Briefs: Plane crash probe pending; new head at Aspen Historical Society |

Briefs: Plane crash probe pending; new head at Aspen Historical Society

Plane crash

Coroner awaits tests on Aspen-bound pilot

The Delta County coroner is awaiting pathology tests before releasing the identity of a person who died Tuesday after crashing in an Aspen-bound plane. Identification could come today, according to the Coroner’s Office.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday in a residential area just north of Cedaredge. Preliminary results are expected next week.

The pilot was the lone occupant of a 1978 Cessna 210 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft flying from California to Aspen.

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No residents in the vicinity of crash were injured, and no property in the neighborhood was damaged, aside from the scar caused by the plane, said Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor.

Responders to the crash included the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedaredge Police Department, the Cedaredge Fire Department and the Delta County Ambulance.


Historical Society names new director

The Aspen Historical Society announced Kelly Murphy as its next executive director and chief executive officer Thursday.

Murphy, an Aspen attorney and former marketing manager with Aspen Skiing Co., was chosen after a national search by a five-person selection committee of Historical Society board members.

”We’re delighted that Kelly will be joining the organization and enthusiastic about her leadership and knowledge of the community,” said Jackie Kasabach, who led the search committee. “She has a passion for Aspen and a strong work ethic, which will help AHS in continuing to grow.”

Murphy has been an intermittent resident of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley since 1987, working in marketing and public relations for Aspen Skiing Co. for seven years. She is a practicing attorney with the Matthew C. Ferguson Law Firm.

Murphy will succeed Georgia Hanson, who served in the position for 11 years and is retiring. During her time, Hanson ushered in an era that included establishing a special district to protect the integrity of the Historical Society’s four active sites and overseeing a highly successful rebranding that put the organization in a strong position to move forward.

“Kelly has the skill set to move confidently and effectively into the future. I am excited to pass the baton to her,” Hanson said.

As the new executive director, Murphy will be helping to launch a $3 million capital campaign to renovate the archives building and to build on its endowment.


A story in Thursday’s Aspen Times quoted a local real estate source as stating that someone with L’Hostaria restaurant would be involved with the new Zeno Aspen restaurant project at the Residences at Little Nell. The owner of L’Hostaria says no one currently associated with his restaurant will be affiliated with the project.

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