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Roses & Thorns: Great events to honor fallen heroes of 9/11

  • A thorn goes out to each and every bad actor out there on the roads, whether they are on foot or in a motor vehicle. Just because there is a crosswalk doesn’t mean pedestrians and runners get to step out into oncoming traffic. Drivers need time to react, too. And stop using your horns, people. It’s offseason, so treat your locals and visitors as such.
  • Roses go to Luliia Monsenz and Trevor Triano, two lifeguards who saved the life of a 5-year-old child from drowning earlier this summer in the pool at the Aspen Recreation Center. Monsenz and Triano were recognized by the American Red Cross last week in front of Aspen City Council. They received the Life Saver award, which is one of the highest awards given and not very often.
  • Roses to the six candidates who are running for the two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. While their positions will be fleshed out in upcoming candidate forums and news coverage, we appreciate the fact that a half-dozen candidates are in the running while four other school districts in Colorado have canceled their elections because of a lack of opposing candidates, coloradopolitics.com reported this week.
  • Apathy has no place in politics, and that includes the local school board level. Roses to those candidates, who are all parents, willing to sacrifice their time for the benefit of Aspen schools. The BOE election is Nov. 5; two open seats are up for grabs.
  • Thorns to those cyclists who continue to ride their bikes past the “Walk Your Bike” signs on every point-of-entry spot on the Aspen Pedestrian Mall. Sure, when it’s quiet in the morning and a few people are strolling the bricks, stay in your saddle. But for crying out loud, go an extra block around or get off and walk. It is a daily occurrence we see two or three riders still riding.
  • Roses to the area fire departments and their annual events to honor the fallen from the 9/11 attacks. The gathering outside of the Aspen Fire Station in downtown draws a big crowd, and the roses representing the fallen first responders is a fitting tribute. As well, the evening 3-mile walk in Snowmass by the crews from the Roaring Fork Fire Rescue stations has become a nice way to end an otherwise somber day.

Have a rose or a thorn? Send them to letters@aspentimes.com.

Aspen Times editorial: Solar farm proposal should get Pitkin County commissioners’ full support

Our valley’s communities have set the tone for change in the past, and we again have the opportunity to be an example of addressing environmental concerns by taking action, no matter how small it seems.

The proposed 35-acre solar farm near the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road (just downvalley from the airport) is in a location that is ideal for the production, the community and most of the surrounding area.

Its greatest drawback, critics say, is it alters the view for those who live and own homes in Brush Creek Village on the hill above Highway 82 and some in Woody Creek. We all will see the farm as we come and go in our lives, but those folks on the hill are the ones who will see the 18,000 panels, which will be situated on the 55-acre parcel, on a daily basis.

All the other arguments are moot. The unused former solid waste industrial land is ideal ground. The location makes it part of the overall community and shows we are thinking forward, and worries of any glare that might come from the panels will be quickly dealt with.

Days of NIMBY-ism in Woody Creek and the valley are over. The stakes are too high as our climate continues to change and be a greater concern worldwide.

Detractors were outnumbered by a chorus of support during the hours of public comment in the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings before the vote earlier this month. There was a comment that it was “out of character for the county.” To the contrary, it is exactly the personality the county should continue to develop.

Our upper valley municipalities have developed plans to address climate concerns. Aspen’s work with reducing greenhouse-gas emissions has gained state and national attention. Snowmass is adding solar panels on city buildings and property. And while those won’t make a huge impact, they show our communities are working on and accepting solutions.

When P&Z board members approved and forwarded the project to the Pitkin County commissioners, they sent a message that has been bolstered by the councils from Aspen and Snowmass who have sent letters of support for the project. The proposal’s next step is for the five-person board of commissioners to review, which likely will come Sept. 25 at first reading, and then more public comment at an October meeting.

For decades our towns have been examples on a number of social fronts, from banning plastic bags to giving rise to an attempt to stem the teen vaping and smoking issue by raising the age to buy those products. And this solar proposal is no different, but on a great scale through the county.

Solar farms have been coming online for years, and we certainly are not at the front of the line of innovation. But we can be another key example of how communities from the mountains down to sea level cannot only talk about climate worries but take steps toward change, no matter how small.

