Dear Friends and Neighbors
The Snowmass Capital Creek Caucus meeting is slated for next Tuesday, October 18, at the Lazy O Ranch Fire substation, 7PM, per our usual schedule. All residents of Old Snowmass are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Several items of interest and import have come up that need to be addressed before, during and after this meeting.
As most of you now know, a group of citizens moved to form a separate Caucus for the Snowmass Creek Valley area of Old Snowmass. They went through all of the necessary steps to receive recognition from the BOCC at the regular meeting on September 14, 2016
Subsequently, for reasons that are still unclear, the BOCC voted to “reconsider” the matter. As I understand it, this means there is only one official Caucus in our valley at present.
I know it is hard to keep track at this point, but there are important concerns at issue including, the final map/boundary of the respective Caucuses, and eligibility for the upcoming Board elections, which are scheduled for November 15th.
To avoid even more confusion, the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus has voted to postpone the Caucus Board election until such time as the Caucus(es) issues are clarified by the BOCC. I am pressing for this to be addressed as soon as procedurally possible. Therefore, the deadline for candidates to be nominated or apply for Board positions will be extended until a date is established for elections.
In the interim, we will use our upcoming meeting to again work towards a resolution of differences that lead to this discord in the first place. This will include, but not be limited to, improved communication and outreach with residents and Governance issues addressing equitable Board representation between the Snowmass and Capitol Creek Valleys.
Prior to the meeting, I would encourage anyone who is interested to register as a candidate on the Caucus website. www.snowcapcaucus.org click the bulletin board link. We will address the residency requirements once the Caucus/mapping issue is resolved.
With the generous support of a Snowmass Creek neighbor, the Caucus has researched and produced a user-friendly booklet to explain water policy, and offer information on water management practices that can help protect local water resources. To view the Water Users Guide, visit the Stream Monitoring page or click here.
2016 PROPOSED GENERAL FUND BUDGET
At the time of writing this column, Pitkin County’s 2016 Budget had not yet been formally adopted by the BOCC. However, I hope to give you a good overview of what the 2016 General Fund budget will look like. The 2016 budget and 5 year plan continues with the major theme of “infrastructure renewal and modernization” introduced in the 2015 budget process. Both were developed in partnership with the County’s Financial Advisory Board and a Budget Review Team. The Financial Advisory Board is made up of citizens appointed by the BOCC and works closely with the Finance staff to develop revenue projections. With the help of the Financial Advisory Board, the BOCC continues to take a conservative outlook over the next 5 years.
The proposed 2016 budget for all funds is $104,599,377, representing a 9.3% increase from 2015. In addition to the General Fund, our entire budget includes several voter approved Special Revenue funds (Library, Open Space and Trails, Healthy Community Fund, Affordable Housing, Healthy Rivers and Streams) and Enterprise funds (the Airport and Landfill). The General Fund includes the County’s core services of Road and Bridge, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Community Development, Administration, Clerk and Recorder, County Attorney and Public Works/Fleet.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:29
Please click here to view the fun slideshow of our
2015 Community Picnic at Lost Dog Ranch!!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME TO OUR 2015 COMMUNITY PICNIC
and special thanks to:
Ben and Cynthia Guill
The Ziegler Family
John and Rosemary Lowenberg
Paul Kovach and Katie Kitchen
Snowmass Community Picnic 2015
Photo Courtesy David Hiser
Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:48
Michael Kinsley’s brother Doug is a private pilot and sent these wonderful photographs that he recently took. Many of you know Michael from serving on the caucus board for many years.
Monday, 06 April 2015 07:33
As you may be aware Pitkin County is gathering information about the future of broadband (high speed internet access) in the region and we want to hear from you and your caucus. We're interested in viewpoints from all areas of the County and the challenges of broadband access in the the Snowmass/Capital valleys. I believe some of you may have already received this information, but I want to ensure that all members are aware and encourage as many folks to join the conversation.
A mail-in survey is also being sent out to collect detailed information about broadband, but it is being sent to a random sample of households. But since everyone will not receive a mail survey, we are soliciting additional feedback at www.pitkincountyconnect.com. Please take a few minutes to give us your perspective and feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested, regardless if they live in Pitkin County, or Eagle/Garfield/Gunnison County. And don't forget to return your mail survey if you received one.
Pitkin County Administration
530 E. Main Street | Aspen, CO 81611
Friday, 23 January 2015 10:44
OLD SNOWMASS FIREHOUSE, 1909 Snowmass Creek Road
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:08
Many of you do your shopping online, especially during the holiday season. If you use Amazon.com as a regular or Prime member, everything you purchase—whether a gift to others or shopping for yourself—enables you to give a gift at the same time to Old Snowmass.
By visiting smile.amazon.com you can designate the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus as your non-profit of choice and Amazon will donate a portion of every qualifying purchase you make to our cause. This costs you nothing and does not add on to whatever you are purchasing.
