Aspenites are a lucky bunch for a lot of reasons. And for at least two of them, it’s not just because they live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Living among the most wealthiest people in the world, Aspen’s cost of living will surely put any local in the red. That’s why for many of us, Z.G. included, their retirement plans are based, in part, on winning the lottery. And while their retirement plans aren’t set, two local women were recently the winners of the lottery by picking the right numbers in different drawings in two stores two blocks away from each other. While they plan to pay down some debt, Z.G. sure hopes they party like their wealthy counterparts for at least one day, or night.
County commissioner candidate John Young wasn’t so lucky. Young lost Tuesday’s election to rancher Steve Child, despite an enthusiastic months-long campaign, where he shook hands, kissed proverbial babies, and distributed campaign pins and yard signs to supporters.
On Election Eve, one Young supporter turned up in an unlikely setting for politicking: the defendant’s table in Pitkin County District Court. The Young booster, who has recently been arrested for trespassing and sleeping in public, sported a “Young for Commissioner” campaign button on his lapel during his brief hearing. The judge and prosecutor didn’t comment the pin ... perhaps a “Reelect Beeson for DA” pin would have served him better?