Pitkin County Notice - November Ballot Misprint Won't Impact Election Outcome

Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:02


Vote-Counting Systems in Place to Assure Accuracy

(Aspen, CO) Voters inside and outside the Aspen Ambulance District will receive mail ballots with the district’s ballot measure printed on them this election season. Normally, only voters within the Aspen Ambulance District would see the ballot question asking for a mill levy increase to fund ambulance services. The Pitkin County election staff discovered late last week that ALL ballots were printed with the Aspen Ambulance District Issue.   

While I regret any confusion this may create, especially among voters who do not live in the Aspen Ambulance District, I want to assure the entire electorate that only votes cast on this question from voters within the Aspen Ambulance District will be counted,” said Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder, Janice Vos Caudill.

Vote-counting procedures are currently in place in the Pitkin County Clerk’s office that will recognize and determine which electorate reside in the Aspen Ambulance District and votes will be counted accurately, according to election officials.

If a voter isn’t sure whether they live inside the ambulance district or not, and wishes to vote on the issue, they may go ahead and vote on the question.  Either way, in-district votes will be counted and out-of-district votes will not be counted,” Vos Caudill said.

Voters can research their voting district online at www.pitkinvotes.org. Voter registration records indicate every district in which a voter is eligible to vote.

As your County Clerk I want to hear from voters if they have any concerns about the upcoming election. An accurate and transparent election, and one that maintains voter anonymity, is my top priority,” Vos Caudill said.

Contact Vos-Caudill at 970-429-2710 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


2014 SnowCap Board Election

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:30


Ballot Instructions 

Ballots will be tallied at the November 17, 2014
Board meeting at the Old Snowmass Firehouse,
1909 Snowmass Creek Road in Old Snowmass.
In order to be counted, ballots must be received by Frieda Wallison, President of the Board, not later than 7:00 pm on Monday, November 17, 2014. Ballots must be signed with the required information provided. If more than 17 candidates are chosen, the ballot will not be counted.

Acceptable methods of delivery include a scanned email, fax, regular mail or hand delivery. For emails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for fax: 970-927-4094, for regular mail: 1880 Lazy O Road, Snowmass, CO 81654, and for hand delivery: the Firehouse at 1909 Snowmass Creek Road immediately before the start of the November 17 Board meeting at 7:00 pm.

Persons eligible to vote in the election are all people who reside (whether as owners or renters) in the Caucus Planning
Area (Old Snowmass) as well as non-resident owners of real property in the Caucus Planning Area. You must be at least
18 years old to vote.

Residents on Lower River Road, who may receive a ballot because of the 81654 zip code, are not part of the Caucus Planning Area and are not eligible to vote in the election of Board members for the Snowmass/Capitol Creek Caucus
Planning Area. Multiple people in the same household may each vote a ballot, provided that they are otherwise eligible to vote.

Please click here for a printable ballot (PDF).
Below is a list of the candidates for election to the Board of the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus to be held on November 17, 2014.
* denotes current Board member running for reelection
Patsy Batchelder
Melinda Hildebrand*
Gary Beck
John McBride
Jo Brumet*
Tim McFlynn
Chelsea Congdon Brundige*
Katie Murch
Molly Child
Roger Nicholson*
John Clark*
Seth Sachson*
Martha Ferguson*
Rob Sinclair*
Gib Gardner*
Emily Smith*
Mark Harvey
Kevin P Ward
Rick Heede*



Patsy Batchelder

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee,
Event organizing (e.g. parties and fundraising events)

I have lived in Old Snowmass since 2006 and have resided in resort communities in the west for almost 30 years, I served previously on the board from 2007-2010 and took a break to pursue some other activities, but now have the time to serve our local caucus again.

I have worked for the Sopris Foundation and EcoFlight and volunteer for numerous organizations. I currently serve on the boards of the Sonoran Institute, a west wide smart growth organization and Aspen T.R.E.E. I am also an advocate on the RESPONSE hotline.

I truly believe in preserving the rural character of these magnificent valleys and would be proud to serve on the caucus board.


Gary Beck

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee,
Snowmass-Creek-protection committee

62 Years old, Born and raised in Aspen.
Aspen High graduate. I have 3 sons from my first marriage, Christopher, Louis, and Barney. I have been married 10 years to Beverly, my stepson Cole Guy lives with us. I worked in Aspen as an auto mechanic for 20 years and in construction for an additional 20 years.
My Father bought 2928 Snowmass Cr Rd in 1985. He currently resides in Grand Junction because of his health.


