In Brief: Former Aspen assistant city manager joins GarCo; CCY promotes two; tree thinning in national forest
Former Aspen assistant city manager joins Garfield County
Garfield County has named Bentley Henderson its new deputy county manager. The Meeker native brings a wealth of experience to the county in an area he has long considered home, officials said.
He formerly served as assistant city manager in Aspen, public works director in Basalt and in several roles for the town of Carbondale over 15 years, including assistant town manager and chief building official. More recently, Henderson was the county administrator in Archuleta County and assistant county manager in Summit County.
“The beauty of it is that each location I’ve worked in has offered a different perspective on how to meet the needs of elected officials and the public,” he said. “This experience has been very beneficial in public service, and I’ve gained insight into how to work with many different views and perspectives.”
Henderson said he believes the key to success in local government is the prudent allocation of resources to ensure that projects and initiatives support the needs of the community and the overarching goals set by elected officials.
“I’m very budget-driven in terms of making sure that we are thoughtful during the budgeting process and then following that up by maximizing the utilization of the resources available to provide the greatest public service,” he said. “We must be as efficient and effective as possible with public funds.”
Henderson is in the process of moving back into a Carbondale property he and his wife purchased in 2004.
“We’re coming full circle,” he said. “This is actually the third time we’ve lived in Carbondale. We’ve considered Carbondale home for a long time, even though we’ve lived in other places in Colorado.”
The Garfield County position became available when former Deputy County Manager Fred Jarman accepted the county manager role.
Animal rescue, luxury atelier team up to help with dog adoptions
Luxury accessories atelier H. Perle and Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado have announced a new fundraising partnership that includes H. Perle introducing dog enamel belts crafted with solid sterling silver buckles and featuring hand-painted enamels of dogs.
“Kitty the Bernese Mountain Dog, St. Regis Aspen’s hotel mascot, was the inspiration for our new dog enamel belt buckles,” said Howard Zitsman, founder of H. Perle. “Kitty’s warmth, beauty, and gentleness immediately struck me. I knew I wanted to do something to help bring the joy of canine companionship into my customers’ lives. While not every dog can have a home at St. Regis Aspen, we are excited to help Lucky Day’s efforts to provide every animal a forever home.”
Lucky Day rescues, rehabilitates, and finds forever homes for animals at risk. It is a non-profit organization supported entirely by donations and fundraising. Founded in Aspen, Lucky Day assists animals throughout Colorado.
Through May 1, 2023, for every dog enamel belt sold by HPerle.com (using purchase code: Lucky Day), the company will donate $200 to Lucky Day and give a $400 immediate discount on the purchase to the buyer, company officials said.
“Lucky Day Rescue is thrilled to join with H Perle! We are grateful for this collaboration as there nothing better than artists and animal rescues working together to create a better world,” said Kelley Brenninger, president of Lucky Day.
Grants given for youth ski, snowboard programs
Grants totaling $40,000 have been made by the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation, based in Aspen, to three youth ski and snowboard programs. The organizations were selected for the impact they make in creating or expanding access to snow sports for children in the United States, the foundation said.
Programs receiving grants of at least $10,000 each include Whaleback Mountain — a small non-profit, community-supported ski and snowboard area in Enfield, New Hampshire. The funds will cover up to 60 scholarships for children to benefit from the 700-foot vertical hill and its 30 trails, according to Whaleback’s Executive Director Jon Hunt. “The grant allows us to continue to provide affordable and accessible opportunities for the community to develop a love of snow sports,” he said.
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will support up to 20 full scholarships, supplementing a youth program founded by the late Bob Beattie in the 1980s, now operated by the club. Director Mark Godomsky says that the Aspen Supports Kids program serves more than 2,200 kids from the greater Roaring Fork Valley — more than half of whom depend on scholarship support to cover transportation, coaching, lift passes, and equipment.
Cloud City Mountain Sports is a non-profit that operates youth programs for local kids in the 70% Hispanic community of Leadville on a hill that doesn’t even have a ski lift, the foundation said. Little Dutch Henry Hill has long been the canvas for Cloud City programs, aided by a partnership with Colorado Mountain College, whose ski-area management students keep the hill snow-covered, groomed, and lit at night as part of their curriculum. Without a lift, local kids make their after-school laps the old-fashioned way: by huffing it. Cloud City Director Ben Cairns called the grant (which will support coaching and administration) “a game-changer for a small operation like ours.” The grant aims to be a bridge to a greater capital campaign underway to install a surface lift at Dutch Henry.
The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation is a non-profit that supports youth programs in a variety of ways, including gifting dual, horse-race-style starting gates to foster the parallel racing format made famous in the 1970s by Bob Beattie’s World Pro Skiing Tour.
Beattie, a U.S. Olympic coach, co-creator of the FIS World Cup, and longtime ABC/ESPN commentator, was an early advocate for dual racing, convinced that it was more fun for kids to do, more entertaining for spectators to watch, and the easiest, most affordable way into ski racing for small communities and hills.
Anyone interested in joining the foundation in its support of youth winter programs can donate to bobbeattie.org/donate.
CCY Architects promotes two to associates
CCY Architects on Friday announced the promotions of Evan Barrett and Jenny Narrod to associates. Both have played key roles in the firm’s development in recent history, the company said.
