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Dim bulbs on council?

As recently reported in the local papers, Boulder is the latest community in Colorado to adopt a lighting ordinance in order to preserve starry nights, conserve energy and generally eliminate glaring and offensive light sources.

If city councils in lower-elevation cities such as Boulder, that have far less a glare problem than mountain communities, can reach a consensus on the need for a lighting ordinance, then it would seem a no-brainer for our councilmen in Snowmass Village . not so.

Even though Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs have all long since passed their ordinances, the Town Council here has shown no interest and now tells us that we will need a petition signed by 10 percent of the registered voters before they will even consider the matter.

In light of this (no pun intended), members of the newly formed Dark Sky Committee will be outside the Conference Center before and after the town meeting next Tuesday, gathering signatures and answering questions.

Jenny Cooper

Dark Sky Committee

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