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Pitkin County land trade talks may go behind closed doors

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Proponents of a land swap involving the Sutey Ranch north of Carbondale and Bureau of Land Management property on the north flank of Mount Sopris have requested a meeting with the Pitkin County commissioners outside of the public eye.

Commissioners are expected to discuss the request when they meet Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Attorney Gideon Kaufman and Andy Wiessner of Western Land Group have requested the private session with commissioners. They represent landowners Leslie and Abigail Wexner, who have proposed the swap. Commissioners have thus far resisted endorsing the land trade; the county recently proposed an alternative that the Wexners have rejected.

“There are some other ideas out there,” Wiessner said last week, though he declined to elaborate.

“We want to have an opportunity for candid conversation. Sometimes those are best handled in executive session,” Kaufman said. “Sometimes you need to speak your mind, on both sides.”

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