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Flight Academy Saturday Fundraiser

The Aspen Flight Academy’s annual fundraising event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Atlantic Aviation’s FBO hangar (69 Airport Road). The event is free, but donations are accepted.

The academy invites the community to experience the latest technology and in-flight training while enjoying food, live music, aircraft presentations, airplane rides as well as on-site conversations with industry representatives and AFA students and instructors.

Founded in 2014, the AFA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and flight training school in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains dedicated to giving students the opportunity to become certified pilots.

Since 2019, the academy has partnered with the Aspen School District for the “Every Student Flies” program, which aims to give every student the opportunity to experience a flight and learn about aviation careers.

The following Aspen High School students earned their commercial pilot licenses this year: Anders Weiss, Jack Fox, Zane Zachary, Peter Maron, Sam Hollenbaugh, Joseph Clark and Robert Holton.

Ski Country offers a Gems pass

The 2022-23 season Gems Card Colorado Ski Country USA offers an affordable way to explore Colorado skiing or snowboarding adventure without the crowds, lift lines and hassle, officials say.

You can use the card twice at each participating station on different days:

With a $42 Gems Card: Choose a BOGO adult lift ticket (buy one, get one) or 30% off an adult lift ticket at Cooper, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn and Sunlight.

Or choose a $79 midweek adult ticket or a $99 weekend adult ticket to Arapahoe Basin.

“The Gems Card is also a great back-up plan to keep in your glove compartment,” says Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “Depending on road conditions, you can plot a new course at the last minute in a different ski area and use the Gems card for an amazing lift ticket deal.”

Glenwood Prepares for Citywide Trash and Recycling

The City of Glenwood Springs is in the early stages of planning a city-wide garbage collection and recycling program. The program aims to reduce truck traffic on the streets, increase correct recycling, reduce the amount of recyclable waste thrown away and encourage overall waste reduction.

To do this, the program will use volume-based pricing, also known as “pay as you throw,” according to the city. More information is available on the project webpage at

Pay as you throw means that the price of the garbage service will be based on the amount of garbage you produce, so the less garbage you produce, the less the service costs. This program will include both garbage and recycling service for all city residents in single-family residences and multi-family residences with fewer than seven units.

Coming soon: Shining Mountains Film Festival

The Shining Mountains Film Festival, presented by the Aspen Indigenous Foundation in partnership with the City of Aspen and the Wheeler Opera House, is the premier Indigenous film festival in Aspen.

The mid-October festival is an opportunity for Native American filmmakers, directors, producers and talent to tell their stories from their perspective and share their films that show the struggles and beauty contained within Native American communities past and present. , organizers said.

Launched in 2018 to commemorate the city of Aspen’s one year anniversary by passing a resolution to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in lieu of Columbus Day, this is the Shining Mountains Film Festival’s fourth year.

This year, the festival will celebrate Native American culture and history with two feature films and 12 short films.

Native American filmmakers and special guests will take the stage for live Q&A sessions after their films. To kick off the Shining Mountains Film Festival, a traditional Ute blessing prayer will be offered by Ute Elder, Reggie Lopez.

Triple World Fantasy Dancer Larry Yazzie will perform live on stage on Friday, October 14, ahead of the feature premiere. Special guest Laura GrizzlyPaws from St’at’imc descent, British Columbia, will conclude the festival on October 16 with a live performance of the Grizzly Bear Dance.

Buffalo Child, a Plains Cree who lives in Woody Creek, will be the emcee for this event. Tara Pretends Eagle, Lakota, will serve as moderator.


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