Jason Auslander, Aspen Times

Jason Auslander

Aspen Times

Aspen, CO, United States

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Recent articles by Jason:

Year in Review: After two years of COVID-19 pandemic, here we go again

As the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic dawns, Pitkin County residents and the rest of the world could be forgiven for feeling a bit of déjà vu all over again. → Read More

Winter gates closed on Maroon Creek, Castle Creek roads

As winter sets in, some of Pitkin County’s roads are closing for the winter starting Tuesday. → Read More

‘People backing into things’: Pitkin County insurance claims multiply

Auto insurance and workers’ comp claims from Pitkin County employees have skyrocketed in recent years, prompting mitigation measures to try to bring the claims and expenses down → Read More

Hockey prompts Pitkin County’s largest COVID-19 outbreak since pandemic began

The largest outbreak of COVID-19 in Pitkin County since the pandemic began in March 2020 occurred earlier this month in connection with hockey games played by both adults and kids. → Read More

More booster clinics scheduled in Pitkin County as glitchy process is fine-tuned

A technical glitch Monday that led to long waits for COVID-19 booster shots at a clinic at Buttermilk should be fixed in the near future, and any Pitkin County resident who wants a booster will get one. → Read More

Solar farm begins generating clean electricity near Woody Creek

A nearly 14,000-panel solar farm near Woody Creek began generating electricity for Holy Cross Energy about a week ago. → Read More

Sales tax boom allows sizable increase to proposed Pitkin County budget

With a significant projected increase in sales tax revenue, Pitkin County’s proposed budget for 2022 represents a 14% increase over 2021, which was stained by COVID-19 uncertainty. → Read More

Aspen Police looking to fill 5 officer positions after turnover, retirements

With four officers either gone or set to leave, the Aspen Police Department is facing a staffing shortage. With the increase in mental health calls in recent years, the department is looking at officer candidates with a social services background. → Read More

Commercial flights resume at Aspen airport after unannounced FAA maintenance

Commercial airline traffic into and out of the Aspen airport resumed about 1 p.m. Thursday after service was abruptly halted Wednesday when the Federal Aviation Administration took down a regional navigational aid for maintenance with no notice to local authorities. → Read More

‘Suspect’ Pitkin County census count could cost millions

With a response rate to the 2020 Census survey below 40%, Pitkin County's population appears to have been undercounted by at least 850 people. → Read More

‘Agitated’ man tased after leading police on chase, crashing on Highway 82

A 40-year-old man led three Roaring Fork Valley police agencies on a chase that ended with officers pulling weapons on the man after he crashed on Highway 82 near Emma. → Read More

Injured MRA member faces long rehab after Capitol Peak incident

A Mountain Rescue Aspen member who was hit by rocks last week while trying to recover a body from Capitol Peak suffered multiple fractures and faces months of physical therapy. → Read More

Monsoon rain prompts end to fire restrictions (for now) in Aspen area

With solid recent rainfall, all fire restrictions in Pitkin County will end Friday morning. → Read More

Longtime Snowmass employee is ‘prime suspect’ in $27K embezzlement case

The alleged ringleader of a scheme to embezzle at least $27,000 from a Snowmass Village condominium complex remains at large and is likely living outside the country. → Read More

Woody Creek Tavern expanded seating approved again until end of year

Temporary expanded seating on the Woody Creek Tavern’s patio will be allowed through the end of 2021. → Read More

Pitkin County deputies to wear body cameras within a year

The cost to outfit all the Pitkin County deputies and vehicles with cameras by the 2022 deadline will amount to about $67,000 a year, or about $2,160 per deputy per year. Colorado governor signed a bill last week moving up the date cameras are mandatory. → Read More

Landfill expansion project to begin later this month

The long-awaited expansion of the Pitkin County Landfill is expected to begin later this month and provide about six more years of life to the rapidly-filling facility → Read More

Pitkin County jury trials resume amid new pandemic, security rules

The first felony jury trial in Pitkin County since the pandemic started is set to begin Tuesday morning. → Read More

Summer in Aspen likely to include concerts, fuller restaurants, masks

This summer in Aspen is likely to include indoor and outdoor concerts, maskless gatherings and no state or county-mandated restrictions on social distancing at restaurants or anywhere else. → Read More

Despite ‘weak’ snowpack, Independence Pass set to open by usual date

State department of transportation crews are well on their way to clearing Highway 82 to Independence Pass, which should open on schedule May 27 at noon. → Read More