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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen resident Jan Hamilton, who faces more than two dozen felony charges in relation to stalking, harassment, extortion and bond violations, will undergo a mental competency review in June, a judge ordered Monday.

Hamilton, 69, currently is the custody of Pitkin County Jail on three cash-only bonds of $100,000 following her arrest earlier this month.

Judge Senior Judge Paul McLimans’ order came at the request of Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin.

Outside of court, Mordkin said even though he believes Hamilton needs psychological help, he still plans to pursue criminal charges against her.

Hamilton has filed a multitude of lawsuits in Pitkin County District Court, accusing Aspen residents, churchgoers and others of sexual discrimination, retaliation and attempted second-degree murder, claiming she is afflicted with a life-threatening illness because of stress they brought into her life.

The criminal charges against her stem from a string of emails she sent to local residents demanding that they testify on her behalf in her civil cases, or else they’d be sued.

ASPEN – Independence Pass Foundation Executive Director Mark Fuller scrambled Monday to allay fears that Highway 82 won’t be cleared enough to allow its annual fundraising ride to occur Saturday.

“This is to assure all participants that, barring any last-minute disasters, the road will be cleared and swept from the start line at the winter gate to the finish line at the Independence ghost town 10 miles to the east by Ride Day, May 21,” said a statement released by Fuller.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the only possible difficulty for riders may be more than usual snowmelt water on the road and, depending on temperatures, possibly icy spots, according to Fuller.

“Riders are advised to be extra cautious about road conditions but please be assured that the Ride will go on and that there are no plans to shorten or cancel the event due to the high snowpack,” Fuller’s statement said.

Riders must also be prepared for cold temperatures and they should check the forecast prior to the event.

More information on the foundation and the ride at

ASPEN – The Roaring Fork River basin’s snowpack on Monday reached 211 percent of average for May 16, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The snowpack east of Aspen was at 202 percent of average. The water content in the snowpack was 20 inches at the automated Independence Pass Snotel site, according to the NRCS. The average for the date is 9.9 inches.

Snowpack levels varied greatly in the Crystal River Valley and Fryingpan River Valley, which are both part of the Roaring Fork River basin.

In the Fryingpan, the snowpack has melted out at Nast Lake at an elevation of 8,700 feet. However, it’s 382 percent of average at the Kiln site, elevation 9,600 feet, and it is 206 percent of average at Ivanhoe, at an elevation of 10,400 feet.

In the Crystal, the snowpack was at 360 percent of average at North Lost Trail, near Marble. It was 184 percent of average at McClure Pass and 182 percent of average at Schofield Pass.

The reference period for average conditions is 1971 through 2000, the NRCS said.

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