Aspen mayor’s on the mend |

Aspen mayor’s on the mend

Aaron Hedge
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mick Ireland

ASPEN – Nevermind Mick Ireland’s extensive injuries from a nasty bicycle wreck that has left him mostly on bed rest in Aspen Valley Hospital for the past eight days.

The biggest setback for the mayor’s health over the last week, mentally at least, may have when the Chicago Cubs lost the Crosstown Classic Friday night, said Molly Bird, Ireland’s sister.

“He was a bit depressed over that,” she joked.

He was resting at the hospital and unavailable to talk Monday after spending the week in the patient care unit nursing a number of broken bones from his high-speed crash coming down Independence Pass on June 6.

Bird said she wasn’t sure if the hospital would release him Monday. Either way, she doubted he would be at Tuesday’s City Council work session.

When Ireland is released, he’ll likely stay with Bird for a while, she said.

He broke several bones that required surgery, including one to place a plate in his shoulder, punctured a lung and suffered extensive road rash on his arms, head and back.

He was wearing a helmet.

Bird said Ireland has been coherent and in good spirits, despite the depression caused by the Cubs’ loss.

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