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Celebration for Haley Rinaldi planned for Saturday

A celebration-of-life ceremony for Haley Rinaldi, who was killed July 26 in a boating accident at Ruedi Reservoir, is planned for Saturday at Paepcke Auditorium.

Rinaldi, 21, was a 2010 graduate of Aspen High School.

The ceremony is from noon to 2 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at Koch Lumber Park from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Aspen Institute receives $5 million gift from foundation

The Aspen Institute received a $5 million gift from the Resnick Family Foundation, which is led by institute trustee Lynda Resnick and her husband, Stewart.

The money will be used to support the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The inaugural Aspen Action Leaders Forum this week was a convening of 350 network fellows and other change-makers from more than 30 countries. Many of the fellows were able to travel to and attend the conference through scholarships from the Resnick endowment.

“Lynda’s and Stewart’s generosity allowed us to convene our fellows in a setting where they could innovate and move ideas into real action,” Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson said in statement. “They are to be commended for their vision and commitment to making our world a better place.”

Resnick and her husband said they were inspired by the “leaders” who participated in the forum.

“We loved the idea of supporting a flagship summer event here in Aspen where these leaders could connect with one another, share ideas and turn inspiration into action,” she said in the statement.

The $5 million gift is part of the institute’s $75 million Scholars & Scholarships Campaign, the main priority of which is the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently, more than 1,600 fellows from 46 countries.

The forum took place from Monday through Thursday.

Aspen declines to detail incentives to Delta Airlines

The city of Aspen on Thursday would not provide details about what incentives it provided to lure Delta Air Lines back to the local market for the upcoming winter season.

City spokeswoman Mitzi Rapkin said the council met July 8 in executive session to discuss the negotiations for the Delta Air Lines deal.

“The negotiation has not been finalized so there is no number to release yet. The council will meet in open session (Aug. 12) when negotiations are complete to approve a final number,” she wrote in an email to the Aspen Times.

Delta Air Lines will join United and American Airlines in flying to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport this winter, resulting in flights from more cities than ever before. The airline announced Wednesday that it will begin daily flights from Atlanta and Saturday-only flights from Minneapolis.-St. Paul on Dec. 21.

According to Aspen Skiing Co. Senior Vice President of Mountain Operations David Perry, Delta’s re-entry became a reality after a deal was struck between Delta and a handful of “community partners” — the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the city of Aspen, Pitkin County, Snowmass Tourism and Skico.

Perry also said he could not release what public funds are being spent but confirmed Wednesday that the deal was final.

Delta last serviced the Aspen market in 2010.


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