Our Castle Creek Road neighbor Bill Koch got the “Talk of the Town” treatment in last week’s issue of the New Yorker, giving some welcome national attention to the quietest Koch brother’s push for the Bear Ranch land swap.
“Though only two of them are famous, there are four Koch brothers,” opens the brief report, noting that David and Charles tend to make all the headlines for being big-time GOP ballers. The New Yorker appears to be getting hip to what we on the Western Slope already know all too well: that Bill’s eccentricities are better story fodder than his brothers’ campaign contributions, like his purchase of an Old West town and relocation of it to his estate outside Somerset, his odd and unwelcomed reception at Paonia parades, and the local pushback against Bear Ranch and losing access to public land in billionaire-backed land swaps.
In celebri-tard news, a friend of Glee star Charlotte Ross filed a report with the Aspen Police Department on June 30 after a man made unwanted “sexual advances” on the starlet in a local home after a late-night party. The investigation was later reportedly dropped after Ross gave the APD the cold shoulder and didn’t return calls inquiring about the incident.
As an Aspenite, ZG isn’t much concerned about the late-night drunken happenings of celebri-tards in the 81611 — Aspen never seems to be at a loss for those. Still, there was something upsetting about the fact that in covering the incident the National Inquirer claimed to have obtained the report exclusively from the APD. Last ZG checked, public records were just that — public.
The Mayor’s Cup golf tournament at the Aspen Golf Club is scheduled for next Sunday, Sept. 23, yet just like last year, it’s not gaining much traction. That’s either because our little hamlet’s leader isn’t much of a golfer, or the local contingent on the links are not big fans. Regardless, ZG is asking the mayor to step aside so the proper planning can begin for the Sheriff’s Cup, which held its inaugural tournament last year when the Mayor’s Cup was canceled at the 11th hour. There’s more character in that tournament than any mayor could muster up, complete with dirty balls in dog poop bags and booby prizes. Come on Mick, this is the one time that you stepping aside could really give taxpaying citizens a morale boost. And ZG heard third-hand from the links on Friday that no matter if only three people have signed up for the Mayor’s Cup, which is apparently the case, the show will go on regardless, according the City Manager. Really? More illogical thoughts from City Hall. Time to give it up, let it go and let the sheriff play through.