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Sky Mountain Park trails closed this week for elk hunting

Cozyline, Airline, Skyline Ridge and Ditchline trails are closed to the public today through Sunday for the fourth rifle season.

The four Sky Mountain Park trails closed for "safety reasons," according to a notice from Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, as an elk hunt takes place within a portion of the park.

Highline, Lowline, Viewline and the downhill-only Deadline Trail will remain open.

Each spring, five hunters are selected through a lottery system. The hunt spans 1,200 acres in the heart of the Sky Mountain Park area that stretches between Snowmass Village and Highway 82.

The management plan for Sky Mountain Park posed a provision for limited hunting to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife in managing the elk herd. The hunt is limited to cow elk.

In an effort to protect wintering wildlife, the majority of Sky Mountain Park closes to public use for the winter beginning Dec. 1.

The winter closure extends through May 15; the park reopens May 16.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to play Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert in Snowmass Dec. 15

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will play in Snowmass beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 as part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert series, according to Base Village executives.

Denson's show that Saturday afternoon kicks off the grand opening of Snowmass Base Village, where the show will take place.

No stranger to the area, Denson will showcase material from the band's upcoming studio album as well as some more familiar numbers.

The group's diverse touring lineup currently consists of DJ Williams, Zak Najor, Chris Stillwell, David Veith, Chris Littlefield and Seth Freeman.

After the free concert, a party will take place in Base Village around the new ice rink plaza, featuring DJ Naka G, live music at the Limelight lounge, a skating exhibition, food and drink specials, fireworks and more.

Professional climbers also will make a special appearance at the new 53-foot-tall rock climbing wall during the post-concert celebration, which is slated from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Regional issues affecting Snowmass are passed in Nov. 6 election

Snowmass Village and Basalt have fire district levies passed

Separate proposals by the fire districts of Basalt and Snowmass Village to adjust their mill levies to maintain current property tax revenue levels were approved by overwhelming margins by voters in the Nov. 6 election.

Preliminary results showed the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District ballot question had an insurmountable lead. Early voting from Pitkin and Eagle counties showed there were 3,235 in favor and 778 against. That's a margin of 81 percent to 19 percent in favor, according to the clerk's offices.

The vote on the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District question was 673 in favor and 265 against though numerous votes were still to be counted in Pitkin County.

"I feel very grateful that our constituents would support us," said Ed Van Walraven, president of the Basalt district's board of directors.

Without voter approval to adjust the mill levies and keep revenue, Basalt would have lost an estimated $279,000 in 2020 while Snowmass would have lost $373,000.

"We carry on without this cloud hanging over our head," Van Walraven said.

The Basalt fire department, which also handles emergency medical response, will be able to carry on the same services people have come to depend on, he said.

Bill Boineau, president of the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District, also expressed gratitude for the community support.

"There had been concern the community might not support it," Boineau said. The district had successfully got a property tax increase a couple of years ago to fund construction of a new firehouse.

RFTA tax widened victory margin with final tallies of votes

Trail users can expect improved and new routes, bus riders will get expanded service and pedestrians can look forward to safer passage now that voters have approved a property tax for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

RFTA officials wasted no time getting to work on a plan on how to implement a wish list of projects after voters Tuesday approved a property tax that will produce about $9.5 million annually. CEO Dan Blankenship told RFTA's board of directors Thursday that the senior staff met Wednesday to start updating a strategic plan that will determine when the agency gets to specific projects.

"We've got most of the things we could conceivably do over the next 20 years on our list," Blankenship said after the meeting.

Increased frequency of some bus service will start almost immediately. For example, local bus service between El Jebel and Glenwood Springs only runs once per hour after 8:15 p.m. RFTA intends to boost that to 30-minute service on weekdays during spring and fall, and daily during summer and winter peak seasons.

Tweaks to operations can be made pretty easily, Blankenship said. Coordinating a phasing plan for the capital improvement projects takes more time.

"We need to make sure that in any given year we're not blowing it out of the water," he said.

A handful of projects are earmarked for funding in 2019 and 2020. Those include funding next year for repavement and other improvements to the popular Rio Grande Trail and initial work on the Lower Valley (LoVa) Trail west of Glenwood Springs.

