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Visitors to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area prepare to board a RFTA bus with “Maroon Bells” displayed in the bus destination marquee. Riding the bus supports sustainable transportation to the Maroon Bells and can help visitors avoid road closures due to overcrowding. (White River National Forest, courtesy photo)

Bus service to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will gear up June 9 for its 40th season, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

“That’s 40 years of reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions and other impacts in the environment by limiting car trips,” the agency said in a statement.

More than 300,000 people visited the area last year for day visits, camping or venturing into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

The bus service provided by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will operate from June 9 through Oct. 8. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 16 years of age and seniors 65 and older. Children 5 and younger ride for free. Tickets can be purchased at Four Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands or the Rubey Park Transit Center.

Aspen Skiing Co. has increased parking fees at Aspen Highlands. The rates are $5 for up to three hours Monday through Friday and $10 for as many as three hours on weekends. For three to eight hours, the rate is $10 Monday through Friday and $15 for weekends. A full day, more than eight hours, will cost $20 for weekdays and $25 for weekends.

Read the full story at AspenTimes.com.

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Courtesy of United

Imagine having an airport terminal all to yourself. It can actually happen — if you’re willing to pay for the privilege.

United Airlines has announced plans to partner with The Private Suite for high-paying business class passengers at Los Angeles International Airport who want nothing more than to avoid the huge crowds for a totally elite travel experience.

The passengers will be driven from the terminal to the tarmac to their planes in a BMW 7-Series sedan and have their own staff of eight assigned to their booking, CNBC reported. This premium offering also includes a custom security screening away from the long lines.

“I think this is a very smart move on United's part to compete,” Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel-industry consulting firm Atmosphere Research Group, told CNBC.

But all this exclusivity and luxury comes at a hefty price. An annual membership at the Private Terminal normally goes for $4,500, but access will be included in some ticket fares on flights to or from LAX, to Newark, Aspen, Hawaii, London's Heathrow, Singapore, Tokyo Narita and Sydney, said United, according to CNBC.

United isn’t the only airline revamping its premium offerings. Other airlines are also re-upping their airport lounges, first class cabins and seats to appeal to more customers who are willing to pay more for comfort.

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MARBLE - More homes are in demand, and Mike Yellico will provide, though not without feeling some conflict.

The long-haired, Chaco-footed owner of Grateful Builders is leading construction of a house that seems better fit for Aspen, which is 56 miles away, but a whole world away as far as the people of Marble are concerned.

"Mountain modern" is the look, Yellico says. Gray metal and burned timber will accomplish the aesthetic - an eye-catching edifice here in the woods, where simpler cabins and cottages suit most of the 130 year-round residents.

"Mountain modern" just might represent the new age of Marble.

Mike Yellico, is the owner of Greatful Builders and a city councilman in Marble, Colo. Pictured Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, on a building site in the Colorado mountain town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

"People don't want growth," says Yellico, a town councilman who's called Marble home for nearly 25 years. "But growth is happening."

The sun is rising on this day before fall, the shadow lifting over the aspen-splashed hills turning gold. Summer is over, so the unpaved roads in the no-grocery store town are getting relief.

The bustle began in May, as it will again, with drivers pulling off Colorado 133 and following the Crystal River, passing ruins from a wrecked trolley that 100 years ago carried Marble's first source of fame: the milky-white rock used for the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

An Italian company still mines the marble, shipping it all over the world. But nowadays the draw is the scenery, such sights as the duck pond that emerges beside the road and shimmering river, in a meadow surrounded by peaks.

From town, a gray-white road climbs to the quarry. Unauthorized personnel stop at massive marble blocks that form the overlook of alpine majesty.

Beaver Lake is the aqua showpiece below, at the end of Marble's main street. Again this summer, vehicles will line the way to its 20 surface acres, and canoes and paddleboards will vie for space.