Jo Brumet

I first came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1968 as a child from Champaign, Illinois, to ski with my parents, and later to visit an aunt and uncle who had bought a home in Emma. I worked as a lift operator on Aspen Mountain and as a ranch hand in Missouri Heights, spent a couple years in Seven Castles and Woody Creek, and then settled into my own home in Old Snowmass, where I've been for twenty-eight years. I raised two wonderful girls on Gateway Road. One is an interactive designer in Seattle; the other is working on her masters in Physiology and Nutrition at Montana State University in Bozeman. I couldn't be more proud. I have a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the California College of Arts, and since 2004 I've been employed at Aspen Sojourner magazine as an office manager, ad designer, production manager, and sales assistant. I have worked with several different volunteer groups in the valley over the years, including the Parent Involvement Group, Taste of Basalt, Friends for Life, and the Basalt High School Booster Club. Recently, I felt the need to give back to Old Snowmass, so I joined the caucus in hopes of helping preserve the community.


Chelsea Congdon Brundige

Chelsea Congdon Brundige is writer and producer with First Light Films, an independent film and television company based in Snowmass, Colorado. She also works part-time as a water policy consultant with the Public Counsel of the Rockies in Aspen, Colorado.
From 1987 to 2000 Chelsea worked as a professional in the field of environmental conservation, with the Natural Heritage Institute in Sausalito, California, and more recently as a water resource specialist with the Environmental Defense Fund in California and Colorado. Her work focused primarily on finding cost-effective, equitable and environmentally sound ways to improve the management of western water resources in the Colorado, Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins and the San Francisco Bay/delta, and the Colorado River delta in Mexico.
Chelsea graduated from Yale University in 1982, magna cum laude. She earned a M.A. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California in Berkeley in 1989. Chelsea served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Future of Irrigation from 1994 to 1996. She serves on the Board of Western Resource Advocates in Boulder, Colorado, and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado. Past board service includes the Aspen Valley Land Trust, the Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land, President of COMPASS, an organization supporting progressive education in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley. She is chair of the water committee of the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus.
Chelsea was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and now lives in Old Snowmass, Colorado with her husband James, and two children, Tashi and Miles.


Molly Child

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee,
Event organizing (e.g. parties and fundraising events),
Letter writing (official letters indicating Board actions (often to the County))

Resident of Capitol Creek Valley since 1975
Married 37 years to Steve Child, rancher, Pitkin County Commissioner, parents of three.
Owner Capitol Gardens landscape gardening business/Nordic Ski instructor for 23 years
Ranch hand for 39 years
Co-founder of "CapCreeCa" summer camp held for 5 years on the Child Ranch
Old time string band rhythm guitar player
"Note-taker" for Snowcap Caucus Board 4 years
BA Environmental Science and Art Maryville Coll.

Would like to re-join SnowCap Board in hopes of providing continuity from the perspective of a full-time resident, helping to preserve the rural character and sense of community which makes these valleys so special.


John Clark

  John and his wife Susanne grew up and went to high school in Fort Collins, Colorado.  They have six children, two of whom live in the Roaring Fork Valley.  John has practiced law since graduating from Stanford Law School in 1961.  He started his law practice in New York, but later moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area.  He presently is of-counsel to a law firm with offices on both coasts.  
   John and Susanne began their return to Colorado in 1985, when they purchased a ranch in Missouri Heights.  They later moved to Snowmass and have lived here full time for many years.    
   John has been a trial lawyer throughout his career, specializing in the resolution of disputes arising out of construction projects.  He also has represented such organizations as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Counsel in efforts to prevent cutting of virgin redwood forests, prevent diversions from the Sacramento River by means of the Peripheral Canal, require release of water to allow minimum flows in the San Joaquin River, and to enjoin the California Department of Fish and Game from hunting mountain lions for the fun of it.
   John is dedicated to the preservation of Snowmass and Capitol Creek Valleys much as they are today.