RFTA also wants to provide seed money for the expansion of the WeCycle bike-share program in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs in 2020.

Safety improvements also have a priority. RFTA is contemplating relocating the Sagewood bus stop closer to the intersection of Highway 82 and Original Road. The current location is far enough downvalley from the traffic signal that some users dash across the highway. It's been the site of fatal vehicle-pedestrian incidents. RFTA is looking into relocating the stop to the upvalley side of intersection, creating a longer but safer walk because it would encourage use of the signal. A pedestrian crossing at 27th Street and Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs also is high on the priority list.

Regular replacement of old buses also is in the works. RFTA plans to purchase 29 electric buses to reduce noise and pollution.

A strategic plan outlining RFTA's steps for the next three years will be brought by the staff to the board for review in January.

RFTA officials were in a celebratory mood at Thursday's regularly scheduled monthly board meeting.

"First of all, I really need to thank the electorate," said George Newman, board chairman and a Pitkin County commissioner.

The property tax proposal was approved in Pitkin County and the eligible parts of Eagle and Garfield counties. The vote was 10,945 in favor and 10,067 against, a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. The vote was nearly dead even in Basalt, El Jebel and surrounding neighborhoods. Pitkin and Garfield counties provided the winning margin.

"We started off maybe a little late and a little slow," Newman said of the campaign. Personal time spent by the staff, board members, volunteers and consultants made the difference, he continued.

"It was an incredible team effort," Newman said. "That's what was needed."

RFTA said during the campaign that the new funding would provide for the agency's needs through 2040. Blankenship said at Thursday's meeting that "there is more than a fighting chance" that the tax could address RFTA's needs to 2050 depending on financial decisions "here and now."

"This is a milestone for RFTA," Newman said. "This is a new day."

scondon@aspentimes.com

Snowmass Town Council motions to raise age to purchase tobacco products to 21

Snowmass Village is on track to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 and also to prohibit its tobacco vending machines.

This is the direction the Snowmass Town Council moved toward collectively during a Nov. 12 work session where Risa Turetsky of the Pitkin County Public Health Department presented the effects youth of tobacco use.

While the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise among adolescents nationally, Turetsky said, the numbers in Colorado are especially alarming.

According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado high school and middle school students smoke e-cigs at twice the national average. Colorado teens also ranked the highest nicotine vaporizer users among the 37 states surveyed.

"The most common (e-cigs) right now are Juuls, which have captured about 70 percent of the youth market," Turetsky told the council.

She pointed to Juul's "tech-y, sleek, colorful" packaging as one of the ways the brand attracts a younger audience.

On a national scale, more than 320 cities and states have upped the age to buy tobacco products to 21.

In Colorado, the Roaring Fork Valley has been at the forefront of revising tobacco laws over the past year, with Aspen being the first municipality statewide to raise the legal age to buy.

Basalt, and more recently Carbondale, followed Aspen's lead, leaving only Snowmass Village and Glenwood Springs now within a regional minority.

While the Snowmass Town Council members often differ in their takes on other local issues — especially those related to smoking — the elected officials were unequivocal in their unanimous support of boosting the age.

The Snowmass council also agreed that it makes sense to get rid of self-service tobacco vending machines within the village. Currently there are two — one in the hallway at the back of Slow Groovin' BBQ and one at Zane's Tavern.

Snowmass chief of police Brian Olson, who attended the work session Nov. 12 to speak to the enforcement part of tobacco laws, supported the council's direction.

"I just think that's a no-brainer," Olson said of banning the machines.

Should Snowmass bump the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, the town, not the state, will be responsible for enforcing these new laws.

While supportive, Olson made clear that, in terms of enforcing laws locally, he is not in favor of undergoing any "sting operations."

"The undercover aspect of it that I'm just not a fan of in this small community," Olson said, adding that the state can do so "until (its) heart's content."

Another change to upping the age to purchase tobacco products is that the town may lose the tax revenue it traditionally collects from the state for tobacco sales.

Snowmass Town Manager Clint Kinney at the work session estimated this loss in the amount of $15,000.

While other local governments like Aspen and Basalt have recently imposed increased tobacco taxes that will help offset the revenue loss, Kinney said, "adding a tax is not an option for us right now," due to restrictions with TABOR. The earliest that Snowmass could alter its tobacco taxes, with voter approval, is a year from now.