It is also a response by a utilities company — Holy Cross Energy — to hear its customers’ concerns. In a 2018 survey, HCE officials said 69% of its users said they would be interested in “purchasing renewable energy through a community solar system.”

Will this new farm that will power about 1,000 homes per year solve the all of the world’s problems? Of course not. But it shows we again are actively making an effort and willing to give opportunity to solutions.

We urge county commissioners to take all of these factors into account as they discuss and review the proposal and then move forward and approve the solar farm project, which should be one of many we look at in the future.

The Aspen Times editorial board consists of publisher Samantha Johnston, editor David Krause and reporters Rick Carroll, Scott Condon and Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen Times editorial: Aspen’s new housing board must take two big bites off the elephant

After years of politicking and back-and-forth discussions among Pitkin County and Aspen elected officials, there is a newly formed local housing authority board, the makeup of which is designed to get things done quickly — a big change from the past.

We certainly hope it works, because there are major issues facing the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, and the thousands of hardworking community members who live in the program’s 1,600 deed-restricted for-sale units.

The board now has two voting members who are elected officials from the city and county, along with three at-large citizen volunteers.

Previously, the APCHA board was comprised of all volunteer citizens who made recommendations to Aspen City Council and the Pitkin County commissioners. Those boards had final authority on APCHA policy decisions.

One of the impetuses for changing the makeup of the board was so a vote at the APCHA table would force decision-making in a timely manner — rather than both government bodies voting separately on their own timelines, and sometimes vetoing one another.

The previous structure resulted in no movement on major policy decisions like how to address deficits in the capital reserves of homeowners associations throughout the APCHA inventory.

A 2012 assessment estimated a $15 million shortfall of capital reserves across the inventory, or roughly $9,000 a unit.

A few years ago, city officials proposed giving each unit a $10,000 grant, with conditions. The funds would go in the escrow accounts of homeowners associations and pay for capital improvements to common areas such as work on roofs, sidings and boilers, among others.

The city’s solution was estimated to cost $15 million.

The county had a different proposal that officials argue was more equitable — emergency, no-interest loans for homeowners associations facing dire situations. A loan, rather than a grant, would hold HOAs more financially accountable, commissioners argued.

The county’s solution was estimated to cost between $2 million and $4 million.

And the impasse of what to do remains. Meanwhile, individual homeowners, particularly in the older properties, are feeling the pinch as their complexes require repairs and replacements.

What’s at issue is that owners of deed-restricted units have no financial incentive to put money into their buildings when there is a sales cap on them, which leads to the other massive problem facing the 40-year-old program.

Outside of the common areas in the buildings, homeowners are not doing basic maintenance in their units and in many cases, are uninhabitable when they put them up for sale.

And because the demand is so high, with as many as 100 bidders on one unit, desperate people will buy it anyway.

But some won’t and they have made their concerns known to the APCHA board in recent years.

One board member said last year that the agency is “subsidizing garbage.”

While we acknowledge there is no quick fix on either issue, it’s time to get to work and find real solutions to these very real problems in what we believe is the most important program for the community.

We urge this new board to first focus on government assistance programs for capital reserve deficits and establish financial penalties for homeowners whose units don’t meet certain criteria at the time of resale.

The groundwork’s been laid. Previous administrations have left the ball on the 50-yard line.

It’s time to pick it up and run with it.

The Aspen Times editorial board consists of publisher Samantha Johnston, editor David Krause and reporters Rick Carroll, Scott Condon and Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen Times Editorial: If guilty, snowmobilers on Independence Pass should have to work in field, not just pay fine

The idea of getting a cool picture at all costs in the great outdoors reached a new low July 3 when two snowmobilers were seen running their machines through prohibited public lands near the summit of Independence Pass.

The fact that the men were observed by the executive director of the Independence Pass Foundation while making their way down snow-free ground alongside the Upper Lost Man Trail makes the incident particularly ironic. The foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the Pass’s fragile environment. The actions of the snowmobilers did just the opposite.

One of the snowmobilers spotted on July 3, David Lesh, posted photos of himself on social media yahooing on his snowmobile in snowier terrain elsewhere on the Pass. He claimed to be sledding “on Independence Pass on Independence Day” in his postings.

It’s not clear if Lesh was sledding on both days or if he passed off his journey on July 3 as occurring on July 4.

