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New Castle ‘threatens’ Carbondale

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE ” Mayor Frank Breslin is asking the town of Carbondale to stop using its name because it technically belongs to New Castle.

Breslin recently sent a letter to Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig and the board of trustees, saying that New Castle had the original claim to the name “Carbondale” and included a copy of an 1883 plat to prove it.

The letter is on official New Castle letterhead and dated March 28, 2007. The subject line says “Re: April 1st letter to Carbondale, Colorado.”

“It has come to our attention that you have been using the name ‘Carbondale’ since 1887,” Breslin wrote. “You are hereby notified that using the name ‘Carbondale’ is a violation of infringement on Town Naming Redundancy Act of Blah Blah Blah-001.”

Breslin further said that while New Castle was not interested in using the name, it would make a deal with Carbondale to relinquish the rights.

“As you can see by the enclosed plat dated July 1883, we had the name first; although we’ve never actually used it ” we liked ‘New Castle’ better,” he said. “We would consider releasing all rights to this name for, say, VIP passes at the Mountain Fair Beer Tent this summer.”

In closing, Breslin asked for a response.

“We look forward to hearing from you regarding this serious matter.”

When asked how he would respond to Breslin’s letter, Hassig said the town might have to consult with its bevy of high-powered attorneys first.

“Do we escalate this or not?” he laughed. “But absolutely, I would be delighted to have Frank as my guest at Mountain Fair.”

The plat that Breslin is referring to is real.

The letter, however, was a joke.

“This is how international provocations begin,” Hassig said with a laugh.

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