Kinney and the council did not seem deterred by this potential loss.

"Let's worry more about the health of the kids than $15,000," Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler said.

With a consensus to move forward, Kinney said town staff will prepare a draft ordinance for the council to consider at an upcoming meeting.

The date of that meeting is to be determined.

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Marolt: Snowmass Town Council making out-of-bound turns on a dangerous slope

I love Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant. You love Gwyn's. Everybody loves Gwyn's. Even Gwyn's landlord, Aspen Skiing Co., loves Gwyn's. The only problem is some people love Skico even more than they love Gwyn's. Not incidentally, most of these people work for Skico and drive new Audis.

They say love can move mountains, but perhaps those people have never seen Snowmass' mountain. It is the largest moneymaking area within Skico's holdings. Not even all the love this town and its generations of faithful visitors can generate will move it, much less the hearts of the modern day miners of dollars who operate it and will follow every vein of green to the core of the Earth to bolster the bottom line.

We all know this. It is why we are looking to our Town Council to come to the rescue and throw its formidable wimpyness at the issue. We would have a better chance to sell out an alcohol-free mammoth bone convention in Town Park in October.

Remember, this is our Town Council; a governing body that couldn't enforce the five-year vesting rights agreement on which the second developers of Base Village reneged because council was afraid of things getting worse.

Fifteen years later and too many developers to keep track, nobody is wondering how much worse the project might have been. It was cinched after we accepted a Trojan horse, which the developers owed us, by the way, in the form of retail space in Base Village that we have no use for.

In this case, however, council's impotence is actually a good thing. Aside from providing us with some much appreciated entertainment during the suddenly cold end to offseason, Town Council has wandered out of bounds under the ropes in the lease discussions between Gwyn's and Aspen Skiing Co. They know not the instability in the deep layers of the placid-looking snow slope they are traversing. We might all get buried if we can't get them back to the treeline before they start cutting figure eights.

If council's proposed rescue of Gwyn's is singling out favorite Snowmass Village residents for special treatment, this is a horrendous action. If it is intended to be a potential benefit for all Snowmass Village businesses, the idea is even worse.

If we allow our government to enact some sort of legislation that makes it difficult or impossible to remove long-lived, beloved local businesses from their leased business spaces, it could be the end of long-lived, beloved business in the village.

It works something like this: Commercial landlords who have millions of dollars invested in their properties do not want to lose control over those properties, and will do whatever it takes to protect those properties' values.

If we pass a law that says something to the extent that any Snowmass Village business that has operated in its leased space for more than say, 20 years, guess what is going to happen in year 19 of the lease? The landlord is not going to renew that business's lease. They will be much better off with a new tenant while maintaining control over the use of that space.

Think of a village property that is occupied by a tenant that the law says can never be kicked out. The owner of that space may have a really tough time selling that property. I am not the sharpest inside edge on the slalom ski, but one thing I am fairly sure of is that a tenant that cannot be removed from a space has the upper hand in lease negotiations on that space.

The fact that we are seriously talking about this proposal and sticking our government's nose into other people's business might even be enough to scare away some potential investment in the village. This contemplated legislation makes an Aspen land-use application look like a sane proposition.

George and Gwyn, you guys are the best. You have contributed to the Snowmass, and by extension, the Aspen communities in countless meaningful ways. Both of you will as assuredly as it is deservedly be honored in the local Hall of Fame, if you are not already.

With this in mind, I hope you will see asking Town Council to step back from this issue as a way to serve this community and future generations of local entrepreneurs, as you both have become the benchmark. We need to call a stop to this madness that is being waged on your behalf that could ruin prospects of a long business life for future businesses in the village.

Roger Marolt thinks Town Council should take more time off and use its nose to smell the roses. Email at roger@maroltllp.com.

