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Colo. Homeless Man Spends $10, Wins $500K

Aspen's Michael Engfors has had a rough go of it the past few years

(Newser) - The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter,... More »

iPad-Toting Tortoises: Art or Abuse?

Protesters want to block museum exhibit in Aspen

(Newser) - Tortoises Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer are supposed to walk around a museum opening Saturday in Aspen with iPads on their backs, but a petition hopes to stop the art installation in its very slow-moving tracks. "Animals are living creatures, not art supplies," wrote one... More »

1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Fiery Aspen Plane Crash

Small jet burst into flames upon landing, witnesses say

(Newser) - A private jet crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land today in Aspen, Colo., killing one passenger and injuring the other two, the Aspen Times eports. One passenger suffered severe injuries and the other was mildly to moderately injuried. The plane, a Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet, had... More »

West Hit With 'Bear Epidemic'

Drought fuels wave of bear burglaries

(Newser) - The drought ripping through the country is having a strange side-effect: Black bears are coming out of the woodwork to raid human homes and trash bins, in what ABC News dubs a "bear epidemic." Police in Aspen, Colorado, for instance, got 292 calls about bear intrusions in August... More »

Charlie Sheen's Plea Deal Goes Sour

Domestic assault case continued until July 12

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen went to court in Aspen today to plead no contest to a misdemeanor in the domestic assault case involving his wife, Brooke Mueller, but the plea bargain didn't go down. "They need time to re-work the final points of the plea deal," the DA said. Asked... More »

Charlie Sheen Dodges Jail for Aspen Theater

Actor will likely get work release program

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is nothing if not slick: TMZ reports that the troublemaking actor has parlayed 30 days in jail over a Christmas Day assault on his wife into work release in an Aspen theater, something most of us would consider more of a vacation than punishment. Sheen "will coach... More »

Charlie Sheen Case Will Go to Trial

Actor pleads not guilty in Christmas Day domestic incident with wife

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen pleaded not guilty to felony menacing and two misdemeanors today in Aspen, meaning the charges stemming from a Christmas Day altercation with his wife will be resolved with a trial rather than a plea bargain. Brooke Mueller Sheen alleges that the actor, who was armed with a knife,... More »

Charlie Sheen Arraigned on Felony Charge

Actor appears in Colorado court to answer to domestic abuse allegations

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen was arraigned today in Aspen, Colo., on a felony charge of menacing and two misdemeanors after a Christmas Day fight with his wife, Brooke Mueller. The judge also lifted a restraining order that had been in place since Mueller summoned police, saying the actor had threatened her with... More »

Charlie Sheen Arrested After Spat With Wife

Actor shoved mother of his young twins at Colo. vacation home

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen was arrested today on domestic-violence charges after a fight with his wife at their Colorado vacation rental. Sheen shoved Brooke Mueller after an argument; the two, who became parents to twin boys earlier this year, have been having “significant marital problems” recently, a source tells RadarOnline . Sheen,... More »

America's Greenest Ski Resorts

(Newser) - Despite their reputation for being unfriendly to the environment, several ski resorts have become more sustainable, says Treehugger, which lists seven of the nation’s greenest mountain getaways.
  1. The Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado: This four-mountain resort said to be at the center of the green movement began eco-friendly initiatives in
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Colo. Resort Town Mulls 'Pay as You Throw' Trash Plan

Vail program would encourage recycling

(Newser) - A Colorado resort town is trying out a newer, greener trash collection program, the Denver Post reports. The new “pay-as-you-throw” system would charge residents of Vail based on how much junk they throw away each week, but provide curbside recycling for free. More »

Aspen Bomb Plot Suspect Kills Himself

Pair of threats paralyzed resort town for New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Jim Blanning, the 72-year-old parolee police suspect sent threatening notes and mysterious packages to a pair of Aspen banks yesterday, was found dead east of town this morning, having apparently shot himself, the Denver Post reports. Police identified Blanning, a former Aspen native now living in Denver, from bank security... More »

West Coast Freezes as East Coast Bakes

Aspen re-opens its slopes and Washington expects 5 inches

(Newser) - As the sun scorches the East Coast, the West is shivering from a brisk few weeks. Areas of Washington are expected to get up to 5 inches of snow, while Aspen, Colo., is re-opening its slopes. There's still an average of 3 feet of white stuff on Aspen Mountain's upper... More »

10 Amazing Places to Unwind

Forbes lists 10 US getaways from Maui to Maine

(Newser) - Americans need a vacation—badly—with fewer than two-thirds of workers using their allotted time last year, reports Forbes. But not everyone's idea of fun is vegging out . Here are top-notch US getaways for those who like active travel:
  • Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii: Golf, bird-watching and a marine-life preserves.
  • Golden
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Aspen Paper Gonzo Over Hunter S. Thompson's 70th

(Newser) - The Aspen Daily News put out a special "Gonzo Edition" Saturday to honor iconic hometown journalist Hunter S. Thompson on what would have been his 70th birthday.  Thompson committed suicide in February, 2005.  It was edited by his widow, Anita; contributors include long-time friend Ralph Steadman and... More »

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