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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

New filing in Verena Mallory Trail case

Courtesy of www.aspentrailfinder.com

The legal battle over a local trail continues, as attorneys have filed a new complaint aimed at preserving the Verena Mallory Trail.

The singletrack trail runs adjacent to Hunter Creek and through property that was donated by Fritz and Fabi Benedict to the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) in the 1990s.

AVLT said there is language in the original deed that prohibits a trail.

The most recent court filing from a group called “Friends of Verena Mallory” disputes that and includes documents from people close to the deal. The attorney who drafted the deed wrote an affidavit that reads: “The plain language … indicates that Fritz and Fabi intended the trail to be open to and used by the general public.”

Attorneys for AVLT need to respond by the middle of the month.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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