Martha Ferguson

    I grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in Social Ecology.  After moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1978 my  working life has encompassed law, real estate appraisal, property management, county planning, and business management of my husband's construction and fine woodworking company.  
     I have also been involved in fundraising projects as well as manager & booking agent for an international acoustic fingerstyle guitarist!  My hobbies range from downhill and nordic skiing to road-bike riding, to playing guitar and piano, to gardening and cooking!  I also have an avid interest in reading, writing and history -- most especially the history of the West. My husband and I built our home in Old Snowmass in 1984, were married here, raised our children here.  I continue to revel in the stark beauty of these two valleys, the abundant wildlife, and the rural ambiance that has changed little in almost 30 years.  I am honored to assist in protecting the heritage and history of  Old Snowmass through participation in the SnoCap Caucus.
     My special interests are in fundraising, and support of already-established integral committees that
manage the cornerstones that define us -- our water, land and open space.


Gib Gardner

Born in a New York City suburb, I moved to Colorado in 1943 to attend a Colorado Springs boarding school, and fell in love with the state. After graduation, I attended Amherst College (Massachusetts) from which I graduated in 1952 with a B. A. degree in Economics. In my freshman year at Amherst, my mother married a Colorado man and my base moved from New York to Estes Park and Denver. I did graduate work at both the Denver and Colorado Universities and enjoyed life in Denver. My wife (a Colorado Springs native) and I have three (3) adult children - two in the Denver area and one in Connecticut) and six (6) grandchildren. My business career has always been accounting-related. We moved to the Roaring Fork valley in 1982, living in Aspen until 1989 when we bought our present home in Little Elk Creek Village in Old Snowmass. I served on the Board of Trustees of Little Elk Creek for eight (8) years, with six (6) as President. We are indeed fortunate to have a home in this area because of the scenic beauty, the many wonderful people, and the active, interesting and fulfilling lifestyle that abounds in Old Snowmass. It is a privilege to serve the Caucus as Treasurer.


Mark Harvey

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee

I am a native of the Roaring Fork Valley and have spent the majority of my life here.  I help manage the Harvey Ranch  at the head of Snowmass Creek and have long been active in the world of conservation.  Current/Past board positions include Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, High Country News, Public Counsel of the Rockies, EcoFlight, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Journalism.  Other work experience includes a ten year career with the National Outdoor Leadership School, several years as a free-lance journalist and filmmaker, and business partnerships in the field of renewable energy.

My interest in serving on the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus stems from a strong attachment and love of the valleys.  I've had the good fortune to enjoy Snowmass and Capitol Creek for years, whether its hiking up to the headwaters, riding a horse at our ranch, or visiting friends who live in the neighborhood.  I think the caucus has done some exemplary work in the past protecting the watershed, dealing responsibly with the county, and seeking a balance between development pressures and the still intact wildlife habitat.  Solving the issues ahead--whether it's water, land use, traffic, wildlife, or something unseen--requires good information, healthy conversation, and then the ability to act as one voice.


Rick Heede

I am blessed to have lived in this beautiful valley since 1984, when I moved from Boulder for the clean air, the quiet, the stunning mountains, and the good people of Old Snowmass. I have raised a beautiful daughter here, worked on energy and climate issues with Rocky Mountain Institute from 1984 to 2002, have lived in both Snowmass and Capitol valleys, and built a passive solar home in Gateway in 1993. In 2002 I established a consulting practice focused on practicable and profitable ways for cities, corporations, governments, and individuals to mitigate our climate impacts through efficient use of energy (climatemitigation.com).

In 2011 I created the Climate Accountability Institute (climateaccountability.org) as a not-for-profit organization to address responsibility for climate change and leverage corporate and international action to manage the transition to a low-carbon future in the United States and globally by 2050. The institute is funded by U.S. and European foundations, individual contributors, and leading scientific organizations.

I learned skiing, sailing, and environmental and social awareness growing up in Norway. These are values I bring to my positions on the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus in order to preserve our rural character and fostering appropriate scale of residential development with lower impacts on our land, water, and atmosphere.


Melinda Hildebrand

My family has been visiting the Roaring Fork/Snowmass area for over 18 years. We have owned property in the valley since 2005 and recently purchased a home in Old Snowmass. We enjoy all seasons that the Roaring Fork and Snowmass Valleys have to offer.

