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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Skiing Co. managing partner Jim Crown made the list of President Obama’s 244 bundlers – his most wealthy and well-connected fundraisers – on Friday.

The Obama campaign voluntarily released the names of the people who helped it raise nearly $87 million in the second quarter of the year. Crown was among the 87 bundlers who raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for their candidate. Another 89 raised between $100,000 and $200,000, and 41 raked in $200,000 to $500,000.

The elite 27 bundlers pulled in more than $500,000 each for Obama, according to the campaign.

Crown, from Chicago, also helped raise funds for Obama’s 2008 campaign. No one with Aspen as a primary residence was listed among the bundlers. The full list is available at

DENVER – (AP) Frontier and United canceled a total of 71 flights to and from Denver on Sunday after hail damaged some of their airplanes last week. However, the airline’s service between Aspen and Denver does not appear to have been affected, according to a local travel official.

While Aspen flights have continued, it’s likely that Frontier’s cancellation of connecting flights into or out of Denver has affected local travelers, said Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, a local reservations agency.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Sunday’s cancellations listed on Denver International Airport’s website were all scrubbed because of hail damage. Neither airline’s officials immediately return phone calls.

Frontier has said 18 of its 59 jets and two of its turboprops were damaged by Wednesday’s storm. The turboprop is used for the airline’s Aspen service.

United has said it took 12 planes out of service for inspection. A United spokesman said earlier that he didn’t know the extent of the damage.

United has 710 planes total.

Frontier said earlier that it canceled a total of 96 flights from Saturday through Monday. It’s not clear whether the 37 cancellations posted Sunday were more or less than expected.

The Aspen Times contributed to this report.

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