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AVH meeting on Monday

The Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m., to discuss the recent resignation of John Jellinek, as well as how a replacement for the vacant seat will be determined.

Directors on the five-member board are typically elected, but in the event of a prematurely vacated seat, state law requires that the remaining board members appoint a replacement within 60 days.

If the newly appointed person wishes to continue to serve after the appointed period, he or she must run for office in the next regularly scheduled election.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Oden Conference Center at Aspen Valley Hospital.


Goodman honored for ‘green’ deeds

Basalt High School teacher Seann Goodman was recognized by the Basalt Town Council recently for being the “green citizen of the month” in September.

Goodman developed, coordinated and implemented ecologically sound guidelines for vendors and the public at Basalt’s River Days festival this summer. His efforts helped drastically reduce the garbage produced. Food vendors were required to use recyclable or biodegradable materials and the public was coached on what could be recycled and what was truly trash.

“Seann reached out to the community through his efforts such as providing information and products to help improve environmental sustainability through maintenance, cleaning, energy savings and utilizing products for waste recycling,” said a proclamation passed by the council.

Foundation accepting grant requests

The Environment Foundation, Aspen Skiing Co.’s employee-run nonprofit charity, is now accepting grant applications for projects that improve or protect the Roaring Fork Valley’s environment.

The application deadline for the fall cycle is Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com. Completed applications should be emailed to Matthew.

Open house for proposed runway extension

Pitkin County officials will host an open house next week to provide a forum for discussion of the proposed runway extension project at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

The event is scheduled for from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Rio Grande room behind the Pitkin County Courthouse.

The public will have the opportunity to learn about the proposed runway extension and the extension options that will be considered in the upcoming Environmental Assessment. Airport staff and project planners will be on hand to personally discuss the project and answer questions about the project. The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about this proposed airport improvement project.

For further information about the open house, please contact David Ulane, assistant aviation director, at 429-2853.

Ranch development moves back one step

A development proposal for a ranch in the Emma area moved back one square in Eagle County’s review process this week.

The Eagle County Commissioners told the developer of Coleman Ranch his project must go back for review by the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission because of a major revision.

Dan Coleman’s 24-acre property on the Eagle County-Pitkin County line. He initially sought approval for an eight lot subdivision. All the lots would have been developed in the Eagle County portion of the property and the remaining six acres in Pitkin County would have been open space.

The proposal faced stiff opposition from members of the Emma Caucus and other neighbors during a hearing in July. A revised plan was back before the Eagle County Commissioners on Tuesday. Coleman is now seeking approval for three lots rather than eight.

In addition to telling Coleman his plan must go back for review by the planning commission, he was strongly encouraged to meet again with neighbors in Eagle County to try to address their concerns, according to Commissioner Sara Fisher.

The proposal will go the planning commission at a meeting in El Jebel on Oct. 16, according to Bob Narracci of the Eagle County planning department.

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