Snowmass history: Aspenglow

"A special screening of a new promotional film, 'Aspenglow' which was shot at Aspen and Snowmass last winter is scheduled for the Aspen Skiing Corp. meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6," The Aspen Times proclaimed in 1968. "'Aspenglow' was filmed by well known ski cinematographer Dick Barrymore and is being distributed throughout the country and Canada for showing to all interested groups. There has already been a large demand for the film, the skiing corp. said." Snowmass executive John Cooley said, "the movie successfully expresses 'Aspenglow,' that hard-to-define magic which Aspenites try to explain to visitors and which usually must be experienced first hand." The Snowmass specific parts of the movie shows Lars Larsen skiing, Stein Ericksen skiing with his ski instructors wearing capes and scenes of the Village. A large and long standing campaign began from the "Aspenglow" phenomena including brochures, maps, advertisements and paraphernalia like hats.

Strafe Outerwear and Thai eatery on Snowmass Mall this winter, added employee housing in the works

With a change in hands and a shifting of seasons, the Snowmass Mall will welcome this winter a popular local retailer, a new gastronomic offering and plans for four employee-housing units.

For Strafe Outerwear, an Aspen-born ski apparel company, a spacious new Snowmass shop marks the company's first expansion beyond its Highlands headquarters.

Another local duo also hopes to fill a niche in the village by offering fresh, authentic Thai fare in a mom-and-pop-shop setting.

Dwayne Romeo, president of the Romero Group which bought the majority of the Snowmass Mall in late June, said both additions align with his goals of supporting local businesses and making the mall cool again.

The Romero Group acquired 80,000 square feet of the mall, consisting of the shops from Fuel Cafe at the entrance to the mall to Gorsuch and Christy Sports, for $28.5 million, according to Pitkin County records.

"We are all about locals," Romero said Nov. 8. "It's almost all locals up here at the mall in terms of ownership."

Romero also revealed plans to convert about 2,000 square feet of office space behind the Snowmass Village shuttle station on Daly Lane into four employee-housing units.

He added, "We think there's a few other spots, some poorly utilized spaces, where we can make some dynamite employee apartments."

Complementing the new, a number of longtime mall restaurants — such as the Stew Pot, Big Hoss Grill and Little Mammoth Steakhouse — have signed "multi-year" extended leases, Romero said.

Big Hoss and Little Mammoth Steakhouse also are considering expansions into vacant adjacent spaces, according to Romero.

"It's not about redeveloping. … It's about spending more time focusing on how we can support our businesses and drive additional foot traffic," he said. "We want to rebuild some moxie and some cred — that's where our energy is, and that's where our passion is, and it's pushing hard in that area."

STRAFE OUTERWEAR

Establishing a presence in Snowmass is "the next logical step" for Strafe, chief operating officer Carl Walker said.

In fact, Strafe had been eyeing the village for "a while" before Romero approached the company with the opportunity to take over the more than 2,000-square-foot space that previously housed the Ice Age Discovery Center.

The Discovery Center, which the town of Snowmass operates and funds, recently moved to a smaller, second-floor space above the former Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and future home of Grub Thai.

Dissatisfied with how their apparel held up while hiking and skiing the Highland Bowl, twin brothers John and Pete Gaston started Strafe in 2009 to create more breathable and better-quality products.

"They saw a gap in the market putting together really technical apparel that wasn't out there," Walker said. He and a few other staffers joined the Strafe team in 2014, which he called "a pretty big year" for the company.

While Strafe enjoyed steady growth in its early stages, the brand's reach has exploded in the past three years.

Prior to the 2015-16 ski season, for instance, Strafe distributed its products to 11 shops within the Roaring Fork Valley.

Three winters later, this season's Strafe goods can be found in 150 stores across seven countries.

"It's pretty amazing, and for our industry in particular, we're not seeing any other brands in our space moving like that," Walker said. "The momentum is strong and that's why we feel it's the right time to do something new."

Along with spreading out and displaying its colorful line in a "marquee-style" presentation, Walker said, Strafe will use its Snowmass shop as more of a community gathering and events space.

"As our line's been growing, the square footage of our store has not," he quipped.

Strafe's new Snowmass storefront will be nearly four times the size of its roughly 600-square-foot Highlands showroom.

"We're thrilled to have a little bit more space to tell the story," Walker said.

Their goal is to be up and running and fully stocked in the new space by next week, he said.

Strafe's Snowmass shop will be open this winter seven days a week (exact hours are to be determined).

