In Brief: Big election for Holy Cross board; Lift-Up moves Aspen Pantry; CMC closes for faculty meeting |

In Brief: Big election for Holy Cross board; Lift-Up moves Aspen Pantry; CMC closes for faculty meeting

Staff report

Eight candidates seek two seats in Holy Cross election

Rural electric cooperative Holy Cross Energy has announced eight candidates running for two seats on the Board of Directors in its upcoming election in June.

As a cooperative, Holy Cross Energy’s members are also its owners and will vote on directors to represent the membership and guide strategic objectives.

One director seat is in the cooperative’s Western District, generally including the towns west of Basalt, and one seat is in the Northern District, which includes the Vail and Eagle River valleys.

Western District candidates are Thomas Sherman, Peggy Meyer and incumbent Alex DeGolia.

Northern District candidates are Kimberly Schlaepfer, Craig Arthur Brown, Linn Brooks, Brian Brandl and Roseann Casey. Incumbent David Campbell is not seeking re-election.

Holy Cross members may vote by mail, online or in person at cooperative’s annual meeting at the Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) on Thursday, June 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. Officials said results will be shared beginning at 6 p.m.

All Holy Cross Energy members, regardless of district, may vote in the election. Ballots will be mailed and an online link to vote will be emailed to members on May 16. If more than one ballot is submitted per member-of-record, precedence will be given to the paper ballot, officials said.

A short biography and candidate Q&A is available online at Ballot and candidate materials are also available in Spanish.

Lift-Up moves Aspen Food Pantry

Lift-Up, the nonprofit organization aiming to provide equitable food security for individuals and families from Parachute to Aspen, has announced the relocation of its Aspen Food Pantry to the Pitkin County Human Services complex.

The new location is fully operational now, with operating hours on Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who needs assistance is welcome, Lift-Up officials said.

The new facility, at 0405 Castle Creek Road, Suite 206, Aspen, offers increased accessibility for those seeking food assistance.

“We are committed to ending hunger in our community and providing equitable access to food assistance for all individuals and families in need,” said Ivan Jackson, executive director of Lift-Up. This new location will allow us to better serve our community and fulfill our mission.”

Lift-Up operates six food pantries through the Roaring Fork Valley, including Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and on into New Castle, Rifle and Parachute, in addition to offering nine drive-though distribution services. Their mission is to educate, build understanding, and support efforts to end hunger from Parachute to Aspen.

Lift-Up is seeking volunteers to help operate the Aspen Food Pantry and extend its opening hours to better serve the community.

“We are excited to open access to the Lift-Up Aspen Food Pantry for additional days, but we need additional volunteers to make it happen,” said Scott Shirley, director of operations. “We are looking for compassionate individuals who can help us sort and distribute food items, greet clients with a warm smile, and keep the pantry tidy. Together, we can make sure that no one in our community goes hungry.”

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Colorado Mountain College closed Wednesday, Thursday

Due to an all-faculty and staff meeting, Colorado Mountain College campuses and locations will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

CMC will reopen Friday.