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New president at the helm of the KCL

Special to the DailyLinda Clem is the new president of the Keystone Citizens League, replacing mainstay Bob Follett who founded the group in 1997 and had been president until Clem's ascension.

KEYSTONE – A new leader is at the helm of the Keystone Citizens League (KCL), a nonprofit corporation that’s been committed to representing the voice of Keystone residents in the unincorporated resort community since 1997. The big news is that it’s not Bob Follett, the group’s founder and president since 1997.Linda Clem will take on the top position following a one-year stint as the first vice president and four years of service on the KCL’s board of directors.”It has been a learning year for me. I tried to shadow (Bob) and meet people to learn what’s involved. This is a huge job,” Clem said.The KCL was formed seven years ago after a failed attempt by Keystone to incorporate as a town and has developed into the county’s largest community action group.

Before Keystone was purchased by Vail Resorts in 1997, a group of citizens had been working with resort management under Ralston Purina to win incorporation, mostly for the monetary benefits, Follett said.If Keystone were a town, it could charge a sales tax and keep the county’s 2 percent sales tax.Vail decided against incorporation, but the citizens decided it would be wise to have a group that could provide guidance on decisions that affected Keystone. Hence, the KCL was formed and headed up by Follett.”We have worked closely with resort to try and do good things with the committee,” Follett said. “We aren’t always successful, but we think it’s better to have an organization than not to have one.”Although the KCL has accomplished many of its objectives, including working with the county to get Montezuma Road paved and working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to re-shape a dangerous section of Highway 6, it continues to struggle to establish an identity with the resort, Clem said.

“It seems like a lot of things have happened or are in the midst of happening before we get involved, and it’s too late,” Clem added. “We need to be seen as an integral part of Keystone Resort. We are the folks who live here full time, we’re the ones who are active in the community, and we would like to just be an advisory council.”Historically, staying abreast of what’s happening at the resort has always been a hardship for the KCL, Follett said.”One of the difficulties we have is the management turnover at Vail Resorts. We’re never sure of who’s in charge of what over here,” Follett said.Nevertheless, Clem is embracing her new role and said she looks forward to continuing and improving relations with the resort, the county commissioners and all the entities that interact with Keystone.She also would like to take on projects similar to those done in the past, such as cleanup days and slash-and-burn days.

Clem also wants to see a push for increasing members and educating them on resort issues.Currently, the KCL enrolls about 200 members, but is always looking for new people who want to get involved, although a voting member must be a property owner in Keystone.The KCL will be having at least three open meetings next year and Clem encourages everyone who has an interest in Keystone, from retail and restaurant folks to second homeowners, to attend.Mike Clary takes Clem’s place as first vice president, making him Clem’s successor as president.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at

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