Bright lights in the small city |

Bright lights in the small city

Chad Abraham

No, a used-car dealership hasn’t opened at the base of Aspen Mountain. And no air raids were under way over town.The sweeping spotlights illuminating the storm clouds Monday night heralded the opening party for the St. Regis Residence Club, a luxury fractional-ownership property.Soiree organizers approached the city’s special-events committee seeking a permit to allow the lights from 6 to 11 p.m.”We said, ‘Not that late,'” Aspen City Clerk Kathryn Koch said. Darkness fell over Aspen at 9 p.m., she said.This isn’t the first time Aspen has gone toward the light.Entrepreneur Harley Baldwin lit up a building on Mill Street a few years ago as part of a fund-raiser.No events are currently planned that would cast further light on the skies over town.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is