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From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

Nov. 3, 1977

Western Colorado had experienced its worst “water year” in history, according to State Climatologist Thomas McKee. The drought was most dramatic over the winter, with numerous records set, while summer rains arrived too late to make much of a difference. Aspen recorded only 5.95 inches of precipitation from Oct. ’76 through April ’77, shattering the 7.5 inch low set in ’54.

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In other news… Aspen dentist Robert Tattenham  was killed in a cabin fire in Old Snowmass.

Nov. 5, 1987

The Roaring Fork High School marching band made it to the championship round at the state competition in Pueblo. In what Band Director Dave Funk caled “the best performance I’ve ever seen from the kids,” the played excerpts from James Bond themes like “Dr. No,” “From Russia with Love” and “Live and Let Die.” Although Monte Vista High School took home the top prize for the 19th consecutive year, the Rams 63-member band were quite proud to beat their debut performance of seventh place the previous year. They hoped to use the momentum to propel their fundraising drive for a trip to Australia’s Expo 88.

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In other news… For seasonal jobs outside the ski industry, the Journal encouraged folks to help Santa out a bit by signing on with the United Parcel Service or Federal Express during the busy holiday season.

Nov. 6, 1997

Carbondale resurrected an old tradition by budgeting $1,000 annually to designate a person of the year. Mayor Randy Vanderhurst proposed the move, saying that “Carbondale has a history of volunteers doing things for the community, and I would like for us to recognize them.” A committee was appointed to work on a selection process as locals were urged to consider potential nominees.

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In other news… A site had been selected for the new Basalt Post Office, with construction slated to begin the following summer.

Nov. 8, 2007

Melanie’s Kid’s Kitchen cooking class gave youngsters a chance to learn math, management and more. On the day the Journal stopped by, Jenna and Beth Freeman were making a squash soup. “I want them to learn it all so they can go home and prepare the meal,” said owner Melanie Cardiff. “…and we didn’t end up with any fingers in the soup, so that was good. There was no spooky Halloween soup.”

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In other news… The new Ella restaurant opened downtown, showing off the extensive renovation of the Ship ‘o Fools / Hurricane space which later impacted the look of Hestia and Town.

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