News in Brief
June 7, 2011
ASPEN – A judge ruled Monday that deputies made a proper stop when they pulled over an El Jebel man more than 2 hours after he allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun in the direction of another vehicle on Highway 82.
The ruling of Judge Henry Nieto, who was sitting in for Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols, means the prosecution can move forward with the case of Remington Dustin Way, 28, who faces charges of felony menacing and reckless endangerment.
Way’s attorney, Lawson Wills of Snowmass Village, argued that the evidence should be suppressed because there was no way of knowing that Way was the man who allegedly pointed the gun.
Pitkin County deputies arrested Way on Feb. 22 after they received a call that a man driving a red Nissan pickup truck had pointed a handgun at another car near the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit and testimony Monday from Brad Gibson and Alex Burchetta of the sheriff’s office.
Gibson and Burchetta said they located Way’s home after they ran a check on his license-plate number, which was provided to authorities by the reporting party. When deputies arrived two blocks from the home, they saw Way drive the Nissan onto El Jebel Road, and pulled him over on Highway 82 just east of the intersection at Lower Willits Road.
Later that day, deputies searched Way’s home, with his permission. They discovered a semi-automatic handgun loaded with one round and a full magazine, an affidavit says.
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Way is due back in Pitkin County District Court on July 18.
ASPEN – Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland donated $1,900 in unused campaign funds to 38 charities, according to a campaign finance report he filed with the City Clerk’s Office last Wednesday.
The donations of $50 each went to a wide range of entities, organizations and agencies based in Aspen and other locales around the Roaring Fork Valley, including the Aspen Homeless Shelter, the Jewish Community Center, St. Mary’s Church, the Woody Creek Community Center and Anderson Ranch Kids Art Scholarships.
The report covered the five-week period of April 27 to May 30. It shows that Ireland had $6,096.65 at the beginning of the period and spent $6,073.83, leaving a balance of $19.82.
Among Ireland’s expenditures: $728.78 to the U.S. Postal Service in Aspen for bulk mailings; $606.02 to Hewlett-Packard to replace a document scanner; $158.10 to Allyn Harvey Communications in Carbondale for consulting; and $395.16 to Quill Corp. for a printer cartridge.
Ireland was re-elected to a third two-year term on May 3 with 50.7 percent of the vote, narrowly avoiding a runoff with challenger Ruth Kruger, a commercial real estate broker. He cannot run for mayor in 2013 because of term limits.
He will be sworn in during the City Council’s June 13 meeting along with new Councilman Adam Frisch and returning Councilman Steve Skadron.
BASALT – The 43rd summer Aspen Yacht Club racing season on Ruedi Reservoir begins officially on Sunday, June 12. A public open house is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and all interested individuals are invited to visit the club.
The club occupies Benedict Bay, a small scenic cove on the reservoir’s north side, at mile 18.6 on Fryingpan Road, east of Basalt.
The club is a member of the Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes (SAIL), whose membership goal is to support and promote the sport in the Rocky Mountain region. The club facility includes vehicle parking, boat storage, a mast-raising yardarm, a clubhouse, camping lawn, volleyball court, fire pit, beach, 60-plus boat slips, rigging dock and concrete launch ramp, portable toilets and rescue boats. A floating swim platform for kids is anchored off the beach.
Approximately 80 families and individuals belong to the club, and they sail a variety of crafts, from dinghies to keel boats, 10 to 28 feet in length. There is weekly racing every Sunday from June to September, and an annual Open Regatta on July 16-17 will draw boats from as far as Arizona and Texas. A club regatta race and party takes place in mid-August.
For more information, visit aspenyachtclub.com.