A private jet with three people aboard skidded and then spun off the runway upon landing at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Wednesday, but no one was injured.
The incident and response from local emergency personnel has closed the runway until further notice to all commercial and private aircraft. Crews are currently working to remove the aircraft from the runway area.
Pitkin County officials are moving forward with plans to expand the landfill, build a new solid wastewater treatment plant and move a shooting range used by local law enforcement to another part of the facility.
Mayor Steve Skadron’s dream to turn Aspen into a hub for businesses servicing the ski mountaineering world will be part of an open council discussion soon, and the mayor has been pitching the idea to industry representatives, local developers and the state’s economic development office.
Skadron in October began working with companies that produce the lightweight gear to potentially base their design teams in Aspen. Part of his pitch is that local athletes would demo the equipment, giving real-time feedback to engineers about what works on the hill and what doesn’t. People from across the nation would look to Aspen locals for tips on gear.