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Emma Farms passes first testA downvalley development featuring a farming operation and housing project has secured its first critical approval from the Eagle County Commissioners.The commissioners voted unanimously last week to grant the first of three required approvals for the Emma Farms proposal. Developer Tom Waldeck wants to convert the Buddy Cerise ranch, a longtime cattle operation in Emma, into a subdivision with five homes in Eagle County and two more in Pitkin County. The property straddles the county line. He hasn’t sought approval yet for the two homes in Pitkin County.Waldeck’s application is unusual because he touted sustainable farming as one of his goals. Waldeck wants to keep about 80 of the 106 acres as irrigated pasture and hayfields. He envisions a family farming operation that would raise fruits, vegetables and herbs, and some livestock.The Eagle County Commissioners were supportive of the idea in a meeting on Nov. 1 but uncertain he could made it work. They were more interested in assurances the open space wouldn’t be developed down the road.At last week’s meeting, Waldeck and his attorney, David Myler, presented the outline of a plan to place a conservation easement on the open space to prevent it from being developed.Myler said that plan helped advance the application. “I think it made a significant difference in their comfort level,” he said.The developer will now work on additional details to try to earn preliminary plan approval from Eagle County.Man arrested for allegedly pointing gun at former bossAn Aspen man apparently angry over his final paycheck was arrested last week for allegedly threatening his former boss with a handgun.On Nov. 7, Paul Disnard, 57, was driving past his former work site at the Jigsaw Ranch, on the back side of Aspen Mountain, when he waved a gun at a ranch employee, according to the arrest warrant.Later that day, Disnard, who lives in the area, passed the contractor who he’d worked for as their vehicles slowed to cross a bridge on Midnight Mine Road. As they passed, Disnard allegedly pointed the gun at the victim.The victim “believed that Disnard might shoot him and [said] he was afraid for his life,” the warrant says.Disnard is charged with felony menacing. He was given a $5,000 bond and ordered to appear in court Nov. 21.Care Center provides Montessori lunchHot soup and intergenerational bonding are on the lunch menu at the Ross Montessori School, where hot lunch just made its debut.You won’t find flavorless pieces of square pizza here, just plain ol’ good food courtesy of the nearby Heritage Park Care Center. School administrator Mark Grice said that after many months of trying to provide Montessori students with hot lunches, the school’s efforts paid off Monday when the Heritage Park kitchen staff provided hot soup, ham-and-cheese sandwiches, and cake for $3 per plate.The lunch was part of a test project with Heritage Park in which the nursing home will provide a hot lunch for Montessori students on Mondays. Grice hopes the hot lunch pilot program will expand to every day of the week. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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