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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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Around 1938 the buildings with The Juicery, front, and Cafe Genevieve stood alone.

Genevieve block

Van Vleck House (Cafe Genevieve): Built 1910. This log cabin building was home to Roy and Genevieve Van Vleck. Roy founded and operated the Jackson Mercantile, and Genevieve was a member of the nation's first all-woman Town Council in 1920. The home was one of a dozen that once had a barn in back that housed livestock and hay. Its National Register survey indicates the Van Vleck House represents the earliest history and development of Jackson as a "genuine old west agricultural community, which was transformed by tourism."

Persephone house: Built 1940s. The residence was likely moved to this site, but it represents the bungalow-style architecture traditional of East Jackson historic homes.

The Juicery house: Built 1936. This home belonged to the Van Vlecks' daughter, Stella, and her husband.

Sweetwater block

Coe Cabin (formerly Sweetwater Restaurant): Built 1915. This single-story log building was originally a residence, occupied by Ed and Emily Coe from 1930 to 1936. According to its National Register eligibility, the home's occupants chart the evolution of the town of Jackson and its urbanization: "The Coe years were the transition years for the valley and the community too, and Jackson was starting to shift from a village that supplied the needs of local ranchers to a town that was becoming the center of organized economic activity in the valley."

Coe Blacksmith Shop (King Sushi): Built 1910. Prior to its use as Coe's shop, the structure was a barbershop. Then blacksmith Ed Coe used the building as his shop during the years he and his wife occupied the nearby Coe House (Sweetwater), from around 1930 to 1936. After the Coes moved out, the building was home to various commercial enterprises and a restaurant in 1976. "The nature of the change in businesses housed reflects something of the change of Jackson and Jackson Hole," its National Register eligibility form reads. "The subtext is the transformation of Jackson, Wyoming, from a ranching village into a commercial and tourist center."

Ellen G. Walker's Clothing Store (Belle Cose): Built 1948. This small cabin housed one of Jackson's first successful women's clothing boutiques under Ellen G. Walker's ownership for more than 35 years. The cabin was built in 1948 on Glenwood and was moved to its current location around 1985. The building is significant because it "represents Jackson's transformation from a budding tourism-based economy to one centered on seasonal tourism," its National Register eligibility form says. "The existence of a women's ready-to-wear clothing store was deeply intertwined with the tourism economy that had propelled Jackson into a new size and character in the post World War II period."

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Caption + The moose statue outside the Moose Creek Cafe is decorated for the holiday season Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Walden, Colo., the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

So we follow the ranger into the woods. The sun is making its late-morning rise over the mountains, and Gazette photographer Christian Murdock and I post-hole our way through the pines, eyes peeled for the beast that has more numbers here than anywhere else in Colorado.

From the humble town of Walden, fields of sage and willow-lined streams stretch to the Medicine Bow Mountains, which dominate the state's high northwest. The North Park basin is full of wonders, beginning in State Forest State Park, framed by jagged peaks and including the Nokhu Crags, the skyscraping rocks of Native American lore that earn as much admiration as the sand dunes bordering the forest.

The park's visitor center refers to the area as "The Land of Hidden Treasures." And most wondrous is the wildlife.

No, Coloradans don't have to go to Canada or Alaska for a good chance to find moose. The North Park herd is believed to roam at 500 to 600 strong since wildlife officers transplanted a couple of dozen from Utah and Wyoming in the late 1970s.

Park ranger Jessica Weathers walks past animal tracks next to Ranger Lakes as we search of signs of moose Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in State Forest State Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife calls the experiment "a success story," as smaller populations have emerged in the Flat Tops Wilderness and farther south around Grand Mesa. Tens of thousands of hunters apply every year for a coveted tag; those who put their names in the lottery last year had a 1.4 percent chance of winning.

Still, elk hunters mistakenly kill moose "pretty much every year in North Park and other parts," says Josh Dilley, Walden's district wildlife manager.

