CARBONDALE AND ASPEN – A proposed land swap involving close to 2,000 acres in the Carbondale area — including a coveted piece of property that isn’t even in Pitkin County (which includes Aspen, Snowmass and parts of Basalt) – is now in Pitkin County’s lap.The trade would turn 1,268 acres of Bureau of Land Management acreage on the north flank of Mount Sopris over to billionaire retailer Leslie Wexner in exchange for the 513-acre Sutey Ranch, located north of the Red Hill recreation area outside of Carbondale.The BLM land is in Pitkin County; it is public land that would be relinquished in exchange for acreage outside the county. Sutey Ranch is in Garfield County.The brokers of the proposed deal intend to seek an act of Congress to execute the swap.
By Janet Urquhart, July 11, 2009, Aspen Times

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