Aspen ain’t so rich, but it does have plenty of cozy cabins |

Aspen ain’t so rich, but it does have plenty of cozy cabins

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Even though it is now off-season, a quick search of a media database shows Aspen is still out there in the news.

For example, The Stuart News of Stuart, Fla., noted on Friday, April 12, that Aspen really wasn’t holding its own against Jupiter Island, Fla., which Worth magazine called the nation’s “richest town” for the fourth year in a row.

Alas, Aspen fell from third to fourth place on the list with a paltry median home price of $2.3 million.

“‘What’s wrong with Aspen?’ asked Commissioner Jane Davis Doggett. ‘I don’t know why Aspen can’t keep up.'”

Hey, we’re trying. And at least we beat Palm Beach, which was ranked 10th.

@ATD Sub heds:A cozy little cabin

@ATD body copy: Aspen also made an appearance on Friday in The New York Times in an article by Matt Richtel with the headline “A Return to Nature, Mostly by Cutting It Down.”

The article was about deluxe cabins in mountain communities.

“This marriage of Captains of Industry with Log Cabins – popping up from the Pennsylvania countryside, to Lake Tahoe and the great Northwest – has created a curious culture, and some contradictions,” writes Richtel.

And naturally, the article mentions a cozy cabin in Aspen.

“‘It’s back to nature, back to the frontier days,’ said Michael Hammes, chief executive of Sunrise Medical, a San Diego company that is one of the world’s largest wheelchair suppliers.

“He retreats to an 11,000-square-foot home just outside Aspen, which is called ‘the cabin’ by his family.

“‘You walk in, put the fireplace on, and you’re your own man,’ he said.”

Ah yes, but shouldn’t the caretaker “put the fireplace on” for you?

@ATD Sub heds:At home in Aspen

@ATD body copy: Here’s a weird question for you.

If you had arranged to kill two people, and you were later at home in Aspen watching “Unsolved Mysteries” with a woman, and the program featured your murderous deed, would you cop to it?

It may sound weird, but it may have happened.

According to an Associated Press report on April 16, “a man accused of plotting to kill racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife allegedly admitted his role after watching an ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ episode about the case, a police detective testified.

“That testimony was part of a two-day hearing to determine whether there was enough evidence to order Michael Goodwin to stand trial for the 1988 killings of Thompson and his wife.

“Gail Hunter told (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Detective Mark) Lillienfeld that Goodwin allegedly took responsibility for the double murder after they watched ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ in their Aspen, Colo., home in the early 1990s.

“Goodwin purportedly told Hunter that he hired two men to kill Thompson and his wife and that they used silencers when they shot them.

“Goodwin’s attorney Jeff Benice said that Hunter fabricated the story because she is a disgruntled ex-girlfriend who spent time in a mental institution and once tried to commit suicide.”

OK, then. Sounds like just another fun evening in Aspen.

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