"The majority of what we find are accidental kills," he says, "but there has been moose shot intentionally, and there's been (criminal) cases made at different times."

We arrive at what appears to be a crime scene - a skeleton of an animal that Weathers says was skinned and found in the fall. The skull is gone; the spine and ribs have been picked clean, seemingly by whatever left the surrounding tracks.

"Circle of life," Weathers mutters as we continue through the state forest, somewhat warily as we know the territorial tendencies of moose. One need only search YouTube to witness bulls raging after people who got too close.

A twig snap is enough for us to whip our heads around. "A moose could sneak up on you, and you'd never hear it," Weathers says, explaining a frequent occurrence for rangers making rounds to camps at the state park.

"We're sharing space with them, for sure."

Living with moose

Sharing the most space with moose are the residents of Walden. "The Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado" reads the welcome sign into the town of cabins, churches and aspen stripped by the moose that feast on the bark.

"How about a chocolate mousse in a jar?" asks the waitress at the Moose Creek Cafe, which sells moose ballcaps and moose T-shirts listing moose advice, including: "Hold your head up high" (some moose hold theirs higher than 6 feet).

The spine, ribs and pelvis of a moose lie in the snow after being eaten clean by other animals near Ranger Lakes Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in State Forest State Park, about 20 miles east of Walden, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

One local's favorite photo of three moose on a trot through the cemetery has been made into a favorite postcard. "Just Dying to see North Park, Colorado," it says.

As with photos - moose staring down dogs, moose munching on gardens, moose lying on lawns - people proudly keep stories. They talk of moose holding dominion over everyday life; yes, the antlered statue in town might be of a ruler to be respected.

People can't leave their homes, for a moose is by the door. People are late to work, for a moose is by the truck. Recess is called off at school, for a moose is on the playground. And the kids understand, for they are raised knowing to avoid four-legged strangers.

When the rabbit-like ears go back and the dragon-like snout goes up, that's when you run, the locals say.

Outside his trailer, John Kellemeyer motions to a spot by the fence that is no barrier to the moose with stilt-like legs. "Once there was a calf over there in the corner. I take a picture, look down to see it, then I look up and it's coming at me full-bore. Came right up to the porch! I turned around, got inside and shut the door, and it hit him right in the nose!"

Says a woman behind the gas station counter: "I've heard of moose out in the middle of the street, taking on a truck and completely totaling the truck, but they walk out unscathed."

Says the man mopping the floor nearby, Rob Windecker: "Once I was out, caught a real nice 17-, 18-inch brown, I thought, all right, I've found me a hole. Then I look over and see a calf just standing there. I move over a bit. Then a big cow comes outta the willows.

"So I go back up to my pickup, and my wife is sitting there going, 'I thought you'd be fishing for four, five hours.' I said, 'I would be fishing for four or five hours, but an old b---- ran me out!'"

People talk excitedly, as if they are not as inconvenienced by the moose as much as they are thrilled, graced.

The search continues

Unsuccessful on our search afoot, we get in Weathers' truck.

"Sometimes they come up there," the ranger says as we look closely between the timber covering a distant slope.

She slows later by a creek, where the bull she saw a couple of days ago lingers no more. Losing hope of seeing one, I ask Weathers what her first experience was like.

"Incredible," she says, "and humbling."

Soon enough, the truck lurches to a stop. "There you go!" she says.

We fall silent as we watch a bull, cow and calf lumber up a hill. We are quiet for however much time passes before they disappear into the trees.

"They knew we were watching," Weathers says.

They always know, she says. Which contributes to our paranoia later as we scour the countryside for more, squinting through the thick willows to find nothing. Dusk dims the valley, and we're frustrated but strangely satisfied to know they're out there. Somewhere.