What is clear is Lesh and his companion traveled in prohibited areas of the White River National Forest. Highway 82 is the only designated winter route for snowmobiles along the Independence Pass corridor. The terrain surrounding the summit both north and south of Highway 82 is prohibited for motorized, over-snow travel. It is clearly marked as such in the White River National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map.

The boundary for the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness is on a steep hillside east of the Upper Lost Man Trail. The witnesses suspect the snowmobilers accessed the Lost Man drainage by crossing into designated wilderness but that cannot be confirmed.

Even if Lesh and his companion somehow managed to skirt the wilderness boundary, they clearly traveled in a prohibited area, either through arrogance or ignorance. Then Lesh flaunted it. Last Friday, one of his social media posts featured an image of The Aspen Times article about his transgression along with the picture of Lesh on his sled on the Pass.

“I’d like to thank everyone that made this possible,” he wrote with emojis of prayer hands and a laughing face.

Lesh displays no regard for protecting fragile public lands. He had another social media post from earlier this winter showing himself on his snowmobile at what he said was the summit of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest point. We checked with officials at the Pike-San Isabel National Forest and confirmed upper Mount Elbert is off-limits to snowmobiles and clearly marked as such on their winter travel map.

We realize Lesh’s disregard for travel restrictions doesn’t represent the actions and ethics of most snowmobilers. Snowmobile groups and individuals were quick to condemn Lesh for his deeds. They realize what he did feeds some people’s perceptions of untamed “slednecks.”

The Forest Service opened an investigation of the snowmobilers’ actions, and we hope they are able to move forward with prosecution of the case.

If convicted, Lesh and his companion shouldn’t be let off the hook with a fine. We advocate for a sentence in tune with restorative justice — in the true sense of the word. Lesh and friend should be sentenced to a hefty amount of supervised, useful public service, with tasks such as planting trees and stabilizing hillsides on the Pass. They should be required to work on one of the projects organized by the Independence Pass Foundation.

It would also be fitting if Lesh’s outdoor wear company was required to contribute a sizable donation to a nonprofit organization working to protect Colorado’s public lands.

And finally, Lesh should be required to appear before a gathering of Colorado Snowmobile Association members to apologize for giving sledders a black eye through his behavior.

Issuing a fine would only send a message that money can buy a way out of a crime or transgression. Lesh and his companion should be hit where it hurts the most — by taking away some of their free time and ability to get out and play.

Aspen Times editorial: Businesses, city enforcement need to get serious about bear-trash problem

Despite countless hours of education, outreach and banging their heads against the proverbial dumpster, Aspen cops aren’t getting the message about locking up trash in the downtown core through to business owners.

Well before Aspen police’s community response officers comb the commercial core in the early morning hours, bears already have broken into multiple trash cans.

Trash haulers and property managers usually clean up the evidence before the cops get to the alleys, making it difficult to punish those who are violating the city’s solid waste and wildlife harassment ordinance.

Every business owner in Aspen knows we have a bear problem, which typically ends badly for the animal.

Every time a bear gets rewarded with a human food source, there likely will be a human-bear conflict that will result in the bruin being euthanized, per Colorado Parks and Wildlife policy.

Yet people continue to keep unsecured trash near their businesses out of sheer laziness, and the Aspen police hand out warnings instead of citations that come with steep fines.

Why is this so damn difficult?

If business owners and their employees can’t make securing their trash part of the daily routine — like accepting payment from customers, or locking the door — then they need to be reminded with tickets, which can go as high as $999 and an appearance before the city’s municipal judge.

So far this summer, the APD has issued four citations and a whole lot of warnings.

Aspen City Council last year passed a new wildlife harassment ordinance and made the fines much steeper than they were.

The law was designed to stop people from doing stupid stuff such as feeding bears and chasing them for selfies, which was the case two years ago when a mom and her two cubs were trapped in a tree on the busy Cooper Avenue mall.

This is a huge public safety issue, but also has serious implications for the wildlife/human co-existence that makes mountain towns special.

It’s obvious warnings aren’t enough, so we say no more enabling. It’s time to dole out the tickets with a heavy hand and no longer enforce the rules in a passive manner.

Aspen police should be working under the same ethos as the CPW, which is to eliminate conflicts by eliminating human attractants.

