Since withdrawing their bid for a Pitkin County endorsement of the swap in May, speculation has grown that the Wexners might continue in the effort. Newly-seated U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents the Western Slope, said last month he would be open to meeting with the family about the idea. Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield, who publicly championed the swap and lamented his board’s failure to support it, said he hoped the Wexners would come back to them soon. The Garfield County commissioners and Carbondale Town Council supported it before talks with Pitkin County soured.
ASPEN PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – Five plots of land adjacent to the Wexner family’s Two Shoes Ranch on the flanks of Mount Sopris were sold to Aspen-based limited liability companies in the final three months of 2010 for a total price of more than $13 million, according to public records.Four of the buyer LLCs are registered to the office of the Wexners’ attorney, Gideon Kaufman, who represented the family before Pitkin County commissioners last year in an unsuccessful campaign for a county endorsement of a federal land swap. The swap proposal, brought forward by the Wexners, would have privatized 1,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property that is currently open to public access, but which splits the Wexners’ private ranch. In exchange for the BLM land, the family offered its 520-acre Sutey Ranch — a popular recreation site near Carbondale — and various monetary and wildlife incentives.
By Andrew Travers, Jn. 17, 2011 Aspen Daily News