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Sheriff Bob Braudis said an offer by Forstmann Little & Co. to pay for extra security for the Iraqi president’s visit to Aspen last month was insufficient.Forstmann Little & Co., which held the conference that drew Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to Aspen, offered $40,000 to cover the $69,000 cost of extra security.Ted Forstmann, chief partner of the firm, is on vacation and unavailable for comment. A representative told Braudis the company would be able to make a final decision next week.Braudis expects that the company will cover the full cost.The county received just four days notice before Talabani’s arrival. Local police worked in support of the U.S. Secret Service, and security was just one notch below what would be provided during a visit by the U.S. president.The $69,000 paid the salaries of federal officers for the weekend. Braudis, with the help of Arapahoe County and state troopers, provided around 35 officers, about half the number the Secret Service originally requested. And officers worked long shifts in cold, rainy weather.”We had everyone who could stand a post out there,” said Joe DiSalvo, of the sheriff’s office. Motorcycle units that escorted the Iraqi president’s entourage stayed warm in a parked RFTA bus during the chilly weekend and were housed in Carbondale.
The Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission will meet at a special time today to give more people a chance to attend a public hearing on Ace Lane’s Tavaci proposal.The commission will meet at 5 p.m. rather than the usual 2:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Eagle County office building and community center in El Jebel.The meeting time was changed to accommodate the high level of interest in Lane’s project. He has applied to build 245 residences and 94,000 square feet of commercial space on his property surrounding the water ski lake in El Jebel. The site is across Highway 82 from the Willits project.Critics contend the project is too large; proponents counter that it sets a new bar for environmentally sensitive design.The planning commission intends to vote on the project and send its advisory recommendation to the Eagle County commissioners.
A 57-year-old New Castle man was formally charged in the 9th Judicial District Court with 24 felonies in 20 counts of possession of child pornography, according to District Attorney Martin Beeson.Frank Paul Alameno was arrested Sept. 13 in Rifle after a family member reported finding child porn on Alameno’s computer. According to the district attorney’s office, the family member copied some of the images from Alameno’s computer and handed them over to police.Alameno posted $100,000 bond shortly after his arrest, and he remains free on bond. He must appear in court on Oct. 16 for his next hearing in the case. So far, charges have only been filed on Internet-based crimes. There have been no charges regarding crimes of physical contact.
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The city of Aspen is supposed to break ground on 300-plus housing units in 2024 but if Monday’s meeting with elected officials is any indication, the project could take years before coming online.