News, October 9th

Glenwood Springs–The advisory committee in charge of streamlining Garfield County’s new land use code is not holding secret meetings according to committee attorney Tim Thulson. Thulson expressed his frustration to county commissioners yesterday over rumors and reports in the paper that committee meetings haven’t been open to the public. Thulson says the committee expects to present the new code to the planning and zoning commission in December.

Aspen–The Snowmass ski area expansion is back on track thanks to a recent court ruling. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied an environmental group’s request for an injunction that would’ve put a stop to the Aspen Skiing Company’s project. The Ark Initiative filed a lawsuit last month saying the White River National Forest broke the law by granting Skico permission to cut down trees on Burnt Mountain. Environmentalists say it’s a specially protected roadless area. Skico’s Burnt Mountain project involves adding new trails, a new gondola, more skier services, commercial and residential units and additional parking.

Aspen–What’s going to happen to their mail? That’s the question over 150 Pitkin County residents are asking the Board of Commissioners. At tomorrow’s meeting, commissioners will talk about a new ordinance that would force several residents to change their addresses to accommodate emergency responders. The ordinance was proposed by a committee that discovered about 150 driveways in Pitkin County need to be re-named or re-numbered to help law enforcement, fire and ambulance response. October 24th has been scheduled for what should be a lively public hearing.

Denver–Midnight is the deadline for voters to get registered for the November 6th election. Political party leaders in Colorado are also reminding folks who think they’re registered to check with their county clerk’s office today. You can register online in many counties including Garfield County or you can fill out a form and hand deliver it to the clerk’s office.