Inn vandal strikes again |

Inn vandal strikes again

KEYSTONE – The Inn of Arapahoe has been vandalized six times now since its unwanted opening five years ago across Highway 6 from the Snake River Saloon.

At this point, said inn owner Roman Kowalewicz, he feels there is nothing he or the police can do to deter the vandalism. He said he’s come to expect the attacks on his property. But until this week, it had been a year-and-a-half since the last attack.

On Sept. 30 someone threw a rock at the lit sign on the corner of westbound Highway 6 and Rasor Drive. Washed out egg stains from previous attacks scar the building, which has also been shot at on two occasions. Someone continuously dumps fireplace ashes in his parking lot, Kowalewicz said.

“The last five years, my dear anonymous neighbor has cost me $5,000 to repair that person’s determination to ruin my life here in beautiful Keystone,” Kowalewicz said. “I forgive them, whoever they are. I do not want to point fingers, but it happens in the off season. I think it’s one of my neighbors.”

More than five years ago, several neighbors in the Loveland Village neighborhood up the street protested the construction of the lodge. Kowalewicz said the neighbors he knows are friendly. He believes the vandal is the same person each time because the acts are similar.

“You can enjoy your freedom, maybe your right to free expression, because nobody cares,” said Kowalewicz, when asked what he would say to the vandal. “So you can enjoy your “right’ to be unhappy. I forgive you. I will repair damage as often as you create it. I will survive and call you a neighbor, my dear anonymous neighbor.”

Fixing the sign is one more expense Kowalewicz must incur during the slow season in a slow mountain-tourist economy. He said the person must have a lot of anger, but his lodge is here to stay.

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