Briefs: History ride May 27; vets golf tourney set June 3; EV charging stations grants available

Cycle through Aspen’s history

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the city of Aspen is hosting a progressive bike tour through Aspen to visit some of its renowned landmarks.

The ride starts at 4 p.m. May 31. Participants will meet outside of the Wheeler Opera House and tour through Aspen neighborhoods before returning downtown.

Participation is free but an RSVP is required by emailing Deadline is May 27. Participants will be responsible for bringing a bike, helmet and beverage.

Veterans Golf Tournament set for June 3

The Western Slope Veterans Coalition will host its second annual Veterans Golf Tournament on June 3 at Lakota Links Golf Club in New Castle. The tournament is seeking team and individual players, volunteers and hole sponsors as well as donations.

“The Western Slope Veterans Coalition grew out of a desire to address the needs and challenges of our veterans and the desire to give something in return for their service and sacrifice,” board president Jeremie Oates said in a statement. “This tournament is a wonderful and fun way to lend support while getting to know us as an organization.”

All proceeds from the event help sustain the Western Slope Veterans Coalition and the programs it provides for veterans in the region. The organization provides emergency funds, outreach and services for all active and retired military persons and their families throughout the region, including Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Registration for this scramble event begins at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per individual and $500 per foursome. There will also be an opportunity for players to test themselves against LPGA professional Mei Brennan in a closest-to-the-hole challenge, as well other contests, games and prizes, including a $10,000 hole-in-one grand prize. All players receive a swag bag and are invited to stay after the event for awards, followed by a light dinner and beverages.

For more information regarding this event or the Western Slope Veterans Coalition, go to

Grants available for commercial EV charging equipment

The Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead program is opening up another round of grant funding for electric vehicle charging stations. Grant applications can be submitted through the website from May 23 to June 24.

Grants are available to help cover the cost of purchasing and installing EV-charging stations in workplaces, apartment/condo complexes, government buildings and other sites that offer public or visitor parking.

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive as much as 80 percent of project costs, up to a maximum of $9,000 for Level 2 chargers and up to $50,000 for Level 3 fast chargers.

Prospective applicants can receive free technical advice and grant support from Carbondale-based Clean Energy Economy for the Region, which is the Colorado Energy Office’s designated “coach” for 14 counties on the Western Slope. For more information, contact Stefan Johnson,