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ASPEN – Join us on as we cover the Aspen Ideas Festival live from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

NPR’s Talk of the Nation will be discussing 9/11: Ten Years Later, featuring Michael Chertoff, Thomas L. Friedman, Jane Haman, John Negroponte with moderator Neal Conan from the Hotel Jerome Ballroom. We’ll be blogging live online at and we want to hear from you. Log on between noon and 2 p.m. and join in the conversation.

ASPEN – Brothers Bruce and Peter Droste are in a court battle over the $17 million sale of their 841-acre Brush Creek Ranch to Pitkin County.

Peter Droste filed suit against his brother Monday in Pitkin County District Court.

The suit claims that proceeds from the sale included 24.5 percent going to Bruce Droste, 24.5 percent going to Peter Droste, 24.5 percent to the Peter C. Droste Children’s Trust, and 24.5 percent to the Bruce C. Droste’s Children’s Trust. The remaining 2 percent went to Albert and Mary Droste, who gave a majority of the Brush Creek Ranch to their sons in 1992.

Even so, Peter Droste’s suit claims that from 1995 through 2010, he played an integral role in facilitating the sale by attending hearings, as well as obtaining development rights for the property. But Bruce Droste, nor his brother’s children’s trust compensated Peter Droste for “his personal time and financial expenditures made in furtherance of developing Brush Creek Ranch,” the suits says.

Filed by Aspen attorney Peter Thomas, the suit accuses Bruce Droste of unjust enrichment, and seeks an unspecified amount in damages along with a jury trial.

ASPEN – The 2011 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will host vice chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile in a conversation with Walter Isaacson from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on July 12 Paepcke Auditorium, located on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows.

Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Tickets are $15 each and will go on sale June 28 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House, online at, or by calling (970) 920-5770

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series, which is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation, include:

July 22, 5-6 p.m. – A Conversation with Republican Governors, moderated by Walter Isaacson; tickets on sale July 8;

July 27, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. – Afghanistan and Pakistan: The National Security Challenge, in collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum. Featuring a conversation with commander of the Special Operations, Admiral Eric Olson, moderated by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz; tickets on sale July 13;

Aug. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – A Conversation with Justice Elena Kagan with Elliot Gerson;

Aug. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Ten Years After 9/11, featuring a discussion among a panel of leading policy experts and members of the Aspen Strategy Group, moderated by Ambassador Nicholas Burns; tickets on sale July 26.

Event details are subject to change. Visit for updates or call the Institute’s events line at (970) 544-7970.

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