Contact Seth Boster: 636-0332

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For many leisurely skiers, the excitement of the sport isn’t just the exhilarating high you get as you soar down the glistening snow-packed mountain. It’s also the feeling of bliss you get the moment the boots are off and you’re in full après-ski mode, with your feet nestled on an ottoman in front of a roaring fire. This feeling is made even more decadent if it's in a private oasis, thanks to the fact that you’ve rented out the entire chalet. HomeAway, the home-rental company, brings that fairy tale to life with these seven fully rentable chalets situated in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. From a rustic six-bedroom cabin located near the snowy slopes of Aspen to a private ski chalet in the Alps in Switzerland to a cozy little log home in the heart of the Grand Tetons, these winter chalets and cabins are perfect for a winter vacation.

Private Snowmass Ranch

Why just rent a house when you can rent a private ranch inside a massive reserve in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains? This 11,000-square-foot property offers guests the choice of ten bedrooms and ten and a half bathrooms, as well as an outdoor pool (with waterfall), miles of cross-country ski trails, a wraparound porch, panoramic windows, massive fireplaces, 30-foot ceilings, and a gourmet kitchen. Featured in the New York Times' home section, this secluded oasis sits only 30 minutes from downtown Aspen and just 10 to 15 minutes from the area’s famed ski runs. $5,000+/night

Tiny Jackson Ski Chalet

Stay on trend with tiny-house madness by renting your own miniature snow globe. This oasis, located in the heart of a tiny-house community in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, comes complete with prehung holiday lights, one bathroom, a large bed, and a pull-out sofa bed. Bonus? It also comes with a private fire pit and a hot tub to aid with relaxation after a day spent exploring the Tetons. $229/night

Catered Swiss Chalet

There’s nothing worse than spending all day skiing only to come back and have to prepare your own meals, right? For a mere $10,000 per night, you can rent this picture-perfect chalet in the heart of Zermatt, Switzerland. This rental touts seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, panoramic windows with views of the breathtaking snowcapped Alps, larger-than-life fireplaces, a large terrace (for dining alfresco), and a three-meter plunge pool. The real allure, for some anyway, lies with the fact that the property comes fully catered with a staff. $10,000+/night

Adirondack Log Cabin

1,400 square feet of log cabin bliss, this retreat sits right across from Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York and is outfitted with two bedrooms, two baths, a large eat-in kitchen, and two balconies boasting 180-degree views of the Adirondacks. You can quickly hop on and off the slopes and be next to the cozy fire in less than 30 minutes. $200/night

Chamonix Retreat

At home in the Marmotte Mountains in picturesque Chamonix, this five-bedroom retreat offers up some of the area’s best views from the open-concept living room. On the heated outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi, you can sit outside and marvel at the view without frostbite. Inside, the large windows, family-style dining table, cozy fireplaces, and chef-ready kitchen make for easy entertaining. As a bonus, you can opt for the catered package which will take your relaxation level up to ten, thanks to the world-class staff who’ll cook, clean, and cater. $1,900+/night

Snowy Stone Paradise

Who doesn’t have a mere $15,000 to spend on a vacation rental? This sprawling stone residence near Beaver Creek, Colorado, sleeps 14 with seven bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, heated driveways, massive fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a heated patio complete with a hot tub, and a sloping glass roof so you can watch the stars twinkle above. As it's divided into a main house and a guest house, you can separate yourself entirely from your in-laws. The best part is the house’s location, which sits comfortably on a slope, allowing you to simply ski in and out to your heart's content. $15,000/night

Gregoire Vermont Castle

There’s no way to upstage your friends and family quite like renting an entire castle for your winter retreat. This Bavarian-style manse sits in northern Vermont, just 40 minutes from the Canadian border. It boasts four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a large upgraded kitchen, wrought-iron chandeliers, and views of the 20-acre property from some of the rooms. $750/night

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by Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Aspen City Council’s Monday work session about the future of the Lift 1A neighborhood represented progress in that all sides of the multi-faceted negotiations agreed to continue exploring ways to bring the new lift a few blocks down the South Aspen Street hill.

