NEWS, AUGUST 10TH

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Federal authorities say they have to rely on wiretaps and other clandestine techniques because Aspen’s small-town atmosphere and attitude toward the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration makes it nearly impossible to investigate drug cases. A federal court filing made public recently details a 15-month investigation that resulted in five guilty pleas from Aspen-area residents and the arrest of a former local man. Federal authorities are opposing a motion to quash wiretap evidence the DEA collected on Montgomery Chitty, who is charged in the case.

DOTSERO- Interstate 70 is back open near Dotsero following a truck accident that spilled diesel fuel and scrap aluminum on the road. The Colorado Department of Transportation said the accident happened at about 2 a.m. Friday. About 60 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the tank of the semi-tractor trailer. The truck was carrying 42,000 pounds of scrap aluminum and that was also left on the road. Crews are working to clean up fuel and untangle the aluminum from the semi so the accident can be cleared.

ASPEN- People who buy season passes at Aspen ski resorts will have to pay $25 to $50 more this year because of the improving economy.
Aspen Skiing Co. officials said Thursday customers can absorb a modest increase in pass prices to help cover the increasing cost of doing business. The company is raising the price of the Premier Pass from $1,549 last season to $1,599 for the coming season.

ASPEN – Federal authorities say they have to rely on wiretaps and other clandestine techniques because Aspen’s small-town atmosphere and attitude toward the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration makes it nearly impossible to investigate drug cases. The federal court filing made public on Wednesday details a 15-month investigation that resulted in five guilty pleas from Aspen-area residents and the arrest of a former Aspen man. Federal authorities are opposing a motion to quash wiretap evidence the DEA collected on Montgomery Chitty, who is charged in the case.

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