Traffic drives through Marble, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The road, which turns into a technical 4x4 drive only road, leads to the Crystal Mill, Schofield Pass and Crested Butte. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Silver Street skirts the water, turning into the wicked road increasingly toured by ATVs and Jeeps. At the end is the historic Crystal Mill, the photographic rival to Aspen's Maroon Bells that some locals say has spawned "a zoo."

Marble has been discovered, says Town Clerk Ron Leach, who's been in the valley since the 1970s.

"All the people who come here permanently is because of their desire for solitude, and moving away from exactly what's happening here in the summer," he says.

Marble has had busier days. The population was its highest, nearly 800, in 1910, about two decades after Whitehouse Mountain was proclaimed as storing the finest marble in all the land.

The market sharply declined during the Great War, and World War II again closed operations. Natural forces caused other woes. Destroyed by fire, mudslides and snow slides, many of the town's former buildings are memorialized at the Marble Mill Site Park.

The foundations and walls are enough to constantly pique the curiosity of local history nerds, such as Max Sickels, 18. History was one reason he wanted to move to his uncle's town. The small-town feel was another.

"I've already gotten on a name-to-name basis with the dogs," he says, including Brisket, the black lab greeting guests at Slow Groovin' BBQ, Marble's only restaurant.

The Slow Groovin BBQ in Marble, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The local restaurant is open May 1 to Oct. 31. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

It is that quaintness that residents have tried to keep while towns boomed in every other direction, riding the wave of tourism under the Elk Mountains. Marble's population picked back up in the '70s, as valley folks rose against a ski area's development.

A small campground in the heart of town seems to welcome recreation. It was recently developed amid fears of reckless dispersed camping, and there are thoughts of keeping it open in winter for backcountry skiers.

The Marble Museum is open Memorial Day weekend through the end of August and it's hours are Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

"Marble has been discovered," Leach says. "Probably a similar story all around Colorado, all these little towns stuck back in the mountains are being discovered. That's good and bad."

Good for business. Bad for the timelessness that makes Marble Marble, that makes Crystal Mill a destination.

Deep in the forest, the wooden structure has been perched above a waterfall since 1893. On this day, one flew a drone while another, Carolyn Ansell, stood back, quietly admiring as she has for years. She used to live in Marble.

"Every time I look at this," she says, "I think how someday, it's gonna go."

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A closer look at Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hot Springs in our continuing series on hot springs in Colorado.

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Glenwood Springs to the north and Aspen to the east get far more attention than Redstone, the quaint town along Colorado 133. But treasures lie within, such as Avalanche Ranch's hot springs, overlooked by the dramatic Mount Sopris. A family tapped a well in 2010, releasing the geothermal waters that flow into three pools stacked on top of each other.

But the soaking spots aren't the only draw at Avalanche Ranch. Several rustic cabins, three wagons, a ranch house and a cottage are some of the accommodations to be reserved by hikers and cyclists who want more than a day to explore area trails. The ranch is along the Crystal River's Gold Medal waters, and anglers staying the night can keep up to four trout stocked in the private pond. Guests are welcome to canoes. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Book a massage or join a yoga session for optimum healing, though the mineral-rich waters should do the trick. The upper two pools are kept at 103 to 105 degrees, while the biggest one is about 88 to 94 degrees.

Rules: Suits required. Pools closed on Wednesdays for cleaning, opening for lodging guests after 5 p.m. All-day visitors must make reservations. No pets by pools. No glass, no smoking.

Address: 12863 Colorado 133, Redstone, 81623

Hours: Day visits made for four-hour slots, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: 970-963-2846, avalancheranch.com

Getting there: Off Interstate 25, exit for U.S. 6 west and follow to Interstate 70 exit toward Grand Junction. Continue west to exit 116 for Colorado 82 east to Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Turn for Colorado 133 south and go about 13 miles to hot springs.

SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE

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Avalanche Ranch Cabins and Hot Springs

Glenwood Springs to the north and Aspen to the east get far more attention than Redstone, the quaint town along Colorado 133. But treasures lie within, such as Avalanche Ranch's hot springs, overlooked by the dramatic Mount Sopris. A family tapped a well in 2010, releasing the geothermal waters that flow into three pools stacked on top of each other.

But the soaking spots aren't the only draw at Avalanche Ranch. Several rustic cabins, three wagons, a ranch house and a cottage are some of the accomodations to be reserved by hikers and cyclists who want more than a day to explore area trails. The ranch is along the Crystal River's Gold Medal waters, and anglers staying the night can keep up to four trout stocked in the private pond. Guests are welcome to canoes. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Book a massage or join a yoga session for optimum healing, though the mineral-rich waters should do the trick. The upper two pools are kept at 103 to 105 degrees, while the biggest one is about 88 to 94 degrees.

Rules: Suits required. Pools closed on Wednesdays for cleaning, opening for lodging guests after 5 p.m. All-day visitors must make reservations. No pets by pools. No glass, no smoking.

Address: 12863 Colorado 133, Redstone, 81623

Hours: Day visits made for four-hour slots, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: 970-963-2846, avalancheranch.com

Getting there: Off Interstate 25, exit for U.S. 6 west and follow to Interstate 70 exit toward Grand Junction. Continue west to exit 116 for Colorado 82 east to Glenwood Springs/Aspen. Turn for Colorado 133 south and go about 13 miles to hot springs.

SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE

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SNOWMASS, Colo. (CBS4) – Supporters of the deaf and hearing-impaired community are coming together to help a camp hit hard by thieves and vandals.

Aspen Camp, located in nearby Snowmass, rents out cabins between sessions for the hard of hearing to help support the nonprofit organization’s operations.

(credit: Aspen Camp)

Hundreds of children and their families visit the camp each year from across Colorado and even internationally.

The damage that occurred during this year’s X Games has put camp staff in a bind to get the facility ready for its next group of deaf campers.

The year-round, one-of-a-kind retreat teaches life skills to deaf youth, adults and families.

(credit: Aspen Camp)

A camp spokesperson said that some X Games fans renting out a couple of the camp’s cabins through Airbnb apparently did not respect the valuable programs.

Ryan Commerson, Aspen Camp’s board president, spoke to CBS4’s Melissa Garcia through an interpreter.

He said the rowdy party-goers trashed the camp, broke an electric wiring outlet and damaged a door frame. They also left a sticky mess on cabin floors, scattered fpod along trails, and stole meals meant for deaf families from the staff kitchen after breaking into the main lounge.

(credit: Aspen Camp)

“Everything was locked,” Commerson said. “The doors and the windows were locked. And it was a smaller window that they really had to work hard to have squeezed themselves into.”

One vandal wrote a disparaging message on the kitchen’s fridge that read, “We are not deaf.”

Vandalism left at Aspen Camp (credit: Aspen Camp)

“(It was) a classless act,” Commerson said. “It’s just another example of what we always face every day of our lives as we’re growing up.”

Aspen Camp volunteers and staff members worked tirelessly to clean, repair, and restock.

“An additional unnecessary stress,” Commerson explained.

CBS4’s Melissa Garcia interviews Ryan Commerson. (credit: CBS)

The several-thousand dollars in damage were a big blow to the nonprofit that was already struggling to break even.

An outpouring of support since the vandalism, however, will revamp not only the facilities, but also scholarship funds for the 70 percent of deaf youth campers who otherwise can’t afford to attend.

“We teach (the deaf and hard of hearing) to advocate for themselves. And this situation is just an example of the types of things that we’re wanting to practice with them to know how to deal with when they’re out in the world,” Commerson said of the adversity.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating, but has not said if deputies have been able to identify who broke in and caused the damage.