Once you have signed up you can select the Amazon extension button to be placed on the desktop of your computer; that makes it super easy to one-click the extension and be directed automatically to AmazonSmile/Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus and start shopping every time.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
The Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:55
Selected photos from the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus Haystack Hoedown, benefiting preservation of Old Snowmass' water, land, open space and rural, ranching character.
Please click here to watch our slideshow of the 2014 Haystack Hoedown and don't forget to turn up your volume!
Friday, 08 August 2014 09:56
Wildfire Evacuation Talking Points
Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:27
Ziegler Reservoir: Sustainable water management in Snowmass
Special to the Snowmass Sun
Since the last ice age receded, water in Snowmass Creek has flowed from the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, carving out what’s known as the Snowmass Creek Valley. The water irrigates ranches and supports wells for a few subdivisions and scattered homes before joining the Roaring Fork River in Old Snowmass.
Over time, additional demands for water to support the development of Snowmass Village and snowmaking at the Snowmass ski area added to the pressures on Snowmass Creek, giving rise to concerns over the preservation of sustainable flows in the creek. But the inevitable conflict, which first existed between users in the Snowmass Creek Valley and those in the Brush Creek drainage over the water in Snowmass Creek, is now developing into a novel and promising partnership to manage and protect water that people in both valleys depend on.
The centerpiece in this partnership is Ziegler Reservoir.
Ziegler Reservoir holds roughly 82 million gallons of water and is about 252 acre-feet in size.
The creation of this off-stream reservoir provides the flexibility and water security to support a 21st-century approach to sustainable water management where water is shared between agriculture and a municipality and across two basins.
When the resort of Snowmass Village was created in 1967, senior water rights from Snowmass Creek pertaining to the underlying ranch lands were converted to serve the newly planned community, the tourist condominiums and hotels, and, eventually, snowmaking at the ski area. The Snowmass Water and Sanitation District was created to provide clean water and treat wastewater for a growing base of Snowmass customers at the new resort.
More than 96 percent of the district’s water flows from the Snowmass Creek Basin. East Snowmass Creek provides most of that water, with the rest coming from Snowmass Creek. Less than 5 percent of the sanitation district’s water comes from Brush Creek. All of the water from East Snowmass Creek is gravity-fed down to the water-treatment plant at the bottom of the Snowmass ski area.
Over the years, the shared use of Snowmass Creek water became a contentious issue between residents in Old Snowmass and the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District — particularly in the winter. The town of Snowmass Village needs the most water in winter around the holiday season, when the low temperatures of December and January cause the lowest flows in the creek. When the need for water for snowmaking was added in the ’90s, the pressure on Snowmass Creek increased.
Worried about the health of Snowmass Creek, the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus challenged the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District and Aspen Skiing Co. over minimum stream flows in Snowmass Creek. In 1996, the Colorado Water Conservation Board established a stair-step minimum stream-flow baseline for Snowmass Creek in an attempt to balance human and environmental demands for the water. But tensions remained among the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District, the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus and Skico because the minimum in-stream flow rights set by the state are not binding on more senior water-right holders like the sanitation district.
Chelsea Congdon is a member of the Snowmass-Capitol Creek Caucus and a leader in its efforts to protect Snowmass Creek.
“Snowmass Creek has shaped and defined the Snowmass Creek Valley, and it is literally the lifeblood of all the ecosystems of this valley,” Congdon said. “That creek is shared by people in two watersheds, and the caucus spent a lot of time and a lot of money trying to find a way to compel or convince (the sanitation district) to join in the effort to protect that creek.”
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 19:08
Where is ACES Ed?
A Science Classroom Without Boundries
Since 1975, ACES Ed has partnered with local schools to bring science education to students in the classroom and outdoors. Each school year, ACES educators teach over 2,000 in-class lessons and provide experiential field programs for pre-school through high school students from 42 regional schools.
Three dedicated classrooms in Aspen, Basalt, and Crystal River Elementary schools.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:26
We're excited to announce the launch of ACES Bird Club (ABC)!
As an ABC member, you will be immediately welcomed into a network of
fun, passionate birders and your membership will provide funds
to expand ACES' birding programs.
This $250 membership is for both novice and experienced birders and includes:
* Unlimited birding with ACES - more than 20 birding outings throughout the year
(monthly in winter, weekly in summer)
* 10% discount on binoculars, scopes, and other birding gear at The Fat Robin
* Opportunities to attend birding migration trips and special birding events
ACES Bird Club was created to engage our birding community and is all about birders sharing
the wonder and excitement of birding in our valley, across North America, and around the world!
Don't miss Birding with ACES at Hallam Lake on Tuesday, February 4th.
Click here for more information about ACES Bird Club including
discounted punch passes!
The liturgy schedule for St. Benedict's Monastery is as follows:
Sunday Mass is at 8:15 AM
From Monday thru Saturday mass is at 7:30 AM except on Thursdays when it is at 7 PM
Monday thru Saturday Vespers (Evening Prayer) is at 7 PM
For special liturgies on bigger feasts such as Christmas, etc, please dial our monastery phone number 927-3311 and press #8 when the welcoming message starts to be given the times for the special liturgies.