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Newman: Commissioners should side with Skico on chamber issue

George Newman

ASPEN – Noting the spate of unseasonably warm weather gripping much of the nation at present, Commissioner George Newman on Wednesday urged the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners to take a stand urging the Aspen Chamber Resort Association to withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Newman suggested the board side with Aspen Skiing Co., which also has advocated the Aspen chamber’s withdrawal from the national organization to draw attention to climate change and the U.S. chamber’s policy on the topic.

The symbolic move would get attention, Newman predicted.

“We can be a role model. We can leverage this and try to get other communities to join us,” he said. “I think ACRA should become a leader in that respect and withdraw from the U.S. chamber.”

The county has a seat on the local chamber’s board of directors.

Newman made the suggestion during time for board member comments at the beginning of Wednesday’s session. The topic was not on the agenda. Commissioner Rachel Richards voiced support for the idea; Commissioners Rob Ittner and Jack Hatfield did not weigh in and Commissioner Michael Owsley was absent.

Any formal discussion of the proposal will come later.

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