After earning a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, I worked as a paralegal for the Law Office of Tom Henderson for 17 years. Currently, I am the President and Owner of River Oaks Donuts in Houston, Texas. I also serve as Vice Chair of the Hildebrand Foundation, as well as Vice President of Hilcorp Ventures Inc, In addition, I serve on the following boards and hold the following positions: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bayou Bend and European Arts sub-committees; Houston Parks Board, trustee, appointed by Mayor Bill White, and member of the Park Projects sub-committee; Memorial Park Conservancy, President of the Endowment, Capital Campaign Chair, Vice Chair of board, Finance, Executive, Governance, and Projects sub-committees; and Memorial Park Conservancy/Uptown TIRZ-task force.

Other current positions include Executive Chair of Episcopal High School in Bellaire Texas,  a member of the Finance Committee (also past Chair),  and parent representative for the CHOICES program; Life House Houston, Advisory Board; and CasaColumbia, New York, Trustee. Other organizations where I serve include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, International Committee, 1988-present; Junior League of Houston, Sustainer, and a Chevaliers du Tastevin-Sous Commandre de Houston.

My husband Jeff and I have been married for 25 years and have 3 children.  Brittany is a senior at Texas A&M and a member of the 11 time National Championship Equestrian team.  Jeffery, Jr. is a freshman at UT-Austin.  John Thomas Hildebrand is in 11th grade at Episcopal High School and competed with Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club for over five years. I enjoy running, golfing, horseback riding, and hiking.


John McBride

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee

Developer of Aspen Business Center, North Forty, founder of Aspen Jr. Hockey, rancher

I am applying because I would like to preserve the historic character of the Snowmass/Capital Creek valleys


Tim McFlynn

Areas of Interest:
Snowmass-Creek-protection committee,

Professional mediator with Aspen Dispute Resolution and Executive Director of Public Counsel of the Rockies. Currently, a trustee and co-founder of Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, and Board member of Aspen Journalism and The Manaus Fund.  Formerly, Board President of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, Land and Water Fund of the Rockies and Alpine Legal Services.  Prior to relocating with my family to Colorado in 1987, civil rights staff lawyer for the Center for Law in the Public Interest and special prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office.

After taking a break for a few years, I would like to serve on the Board again to help our Caucus continue its work to preserve the rural character of Old Snowmass.  I am hoping to help again with collaborative efforts to protect healthy flows in Snowmass and Capitol Creeks and to promote conservation and efficiency by municipal, resort, agricultural and residential users of our shared water resources.

During my decade or so on the Board, I co-chaired the Master Plan Committee, served on the Water Committee, and for a couple of years took my turn as Board President.


Katie Murch

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee,
Event organizing (e.g. parties and fundraising events)

Katie has managed marketing and fundraising efforts at Aspen Camp since 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Management and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She was Miss Deaf Texas 2007-2009 and first runner-up to Miss Deaf America in 2008. She managed sales in California and Nevada in a corporation where she won an award as the manager of the quarter as well as best performance in her first year. Her passion for marketing and nature has brought her back to Aspen Camp, a place she attended camp for eight summers. She enjoys working with the community, the outdoors, music, writing, and dancing in the rain.

I've been around many parts of the world and Aspen/Snowmass is still my number one place to be. I'm honored to have the privilege of living here. I'll like to give back to the neighborhood more through the caucus.

Lesa Thomas is shifting her focus and will not be able to represent Aspen Camp on the board. I'll like the opportunity to take her place.


Roger Nicholson

I was born in England and came to the U.S. as a 10 year old.  We settled in Southern California and I spent most of the ensuing 60 plus years there.  I have run three companies that supply services and products to the Film Studios, Broadcast Companies and the Post Production Industry.  We are still involved in running two of them.  We have four grown children and eight grandchildren scattered around the Western U.S.    
About 12 years ago, my wife Bobbie and I, decided to build a second home in Colorado for eventual relocation.  This we have done, choosing the Snowmass Creek Valley as our Paradise.  At the end of 2010 we moved permanently to Snowmass Creek and rapidly assimilated into the Pitkin County life style which we absolutely enjoy.  
Living on Snowmass Creek has heightened my awareness of the critical importance of working to keep water flows at acceptable levels, maintaining water purity, assuring a healthy environment for fish, balancing irrigation needs with water flow levels and a myriad of other concerns about the Creek.  In addition, my involvement with the Caucus has increased my interest in Land Use issues and in the longer term direction of Pitkin County and its' Master Plan.

