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A Snowmass Village man is suing The Aspen Times and Bil Dunaway – the paper’s former owner, publisher and editor – over a classified advertisement.Daniel Noonan’s small-claims lawsuit seeks $400.”Paid this money for the sale of my car till it was sold,” the lawsuit says. But “due to the winter and accidents vehicle was not in condition to sell. It’s coming into summer so I would like to now readvertise my vehicle but they are now wanting more money.”Liz Johnson, recruitment manager in the Times’ classified department, said Noonan let his ad lapse. Those placing ads for vehicles are called a few days before the ad’s 28-day run is up. People can run the ad again but must drop the asking price by 1 percent to keep the ad running, Johnson said.Noonan did not respond to this request, she said. Efforts to reach Noonan were unsuccessful, and it was unclear why he named Dunaway as a defendant.

An Aspen resident said a man who rented his home for two years failed to pay any rent.The lawsuit by Andrew Shapiro says Rene Rosen agreed to lease the home for $5,500 a month. Rosen occupied the residence on Aspen Oak Drive from November 2002 to November 2004 but failed to pay any rent, the lawsuit says.The two years of rent add up $132,000. Shapiro’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Pitkin County District Court.Daniel Rosen is also listed as a defendant. He acted as a guarantor on Rene Rosen’s lease, the lawsuit says.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing water releases from Ruedi Reservoir to make room for spring runoff.The release into the Fryingpan River increased by 80 cubic feet per second Tuesday to 240 cfs, according to a statement from the bureau. Another increase of about 35 cfs was expected today.”It is quite probable that we will bump releases up some more in the coming week,” bureau spokeswoman Kara Lamb said in the statement.Increasing the flows now not only creates more storage space, it helps the agency maintain “a more manageable release rate” through the runoff season, Lamb said.

The Pitkin County commissioners gave the go-ahead for the Aspen Skiing Co. to remove any remaining snow from Little Annie Road beginning May 15. Skico had requested the approval so work can begin on the gondola improvement that will take place this summer. The Little Annie homeowners association did not oppose the plowing.


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