Rick Carroll, Aspen Times

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Recent articles by Rick:

Motion: Civil fraud claims against bankrupt Aspen company have no teeth

An Aspen business declared bankruptcy because it couldn’t afford to pay a six-figure court judgment stemming from a dog-bite incident, but civil accusations that the company’s owner and his wife fraudulently used company money for their own personal use are baseless, attorneys argued in a recent pleading. → Read More

Year in Review: Labor pains hit Aspen as housing options dwindled

GOODBYE, 2021; HELLO, 2022 For the past 10 days, The Aspen Times has been examining the issues and news events that defined the Aspen-area community in 2021 while also turning the lens to next year and what to watch for. Our 10-part series ends with this final installment on the labor crunch in our community.… → Read More

Snowboarders OK after inbounds avalanche at Aspen Highlands

Two snowboarders caught in an avalanche Friday on an open ski run at Aspen Highlands emerged with the help of a skier who dug out one buried in snow up to his waist, while the other rider had an injured ankle. → Read More

After employee outcry at AVH, raises and bonues to be given

Aspen Valley Hospital, with more than 30 full-time positions to fill and its employees feeling overworked, underpaid or both, will issue across-the-board raises of 5% after staffers aired their concerns at a series of town hall-style meetings with executives last week.CEO David Ressler notified the staff in a Nov. 18 email that hospital board directors… → Read More

AVH posts job openings to replace unvaccinated employees

Aspen Valley Hospital officials reported a 97% inoculation rate among its staff as of Monday, while 14 open positions are being advertised for employees vacating their jobs by opting out of the hospital’s vaccination mandate. → Read More

Aspen connections unearthed in offshore money investigations

Some Aspen addresses have appeared into a series of investigations into offshore accounts, while one part-time resident under indictment for tax evasion was identified in the most recent Pandora Papers. → Read More

A ‘traumatizing’ dispute over Aspen rentals commission shows the paper trail matters

Two favorable court rulings for the former employee of an Aspen luxury rental firm underscore the high-stress environment of a competitive industry where workers depend on commission. → Read More

November jury trial set over Pfister, Hecht real estate flap

A lawsuit levied by daughter of the late Nancy Pfister alleging self-dealing and racketeering by a prominent Aspen law firm and other defendants is scheduled to go to a jury trial in November. → Read More

Aspen home used as bond collateral in Barrack’s criminal lobbying case

An Aspen home Thomas Barrack owns is being used as collateral for a $250 million bond connected to charges that the Trump ally engaged in illegal lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. → Read More

Attempted class-action lawsuits targeting three Aspen companies fizzle out

Three Aspen-based companies hit with unrelated complaints in Denver federal court about their business practices are no longer on the defense. → Read More

Suit from Aspen lawyer, pastor over auto warranty calls seeks millions

A local attorney and his wife are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that alleges multiple telemarketing companies conspired in an auto warranty scam that cost the couple thousands of dollars. In return, they’re seeking millions of dollars in damages from the alleged perpetrators. → Read More

NTSB: Pilots have change of plans before fatal Aspen flight

A preliminary report issued Wednesday regarding the July 3 fatal plane crash outside of Aspen noted that before takeoff, the pilots abandoned a pre-approved flight path in favor of taking their own. → Read More

Another bear visit prompts changes at Chapman Campground

People planning overnight trips at Chapman Campground are now restricted to using hard-sided campers or trailers because the area has become a popular food source for a particular black bear. → Read More

Joint resolution: Aspen pot shop, HOA close to settlement deal

A pending settlement in a lawsuit will allow two commercial spaces in downtown Aspen to be used for a cannabis dispensary and a restaurant’s storage space until their leases expire in 2023. → Read More

NTSB begins investigation into fatal plane crash near Aspen

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were in the initial stages Monday of looking into the cause of Saturday’s airplane crash outside of Aspen that claimed the lives of two New York residents. → Read More

Aspen retail economy forges ahead with improving numbers

Aspen retailers rang up $48.8 million in taxable sales in April as the local economy continues its rebound from the pandemic. → Read More

Litigation clouds Cooper housing project in Aspen

Court action attempting to derail a Cooper Avenue worker-housing project faces skepticism from one judge who recently suggested the lawsuit is on shaky legal ground. → Read More

Cooper housing hearing pushed to August

Litigation over worker-housing proposed for East Cooper Avenue prompted the project’s developers to postpone Wednesday’s hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission. → Read More

Aspen retail economy gradually improved during first quarter, kicking off rebound

Aspen retailers picked up steam as each month went by in the first quarter of 2021, reflecting a local economy on the rebound. → Read More

High-altitude training and a Basalt military connection

Local public relations firm owner Sheryl Barto and retired Lt. Col. Dick Merritt have enjoyed a relationship that has included the two working together at a horse-therapy program for people with autism and veterans with PTSD since 2016. → Read More