It looks like the last hope for Tim Mueller’s expansion plans for Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service.
Late on Thursday, CBMR’s appeal was denied by U.S. Forest Service Deputy Regional Forester Jim Pena.
“Of course we are incredibly disappointed,” said Tim Mueller, president of CBMR. “We are still reviewing the decision but it is clear that Jim Peña ignored the problems and fundamentally unfair aspects of Charlie Richmond’s decision, which we identified in our appeal. Peña’s ruling does not state that Charlie made the best decision, the right decision, or even a fair decision. He only states that he did not exceed his discretionary authority.”
CBMR’s Snodgrass Mountain expansion proposal was first denied in November of 2009 by Charlie Richmond, supervisor of the Grand Mesa, Uncompagre and Gunnison Forest. The last man standing with any authority to reverse the fortunes of CBMR is Tom Tidwell.