Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 14, 20186min425

Back in the early 1970s, my older brother wore a button that simply said, “Keep Nixon Healthy.” He said people often commented on it, usually thinking he was supportive of Mr. Nixon, and wanted him to be well. But for my brother, as a liberal, the button had a very different, if somewhat droll and ironic meaning. Readers of a certain age will recall that Mr. Nixon’s vice president was a rather undistinguished (and later indicted) gentleman with the unlikely name of Spiro Agnew. Mr. Agnew was the former governor of Maryland and was not considered…how shall I put this… the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree? Not the sharpest knife in the drawer? Kind of dumb?

Tom Roeder, The GazetteTom Roeder, The GazetteFebruary 20, 20185min643
The National Space Defense Center at Schriever Air Force Base has moved beyond war games, with intelligence agency experts and Space Command airmen joining forces to protect American satellites in orbit. The center, which last year was operating with borrowed troops, has begun operating 24 hours a day and boasts a staff of 230. Their […]

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Kara MasonKara MasonJanuary 4, 20182min834

Vice President Mike Pence, who has said the Trump administration is a best friend to small business, seemingly squashed one Aspen company’s busiest time of year when he vacationed in the area last week.

Above It All Balloon Co. had to cancel rides because of security issues, according to the Aspen Times, which first reported the story Dec. 30. Owner Pam Wood acknowledged high winds also played a role on one of the days the VP was in town.

“I understand the security aspect,” she told the paper. “But let the little wheels on the track make a living so the rest can roll.”

An area of three nautical miles over where Pence and his wife were staying was considered “national defense airspace” and grounded the flights, costing Wood somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000. Other aircraft were also prohibited from flying over that area.

Wood also claims the veep and second lady’s trip, which she says she was only notified of the morning the Pences arrived, hurt her staff’s pocketbooks, as they make tips from balloon riders and depend on that income.

The Pences reportedly stayed at a private estate off Owl Creek Road outside of Snowmass Village, the Aspen Times said. Normally, when the Obamas would vacation in the area, they’d stay at West Buttermilk, which was further from the balloon launch site.