According to the company, Narrod’s years of experience have enhanced CCY’s capabilities on several projects, from private residential to high-end commercial work, including the Ulery’s Lake community and the LEED-certified Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. She was also the lead team member for the awarded High+Dry unbuilt housing concept, which responded to a design competition that called for housing concepts that could withstand the type of catastrophic conditions — extreme wind, rain, and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
She is active within her profession and community volunteering and being a mentor with the Buddy Program and teaching Hebrew School. She’s also volunteered with Challenge Aspen through the Golshim L’Chaim program. She participated in the AIA Women’s’ Leadership Summit in San Jose, Calif., this fall and serves AIA Colorado on the West Advisory Board. She received degrees in architecture and Hispanic studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas, is a licensed architect in Colorado and Texas, and a LEED AP.
Barrett has played an integral role on numerous residential and mixed-use projects while at CCY. He was the project architect for the award-winning Victorian Music Box in Aspen. Currently, he is working in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Institute to achieve NetZero for a local residential project and is a core member of the firm’s hiring team.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts and a Master of Architecture degree from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a licensed architect in Colorado and an active member of AIA Colorado.
CCY Principal Rich Carr said: “Jenny and Evan’s professionalism, dedication, and leadership have been key to delivering exceptional design that has helped elevate CCY in the marketplace. They have both earned our clients trust and respect and are central to driving important firm wide efforts forward. We are so pleased to have Evan and Jenny joining our expanded leadership team.”
Epic pass sales climb
Vail Resorts on Thursday said the company expects to have 2.3 million people using its Epic, Epic Local and Epic Day passes this year.
That’s a 6% increase over last year in the company’s pre-purchased pass sales and sales dollars for the upcoming ski season in North America, where the company operates 37 ski areas.
The announcement was part of the company’s earnings report for the fiscal 2023 first quarter, which ended Oct. 31.
“Pass product sales through December 5, 2022, for the upcoming 2022/2023 North American ski season increased approximately 6% in units and approximately 6% in sales dollars as compared to the period in the prior year through December 6, 2021,” Vail Resorts reported in a release issued Thursday. “Compared to sales for the 2019/2020 North American ski season through December 9, 2019, pass product sales increased approximately 86% in units and approximately 53% in sales dollars.”
Indiana man safe after triggering avalanche near Berthoud Pass
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Grand County Search and Rescue rescued a stranded hiker who had triggered an avalanche near Colorado Mines Peak, north of Berthoud Pass. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center rated avalanche danger as considerable on that day — a three on the center’s five-category rating.
A 19-year-old man from Indiana was hiking the Mount Flora trail and got off trail in deep snow. After triggering an avalanche, he was caught and carried at least 40 feet. He came to rest — unburied and uninjured. He was able to hike downhill toward the highway, but, just before 4 p.m, the man realized he wasn’t going to be able to make it to the highway and called for help.
Grand County Search and Rescue fielded seven members from the top of Berthoud Pass, with a total of 13 members responding. The field teams were able to reach the man just after 6 p.m. He was able to walk out on his own with snowshoes provided by Search and Rescue. All crew members were out of the field by 7 p.m.
Glenwood down again to three city manager candidates
The city of Glenwood Springs on Wednesday announced three new finalists in its city-manager search, with another community meet up slated for early January.
Doug Gerber, Beverli Marshall, and Rachel Oys are the three finalists named in this round of searches, according to a news release from the city.
After the initial round conducted by the city, council decided to not choose any of the prior finalists, in an attempt to find candidates who council felt were more qualified for the position.
The second round included 31 applicants from across the nation for the position. The search was conducted by KRW Associates, along with city staff. The total cost of both searches including legal fees is $38,000, contrary to the original version of a prior article breaking down the cost.
Tree-thinning work up Fourmile Road this winter
White River National Forest officials said winter recreationists using Fourmile Road above Glenwood Springs may encounter logging traffic Monday through Friday starting this month, as two projects aimed at improving forest health begin.
An aspen-regeneration project across four areas, totaling 109 acres, is underway east and south of Fourmile Park. Aspen stands need periodic disturbance, and clear-cutting and removing mature aspen stimulates their root system to vigorously regenerate, a release states. Trees are to be felled, chipped on site, and trucked to the biomass plant in Gypsum.
In addition, a spruce-fir regeneration project is under way farther up Fourmile Road in the Countyline area. There, small (0.5-2 acres) patches of spruce-fir will be cut from seven units, totaling 823 acres, the release states. The logs are being trucked to a mill in Montrose.
Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir respond well to these smaller area cuts, forest managers explained.
“This work will help ensure the long-term health of forests in this area by creating size and age diversity,” Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Kevin Warner said. “The work will also improve wildlife habitat.”
The work is expected to result in up to 20 heavy trucks a day traveling Fourmile Road (FSR 300) on weekdays. The road remains open to the Fourmile Park gate and kiosk, but parking will be only be allowed along one side of the road to ensure enough room is available for large trucks and other vehicles.
The snowmobile parking area near the White River National Forest boundary will be open this year. Snowmobilers will be able to access an alternate, groomed trail across Black Hills Energy property to bypass the plowed portions of Fourmile Road.
The projects are anticipated to continue through the winter. Additional units will be cut in the area over the next several years.
Of the 10 players listed on the varsity roster ahead of Tuesday’s home game with Summit, two were juniors, seven were sophomores and one was a freshman. It’s a far cry from the class of 10 seniors who last season led the Skiers to a perfect 27-0 mark and the Class 3A state championship.