It also showed how much work is still to be done if the hopes and dreams of many — to introduce a more accessible, closer-to-town mountain portal as the area is blanketed with new development — are ever to be realized.

The three-and-a-half-hour meeting came in response to a planning exercise led by a respected ski area design consultant that brought together the city of Aspen, the Aspen Skiing Co. and developers of the Lift One Lodge and Gorsuch Haus projects, two hotels planned for the east side of South Aspen Street at the bottom of the Aspen Mountain ski area. SE Group published a report last week, five months in the making, evaluating nine different scenarios for a lower ski lift. At least two of those scenarios have enough buy in from the participants to warrant further study, according to multiple comments at Monday’s meeting.

One of the two that results in the lowest chairlift alignment would bring the bottom terminal roughly to where Juan Street intersects Willoughby Park, just steps from a planned reworked transit drop off at Dean Street. This involves running a new chairlift between two previously designed and approved buildings of the Lift One Lodge that straddle a ski corridor. Because of proximity to the buildings, such a lift alignment would require a variance from the state’s tramway safety board.

With a total clearance between the buildings of barely 50 feet, before the run widens at the bottom to accommodate mazing and skier circulation, multiple speakers at Monday’s meeting questioned if the lower lift justifies what some believe would be a sub-par skiing experience on the last few hundred feet of the run.

“We can make that work but it’s probably not the most desirable skiing product,” SkiCo Vice President for Planning David Corbin told the council, referring to the tight passageway. Councilman Adam Frisch earlier in the night dubbed it the “Lift One Lodge chutes.”

Corbin noted that many Aspen Mountain skiers enjoy lapping Lift 1A and mountain operators must maintain the quality of the return-skiing experience.

One woman who owns a condo near the 1A base told council during a public comment session that she doesn’t see herself doing laps there because of the narrow corridor, while another commenter predicted that the width of the path would make the area more like a “bobsled run.”

Having to maintain a consistent snow surface in that area would also be a challenge, in terms of snowmaking operations and grooming. Such activities could also be an inconvenience for hotel guests whose rooms loom over the corridor.

Mayor Steve Skadron, framing one of the key questions before the council, said that beyond feasibility, all parties have to be comfortable with whether or not any potential solution is also suitable.

A lower lift would satisfy an emotional desire, but would it be used?

Councilwoman Ann Mullins responded that she wants to see a lower chairlift because of the 145,000 square feet of visible development and 164 lodge keys between the Gorsuch and Lift One Lodge projects that would be built between the Dean Street portal and the existing Lift 1A site.

“Everything gets built up and the lift becomes a private lift” for the two hotels, she said. Bringing it down to Dean Street in the midst of the redevelopment “makes the access public again,” she added.

Although it was not evaluated among the nine scenarios, some council members and public speakers advocated for putting a bottom terminal near Dean Street with second-stage loading roughly where the existing terminal sits. This would allow return-skier traffic to avoid the “Lift One Lodge chutes” and potentially alleviate ski-area operations challenges, Councilman Ward Hauenstein said.

The SkiCo’s Corbin, however, cautioned that having two loading zones in what is already a constricted ski zone complicates a challenging circulation plan and could be “redundant” when the terminals are separated by roughly 500 linear feet and 70 vertical feet.

The SE Group report also examined having a “funicular” people-mover system or surface tow connecting Dean Street with a new lift. None of those concepts passed initial muster, however, since a surface lift splitting the Lift One Lodge property complicates return skiing and requires the construction of a 16-foot-tall overpass above maintenance road.

Council members expressed interest in finding out if such a system could be designed with less landscape and visual impact. Richard Shaw, a principal with landscape architecture firm Design Workshop, that is consulting on the Gorsuch Haus project, noted that technology is available that could put such a people mover underground.