Local Organizations: My function:
Snocap Caucus Pitkin County Master Plan Committee
Land Use Committee
Pitkin County Elections Commission Member
Aspen Mentorship Program Mentor
Racing Mules Golf Association Member
Ironbridge C.C. Member and Asst. Capt. Colorado Interclub League


Seth Sachson

I grew up in Dallas, Texas and spent the majority of my vacations skiing with my family in the Aspen area. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona in 1992, I moved to Aspen and became the Director of the Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter. In May of 2009 my dream of living in Snowmass became a reality, and I purchased a home on Snowmass Creek Road. I am living happily with my dogs, horses, chickens and goats. I'm excited to be a member of the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus in order to protect our natural environment and foster a strong sense of community in our beautiful neighborhood.


Rob Sinclair

I am a 20+ year resident of the Aspen area, and a full time resident of Snowmass for the past 8 years.  My wife, Heather, our twins RC and Belle are committed residents to our beautiful valley.  I am a former Board member and President of the Lazy O Ranch HOA and former Board member of the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  I am a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, (NCARB), the Design Leadership Network (DLN), Leaders of Design Council, and Green Building Council.  My Architecture firm, Robert G Sinclair Architecture, Inc. is based in Aspen with projects throughout our valley and across the nation.
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on this board to better represent our valley and community.  My family is going to live and grow over the coming years and it is important to me that all our interests are represented at the County level.  I have extensive experience with the County planning processes, staff and commissioners.  I believe I can uniquely convey this skill set to optimally benefit the Snowmass Capitol Caucus. Please contact me any time with questions or comments.  You can always reach my cell 970 948 4269 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Emily Smith

Emily's first contact with the Aspen/Snowmass area was almost 40 years ago when she and husband, Hawley, accompanied an Aspen native on a ski vacation. The Smith family enjoys the summers on their small horse ranch in Shield O Mesa, just above Snowmass Creek Road.  Seven years ago, she became acquainted with the caucus through the annual picnic held at Holly McClain's ranch and credits that event with the many new friendships the family enjoys. "My immediate interest lies in improving contact, communication and, thus representation of the caucus members. Increased involvement by members should translate into a greater sense of community- a goal of the comprehensive plan. Land-use issues are also of interest to me. I am grateful for the efforts of the caucus for their protection of the Snowmass Creek. Our entire family values greatly the beauty and serenity of this area. Recognizing that change is going to happen, I want to represent caucus residents' positions on issues. I believe the Caucus Board should strive to balance the property rights of owners with the intent of the comprehensive plan. Recommendations to the county should be made only after input from members is solicited and considered in conjunction with Pitkin County rules and laws. I think it important to justify any decision of the Board with research, study and professional advice where warranted. The voice of the caucus also presents concerns of the constituents to the county that are outside of the land-use and creek missions of the caucus.  Emily received her BBA Degree from Emory University '69 and began a career in banking. She partnered with her husband in their residential real estate development firm in 1976, and maintains a real estate sales license. She declares her real career to be as a "professional volunteer" and has served on numerous boards and chaired fund raising campaigns for education and children's issues. Emily is involved with efforts to reach Roaring Fork Valley students academically through the Trashmasters Golf Tournament scholarships and spiritually through the Young Life organization, a non-denominational group providing year round mentoring and camperships. Her family attends Crossroads Community Church in Aspen. When not residing in Old Snowmass, Emily and her family live in Jacksonville, FL.   Her major commitments in Jacksonville include Young Lives of Jacksonville, which endeavors to introduce the "liberty of a spiritual life" to teen moms.  She is a founder and Board Member of Seamark Ranch, a home for abused and neglected children.  Her family extends their impact on children and families through Orphanetwork in Nicaragua.

Kevin P Ward

Areas of Interest:
Land-use committee,
Website maintenance

Born in Boulder, raised in Iran, Harvard BA, University of California JD, NY Creative Director--clients: Apple, Museum of Natural History, IBM, SUN, J&J SiliconGraphics, Microsoft.

Founded (with George Stranahan) the Aspen Science Center, founded (w/Kathy Klug) Western Slope College Fair, (HS)2 Program (STEM for gifted minorities) at CRMS, created and completed RFTA's transition from diesel to CNG, launched Roaring Fork Broadband Coalition (Pitkin County, SkiCo, USFS, Town of Snowmass Village, BLM) to bring high-bandwidth broadband to the valley. Created Aspen BrainLab. TEDxAspen and Aspen DIsruption Summit, Physics BBQs, cafes, and lectures (with Aspen Center for Physics).

