Make Smuggler deal work |

Make Smuggler deal work

Dear Editor:This would preserve much of the mostly underdeveloped mountain and settle the disputed ownership of the road that switchbacks up its face. If Wilkinson’s property winds up in public ownership, it will end one of the longest-running development disputes in Pitkin County history and secure a vital piece of recreational open space. Smuggler Mountain Road is used extensively by Aspenites for short hikes, mountain biking and access to the backcountry. It is time to get this done so we can save the mountain and the road that switchbacks up its face. We need to end the development dispute and secure this recreational open space and save Smuggler Mountain Road so we can use it for hikes, mountain biking and access to the backcountry we all cherish. We have a great chance to save what keeps a lot of us here, and now is the time to do it.Paul BeldenAspenEditor’s note: Paul Douglas Belden died unexpectedly on Oct. 30. His obituary appears today in the obituary section.

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