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Formation of Ice Age task force in the works in Snowmass

Madeleine OsbergerSnowmass SunAspen, CO Colorado

Michael Faas/The Aspen TimesThe "gator" pond on the slopes of Snowmass now boasts a mammoth, as well.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Time is of the essence when capitalizing on the Ice Age discoveries from the Ziegler Reservoir site near Snowmass Village.Fresh from a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Snowmass Village Town Council members this week decided to move ahead immediately with selecting a task force/committee that could develop a long-term way forward and act as a conduit for community input.”I’m a firm believer in the principle ‘you gotta start somewhere.’ I’m also a firm believer in ‘you gotta make hay while the sun shines,'” said Councilman Fred Kucker.He urged his colleagues to take advantage of the excitement that still surrounds the 600 or so Ice Age-era bones that were discovered starting in mid-October, during excavation of the reservoir.Council members are now accepting applications for the task force, a citizen-based group that could draw from locals and part-time residents alike for its membership. Deadline to submit an application is Dec. 16; elected officials will review the applications on Dec. 20 and complete the appointment process by Jan. 3, they decided this week.While there’s no specified number of members, council members don’t want the board to be ungainly. Applicants with science and marketing backgrounds could be front runners. Those with education, fundraising and design/development experience will also receive serious consideration. A diverse mix is sought. More details are available by going to tosv.com and looking at the Dec. 6 council packet.Winter lectures by Dr. Ian Miller, the Denver museum’s curator of paleontology, are anticipated later this season as are additional learning opportunities for people of all ages. In the here and now, the Snowmass marketing board is developing stickers, swag and collateral. And Councilman John Wilkinson is envisioning a day when Snowmass Village is home to some kind of museum that will allow for the display of bones (or reproductions of animals) as well as stories about Snowmass’ intriguing history.Driving past the Ski Hall of Fame in Vail last week, Wilkinson said, “I’m thinking about a ‘Mastodon Museum,’ with an arrow pointing towards [Snowmass],” he said.mosberger@snowmasssun.com