News in Brief
A former part-time Aspen resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.Raymond Graham, 48, a lawyer in Elbert County on the Front Range, was arrested in January. Graham maintained he was not aware of a change in state law requiring him to register in Aspen, where he owned a condominium at 835 E. Hyman Ave.Deputy district attorney Katherine Steers said Graham recently sold the home and no longer lives here.Graham pleaded no contest in 1995 to misdemeanor sexual assault involving a 17-year-old girl who was a family friend. He was arrested in Aspen for failing to register in 2000; that case was dismissed, Steers said.Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely sentenced Graham to an 18-month deferred probation. If he stays out of trouble for that long, this conviction would not appear on his record. She also fined Graham, represented by Arnie Mordkin, $100 and ordered him to pay court costs.
A private yacht expedition sold for $60,000 at Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies. The fundraiser for the Buddy Program had never sold any auction item for more than $30,000. Marianne and Don Buchholz of Snowmass purchased the expedition Tom Lewis, owner of Broward Marine, donated for the July 6 gala. The Buddy Program connects hundreds of mentors and youths in the Roaring Fork Valley. Proceeds will go to support free activities, services and training for mentors. For more information about the Buddy Program, visit http://www.buddyprogram.org or call 920-2130.
The Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is inviting breast cancer survivors in the Roaring Fork and Vail valleys to a High Tea from 3-5 p.m. today at the Hotel Jerome. Lady Walton Cookies and the Republic of Tea will provide special gifts, and attendees are encouraged to wear garden hats. R.S.V.P. to 920-0250.
Pitkin County has given final approval to intergovernmental agreements that will help trails projects move forward.One agreement is with Snowmass Village regarding funding the Brush Creek Trail Bridge, and the other is with Basalt and Eagle County for the Emma-Willits trail and bridge connection.The Brush Creek agreement was necessary because Snowmass Village had requested a different design for two bridges crossing Brush Creek. The town has agreed to match Pitkin County for up to $90,000 in constructing what the town considers attractive bridges.
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