Banning that guy– unconstitutional! Kind of… A district court ruling came late last week, regarding the relationship between the Aspen Skiing Company and ex-ski instructor and now candidate for Mayor, Lee Mulcahy. Judge Chris Seldin says Mulcahy can be on the public lands owned by the US Forest Service that are run by Skico, but he can’t be on or in private commercial properties the company owns or operates. That is to say, Mulcahy could be on the surfaces of the 4 ski areas, if he could get to them. The company’s still allowed not to sell him a lift ticket. Seldin’s court has yet to decide whether Mulcahy should be allowed inside Skico’s Four Mountain Sports stores. The next court date in Mulcahy’s ongoing case is the 5th of next month. That’s when Seldin will start digging into the stores question. That’s because Mulcahy contends the Highlands Four Mountain Sports is the only place to buy a ticket for the bus public entity RFTA runs during the summer up to the federally-operated Maroon Bells. Mulcahy’s been feuding with Skico more than 6 years, since before it fired him from a 15-year ski instructor job. His public bashing of the company earned him the ban. And later, he sued the city of Aspen for trying to kick him out of employee housing, since he’s no longer a Skico employee.
A barn on Goose Creek Lane near Carbondale burned down about midday Friday, just before the weekend. Firefighters say the building collapsed shortly after they got there. No humans or animals were inside… no one was injured or killed. Crews are said to have done good work to prevent the fire from spreading, especially in the face of strong winds. It is open burning season, however, and the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District urges everyone to be especially careful in windy conditions, making sure all fires get completely put out. Firefighters are looking into the cause, but it isn’t believed to have been anything suspicious or criminal.
The Denver Post’s “The Cannabist” column reports a couple Florida Congressmen have introduced a bill in Washington to make marijuana a Schedule 3 controlled substance, instead of calling it a Schedule 1, which has been pot’s classification since 1937. Democratic Congressman Darren Soto and his Republican colleague Matt Gaetz brought their bill up last Thursday, while frankly a lot of their colleagues were paying more attention to Syria, the Supreme Court, and numerous White House controversies. The change, if passed, could be a true game-changer in states like Colorado that have legalized weed. Schedule 3 would put pot on the same level as Tylenol with codeine, and Ketamine, useful medical substances. Schedule 1 has it up there with notorious compounds often seen as having no medical value, such as heroin and LSD. The change could make it easier to research marijuana, and would let pot merchants in states like Colorado access the federal banking system for the first time. That’s been one of their biggest problems since legalization here– having to cart around massive amounts of cash. It has been good for the armored truck industry, though. Congressman Gaetz sponsored similar state legislation when he was in the Florida House before going to Washington, and both those bills got signed into law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did, as many had feared, say last week he’d like to see increased scrutiny on states that have relaxed their marijuana statutes in recent years.
Carbondale philanthropist Jim Callaway has made yet another major charitable contribution. This one is a hundred thousand dollars, going to the Garfield County Libraries Foundation. Library officials say the cash will go a long way toward making sure Carbondale and all other branches countywide keep meeting community needs. Callaway’s timing is really good for the libraries, because they’ve been trying to figure out how to deal with a sharp decline of 1.2 million dollars in income from local property taxes. There were service cuts of nearly a third imposed at the end of last year because of that reduction. If you’d like to follow Callaway’s lead, the library foundation says please give them a call at 625-4270.
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