An Airbnb spokesperson provided the following statement:

“We take incidents like this extremely seriously and are urgently investigating what happened. We are in touch with our host and are giving them our full support. Additionally, we have reached out to local law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation. Our community standards prohibit behavior like this and if a guest violates our policies, we will take action including suspension or permanent removal from our platform. There have been more than 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are extremely rare, but even so, we’re constantly working to improve our policies, and our protections, because even one incident is one too many.”

Commerson encouraged anyone interested in learning more to reach out to the camp.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to mkgarcia@cbs.com.

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The U.S. Forest Service is looking for operators to rent out the Aspen Guard Station north of Mancos.

The San Juan National Forest is seeking applications to operate the historic Aspen and Glade guard stations.

A successful applicant will gain a commercial permit for renting the cabins to the public, said Tom Rice, recreation planner for the Dolores District.

“They are really neat buildings that are not getting used,” he said. “Having an operator will allow the public to stay in the forest in historic cabins and provide a local business opportunity. Rental management will also help keep the buildings maintained.”

The Aspen Guard Station is 10 miles northeast of Mancos on Forest Road 561. It is a rustic cabin with a water well, propane and solar system. It has a kitchen and three bedrooms.

The Glade Guard Station is 30 miles north of Cortez on Forest Road 512. It is similar to the Aspen station but has had renovations in the past five years that include corrals.

Access for both properties is via gravel forest roads. Winter snowfall typically closes access from November to May. Snow machines and off-highway vehicles may be used when roads are closed because of snow. The commercial permit term will be for two years, with an option to extend the term non-competitively for an additional five years.

The cabins have a long history with the Forest Service.

The Glade Guard Station was established in 1905 when a small log cabin was constructed as an administrative facility for the Glade District of the Montezuma National Forest, which is now part of the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest. In 1916, a wood-frame residence was built and a barn was added.

The Lone Dome Civilian Conservation Corp camp was set up adjacent to the Glade Guard Station in 1930s. During this time, a garage, meat house (later used as a toolshed) and an outhouse were constructed. The station continued to serve various functions through the 1970s and is one of the oldest Forest Service administrative sites in Colorado. The site was listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties in 2001 and is considered to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The log-constructed Aspen Guard Station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938 for Forest Service administration under Superintendent G. Wayne Bauer. It is in an aspen grove near the historic Jersey Jim Lookout Tower.

The Aspen station was built as part of the federal government’s effort to generate jobs after the Great Depression and was part of a campaign of natural resource enhancement undertaken by the Forest Service during the New Deal era.

Rangers lived in the Aspen station when they worked in the field, and it included office space, a bedroom, storage and a garage. Later, a small kitchen and dining nook were added. By the 1950s, it was being used for seasonal work crews. Beginning in 1994, the dwelling was used for an artist-in-residence program, but that program ended in 2012.

Rice said the cabins need some upkeep, and that some of the revenues generated by the rentals would be earmarked for building maintenance.

As part of the application, bidders must show a business plan and experience with providing lodging to the public. Other details should include visitation numbers, season of use, potential revenue, logistics and cost of infrastructure and operations. Providing public benefit and generating revenue are critical parts of this opportunity, Rice said.

Parties are encouraged to research and visit the stations by contacting the Dolores Ranger District before Oct. 15. Application packages must be received by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Interested parties may contact Tom Rice, recreation program manager, Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Colorado Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. Rice’s phone is 882-6843. His email is thomasbrice@fs.fed.us.

For more information, including an electronic copy of the prospectus, contact Rice. The prospectus is posted at: bit.ly/2werN4E.

jmimiaga@the-journal.com

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GLENNS FERRY — A lingering power outage at Three Island Crossing State Park is still affecting five cabins, the day use area and the park's irrigation pumps.

The park reported in early August that electricity had been restored to both campgrounds, the history center, service and shop areas and the front kiosk.

But by Monday, the Dogwood, Elm, Aspen, Juniper and Oak cabins were still without power, and inability to operate the irrigation pumps had left the grass and trees extremely dry.

