Dispute over Aspen residency resolved | AspenTimes.com

Dispute over Aspen residency resolved

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – An Aspen woman has dropped her pursuit of a restraining order against her former neighbor, after she claimed that she was overzealous in her effort to document how much time she and her husband spend in their North 40 home.

Donna Bruice had filed a request for a civil protection order March 11 against Jennifer Hall.

A temporary restraining order was granted earlier this month and a hearing in Pitkin County Court was scheduled Wednesday to determine if the order should be extended. But the two parties agreed to a settlement before the hearing was held.

Aspen attorney Richie Cummins, representing Hall, said the two parties mutually agreed to drop the case.

“Sometimes people in their separate spaces draw different conclusions on reality,” he said, adding he was able establish communication between the two of them. “They agreed there was no necessity for the court to be involved.”

Bruice told the Times she became alarmed to learn at a March 3 Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board of directors meeting that Hall was regularly observing her family and their home.

Hall took a complaint to the housing authority that the Bruices weren’t spending as much time locally as required to own a North 40 home, which is deed-restricted to full-time residents of Pitkin County. Hall is a former member of the housing authority but wasn’t part of the board at the time she made her complaint.

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