News in Brief
TRIDENT arrests Carbondale man on drug chargesTimothy Bayless, 57, was arrested on Aug. 19, when a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy observed several items of drug paraphernalia inside Bayless’ home on Willow Lane in Carbondale.According to a news release from the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, the deputy arrived at Bayless’ home to serve two outstanding arrest warrants for narcotics-related charges – a $15,000 Garfield County warrant and a $20,000 Clear Creek County warrant. Although no one was at the residence, the deputy reportedly saw the paraphernalia from the front door. TRIDENT was contacted and obtained a search warrant for the residence. During the search, Bayless arrived at the home and was arrested for his outstanding warrants. The search resulted in the seizure of 219.1 grams of suspected marijuana, 14.6 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, and drug paraphernalia. Bayless had been on bond for unrelated felony narcotic charges. He is being charged with possession of psilocybin, possession of one to eight ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of bail bond conditions. He was taken to the Garfield County Jail.Housing director’s post attracts interestEight individuals have applied to become the next director of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, which oversees more than 2,000 units designated for qualified local workers.Housing Director Maureen Dobson is leaving the post, effective Oct. 14.The candidates include individuals from the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere in Colorado, and one out-of-state applicant, according to Ed Sadler, assistant city manager. Applications were due last week.Sadler will be reviewing the applications with City Manager Steve Barwick and County Manager Hilary Smith.The salary range for the housing director’s job is $62,525 to $86,278.State likely to get new ski area this winterIDAHO SPRINGS (AP) – Denver area skiers likely won’t have to drive as far to ski this winter.Long-closed Squaw Pass Ski Area, 35 miles from downtown, plans to open this winter now that it has approval to use a road that crosses public land in the Arapaho National Forest to connect to the area’s privately owned property.”We’re off and running,” said Doug Donovan, manager of the project, which will feature a terrain park for skiers and snowboarders just off Colorado 103.The area sits on the north side of the road that winds up to Echo Lake and the Mount Evans highway before it descends to Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs.U.S. Forest Service officials said the ski area granted rights of way through its property for popular trails and Forest Service roads long used for hiking and other recreational activities in exchange for the right to use the road.The ski area will have a new name, which will be unveiled at a news conference Thursday at the site. The area shut down about three decades ago because of a lack of snow and snowmaking facilities.Hotel executive Gerald Petitt, who grew up in Colorado but is now based in Bethesda, Md., acquired the roughly 240-acre property more than two years ago for about $700,000. Since then he and Donovan have been working to obtain permits and approvals.In June, Clear Creek County officials gave conditional approval to the project. Although local groups and officials have expressed concern about whether Colorado 103 can handle the extra winter traffic, the county approved it on the condition that the ski area chip in for some road maintenance costs.This month’s Forest Service decision to grant the easement removed the last major obstacle to opening the new area by the start of this year’s ski season.
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Aspen in winter storm warning through Monday with a foot or more of snow forecast for higher elevations
The first major snowstorm of the season is expected to roll into Colorado on Sunday with the mountains around Aspen seeing up to two feet of snow by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.