And businesses should be taking ownership of this issue and leading by example.

If enforcement and doing the right thing are not the choices that are made, then the next move will be to publicly shame these people into compliance.

Perhaps we need to add a new weekly feature, much like the police blotter that publishes the names of individuals who got arrested that week.

We’ll call it the “Jeers for Bears” blotter and publish photos of overturned dumpsters and the business owner responsible for each and every one of them.

If warnings and citations don’t do it, maybe some good old fashioned public shaming will.

Lock it up people, or maybe you’ll see your name in print.

The Aspen Times editorial board consists of publisher Samantha Johnston, editor David Krause and reporters Rick Carroll, Scott Condon and Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen Times’ Roses and Thorns: Man up, dad; and, oh, this ain’t the big city

• Thorns to Craig Miller for not stepping up to take his share of responsibility for the Lake Christine Fire. Craig Miller is the father of Richard Miller, who was convicted of a crime related to the starting of the fire.

Richard Miller and his girlfriend Allison Marcus borrowed a rifle and ammunition from Richard Miller, then went to the Basalt shooting range July 3, 2018. They accidentally started the fire while Marcus shot incendiary tracer rounds.

Marcus testified she didn’t know the available ammo was tracers. Richard Miller said he didn’t know either.

Craig Miller took opportunities in court hearings to say his son and Marcus were being unfairly blamed for the fire. What he needed to do is man up and acknowledge the stupidity of making tracers available when conditions were tinderbox dry.

• Roses to the board of directors and staff at The Arts Campus at Willits for adapting their plan and making a midvalley arts center a distinct possibility in the near future. They are pursuing the facility in phases and aiming for a realistically sized goal for phase one. They hope that construction can start this fall and The Contemporary is operational next year.

• A thorn goes up the you-know-what of any pothead who is using the great outdoors as a toilet, leaving their THC-laced poop near trails and in campgrounds for dogs to get a hold of and then get poisoned by the drug that’s been passed through. The valley’s emergency vet told the Times that more dogs are coming in sick as a result of eating human feces that has THC in it. Disgusting. We can’t believe we have to say this but here is it is: Pick up after yourself and your dog.

• Roses to the repairs on Highway 82 going over the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. We first brought up the teeth-rattling, back-jarring expansion joint issues a few months ago, and now that downvalley jolt has been alleviated going over the Roaring Fork just before the lower intersection at Two Rivers Road. It ain’t perfect, but you don’t have to white knuckle on the approach in fear of your vehicle getting bounced.

Now, which potholes should we go after next?

• Sounds of the big city have reached A-town, with big-city mentalities driving their big cars with loud horns. Honk around here and you deserve a thorn. Remember, this is Aspen, so relax and lay off the horn.

Have a rose or a thorn? Send them to letters@aspentimes.com.

Aspen Times Roses and Thorns (April 26, 2019)

Thorns go to the businesses that always forget that bears wake up in the spring. Trash cans are already being destroyed around town and trash is everywhere from the library to the alleyways. We can do better, especially since some of these instances involved city trash cans that don’t latch properly and trash containers at municipal offices … what’s that saying we all like to repeat to visitors — “a fed bear is a dead bear?” Applies to locals, too.

A rose goes to each and every citizen who spends his or her time participating in local politics. It is their involvement that keeps the city and county in check, and makes development projects better than when they came in. We appreciate their countless hours sitting in City Council and county commissioner meetings holding their elected officials accountable. Nowhere is the saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” more true than in Aspen and Pitkin County politics. Keep giving them hell!

A thorn goes to the city of Aspen for once again not communicating properly with the public on what it’s up to. Yes, we understand there is a $700,000 bunker replacement project going on at the golf course and that it’s needed. But we would have expected to be told that the full golf course won’t be open until June, so when people bought their season passes, they could have made an informed decision before shelling out several hundred dollars. When will the city understand that it needs to be transparent all the time, not just sometimes? Yes, we know how inconvenient the truth can be. We also know how inconvenient it is to not be told the full story.

Roses go to our cannabist friends in town who kept it to themselves on 4/20. You do you, but thanks for not trying to hold some public event at the park to show off that you’re not afraid to smoke weed. After Colorado’s legalization, that public-display-of-pot-affection train has come and gone.

