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Hearing delayed for midvalley development

A public hearing for a proposed 98-residence subdivision in the midvalley has been rescheduled from Thursday to Dec. 17.

The project called The Fields was scheduled to go before the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission for an introductory hearing. The hearing was delayed at the request of the applicants.

The proposal is for 98 units on 19 acres of pasture and agricultural lands at 554 Valley Road. The site is known as the Arlian Ranch. It is sandwiched between Highway 82 and Valley Road across from Blue Lake subdivision.

The applicant is proposing 26 single-family homes that would be greater than 2,100 square feet; 34 duplex units at about 1,800 square feet; and 38 duplex units at about 1,100 square feet.

The Dec. 17 hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Eagle County office building in El Jebel.

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Basalt to host tree, menorah lightings

Downtown Basalt will host a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday and a Menorah lighting and Hanukkah party Sunday. Both events will be at Lions Park next to Basalt Town Hall.

Santa Claus is coming to town along with Mrs. Claus to spread good cheer, pose for photos with children and to ponder wish lists Friday. The event begins at 4 p.m. The switch for the lights on the holiday tree will be flipped at 5:15 p.m. Live music will be played by the Cathy Markel Quartet, Dwight Ferrin and other special guests.

The Art Base, formerly known as the Wyly Arts Center, will have its art mart open from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring an array of special, one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artists.

The Aspen Community Foundation will collect financial donations for its Emergency Assistance Fund.

On Sunday, the Festival of Lights will be celebrated with Basalt's second annual Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah party from 8:30 to 11 p.m. After lighting the candles, the festivities will continue in The Art Base with latkes, sufganot (jelly doughnuts), dreidels for kids and beverages for adults.

Organizers also said that a second tree lighting will be held Dec. 11 at Triangle Park in Willits Town Center.

Child carriers collected for refugee families

Roaring Fork Valley supporters of an organization called Carry The Future are collecting baby and child carriers for refugee families. It is an effort to try to make it easier and safer for them to make the journeys to asylum destinations.

Carry The Future directly distributes the carriers to refugees. More information is available on the organization at http://www.carrythe future.org.

Carriers will be collected in the Roaring Fork Valley through Dec. 15. The drop-off locations are at Aspen Middle School, Basalt Elementary School, Sawyer's Closet at 327 Main St. in Carbondale, TreadZ at 812 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, New Castle Library and Misty's Coffee Shop at 704 Main St. in Silt.

Donations of warm socks, gloves and hats also will be accepted or cash contributions can be made to cover shipping costs.