Jan. 19, 1978: Aspen was experiencing a dearth of local seasonal help — with anywhere from 40 to 60 percent fewer employees available to each lodge than theoretically needed. “I have been doing maid work. My assistant manager has spent all day helping the housekeeping department,” said Mike Norton, president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Gant. Some business people put it down to the bad season the previous year (some have drawn comparisons between the winter of ’76-77 and the current one), while Norton blamed the cost of living.
The Valley Visual Art Show (VVAS) is a longstanding Carbondale tradition — Friday’s opening will mark the 38th time Carbondale Arts has hosted the exhibit. The show, which runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 at the Launchpad, is an open call to local artists to show their work, and this year, that call was answered faster than ever.
Longtime Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Chief Ron Leach will be presented a separation agreement by the District’s Board during a meeting after press time on Jan. 10. The move will end Leach’s nearly four-decade tenure with the department as soon as Jan. 13 and no later than Feb. 15 — depending on when he opts to actually sign the final document. It would also entitle him to a $98,500 lump sum payment and 13 months of family health insurance while binding him to a non-disparagement clause.
The newly created “Sopris 100 Who Care” group is back-to-basics charity. At 5 p.m. sharp on Jan. 25, a group of women will gather at the Pan and Fork restaurant in River Valley Ranch. Each will be asked to contribute $100 to a pool of funds and nominate a charity, cause, family, individual or other purpose for the money. Three causes will be drawn, discussed, a favorite selected and the whole sum — hopefully thousands of dollars — donated accordingly.
Only two people have begun the process to fill the four Carbondale Board of Trustee seats up for election in April. One application is pending for the mayor position, which is also on this year’s ballot.
There’s a good chance folks will be allowed to wander Main Street with an open alcoholic beverage on First Fridays this summer. With support from the Events Task Force and Chamber of Commerce, the possibility went before the Board of Trustees for the second time on Jan. 9 for a more in-depth logistical discussion and was received with cautious interest.
With the deadline to place the Town’s streetscape mill levy in the next election, the Carbondale Board of Trustees opted to stick with the existing rate rather than increase it or delay the vote.
Snowmass Avenue is slated for a new path between Sopris and Main, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement recently inked by both the Town of Carbondale and Garfield County.
While both Trustee Ben Bohmfalk and Mayor Dan Richardson had ideas for a relatively simple approach to waste hauling at the Jan. 9 meeting, the debate that has raged in Carbondale almost since the municipality got out of the business is far from over.
Prosecutors asked Pitkin County Deputy Parichat Robles outright why she didn’t shoot the fleeing suspects who had jumped from a RFTA bus emergency exit near Basalt during her trial testimony Monday.
“I wasn’t going to shoot somebody that wasn’t a threat to me,” Robles said flatly.
Nicholas Ameral, 20, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated robbery with an armed confederate in July. He was on a downvalley Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus on Feb. 21 last year, five days after robbing the Valero gas station in the Carbondale Cowen Center. Ameral received a six-year prison sentence; his alleged accomplice was his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, 20.