"We are still working with electricians to fix the situation," the park posted Monday on Facebook. "Please continue to check back for updates."

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DOLORES, Colo. (AP) -- Two historic U.S. Forest Service outposts in the San Juan Mountains near Mancos and Dolores should be ready for public use by the summer of 2018.

The Cortez Journal reports that it took nearly a decade to get the former ranger housing at the Aspen Guard Station and the Glade Guard Station ready for public use.

The Aspen Guard Station in the Mancos Valley was built nearly 80 years ago.

The Glade Guard Station near the McPhee Reservoir is even older. It includes an early 20th-century ranger house and a barn. A three-year project to renovate the site ended in 2011.

An official with the U.S. Forest Service's Dolores district tells the newspaper that despite delays, the structures should be available for tourist rentals by 2018.

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The U.S. Forest Service is looking for operators to rent out the Aspen Guard Station north of Mancos.

The San Juan National Forest is seeking applications to operate the historic Aspen and Glade guard stations.

A successful applicant will gain a commercial permit for renting the cabins to the public, said Tom Rice, recreation planner for the Dolores District.

“They are really neat buildings that are not getting used,” he said. “Having an operator will allow the public to stay in the forest in historic cabins and provide a local business opportunity. Rental management will also help keep the buildings maintained.”

The Aspen Guard Station is 10 miles northeast of Mancos on Forest Road 561. It is a rustic cabin with a water well, propane and solar system. It has a kitchen and three bedrooms.

The Glade Guard Station is 30 miles north of Cortez on Forest Road 512. It is similar to the Aspen station but has had renovations in the past five years that include corrals.

Access for both properties is via gravel forest roads. Winter snowfall typically closes access from November to May. Snow machines and off-highway vehicles may be used when roads are closed because of snow. The commercial permit term will be for two years, with an option to extend the term non-competitively for an additional five years.

The cabins have a long history with the Forest Service.

The Glade Guard Station was established in 1905 when a small log cabin was constructed as an administrative facility for the Glade District of the Montezuma National Forest, which is now part of the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest. In 1916, a wood-frame residence was built and a barn was added.

The Lone Dome Civilian Conservation Corp camp was set up adjacent to the Glade Guard Station in 1930s. During this time, a garage, meat house (later used as a toolshed) and an outhouse were constructed. The station continued to serve various functions through the 1970s and is one of the oldest Forest Service administrative sites in Colorado. The site was listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties in 2001 and is considered to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The log-constructed Aspen Guard Station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938 for Forest Service administration under Superintendent G. Wayne Bauer. It is in an aspen grove near the historic Jersey Jim Lookout Tower.

The Aspen station was built as part of the federal government’s effort to generate jobs after the Great Depression and was part of a campaign of natural resource enhancement undertaken by the Forest Service during the New Deal era.

Rangers lived in the Aspen station when they worked in the field, and it included office space, a bedroom, storage and a garage. Later, a small kitchen and dining nook were added. By the 1950s, it was being used for seasonal work crews. Beginning in 1994, the dwelling was used for an artist-in-residence program, but that program ended in 2012.

Rice said the cabins need some upkeep, and that some of the revenues generated by the rentals would be earmarked for building maintenance.

As part of the application, bidders must show a business plan and experience with providing lodging to the public. Other details should include visitation numbers, season of use, potential revenue, logistics and cost of infrastructure and operations. Providing public benefit and generating revenue are critical parts of this opportunity, Rice said.

Parties are encouraged to research and visit the stations by contacting the Dolores Ranger District before Oct. 15. Application packages must be received by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Interested parties may contact Tom Rice, recreation program manager, Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Colorado Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. Rice’s phone is 882-6843. His email is thomasbrice@fs.fed.us.

For more information, including an electronic copy of the prospectus, contact Rice. The prospectus is posted at: bit.ly/2werN4E.

jmimiaga@the-journal.com

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