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ASPEN – The association that represents owners of fractional units at the Dancing Bear Lodge in Aspen have filed a court complaint against the project’s developer, owner and purported buyer.

The suit marks the latest chapter in the Dancing Bear upscale fractional-ownership development, which has gone through receivership, bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings.

Dancing Bear Residences Owners Association Inc.’s complaint was filed Thursday in Pitkin County District Court. It alleges that when the homeowners association’s members bought interests in the units, they were given assurances that their amenities would include a wine room and two employee housing units.

Now the ownership of the wine room and the two units appears to be in dispute.

Defendants in the suit are developer Dancing Bear Land LLC; Tanzbar DB Holdings LLC, which foreclosed on the property in July; and Aspen-based Sunrise Co., which plans to buy the project from Tanzbar, the suit says.

The suit says that either Dancing Bear LLC or Tanzbar owns the wine room and housing units. And Tanzbar, as part of its pending transaction with Sunrise, has decided not to transfer the wine room and two units to the homeowners association “but instead to let Sunrise deal with the matter,” the suit says.

The suit asks the court to declare that the homeowners association has “full ownership” of the wine room and the two units.

Denver attorneys N. Reid Neureiter and Michael A. Smith represent the homeowners association in the complaint.

BASALT – The Basalt Regional Library District’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to consider a severance package for former director Kristin Becker.

Becker parted ways with the district Dec. 15. She said she considered herself terminated under terms of her contract. She said the board altered her proposed 2012 employment contract in major ways but didn’t change the salary and benefits package of other employees.

Becker demanded a severance package of $26,232.40. The library district hasn’t paid anything to date. Board President Judy Royer indicated at a January meeting that the board would audit Becker’s expenses on library credit cards before entertaining any settlement.

That no longer appears to be the case. David Smith, the attorney for the district, said the audit hasn’t been completed but that the board wants to get the severance issue resolved. A special meeting was called, he said, because the board wants to devote its regular meeting in February to interviewing candidates for three openings on the seven-member board.

EL JEBEL – A Carbondale man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling cocaine to an undercover police officer in El Jebel.

Jesus Castaneda-Cuevas, 20, was charged with felony possession and distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement issued Monday. He allegedly possessed one-half ounce of cocaine with an estimated value of $300 at the time of his arrest, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher. The arrest was made by the Eagle County Drug Task Force of the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a paid drug informant about the suspect’s alleged sales of drugs in the El Jebel and Aspen areas, Mosher said.

Castaneda-Cuevas is being held in Eagle County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is allegedly in the U.S. illegally, according to the Sheriff’s Office, so an immigration hold has been placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That means even if Castaneda-Cuevas is able to post bond or if the charge is dropped, he still won’t be released until his residency issues are explored.


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