What to keep in mind if your student (or you, if you’re that young person) is thinking about making a statement…
There’s been a lot of talk this late winter approaching spring, about students walking out of classes at local schools, and many nationwide, to demonstrate their own feelings about an issue, or show empathy with a cause. The Post-Independent reports quite a few Glenwood Springs High students left school for a while on the 21st of last month, a week after the Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17. In light of that walkout, a national one planned for today, and the upcoming 19th anniversary of Columbine next month, the Roaring Fork district has sent a letter out to students and parents. It warns that civil disobedience is a treasured concept and the district backs teacher and student activism, but part of all that is accepting the consequences of one’s actions, such as the fact that being out of class for such events will be chalked up as an unexcused absence. The letter adds that 8th graders and younger students would need the permission of a parent to leave school, and teachers who depart would be using their personal, or vacation, time to account for being gone. The district letter urges, however, that teachers not unfairly penalize any student who’s absent exercising their 1st Amendment rights. And Glenwood High Principal Paul Freeman notes that while activism is healthy, it’s possible that a protest or demonstration could be just as effective before or after school, or at lunchtime. The Roaring Fork district includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt.
You’ve recently heard about that part-time Snowmass Village resident Jeffrey Friedland, who’s being accused of securities fraud. Last week, the SEC ordered his assets frozen. Friedland’s accused of dumping shares of an Israeli weed company’s stock, to make a sudden, illegal, huge profit. He’d also allegedly been paid by the Israelis to promote their stock, but didn’t disclose that he was working for them at the time. The Aspen Times reports Friedland’s house in Snowmass, that his wife allegedly bought with the profits from the illegal sale, isn’t one of the assets that’s frozen. A federal judge in Denver ruled late last week that the Securities & Exchange Commission couldn’t adequately prove that the house belongs to either of the Friedlands. Same story on a Denver condo the pair allegedly used that money to buy.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says narcotic painkillers were stolen last weekend from a safe, inside ski patrol headquarters at the top of Buttermilk. DiSalvo adds there was no sign of forced entry to the building, but he didn’t say if the safe had been broken into. He adds it looked to his department like SkiCo had done everything it could to secure the drugs, normally used to treat severely injured skiers or boarders. The company says its workers are fully cooperating in the sheriff’s investigation of that theft.
The name of the game now in short-term rental spaces that can be found on Airbnb, VRBO, and the like, is– regulation. The Aspen Daily News reports some other ski communities are farther ahead in setting rules up. Some of the other towns like Breckenridge, according to the Daily, keep it simple. If you pay your sales and lodging taxes, Joe Homeowner, you have no problem. Aspen’s allowed those rentals too, but now says tracking owner compliance is what’s tough. Looks like Summit County’s a bit ahead on that now, too… Breck says it’s working with an outside firm that keeps track of whether online ads from owners include assigned ID numbers, that match up with the town’s owner records. It says going by that easy system, they’re now seeing owner compliance topping 90%. Right now, Aspen has only 61 short-term rental permits, and fewer than 200 short-term lodging business licenses, but there are more than 400 local ads on Airbnb. One of the biggest cities, San Francisco, limits the number of nights a year you can rent your entire home out, and it has to be your primary residence. Denver does the same, and requires a registration to be used in ads. Read the whole story at aspen daily news dot com.
And that custom snowcat, painted like the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee in orange, with “01” on the side and a Colorado flag on the hood, is no longer missing. It had been stolen from a Minturn parking lot in Eagle County Sunday, but some folks who’d seen its photo online alerted police when they saw the cat being hauled toward Grand Junction on I-70. Authorities found it at the home of 27-year-old Jason Cuervo. Police say he’s still at large.