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A frequent gathering place for these cultured affairs is what is informally called Paepcke Auditorium. But that auditorium needs a repair, and a local couple, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, have agreed to donate $4 million for restoration. In exchange, the Aspen Institute intends to rename the auditorium after the Resnicks, while retaining the name Paepcke on the building.

Any number of people have written to The Aspen Times to protest this move since the newspaper broke the news several weeks ago. Some have also noted that the Resnicks didn’t exactly make themselves favorite of the locals several years ago when they sued in an attempt to block construction of affordable housing near their home.

The Times smirked that the Aspen Institute itself, for all its protests about the lack of an official name, even now calls it the Paepcke Auditorium in press releases.

Such was the case last week in an announcement of a public conversation between Walter Isaacson, the author and former magazine editor who is now president of the institute, and Lynn Cheney, another author and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Priuses join parade

BASALT, Colo. — A complement of Toyota Prius cars this summer joined the annual summer parade in Basalt, a town located 18 miles downvalley from Aspen. The organizers, a new grassroots group called Go Green, say they want to give more attention to the Prius, which gets 59 miles per gallon.

The group was formed by Karen Signell and her partner, Ann MacLeod, after they saw two movies about global warming, one narrated by former Vice President Al Gore and the other by former television anchorman Tom Brokaw.

"I like working for something rather than against something," Signell told The Aspen Times.

Steamboat asked to conserve

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — If churches are sometimes built to accommodate the crowds of Easter Sunday, water treatment plants are built to handle hot summer days. That’s true even in the cooler climates of ski towns.

In Steamboat Springs, for example, water use triples in summer as compared to winter. The community is now bumping up against limits, and so residents are being urged to conserve, and hoteliers are being asked to reuse towels and linens.

In a few years, reports The Steamboat Pilot & Today, local water officials expect to build more treatment capacity. There does not seem to be plans afoot to provide raw, unpotable water for irrigation of golf courses and lawns such as is being planned in several other resort valleys.