Well, if you’ve been looking really forward to that new City Market store Carbondale’s been needing and wanting for a while now it’s gonna be a while longer yet. The Kroger company of Cincinnati, America’s Number 1 grocery chain, is now seeking a 4th extension of time to record the plat for its subdivision. Company real estate officials tell Carbondale’s board of trustees there’s been some, in these words, “unforeseen capital reallocation” by the company. What he means is that Kroger cut all its spending nationwide last year, started buying back half a billion dollars of its own stock, and took other measures to “reallocate” that “capital,” or move its money around. All that, because food prices declined nationwide. Now the plat extension the company wants this time is only a couple extra months, and it asked for it last night, right on the original deadline. The big hangup with that filing is it would mean Kroger’s actually acquired the property and can move ahead. The new day to circle on the calendar would be the 28th of April. Company officials in Grand Junction at Kroger’s City Market offices say yes, they’re still planning to build the new store and gas station for Carbondale. When it goes up, just across Main Street from the current store, the new 60 thousand square foot City Market would be one of the company’s greenest, and again the gas station would be a much more convenient location to use your fuel points. It’s expected to drive gas prices down at all Carbondale stations.  
The trustees tackled that one last night– Monday, Aspen City Council OK’d the building of their new police station. That, despite Councilman Bert Myrin’s lack of support due to the new station being heated by natural gas. Myrin says the use of gas, acknowledged by experts to be dramatically cleaner than coal and other fuels, goes against renewable energy goals Aspen has come up with in recent years. Myrin says the difference is especially glaring since the city runs its electricity grid completely with renewable forms of energy. While cleaner, natural gas is still a fossil fuel. Myrin calls its use “unacceptable” for Aspen.  
The Basalt Chamber board is now admitting it recently voted to accept Robin Waters’ resignation as the chamber’s President and CEO. The move had apparently been in the works for some time, some chamber members saying they’d been confused about Waters’ status since the end of the year. She put out an email in late December saying the chamber office would be closed for the entire month of January, ostensibly for “reorganization.” After the month-long break, Waters reportedly didn’t return to the job at the start of February. Board chairman Charlie Spickert tells the Aspen Times that Waters and the board made what he calls “a mutual decision” that she should leave, in late January. Spickert tells the paper the chamber’s already looking for a new director, and will be creating 3 positions at the top.
Also from the midvalley, a Basalt resident’s letter to town council alleges conflicts of interest for Councilman Auden Schendler, having to do with the potential “Pan & Fork” land deal. Resident Mark Kwiecienski reportedly sent his letter to several local media, but not to KSNO. The Aspen Daily News reports Kwiecienski claims Schendler should be recusing himself from talks over the Pan & Fork issue, since he’s employed by the Aspen Skiing Company, and gets paid based on how much money he generates for Skico. The letter says Schendler has a relationship with an Aspen company called Lowe Enterprises, whose profits might rely on Schendler voting for development rights for that firm. Lowe wants to build high-end condos on the Pan & Fork property. The letter goes on to claim Schendler’s wife was director for 2 years of a fund that provided money to a corporation that owns the 2 Pan & Fork acres in question. Schendler claims the letter is inaccurate. He produced one for the Daily from a Skico vice-president that says the company has no financial role in Lowe Enterprises, but does care about the issue since many of its employees live in the Basalt area.
And in case you missed it in Sports, the 9th-seeded Basalt boys basketball team takes on Number 24 University High of Greeley in the first round of the state Class 3A tournament, in Green Valley Ranch Friday evening. You’ll hear it all beginning with the Romero Group pregame show at 5:10, the game tipping off at 5:30, here on the Home of the Longhorns, KSNO The Mammoth!!