A thorn to the Aspen Police Department for repeatedly refusing to honor the public trust and release details concerning Chief Richard Pryor’s abrupt firing last month of officer Walter Chi, who spent the last 26 years with the department. Department and city of Aspen officials determined that it would be “contrary to the public interest” to release those details because of concerns over Chi’s privacy and because the report, inexplicably, concerns “victims,” “suspects” and an ongoing investigation. It’s worth noting that APD would not have been able to suppress the internal investigation report under a new law signed earlier this month by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis that’s designed to make police departments accountable for their officers’ behavior.

Roses to the organizers of this year’s pond-skimming at Snowmass. While the event has moved around Aspen’s four mountains the past few years, having it along with the party at Elk Camp was pretty cool. But a half-thorn on the set up: Next year, you gotta get a steeper approach instead of backing up skimmers about a half-mile up the hill to get their speed.

Aspen Times Roses and Thorns (April 5, 2019)

• Roses and thorns to Aspen Skiing Co. for its latest developments with the Ikon Pass. First, roses for extending the Ikon Base Pass to Aspen Skiing Co. customers who shell out big bucks to purchase a Premier Pass. That’s a nice added value.

However, we’re also giving Skico thorns for not acting quick enough to resolve an obvious problem with longer lift lines. Yes, we realize Skico says a big portion of the lines is due to more locals using their season passes more often, but it is obvious that big numbers of Ikoneers are hitting the Aspen-Snowmass slopes as well on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Skico should have acted quicker to apply blackout days that apply to the Ikon Base Pass to the Ikon Pass as well — at least during Christmas-New Year’s, Martin Luther King Weekend and Presidents Day weekend.

• Roses to the people who help make the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic a success. It’s such an uplifting and inspiring week here in the Roaring Fork Valley and makes a positive impact not only on those who attend but also on everyone who gets to meet the veterans and volunteers and see them in action. From the crew at the Aspen Elks Lodge to all those around Snowmass and the valley, the event continues to grow each year and the volunteers make the vets feel comfortable and welcomed.

• A rare thorn to Pitkin County Trails and Open Space for plans to further reroute the Skyline Ridge Trail. For some reason, the open space program is determined to remove all the steep, short (and fun) hills from Skyline Ridge. This summer it has enlisted help on volunteer nights to reroute the trail off the hill right below the Deadline-Viewline intersection. We understand that some of the earlier rerouting might have been necessary to eliminate a rutted double track. The rerouting last summer and this summer appear less about sustainability and more about creating a consistent trail system. We fear it will only invite more use to a system already overtaxed at times.

• Roses to Aspen Skiing Co. for boosting the first weekend of April with bands Umphree’s McGee and The String Cheese Incident. It the perfect response to the Winter X Games hip-hop/EDM scene, and this weekend’s lineup will provide a healthy dose of talented musicians hard at work. Hope to see you out there — the more folks who show up will give Skico plenty of reasons to bring The Apres back next year.

• Thorn to the bus driver on a recent full bus that was about to leave Rubey Park. As people were filling the Monday night bus, he first asked for people to give up their seats for kids. OK, that’s great. But then a few seconds later added: “And all you locals give up your seats to the visitors who pay our bills.”

Now, there are a few ways you can go with that. Many of us appreciate and talk to visitors while on the bus. But remember, Mr. Bus Driver, there are a lot of us locals who approved a new property tax to help the transportation system. Where’s our love?

• Roses to Torre for finally winning the mayor’s seat after multiple times falling short. Whatever one thinks about Torre — clearly the majority of Aspen voters approve of him — one has to tip their hat to him for his tenacity, resilience and refusal to not give up.

Aspen Times Editorial: Torre’s passion good fit for Aspen’s next mayor

Aspen voters will have the final say Tuesday on our city’s next mayor. The Aspen Times’ editorial board is reiterating our support of Torre.

Tuesday’s runoff election between Ann Mullins and Torre came after neither garnered the 50 percent plus one votes to win the seat outright in the March 5 municipal election.

In our mayoral endorsement prior to that election, The Times’ editorial board put our support behind Torre. During the runoff process the past month, Torre has continued to show his focus, determination and commitment to leading the council in a direction that will encourage more dialogue with residents and business owners, but not drag its feet.

