman says she was found, collapsed and incoherent, on Sunday. She was wearing only a T-shirt, shorts, a light jacket and socks and suffering from mild hypothermia.Brother Roger Guzman says she was too disorientated to talk and explain what happened.Guzman’s family lost contact with her on June 9 and hired a private detective to search for her.Then on Thursday a Grand County deputy found her car stuck in a roadside creek. Searchers began combing the area, heading in the direction of some barefoot prints fount near the car.She was found after one searcher spotted one of her legs sticking out from a bush.- The Associated Press

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs businesswoman charged with seven counts of felony theft for allegedly defrauding customers out of thousands of dollars, could be facing additional charges including identity theft.Shawnee Kim Ryan, 53, was arrested in May and charged in early June after Glenwood Springs attorney Anthony Durrett filed a complaint with the District Attorney’s office in 2009, alleging Ryan’s deceptive business practices. The complaint named approximately 40 people claiming to be victims of Ryan.According to the arrest affidavit prepared by the DA’s chief investigator, Beth Bascom, Ryan operated interior design businesses in Glenwood Springs and Basalt under several names including Duir Design, Glenwood Design Center, Interiors by You, and Mid-Valley Blinds and Spreads, since at least 2007.The Glenwood Design Center’s blog indicates that Ryan is the lead interior designer and not the owner of the company. The Glenwood Design Center Inc. is registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, with a man by the name of Keith Richard Wayne as the owner, as of Feb. 2, 2010. Ryan filed for bankruptcy in March this year.However, Keith Richard Wayne told the Post Independent in an interview that last week he, in fact, does not own the design center, but rather is a homeless man living in Glenwood who tried to earn some money by doing some painting for Ryan earlier this year.”I’m not the owner of anything,” Wayne said. “I’m just a homeless guy who’s settled in Glenwood for a while.”- Glenwood Springs Post Independent

CRESTED BUTTE – Local energy efficiency efforts got a huge financial boost this past week from federal stimulus funds and more than a million dollars will be injected into Gunnison County for residential energy efficiency programs.The money is part of a three-year, $4.9 million grant for Gunnison, Eagle and Pitkin counties. The money will be split evenly between the three, with the Office for Resource Efficiency administering the Gunnison County funds.”We are thrilled with the opportunity this represents for the county,” said ORE executive director Andris Zobs. “Given the climate we live in, energy efficiency is extremely important to homeowners. This will ultimately help lower energy use and energy costs to local consumers.”Zobs said 20 grants for such energy efficiency improvement purposes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were awarded across the country. This was the second largest grant awarded. The fact that voters in all three counties passed an Energy Smart initiative at the polls last November is one reason Zobs believes the grant was awarded to them. – The Crested Butte News

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