News in Brief
Fate of Aspen Club timeshares on hold until next yearThe fate of proposed timeshare residences at The Aspen Club and Spa won’t be determined until early next year.The development, scheduled for a second public hearing before the Aspen City Council on Monday, was instead continued to Feb. 13 at the club’s request.The council came close to rejecting the conceptual plan for 19 residences on the club property last month before Sunny Vann, planning consultant for the club, urged council members to hold off and give his client time to revise the proposal.The council’s initial reaction took Vann and club owner Michael Fox by surprise, Vann said Monday night.”It left us reeling a little bit, obviously,” he said.Though some council members expressed doubt that the club can alter the plans sufficiently to win council support, they granted the request for a continuance.City closes off S-curves intersectionsStarting today, several intersections in the S-curves will be closed to side traffic in an effort to improve traffic flow exiting town on Highway 82.Access will be closed at Hallam and Seventh Street, Bleeker east of Seventh Street and the alley between Hallam and Bleeker. The restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The closures, which a brief press release announced late Monday afternoon, were among the experiments the city conducted last spring and summer in an attempt to ease traffic congestion.Next spring, the city also plans to create a buses-only, outbound lane for afternoon use on Main Street.The changes were initially recommended by a citizen task force appointed to assess ways to improve traffic flow in the S-curves, where the highway narrows to two lanes and makes two 90-degree turns at the western edge of town.Posada celebration set in CarbondaleThe community is invited to a Posada Holiday Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the commons room at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.This second annual party will include a community potluck with everything from tamales to desserts, sing-alongs, piñatas and music.The event is open to everyone, and guests should bring a dessert to share.For questions, contact Carmen Montgomery at 384-5773.Keator Grove funding deniedGarfield County Commissioners denied the nonprofit developers of an affordable housing tract in Carbondale a $50,000 grant for planning the development. Commissioners Larry McCown and John Martin denied the grant to Mountain Regional Housing Corp. for its proposed Keator Grove development on philosophical grounds, saying the Carbondale project doesn’t live up to its claim of “affordable” housing and asks the county to subsidize free-market housing. Homes in Keator Grove would range in price between about $200,000 and about $400,000 for homes from about 1,100 square feet to about 2,400 square feet, said MRHC spokeswoman Susan Shirley. MRHC plans to build 36 homes and 16 attached housing units, eight of which will be deed-restricted to households with incomes of 80 percent of the area median income. The others are aimed at households making 150 percent of the AMI. Commissioner Trési Houpt said she supports the project because she believes it will “jump-start” similar affordable housing projects in the area that can get under way without the financial help of the county. From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent
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Yefim Bronfman coaxed an ear-caressing range of tone from the Steinway grand piano on the stage of the Benedict Music Tent Tuesday evening.