Commissioners to review proposal next week

ASPEN AND EL JEBEL REAL ESTATE  — A counteroffer to the proposed Sutey Ranch-BLM land swap –  one that preserves public access to the north flank of Mount Sopris – was unveiled Thursday by Pitkin County’s open space director.Dale Will outlined the proposal in a memo to countycommissioners, who are scheduled to take up the controversial land trade again on Tuesday.“The commissioners directed me to come up with something I could recommend they approve,” Will said. Under the new proposal, billionaire retailer Leslie Wexner would acquire 873 acres of Bureau of Land Management property at the base of Sopris, allowing him to consolidate his Two Shoes Ranch landholdings into a contiguous 4,274-acre piece, in return for turning the 520-acre Sutey Ranch over to the BLM. The Sutey property is located north of the Red Hill Recreation Area near Carbondale, in Garfield County.
By Janet Urquhart, Jan. 8. 2010 Aspen Times


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