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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Brooke Mueller’s first court appearance to face a felony charge of cocaine possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanor assault has been postponed.

Mueller, 34, of Los Angeles, was due to appear in Pitkin County District Court on Monday for an advisement of the charges. On Wednesday, District Judge Gail Nichols granted an order for Mueller to appear at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 23.

Nichols’ order came after Mueller’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday seeking a continuance. Lawyer Yale Galanter, who entered his appearance for Mueller the same day, had asked for the court date to be set in February to accommodate his schedule. The prosecution contested the February date, and Nichols set it for next month.

Aspen police arrested Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, on Dec. 19.

Police, responding to a complaint from the Belly Up nightclub about assault accusations against Mueller, tracked her down at Escobar and arrested her outside the club. She allegedly also was found with between 4 and 5 grams of cocaine.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The new operator of the Silvertree Hotel and Conference Center, David Wasserman, is the featured speaker at the Snowmass Village Rotary at 7 a.m. Dec. 21.

The slopeside hotel in Snowmass Village, along with the Silvertree Conference Center and Wildwood Lodge, sold in June for $42 million to Wasserman, the managing partner of the Starwood Capital Group/Wasserman Real Estate Capital Group joint venture, which operates under the name Silvertree Prop.

An extensive interior remodel is planned for the 260-room Silvertree/Westin Snowmass, which is likely to take place between April and the beginning of the 2012-13 ski season.

Admission to the Dec. 21 event is $20. R.S.V.P. by calling Snowmass Village Rotary President Gary Hartman at 970-923-2400 before 5 p.m. on Dec. 19 or emailing

Lucky Day Animal Rescue Colorado has opened as a foster-based animal rescue organization in the Roaring Fork Valley.

All of the animals go directly into people’s homes, where foster parents take care of them until they find a permanent home.

Lucky Day is seeking new temporary foster homes.

Most of the animals come from shelters that typically kill animals after a certain time period, from neglectful situations or from owners who no longer can care for their pets.

Lucky Day is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Adoption fees cover only a small portion of the costs of rescuing and rehabilitating animals.

For more information, visit, email, or call 379-4606.

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