As we stated in our Feb. 20 endorsement, we feel Torre shows the qualities City Council needs in its next mayor — he speaks with clarity, is prepared and engaged in discussion, has a clear vision, is open-minded and has a willingness to listen before making a decision. He is respectful but to the point and doesn’t want to waste time on unnecessary discussions.

His passion continues in his sixth attempt to earn the mayor’s seat on the City Council, and we look forward to him working with Mullins, who has two years remaining in her current seat on council.

In the March election, Torre picked up 1,281 votes to Mullins’ 940. At issue are the roughly 900 votes that went to the other two candidates, Adam Frisch and Cale Mitchell.

If Mullins is elected mayor, she has said she will consider how to fill her vacancy, which includes another election or appointing someone. We don’t think Aspen has the time nor the appetite for another election. We need our city government to get to work. If Torre wins, then the two candidates will have two years to work together and keep each other in check.

At forums held in the past month, Torre has continued to stay on point and clearly articulate where he stands on issues, and most importantly why. He is showing he is ready to take action and be aggressive on decision-making.

We again urge Aspen voters to get to the ballot box by 7 p.m. on Tuesday and to give Torre the opportunity for the next two years to use his skills and passion to advance the ideals of the community, which include slow growth, protecting quality of life and environmental stewardship.

The Aspen Times editorial board consists of publisher Samantha Johnston, editor David Krause and reporters Rick Carroll, Scott Condon and Carolyn Sackariason.

Aspen Times Roses and Thorns (March 8, 2019)

Thorns go to two female associates of Aspen City Councilman-elect Skippy Mesirow, who were caught vaping inside City Hall on election night.

Smoke was billowing from the room where the copier is located in plain sight of the public. Come on, girls, have some respect for the rest of us. Aspen City Hall is not yours and yours alone, remember that.

A thorn goes to RFTA for completely ignoring any sort of schedule or route for the Galena Street Shuttle. One particular driver, Raphael, refuses to adhere to the schedule, so no one knows how long it’s going to be for a pickup. Other drivers say they have complained to management, but it has fallen on deaf ears. Can you hear us now?

A rose goes to all the candidates who ran for elected office in the recent city election. Aspiring to land a thankless job takes grit, courage and patience. Congratulations to everyone who came out on the good side of the election results and to those who lost, your efforts are appreciated.

Thorns to the people who thought it a good idea to plaster their campaign propaganda on public and private property. Regardless of the issue or the position people have on an issue, being a decent human who doesn’t vandalize someone else’s property is more important than how you vote.

Roses to the lifties working the Alpine Springs lines last weekend at Snowmass. With the corrals getting full and the singles line going up the hill, the traffic cop was stopping the big groups and sending through four singles at a time to make their own chair and move along the singles line. We solo riders appreciate it. And more roses, for the umpteenth time this season, to the mountain operations folks at Aspen Skiing Co. In just two examples of the great jobs they have been doing this year, the Silver Queen Gondola started spinning 11 minutes early on a great, bountiful powder day on Sunday due to the patrol and other mountain operations folks getting the mountain ready to roll quickly. On that same day, the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol put in a Herculean effort to get 100 percent of Highland Bowl open that morning.

Bouquets of roses and a well-deserved thanks go to two long-term public servants who recently retired from their offices.

Lorie Crawford retired earlier this winter from the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s office after more than 30 years of service. She was the longtime El Jebel branch office manager.

Jim Wilson retired this month as the chief building official for the town of Basalt, where he had worked for about 17 years. Wilson also worked for the Aspen-Pitkin County Building Department for several years previously.

Thorns to Mariner Real Estate Management, now known as Platform Ventures, for giving The Temporary the early boot from Willits Town Center. The move might make dollars but it doesn’t make sense.

The Temporary, the midvalley venue for music, comedy, theater, etc., was told it would have to depart before its lease is up later this year because Mariner had a party interested in a long-term lease at market rent. The lease between the landlord and tenant allowed either party to break the lease early during the second year. So, The Temporary must vacate the premises across from Capitol Brew Pub in early May. While the move is legal, it would have behooved Mariner, the business owners and operators at Willits and the entire midvalley if The Temporary had been allowed to stay longer. The Temporary is an integral part of Willits Town Center’s success.