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From Food Pioneer Alice Waters to Climbing Phenom Selah Schneiter, Our Fantasy Guest List

Here's whom we'd invite if we could entertain this season's most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

By Cindy Hirschfeld Illustrations by Matty Newton July 30, 2019 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2019 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Alice Waters

The founder of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse and grande dame of farm-to-table food—long before it became a national movement—speaks at the Aspen Institute July 22 about her Edible Schoolyard foundation and enacting change through local, sustainable agriculture.



Nicholas Vesey

The Aspen Chapel’s minister calls his new guide, Living the Life-Force, the world’s first “Gonzo spirituality book” for its irreverent take on following one’s spiritual path from a place of chaos to one in sync with the innate order of the natural world.



Tracy Trulove

After informing us about rockfall, avalanches, and other highway obstacles, the former Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman has perhaps an even bigger challenge than telling folks they’re stranded on the road, as the City of Aspen’s first communications director. 




Steve Skadron

Aspen’s outgoing mayor isn’t leaving public service behind for long, as he becomes vice president and campus dean for the Aspen and Carbondale branches of Colorado Mountain College, where he’ll continue to focus on issues like sustainability.



Selah Schneiter

In June, the Glenwood Springs 10-year-old became the youngest person to climb the Nose on El Capitan, one of Yosemite’s most notoriously difficult climbs—decidedly one-upping her classmates with the answer to the question, “What did you do over summer break?”



Alex Sanchez

As the new executive director of Valley Settlement, the area’s largest Latino-serving nonprofit, the El Jebel native brings not only ample experience but particular insight as the proud son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to graduate high school and earn a four-year college degree. 

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