Anatomy of a rescue in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness

We were more fortunate than most to have a Mountain Rescue Aspen member within easy reach; to have trained first-aid responders on our team and among our participants; to be prepared with food, water and shelter; and to have the blessing of military veterans who managed this crisis with the best mindsets one could imagine.

The next generation of commercial aircraft will be too wide for the runway at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. The fix is neither quick nor cheap and could involve 10 years worth of planning, approvals, environmental studies and paving at a cost of at least $120 million. On July 15, Pitkin County commissioners approved aviation director Jim Elwood's request to spend $512,541 on community outreach efforts, financial studies and other assessments requested by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aspen runway expansion plans advance

Moving the existing runway by 80 feet to the west and widening it by 150 feet could help bring the airport up to FAA standards.