2014 SnowCap Caucus Board Member Application

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       We are now taking applications for those who wish to serve on the Snowcap Caucus board.

       Please click here to apply.

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Monday, 08 September 2014 12:51

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Future Air Service Study Continues With Community Outreach

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:50

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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

 

Pitkin County and our partners have worked tirelessly to promote and sustain commercial air service to meet the needs of both residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley. Ongoing efforts include continued attention to air service improvement and planning for a new commercial service terminal. In 2013, the BOCC directed staff to develop a Future Air Service Planning Study to provide further insight into key areas including industry trends, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE)’s air service market and options, and airfield/airspace configuration. Phase 1 of this study was completed in November, 2013. It increased our awareness of relevant industry trends related to regional aircraft and manufacturer operational information that can be used to guide future improvement efforts to ensure the long-term viability of our airport over the next decade.

Currently, a single type of commercial aircraft flies into ASE: the Bombardier CRJ-700. What we learned from this study is that these 50-seat regional jets have reached the end of their 15-17 year life cycle and are being phased out. Regional aircraft orders have shifted toward larger wing spans (winglets) offering better fuel efficiency, climb gradient, noise control and improved range. It is possible the next generation of regional jets may not be able fly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) due to existing operational restrictions. This means we must reconsider our current locally imposed size restrictions (wing span) as well as the geometry of the airport.

Read more: Future Air Service Study Continues With Community Outreach

   

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

Read more: Wildfire Evacuation Talking Points

   

SnowCap Caucus in the News

Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:27

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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.

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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.”

Read more: SnowCap Caucus in the News

   

A Science Classroom Without Boundries

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 19:08

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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

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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!

JOIN

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

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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.
 
Directions:
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

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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.

Cordially,
Fr. Joseph

   
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