In Brief: 10th Mountain Bridge gets an upgrade; RFSB to enter executive session over housing development

10th Mountain Bridge gets an upgrade

The 10th Mountain Bridge in the Hunter Creek Valley will get new decking and railings this fall. The mobilization of materials is scheduled to begin Sept. 20 near the trailhead parking lot for seniors at the valley entrance. The project will take about 3 to 4 weeks and require temporary closures of the bridge. This project is a partnership of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the City of Aspen, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Roaring Fork School Board to enter executive session over potential housing development near Riverview School

The Roaring Fork School Board is set to hold its regularly scheduled board meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the Carbondale District Office, 400 Sopris Ave.

Among the key items on the agenda is the presentation of results for the CMAS and P/SAT scores recorded throughout the district.

In a significant policy review, three distinct items — JBB, AC, and GBAA — are also up for discussion. Summarily, these policies encompass guidelines against sexual harassment and discrimination within the district:

  • JBB: A policy against student sexual harassment as described by Title IX and state law, enforces a strict protocol for reporting, investigating, and addressing any instances. The policy was recently updated this month and is available online.
  • AC: Policy AC ensures a non-discriminatory and equal-opportunity environment for all. It includes definitions recognizing protective hairstyles associated with race and offers clarity on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. 
  • GBAA: Specifically addressing district staff, policy GBAA underscores the prohibition of sexual harassment. Violators face stringent actions, including potential termination. 

Following the main session, an executive meeting will take place where the board will discuss options regarding district property near the Riverview School in Glenwood Springs.

In partnership with a number of organizations, the project plans to feature 126 townhomes in all at the Flying M Ranch, just south of Glenwood Springs near the K-8 Riverview School. As part of the plan, the development will include 12 deed-restricted townhomes exclusively for Riverview teachers.

The project proposal for Flying M Ranch got a 7-1 thumbs-up from the Garfield County Planning Commission in May. Now, the proposal waits for a public hearing with the County Commissioners on Oct. 2.

For community members looking to sign up for public comment during the board meeting, you can do so by calling the district at 970-384-6000 or at the district office before the board meeting.

Best Buddies to host a “friend-raiser” reception at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen on Oct. 12

Best Buddies International — a non-profit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) — announced the launch of their Friendship Programs throughout Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

This event is free to attend and will feature speeches by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Shelly Rosenberg, and a musical performance by Best Buddies Global Ambassador Marlana VanHoose.

Best Buddies has launched programs at Aspen Elementary, Middle, and High School and Basalt Middle and High School with a goal of growing into all schools throughout the Valley. Through these school-based clubs, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are matched with peers in their schools to create meaningful one-to-one friendships.

Turning twenty in style

The Chris Klug Foundation is turning twenty this October, and they have decided to celebrate in style with the CKF Birthday Challenge. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Olympic athlete and liver transplant recipient Chris Klug to help eliminate the wait for a transplant and support those in the transplant community. Since its inception, CKF has reached millions nationwide with the message of organ, eye, and tissue donation through educational and inspirational programs and events.

The CKF Birthday Challenge aims to show the world what organ, eye, and tissue donation makes possible. Sticking with the theme of 20, the CKF Birthday Challenge has five options: 20 minutes, laps, miles, or hours, and if you are looking for a challenge, you can take on the Ultimate Party Challenge of all four. Participants can complete the challenge using any sport, from volleyball to running or soccer; the only stipulation is Ultimate Party Challenge athletes must take on a different sport for each challenge. All ages are welcome, and every athlete will gain entry into the CKF Birthday Giveaway; athletes can gain bonus entries by taking a photo, completing the challenge, and sharing it on social media using the #CKFBirthdayChallenge.

Entry is only $10 for each of the sections or $20 for the Ultimate Party Challenge; keeping with the 20 themes, participants will be asked to fundraise $20 for the foundation to help them continue their lifesaving work. All participants will receive a snazzy CKF Birthday Challenge shirt for their efforts as well as bragging rights! To register today, head to