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Who really owns the Woods Building

Dear Editor:I have been waiting to calm down for the past three days and decided to write my thoughts about your latest faux pas in the Aspen Times Weekly, Sunday paper. Once again, The Aspen Times got it wrong! What disturbs me most and hopefully other people too is that people really believe what you print! Your latest weekend article addressing “Who Controls the Core” of Aspen was wrong twice. I do not know who researched the ownership of the buildings in the “core” but his/her due diligence was extremely lacking.The Woods Building, better known as the old Aspen Drug Store on the Hyman mall, has been owned by Ransom B. Woods and Justin Woods since 1970. I doubt if the person who wrote this article was around Aspen or living at that time. This building does not belong to Frank Woods, Ron Garfield, Andy Hecht, Ted Koutousbos or Albi Kern. Some of these people may have rented space in the building, but have never “owned” the building. My dad and mom bought the building from Mr. Gallun in 1970, and it has belonged to them and the Woods Family Partnership since then.I manage, own and maintain the building and was never interviewed about his article. I have also been around this Aspen building since 1970, cleaning and painting it “Brent Blue” every year so everyone in Aspen can say how happy they are about the blue historical building. There are eight renters in the Woods Building at this time and any one of them would be able to tell you who owns the building. In the future I would thank you for researching your articles a bit more. “Hearsay” is only gossip, not a fact.Randy WoodsWoods Building Owner

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