Former Basalt police chief Roderick O’Connor is back on the beat patrolling the streets of Aspen. After he resigned from the top job in Basalt as a result of workplace dissension, O’Connor became part of APD’s rank and file this week. And it appears that he has fully embraced the department’s community policing methods. On Friday, he and another officer were seen helping a woman who was in need of assistance. They had their night sticks deployed, trying with all their might to shove a Zappo’s shoe box into a UPS mail box. After trying with all their might, the mission was aborted, and the boys in blue gave up but not without a good fight. Z.G. is glad to know that kind of police work is still part of the job description.
Z.G. recently spotted die-hard Ayn Rand fan, vice president hopeful and Time magazine fitness model Rep. Paul Ryan visiting Aspen’s own Kenichi restaurant earlier this week. Ryan nearly blended into the sushi-loving crowd in his khakis and a black North Face sweater.
With the presidential elections over, Z.G. has all but forgotten Ryan and his political opinions. Still, one statement from his campaign kept popping into Z.G.’s head. Ryan claimed he hiked all of the fourteeners in the Elk Mountain range. That includes some of the gnarliest climbs in the state like Pyramid Peak, North and South Maroon and Snowmass Mountain. Z.G. couldn’t help but wonder if the statement was in fact true.
When it comes to working out, Ryan can be absent minded at times. For example, Ryan forgot his marathon time and said he ran 26.2 miles in under three hours. Later it was revealed that his time was just over four hours.
As far as Z.G. is concerned, he still is undecided on Ryan. Z.G. encourages anyone who comes across him in the future to ask about how many mountains he has summited and if he was scared when he crossed the Capitol Peak saddle. But if those guns did climb them all, Ryan’s got Z.G.’s vote.
Since City Council members began announcing their candidacy for mayor, Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s (ACRA) monthly meetings have recently become much more interesting to them. Every month a new mayoral candidate shows up to take notes.
At Tuesday’s meeting, councilmen and mayoral candidates Steve Skadron and Torre, who goes by one name, along with Mayor Mick Ireland were in attendance. Torre and Ireland were allowed to talk, but Skadron was told to be quiet when he attempted to give a public service announcement.
Only one person is allowed to make comments on behalf of the city. Besides, it wasn’t appropriate because Aspen City Council had a quorum with three of the five council members there, it was said. Parliamentary procedure apparently goes out the window during the campaign season, Z.G. surmises.