1965: Residents At Woody Creek Form
A reported 90 per cent of the property owners at Woody Creek have formed the Woody Creek Improvement Assn. to cope with problems resulting from the expected increase in residents there and in adjoining areas.At the organizational meeting Wednesday evening in the Woody Creek Store, officers of the association were chosen and a committee was named to meet with Aspen area backers of the proposed Aspen sanitation District No. 2. The district has been offered land for a sewer plant at the first Woody bridge, sometimes called the True Smith bridge.Selected as president of the association was Dr. Virgil Gould. Dr. Alfred Etter is vice president and Mrs. Betty Jane Harbour will serve as secretary-treasurer.Members of the committee which will meet with the group behind Sanitation District No. 2 are Robert Simons, Stan Johnson and Les Finley. Finley is a resident of Glenwood Springs but owns property at Woody Creek. He is the regional engineer for the water district which serves the upper Colorado River valley and the Roaring Fork valley.Among the 40 to 45 of the approximately 80 individual property owners in the Woody Creek area who attended Wednesday’s meeting was County Commissioner Orest Gerbaz. The region covered by the association ranges from the Shale bluffs, four miles northwest of Aspen, to Gerbazdale, at the beginning of Snowmass Canyon.Dr. Gould said attendees were unanimously opposed to the construction of a sewer plant at the first Woody Creek bridge. The committee formed to investigate the matter was instructed to try to work out a mutually agreeable solution to the problem of inadequate sanitation facilities in the Aspen area as well as to gain general concepts for a possible sanitation system for Woody Creek.Some consideration was given to the formation of the association last fall. The organization is to be “permanent and continuing,” Dr. Gould said.Among the issues to be considered by the group are planning and zoning for the county as a whole, roads, recreation and sewer and garbage disposal facilities for Woody Creek and the entire Roaring Fork Valley. (April 23)Training for waitresses to be offered under MDT ActA training class for waitresses, authorized under the federal Manpower Development Training Act, will begin in Glenwood Springs May 17, according to an announcement by Jack Dalton, head of the Colorado Employment Office in Glenwood.Dalton said the class will be conducted in the Palomino room at the Hotel Colorado, five days a week for three weeks, for eight hours per day starting the 17th. The course will include instruction in good grooming, personal hygiene, taking orders, cooking methods, cash register operation, dish-washing and other related topics.Dalton said “Priority for this training will be given to heads of families, however in now way will it be restricted to this category.” All applicants will be given an aptitude test and interview to determine their suitability for taking the waitress training.Heads of families will be given a training allowance in addition to the free training.Persons interested applying for the course should contact Dalton at the employment in Glenwood Springs immediately. (April 30)Eight-Story Building ConsideredAspen expects the greatest building season in its history this summer, and one of the outstanding projects might be an eight-story apartment building on Durant.The City Planning and Zoning Board gave tentative approval to the approximately 6,400-square foot structure at its meeting this week. Ralph Melville, owner of the Mountain Chalet, presented the plans.Melville said that the building will house eight units, one on each floor. The high-rise structure was approved under the building codes because it met the ration restrictions of square footage to height for the business section of town.Planned adjacent to, but not connected to, the present Mountain Chalet building, the new construction will have underground parking for all cars. The only objection raised at the P and Z meeting was about the size of the parking units. Melville said they will be changed to conform to the board’s recommendations. Construction will probably begin late this summer, Melville pointed out.The tallest buildings in town now are the Wheeler Opera House and the Jerome Hotel. Each is between three and four stories high. (May 14)Sparkys Trailer Park sold as part of subdivision dealNearly 30 Aspen families will have to move soon and they will have to take their houses with them, according to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sparovic, past owners of Sparkys Trailer Court on Colo. 82 east of town.Mountain Valley Land and Development co. purchased the court recently as part of package deal for 70 acres of land north and east of the highway.Purchase price for the tract was not announced. The Trop reportedly is planning a subdivision there, with construction to begin this summer.Twenty-eight trailers are now parked at Sparkys and all will have to be moved by early July. To handle the exodus of trailers from Sparkys, the court at Woody Creek is being expanded and a new park below Snowmass is now under consideration.There are some spaces open in the park on Colo. 82 at Basalt, but the Smuggler and Riverside parks around Aspen are full. (May 28)
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It’s hard to fight City Hall and even harder to fight well-funded neighbors who don’t want any development near them, a local man has realized. So he settled for less than what he and his partner bought the property for.