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Letters to the Editor

(Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to Aspen skiers and snowboarders.)

Dear Editor:

A very important vote for the Lift 1A/Shadow Mountain side of Aspen is rapidly approaching, and I believe there are many people out there that are ignoring the inevitable, and in some cases, speaking out against it. Of course none of us want to see change for the sake of growth, but this is simply an overdue upgrade of infrastructure. The Lift 1A chair is over 40 years old, which makes it one of the oldest operational chairlifts in the entire country.

I’ll be the first to say that I personally love the skiing on that side of Aspen Mountain and frequently start my ski day with a walk up to the base of Lift 1A, especially when the hordes of powder hounds over take the gondola with their sights set on the upper mountain. The group at Centurion that is developing the Lodge at Aspen Mountain is dedicated to making the lift riding and skiing experience on that side of the mountain easier and more efficient, and I applaud their efforts with regards to diligence and transparency within the community.

In this day and age of green building and environmental awareness, this group is also doing their part, offsetting 100 percent of the energy used to melt snow on the walk up approach to the new Lift 1A chairlift. I know there are some that are pretty sporty and can walk up steep, snow-packed pavement in their ski boots, but I have seen many people fall flat on the rears over the years, including World Cup racers, so a dry and safe roadway is a benefit to all of us.

And speaking of the World Cup, as the live announcer for those amazing races, I love having the world’s best racers here in town each season. This new lift will make it easier for Aspen to host these important races, and the new lodge is committed to offering the racers and staff a world-class facility from which to base their operations. The bottom line is that a new chairlift at Lift 1A is a wonderful public amenity that will only enhance the skiing experience on Aspen Mountain.

Chris Davenport

Snowmass Village

Dear Editor:

I am writing as a local hotel operator and an Aspen resident to express support for the Lodge at Aspen Mountain project. The proposed hotel would bring vitality and new lodging inventory to a part of Aspen that desperately needs upgrading. The base of our flagship mountain deserves the activity and benefits that a new hotel would bring to the area.

I ask City Council to consider the alternative. The property is valuable, and it will not stand vacant. The owner already has approval for townhouse development; but mostly empty townhouses that benefit only the developer are not what we want. This is an important site for all of Aspen.

Aspen needs more short-term lodging! Hotel rooms that are dedicated for rental use for 99 years will help us stem the loss in quality lodging as small properties are torn down and “second home” condominiums are withdrawn from active rental. Aspen wants hotel rooms, yet none have been built for the past 20 years!

The considerable community benefits are clear: the safer road, the new high-speed lift, community meeting space and additional restaurant seats and an active, vital addition to quality lodging in Aspen are benefits to us all. Also, the project will include significantly more employee housing than is required. The owners have worked hard to give the city all it has asked for, and they are doing much more than is required of them.

The benefits of the proposed Lodge at Aspen Mountain are significant. We need more hotel rooms in Aspen, and the Lift 1A area needs the vitality that this project will bring. I urge the council’s approval of the Lodge at Aspen Mountain project.

Warren Klug


Dear Editor:

Executioner? There has to be other options other than lethal injections for bears. They are hungry, no food in their kitchen, so they make a deadly mistake and try something new?

I don’t buy Kevin Wright’s tears after he executed the first one; now he’s tracking his fourth and fifth. If he was so distraught one would think he would relocate them somewhere ” southern Colorado or Oregon. I would be willing to take a sleepy bear out in the middle of nowhere just to give it a second chance. You probably already have their cocktails made up and are ready to blame the citizens of Aspen for No. 4 and No. 5. My trailer can be ready to go in an hours notice. Why don’t you move on to your next career choice? I’m sure some nonprofits can come up with better ways to deal with problem bears.

Todd Wagner

New Castle

Dear Editor:

I applaud the Aspen Police Department for acknowledging the obvious (“APD calls out scooter riders,” Aug. 9). Stand on the corner of Main Street and Mill Street and you will see near-misses between scooters and vehicles that will make you cover your eyes. I’ve even seen scooters try to skirt the daily line between the airport and the Maroon Creek Bridge by riding on the shoulder. Eek ” don’t they know that the shoulder is for impatient drivers of cars, buses and cement trucks?

I think scooters are great option to driving a car around town, but I implore you scooter people to wear a helmet. Even a bike helmet would be better than a naked head. And don’t try to “scoot” around traffic. You guys are pretty invisible to a dump truck. Please, I hope never to be witness to accident between a vehicle and a scooter … just slow down and enjoy the ride.

Kim Vieira


Dear Editor:

Thank you! About a week ago I wrote a letter to the Aspen Elks Lodge asking for tuition assistance to help pay for my daughter’s ballet tuition. Thanks to all of the members of the Elks for awarding my child a scholarship so she can continue dancing.

Amanda Virtue