GRUB THAI

Vladan Djordjevic may himself be an experienced valley restaurateur, but he promises to leave the Thai cooking to his wife, Prathuan Ratanapraphan, and her cousin, Phaiboon Noimuangkoon.

Grub Thai will operate in the former Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory storefront after the business broke its lease and quietly vacated the space earlier this year.

The chocolate factory's departure in Snowmass came after the landlord of the company's former Aspen location, which is now Starbucks, would not renew its lease. The loss of the Aspen storefront altered its product delivery system, the company's chief operating officer told the Sun earlier this year, meaning its Snowmass shop would be no more.

Djordjevic is no stranger to Snowmass or its culinary scene, having been involved in the now defunct Lime restaurant and bar, Little Mammoth Steakhouse, Slopeside Lanes and the former crepe and juice stand.

His brother also is among the group of partners who owns Base Camp Bar and Grill, Slice, Sake and State 38 in Base Village.

"I know the market, that's why I decided to take this opportunity," Djordjevic said. "It feels like right now is a good time to be in Snowmass."

Outside the village, Djordjevic's first local restaurant gig 10 years ago was at the Wienerstube in Aspen. Today, the Serbia native co-owns the recently reincarnated Wienerstube in Basalt.

His wife, Ratanapraphan, is from Phuket, a southern coastal province of Thailand, while Noimuangkoon hails from the country's northern region.

Djordjevic said Grub Thai's menu, which the trio is finalizing, would offer a happy medium between traditional and Americanized Thai dishes.

Flavors also will draw influence from both the country's northern and southern areas, he said.

The menu to date boasts a slew of noodle (including pad Thai) and rice bowls, a selection of three different types of curries, phos, soups, salads and more.

Djordjevic said they are still pricing the menu but that it would be "affordable," with the most expensive dish being $13 or so.

Grub Thai, open seven days a week with hours also yet to be determined, will house about 30 seats as well as to-go and delivery options, according to Djordjevic.

Snowmass' newest eatery will open by Christmas, if not sooner, he said.

WORKFORCE HOUSING

Conceptual design of three studios and one approximately 500-square-foot one-bedroom apartment — located across from the Pokolodi Lodge and below Gorsuch — is complete, Romero said.

While the deed-restricted spaces will be snug, the location is prime, he said.

Romero confirmed Nov. 13 that he is meeting today with town of Snowmass staff to discuss the housing project's next phase.

"If the town allows it, the priority of use will be for (mall) merchants," he said.

Along with providing workforce housing, Romero said the repurposed development would help "add more occupancy and body heat" to the mall.

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Rotary Club of Snowmass grant application deadline Nov. 15

The Rotary Club of Snowmass is accepting applications for its 2018-19 community grant process through Nov. 15.

The group's main fundraiser is its annual Snowmass Wine Festival, which last year raised a record $100,000-plus to help fund its grant program.

A village tradition that started on the mall in 2002 and in more recent years relocated to Town Park, the festival has served as the club's biggest fundraiser since its inception.

Of this amount, about 40 percent benefits community organizations, such as Bridging Bionics, Challenge Aspen and the Little Red School House, while a quarter goes to international nonprofits and another 25 percent to vocational programs, according to Rotary Club chairman Randy Woods. Noting the amounts do not total 100, Woods pointed to the Rotary Club's endowment fund and other areas where the remaining 10 percent goes.

The Rotary Club's 2017 grants helped start an adaptive cycling program through Challenge Aspen, supported the Restorative Justice Program in Snowmass and Basalt with YouthZone, bought items for the Little Red Schoolhouse's preschool program, offered 10 therapeutic sessions with Bridging Bionics for local residents and more.
To apply for a grant, visit https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3290.s.

Marolt: You have the right to fight and call it a party

It is the time of year when there is not much to talk about and few bother to read the local newspaper, which makes it the perfect time for columnists to make confessions. I mean, is absolution granted if nobody hears the sin? My humble opinion is that the effort to reveal counts as much as authentic contrition.

Besides, this happened a long time ago, was funny at the time, and the story has aged well, so it probably wasn't as bad as it felt.

I remember the night clearly. We had enjoyed a few beers, but only enough to bolster our confidence in demonstrating athletic skills that might have at one time translated into something that we could possibly have done on an actual athletic field of one kind or another.

