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Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. ” Alleged drug trafficker Devin Schutter of Aspen was charged Wednesday in Fremont County with attempted distribution of a schedule I substance, authorities said.

The Fremont County District Attorney’s Office filed the charge at a morning hearing. The felony charge is punishable by four to 12 years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines.

An affidavit filed in Fremont County Court alleges Schutter played a large part in a prison drug distribution ring that involved his younger brother, Stefan, who is serving a 10-year sentence at Four Mile Correctional Center in Canon City.

An investigator claims the brothers were involved in a number of drug deals in the last few months. The investigator pieced together the information by listening to telephone conversations between the brothers that were recorded via the Colorado Inmate Phone System, which allows for such monitoring.

Aspen police arrested Schutter on Nov. 6 for allegedly violating the terms of his bond conditions in Pitkin County, after a warrant was issued in connection with a charge of distribution of a schedule I substance in Fremont County.

He was transferred to Fremont County from Pitkin County within the last few days in order to attend Wednesday’s hearing. It was not clear when Schutter would next appear in Fremont County court.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” After weeks of turning away requests by Base Village developer Related WestPac, the Snowmass Town Council moved several projects forward at its Tuesday meeting.

At previous meetings, the council has refused to approve changes, expressing concern over construction of an arrival and transportation center that was put off when the developer’s financing fell through. Though Related WestPac has created a temporary arrival center within existing buildings, the lack of a transportation center means valley buses cannot access Base Village.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, an ordinance allowing changes to the second Viceroy Resort and Residences building passed on its second and final reading, with Councilman Reed Lewis dissenting. The changes include a change in unit mix, the elimination of one elevator and the addition of two employee housing units.

An ordinance allowing minor changes to The Little Nell Residences Snowmass project passed on first reading, also with Lewis dissenting. Changes include modifications to the medical clinic and an increase in the size of two units the developer accidentally sold before the increases were approved.

While Related WestPac has said it will not be able to finance the entire arrival center right now, it has promised a smaller transportation center in return for approval of changes to The Little Nell Residences Snowmass. The center would provide a place for buses to park, an escalator and two elevators to move people between the bus depot and Base Village, and lockers and bathrooms. Related WestPac has promised a $2 million bond to ensure the completion of the transportation center.

BASALT ” Pitkin County Open Space rangers are cracking down on off-leash dogs on the Rio Grande Trail, both east and west of the trailhead near Basalt High School.

Rangers are patrolling the area regularly, according to Ranger John Armstrong, and they have written quite a few $100 tickets in the last few days.

Armstrong said the section of trail from the pedestrian bridge over Highway 82 to the Emma schoolhouse is a “no tolerance” area for off-leash dogs, so all offenses warrant a minimum $100 fine.

“The warning is the sign as you get on the trail,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong explained that the trail goes through active agricultural and wildlife range areas. In the last few years, he said, rancher Billy Grange has suffered a dog bite and a cow that broke its leg after being chased by a dog.

Armstrong reminded dog owners that certain trails at the Aspen Nordic Center and Snowmass Cross Country Center allow off-leash dogs, as do several Forest Service roads. Call Pitkin County Open Space and Trails at 970-920-5232 for more information.

CARBONDALE ” Aspen native Peggy Cooper Rowland died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, following a fall that broke her pelvis and landed her in Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.

She was born April 8, 1915. There will be an obituary to follow, and memorial services are pending.

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