Editor’s Note: The Beginning of a New Beginning

Allison Pattillo (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

The Aspen Times recently made headlines. I want to take this opportunity to share directly with you what is happening.

Swift Communications LLC, parent company of The Aspen Times, was sued for defamation by Vladislav Doronin on April 13, 2022 in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado over comments and an article in The Aspen Times.

Swift, which is owned by Ogden Newspapers, was able to address Doronin’s concerns out of court. Doronin agreed to withdraw the lawsuit, and it was formally dismissed on May 27, 2022. The terms of the agreement are confidential.

I consulted with our attorney and Ogden management, and we made the decision not to write about the lawsuit while negotiations were underway on a settlement. From the outset, the idea was that this dispute could be settled fairly and quickly, without going to court. It was done out of good business sense, and certainly not out of fear or intimidation. Reporting on the trial could have disrupted or unnecessarily delayed the resolution.

However, The Times has not published any articles on Doronin or his development of Aspen Mountain since. After consulting with Ogden, I decided not to publish two columns submitted by Roger Marolt during this time because they inadvertently related to aspects of the settlement discussions. While the connection was tangential, we chose to take a conservative decision so as not to delay the resolution.

There are now no restrictions on The Times’ coverage of the Elevator 1A package or Doronin. The redevelopment of Elevator Area 1A has been a hot topic for decades. I assure you that Times reporting on what is happening in our community, including on the West Side of Aspen Mountain and the parties involved, will continue with the journalistic integrity that readers have come to expect from the honest editorial team. and award-winning from The Aspen Times. .

If you have any questions about this or concerns related to anything at The Aspen Times, please contact me at [email protected]