Power outages disrupt Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Power outages disrupt Aspen

John Colson
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Power outages hit downtown Friday, dousing lights and service at several local restaurants and facilities for an hour and a half and, in some cases, up to five or six hours.

According to electric department manager Phil Overeynder, the out­age was caused by “surges and spikes” coming through the Holy Cross Energy power lines feeding into the city grid. He had no explanation for the surges, and Holy Cross could not be reached for comment Friday.

The surges, he said, blew out a transformer in the alley behind Boo­gies, at the corner of Hyman Avenue and Spring Street, knocking out power on both sides of the alley running between Hyman and Cooper avenues. The outage extended from Garmisch to Spring, covering five blocks.

Overeynder said the outage also momentarily affected the city’s water plan on Castle Creek, although a backup system kicked in imme­diately, preventing problems.

Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass, whose restaurant was closed from 11 a.m. until around the dinner hour, said he was “not very happy.”

“I lose, over the course of a year, … in the neighborhood of 50 grand, if not a 100 grand, due to the power going out,” he said. “And today’s no exception. It’s a very busy day for us.”

He said his store and restaurant took in $25,000 on the Friday of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2006, and he was expecting a similar level of business this year.