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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Steve Skadron

ASPEN – Aspen City Councilman Steve Skadron announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election to a second term this May.

“It’s been an honor to serve and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” he said in a prepared statement. He said he wants to continue to be an advocate for community principles such as those outlined in the Aspen Area Community Plan, which is currently undergoing a revision.

Skadron said the four years since he was first elected have passed quickly. “The meetings get long, but I like having a say in the direction my community goes.”

That direction has included a number of monumental decisions staunchly in support of community character, he said. “I take very seriously the impact of a councilmember’s vote. Single decisions touch many lives.”

If elected to a second term, Skadron said he would like the city to review its affordable housing needs to ensure that housing is built to support AACP principles, not simply for the sake of building housing.

“Employee housing sustains a balanced community. We need to be smart about it,” he said.

Skadron said he would work to establish more continuity between the city’s land-use code and the communityplan to take the guess work out of the development process, “so those pursuing development clearly understand what is or is not acceptable.”

A 15-year resident of Aspen, Skadron hails from St. Paul, Minn. He is a principal in SpoonerSkadron, a marketing communications company focused on advertising, branding, online marketing and social media.

The election is slated for May 3. The seats belonging to Mayor Mick Ireland and Dwayne Romero also are up for re-election. Romero has announced that he will be giving up his council post at the end of this month in order to serve as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s director of economic development.

WOODY CREEK – A Woody Creek man remained in critical condition Wednesday following a auto accident a day earlier at the Smith Hill Road intersection at Highway 82, said a spokeswoman at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Dougald Mullen, 68, a well-known resident in the unincorporated Pitkin County community, is suffering from a closed-brain injury and a broken neck, along with other injuries, friends said.

Mullen’s pick-up truck was struck by a downvalley-bound vehicle as he tried to cross Highway 82 Tuesday morning.

“He’s a good man, a good person to be around,” said Peg O’Brien, who is one his Woody Creek neighbors. “He’s a beloved character of Woody Creek.”

BASALT – A 39-year-old man suffered severe burns while replacing a dishwasher Wednesday morning in a Basalt apartment, authorities said.

There was either a problem with a valve or a leak occurred, sending out water hot enough to cause burns, said Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.

A Basalt ambulance crew was called to the residence on Park Avenue at 10:42 a.m. He was taken to an area hospital at 11:04 a.m. The fire department couldn’t release his name or more about his injuries because of federal privacy law.

Thompson said homeowners should try to have their hot water set at a temperature that doesn’t create the potential for burns. That isn’t always possible when a boiler supplies hot water for household use and for heating system, he noted.

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