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Aspen Club to refinance, site visits continue with city

October 20, 2017 — Aspen Club owner Michael Fox said this week plans are in place to refinance the stalled redevelopment project that has spawned more than $25 million in liens from contractors who claim they have not been paid for their labor and materials. City officials met with

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Judgment day looms for Aspen eatery Justice Snow’s

October 19, 2017 — With the end of the business day Monday looming for Aspen restaurant Justice Snow's to relieve its $40,574 rent debt to the city, owner Michele Kiley said she plans to "beg, borrow or steal to move the process along." "I'm literally cobbling together every penny

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Aspen reels in construction parking fees

October 18, 2017 — Aspen is on pace to draw more than $500,000 this year through a city program that earns revenue by charging fees for parking spaces occupied by construction activity. Through September, the city Parking Department collected $450,115 in fees charged to construction companies and developers that

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Jury convicts race-car driver, part-time Aspen resident, of predatory lending

October 17, 2017 — A race-car driver who used ill-gotten gains through a payday-lending scheme to buy an Aspen house was found guilty by a jury in New York for engaging in predatory lending practices that charged borrowers interest rates as high as 700 percent. A statement issued by

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Justice Snow’s, city of Aspen in limbo

October 16, 2017 — Don't draw the curtains on the Aspen soap opera that is the fate of Justice Snow's just yet. Michele Kiley, co-owner of the restaurant that rents space at the city-owned Wheeler Opera House, urged members of Aspen City Council at a work session Monday to

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With embezzlement probe underway, Aspen council not ready to give grant to Red Brick

October 12, 2017 — Since at least 2008, the Red Brick Council for the Arts has regularly received annual grants of $30,000 from the city's Wheeler Opera House fund, but the majority of the Aspen City Council is second-guessing doing that again in the wake of an alleged embezzlement

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Justice Snow’s owes more than $40,000 in rent to city of Aspen

October 10, 2017 — The city of Aspen plans to step up efforts to collect more than $40,000 it is due in rent from the Justice Snow's restaurant, an official said Tuesday. "The city is in the process of making (a) formal demand regarding this delinquency," Assistant City Manager

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Aspen will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

October 10, 2017 — The second Monday of October officially will become Indigenous Peoples Day after members of the Aspen City Council unanimously voted Monday night in support of Resolution 138. "What I really embrace is the opportunity to honor the Ute people who nurtured our valley," Mayor Steve

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Aspen employee-housing project moves forward with public-private partnership

October 9, 2017 — A public-private partnership for the development of rental housing for local workers cleared its first Aspen City Council hurdle Monday. Council members, by a 5-0 vote, signed off on the first reading of the major public project review for 517 Park Circle, a vacant lot

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Aspen School District launches new security system to check visitors

October 9, 2017 — The Aspen School District is rolling out a system that will prescreen visitors before they are allowed entry into its campus' three schools. The Raptor Visitor Management System debuts Monday at the elementary school. The middle schools will implement the technology in November or December,

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Aspen School District launches new security system to check visitors

October 8, 2017 — The Aspen School District is rolling out a system that will prescreen visitors before they are allowed entry into its campus' three schools. The Raptor Visitor Management System debuts Monday at the elementary school. The middle schools will implement the technology in November or December,

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Is Pitkin County’s namesake as questionable as Columbus Day?

October 7, 2017 — When Greg Poschman stumped for Pitkin County commissioner in the fall of 2016, the usual political topics of local concern surfaced — housing, transportation, the environment and so on. But one issue to emerge while he was on the campaign trail captured no attention during

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Justice Snow’s asks city of Aspen for leniency on lease, wants to close for 2 months

October 3, 2017 — The Aspen City Council will meet privately Monday to discuss terms of the lease for Justice Snow's restaurant and bar, which wants to close for two months this fall so it can retool its operation. The meeting will come after an attorney for Justice Snow's,

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Centennial suit puts deed restrictions to the test

October 3, 2017 — A judge's dismissal of most claims by the Centennial Owners' Association against local government agencies hardly means the case is a lost cause, a lawyer for the association said Tuesday. Instead, said attorney David Bovino, co-counsel for the Centennial plaintiff, the most critical aspect of

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Timberline lodge proposal clears hurdle with Aspen Historic Preservation Commission

October 2, 2017 — A bank's plans to convert the second floor of a Main Street building into two lodging units has cleared its first government board hurdle. Members of the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously last week in favor of a minor development and commercial design and

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Ketamine clinic opens in Aspen with aim to fight severe depression

September 30, 2017 — As ketamine continues to see an increase in acceptance by the medical community, two local doctors have opened a clinic at Aspen Valley Hospital to administer the drug to patients with severe depression and other conditions. An anesthesiologist with privileges at local hospitals for more

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Red Brick probe raises red flags for Aspen City Council members

September 29, 2017 — With the looming scandal involving allegations that the Red Brick Council for the Arts' then-executive director siphoned an estimated $150,000 from its coffers from 2015 through June, some City Council members suggested Friday they want more assurances the nonprofit's finances are under control before they

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City of Aspen, DA probe underway into Red Brick embezzlement

September 28, 2017 — The former director of the Red Brick Council for the Arts is under criminal investigation for bilking "what may be in excess of $150,000" from the nonprofit organization, the city of Aspen announced Thursday night. Angela Marasco Callen, who worked for the council from 2013

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Club has until the end of October to resume work, or city dep’t could step in

September 26, 2017 — If construction doesn't resume on the Aspen Club after 60 days of the stoppage, the city could tap into a $100,000 escrow account to spruce up the site while ensuring that it has no safety hazards. Work on the Aspen Club was suspended at the

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Aspen Club has more than $21 million in liens piling up

September 26, 2017 — The general contractor overseeing the redevelopment of the Aspen Club, a high-profile construction project on hold due to finance restructuring, filed a lien Tuesday claiming it is owed $17.7 million for its services. PCL Construction Services' mechanic's lien, which was entered in the Pitkin County

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