I love Old Snowmass for its beauty, serenity, character,  and refusal to succumb to "suburbanization". I have been a loyal  Old Snowmass denizen for a decade, and have served on the SnoCap board for several years. If I am given the chance to (once again) be a part of preserving our unique rural agricultural character as a Board member, I will be an energetic and articulate defender of our valley.


What's Up With Pitkin County - Vote 2014

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 13:40 Monday, 06 October 2014 12:47


The Pitkin County Commissioners hold weekly work sessions on Tuesdays and bi-monthly public hearings on Wednesdays in the Plaza One building (next to the Courthouse) in Aspen. Both meetings are televised live and repeated on locater CG12 TV. They are also streamed live and available on the County website. Agendas are posted in the Aspen/Glenwood newspapers and on-line at www.aspenpitkin.com. In this column, your District 5 Commissioner, George Newman offers his take on current matters. You can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


VOTE 2014!

With less than 3 weeks left before ballots go out (week of October 13), Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill recommends that you make sure you are registered, and know all the options of how and where you may cast your vote. The website to utilize for all information is: www.pitkinvotes.org. At this site, you may review your registration record to assure it is current (mailing address), and track where and when your ballot is sent from the County Clerk and Recorder’s office. You can also track your mail or drop-off ballot to ensure it was received.

If you have not yet registered to vote, it’s very easy! You must be a resident of Colorado for 22 days or more to vote. Up to 22 days before Election Day (Tuesday, November 4), you may submit a paper registration application through a voter registration drive or online. Eight days before the election, you may apply through the Colorado Secretary of State on-line system at www.pitkinvotes.org, submit a paper registration application through the mail, a voter registration agency, or via a local driver’s license examination facility. On Election Day, you may still register to vote in person at the County Clerk and Recorder’s office or at any voter service and polling center.

All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail sent to the mailing address on record in the Statewide Voter Registration System within 18-22 days before Election Day. You can cast the ballot by mail, drop it off at the County Clerk’s office, deposit it at a drop-off location, or go to any voter service and polling center to cast a ballot in person. It’s recommended to use 2 stamps if you are mailing.

Early voting is only at the Pitkin County Clerk’s office and begins October 20. The office is open M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm and on Saturdays (Oct 25 and Nov 1) from 10-2, and the Monday before Election Day during business hours as above.

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2014 Haystack Hoedown Slideshow

Friday, 03 October 2014 12:55


Haystack Hoedown Slideshow

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!


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Wildfire Evacuation Talking Points

Friday, 08 August 2014 09:56


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Wildfire Evacuation Talking Points

  • The best way to be prepared for an evacuation is to be ready ahead of time.
  • Although we cannot predict where you may have to go during an evacuation, we can tell you how to get the most current information during an emergency.
  • Be prepared ahead of time.
    • Have a "go bag" packed ahead of time that will allow you to survive for 72 hours, or three days on your own.
    • Have an evacuation plan.
      • Choose two locations where family members can meet if an evacuation order is given. One area should be in a community farther away, that likely wouldn't be impacted by the same situation, and one can be a more local meeting place.
      • Get a complete evacuation planning guide at www.pitkinemergency.org

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SnowCap Caucus in the News

Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:27


Ziegler Reservoir: Sustainable water management in Snowmass

Steve Alldredge
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.”

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A Science Classroom Without Boundries

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.

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Three dedicated classrooms in Aspen, Basalt, and Crystal River Elementary schools.

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The New ACES Bird Club

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!

Read more: The New ACES Bird Club


Habitat For Humanity ReStore

Habitat for HumanityAbout Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a resale store selling a variety of household items at 50-70% off the retail price.  The money is used to help families right here in our community build homes.
Store Hours: We are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
We offer free pick up service for donations- 5 days a week.  We have also just added delivery service for those large purchases that don't easily fit in your car.
We are located right off of Hwy 82 in the Cattle Creek Center strip mall with CapCo Tile and Little Bear Antiques.
Call 963-8555 for more information.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Have a great day,
Habitat ReStore Team

Monastery Mass Schedule


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.

Fr. Joseph

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