Council sent the city planning staff, the ski area consultant, the developers and the SkiCo off with marching orders to further evaluate an enhanced people mover concept, as well as two-stage loading. It’s unclear when the next meeting will take place.

Other issues that need more study and consideration include impacts on the historic chairlift that sits in Willoughby and Lift One parks — Aspen’s original Lift 1 that ran from 1947-1971. Three historic lift towers are placed in the middle of the ski passageway near the bottom and the original lift loading area is near where the new lift loading area would be sited.

A suggestion offered from the public would have the infrastructure moved off site and restored, in a similar fashion to the cabins recently moved from the Main Street site of the new police station to the Marolt Open Space.

That could be a tough sell for city officials.

All scenarios for a lower lift have impacts on the historic infrastructure that would require thorough study by the historic preservation staff and commission, said community development director Jessica Garrow.

“I’m not sure we could recommend in good conscience that these lift tower be moved to some off site location,” she said.

Mullins said having the mid-century lift that dates to the beginning of skiing in Aspen placed next to the new lift would be an opportunity to integrate history and tell a powerful story, especially with plans for a new ski museum that would be built along with the Lift One Lodge.

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1 of 29 Your group will love to gather around this huge stone fireplace at the end of the day

Experience all the best of Aspen, Colorado at this wonderful retreat. Set on 8 acres with a trout pond, private hot tub, large lawn with fire pit, multiple cabins, and located just 15 minutes to downtown Aspen, this property offers the best of both Aspen worlds. The peace and tranquility of the great outdoors combined with the close proximity to the wonderful restaurants, shops, nightlife and entertainment that sets Aspen apart. Please call or email us for more information as this is a unique property but an amazing experience not to be missed for your family or friends group traveling together.
The Fort, see photos, is built as a true log cabin with a master bedroom/bathroom, open concept kitchen and living area with large wood burning fireplace in the main building. The large dining table is the perfect spot to enjoy a family or group d...

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View Slideshow 1 of 3 A Ewing family cabin on Newman Lake in Washington state. (Courtesy Eric Ewing)

As our summer lake series continues, we look at families who return to the same treasured lake again and again, summer after summer.

The Ewings from Spokane, Washington, are one such family. They’ve enjoyed rustic cabins on the shores of nearby Newman Lake for over 80 years.

Here & Now‘s Robing Young speaks with father Jim Ewing and son Eric Ewing about their lake places: Jim’s grandparents, James and Florence Wilbert, helped purchase the original lot back in 1934 for just $275, and it has remained in the family ever since. We also hear more from listeners about their own favorite lakes.

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Renting a cabin in Aspen sounds like a rustic vacation experience that you will never forget. Aspen is quite a popular vacation destination in the state of Colorado. Take a look at the pictures and a description for cabin rentals to see what all you are about to enjoy. Maybe you want the one bedroom booking with a heated pool out front. Perhaps you need a larger two bedroom cabin rental, and the booking you were looking at has quite a few extra amenities.

They are all going to be chock full of extras, and the descriptions are going to look quite appealing. Do you need to book a particular floor? Many people who are booking a cabin rental think they are going to be on the first floor for sure. However, that's not the case, so if you want the first floor, make sure you look at all the rental choices in front of you.

Are you looking to stay in the downtown area? When thinking about cabin rentals, you might not care so much as to the age of the property, but still keep that in mind. A cabin can be rustic and cozy, while still having all the suggested upgrades for 2017. Cabin living in general is becoming even more popular these days. This is reigniting everyone's motivation to have an enjoyable cabin vacation experience as well.

You can't beat Colorado when it comes to enjoying a cabin vacation. Aspen, Colorado specifically, is one of the best places to choose. When you arrive there, hopefully you see that you have booked the cabin that is the most appealing to you. Take into consideration where all the dining establishments and shopping outlets are located as well as the attractions. You might want to spend most of your time relaxing in the cabin, but you're still going to go on adventures in Aspen.