Pitkin County’s claim jump?
August 8, 2005
Dear Editor: Imagine you have a mining claim on the backside of Aspen Mountain with legal title. You build a small cabin for family recreation and invite your friends to share in the beauty of the backcountry. You get to enjoy this for 17 years and then suddenly you are told to leave by eviction notice. No letter, no phone call, just an eviction notice from Pitkin County.This is happening to the Timroths, a long time local family. This family has come to the realization that they might have to leave, give up their place of paradise. I was with them Sunday as they started to pack up everything they want to keep from their family cabin. It was a very sad day. Then the next morning the Pitkin County attorney, John Ely, decides to question their intelligence in the Aspen Times, if I may quote: “I would have thought after the lawsuit the Timroths lost last year that anyone with a brain would have vacated it.” Grant and his family purchased this claim back in 1988. They believed that they had legal title, but along came Mr. Ely and the county. Pitkin County decides that they want the land for a trade with the national forest. So on a legal technicality, the county makes a land grab and the Supreme Court of Colorado backs the county up. In old days of the mining boom, this maneuver would have been called a claim jump.I would hope that Pitkin County would reconsider their actions regarding Grant’s cabin. There must be a compromise to allow the Timroths to continue to use this cabin. Maybe a lease can be negotiated with the Timroths. What I would really like to see is the county being civilized in their discussions with the Timroths and I would like to see the county discipline Mr. Ely for his harsh words.Jim Perry (J.P.)Aspen