There stood beneath an awning, accumulating deeply the heavy snow that was falling that night, a group of men wearing cowboy hats and women in fur coats with big hairstyles. It was a nightclub and they were obviously posing, hoping to be recognized for the big shots they believed they were. It was Aspen, after all, and that is what people do there, or so they had been told.

From across the mall it all appeared as a solidly good prank begging to happen. The potential was so obvious that few words were needed: "Think you can hit it?" Before the question was out, I was leaning over to grab a handful of snow. From practice at the art, I had it packed to the size and weight of a regulation baseball in no time at all.

I realized it was a fine line between assault and a practical joke. If I threw too low, it could break somebody's nose. But I was young and confident and quite stupid, too, so the risk seemed worth it.

I let the snowball fly and my aim proved true, thank goodness. The projectile landed on the snow-blanketed awning like a stick of dynamite on the face of Highland Bowl and set off an impressive avalanche in it's own right. The aforementioned posers were buried only to their ankles, but not before all hats were knocked to the ground, coiffed hair tufts flattened in slush and the backs of shirts filled with snow through openings at the necklines.

You couldn't hold in a laugh at the surprisingly potent result, and neither could we. I think this is what tipped the situation into an event that screamed retaliation. The men scrambled to their feet to answer the call, but their leather-soled cowboy boots were no match for Mother Nature, who appeared to be firmly on our side. She had laid down a snowy carpet beneath them that effectively transformed their fashionable footwear into skates. They could not get to us!

We howled all the harder, which made the victims madder, which made them even more impotent in their quest for justice. We turned from their cursing and walked away with aching stomachaches and tears flowing down our rosy cheeks.

We had all but forgotten about them hours later as we walked to our cars at the end of the night. Suddenly a dark Suburban screeched to a halt, blocking the road in front of us. A moment later another blocked the road behind. We realized this was the moment of reckoning.

The details of what ensued are not worth your time, but an inventory of the carnage costs only a little ink. There was no blood, loose teeth, or broken bones as all the participants were wearing down gloves. There was some swelling and bruising that dissipated quickly under the natural icing effects of the winter night's air. I tried to pull one Texan from the fracas, but only came away with both sleeves off his coat. One of them complained that he'd thrown his shoulder out, which only meant he had swung hard but missed. There was one complaint of a pair of lost glasses that was never found, and so nobody was convinced they ever existed. All in all, it was mostly a wrestling match in the street that was called in the first round due to early stage hypoxia overcoming the folks from the lowlands.

Nobody was hurt and not really even angry after all the steam had time to condense, but the police made the effort to show up and probably felt they needed something to show for it. Sort of randomly they selected a couple fighters from both sides to haul down to the station. The rest of us had to walk. In the end no charges were filed and, after simmering down in front of the chief, we all agreed it had been a pretty fun night.

Roger Marolt does not claim to possess street smarts. Email at roger@maroltllp.com.

Snowmass history: Status quo not Sal A. Mander

"Snowmass voters demonstrated they're content with the status quo as they voted to retain both town council incumbents, Doug Mercatoris and John Unger" The Aspen Daily Times reported on Nov. 4, 1992. "Newcomer Jack Carr, a retired businessman, was the third council member to be chosen by the electorate. Mercatoris, owner of the Mountain Dragon restaurant, was the big winner in a race which election judge Barbara Peckler said 'has the highest voter turnout we can ever remember in Snowmass Village.' Of the 852 voters who cast votes in this election, Mercatois earned 515; Carr finished second with 483 and Unger narrowly squeaked by with 461 votes. That's just two more than challenger Jack Hatfield received. In fact, the vote was so close that a recount was called. Three and one-half hours after the polls closed, the winners were declared." In commenting on the mayor's race, the article went on to describe how the votes were cast in the unopposed race: "Though he ran unopposed, Jim Hooker received 'only' 682 votes. Election judge Peckler said that of the write-in candidates, the town's recently fired transportation director, George Krawzoff, received 15 votes. Four votes were cast for Jack Hatfield for mayor. Cartoon character Sal A. Mander and residents Rick Griffin, John Daly and Art Hoaglund received one vote apiece."