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After a marathon joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission, county commissioners passed a revised land-use code on first reading. The new code will change the value of transferable development rights, tighten scenic regulations, cap house sizes and make numerous other changes. The county hopes the new code will be easier to use and more comprehensive. A second reading of the code is scheduled for April 10, with final passage expected as soon as April 15.

Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, in conjunction with the Gordon Cooper Library, will host award-winning author and illustrator Thomas Yezerski as part of the school’s continuing Visiting Author Series.Yezerski will present “Create, Illustrate, Shape Your Fate!” at the Gordon Cooper Library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Carbondale. The program is intended to share the joy of reading and story-making with preschoolers and give an insider’s view of writing and illustrating a book.Community members are invited to sit in on a variety of workshops and presentations with Yezerski from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Crystal River Elementary School. For information, call the school at 384-5650.Yezerski is the author and illustrator of three picture books and illustrator of seven books by other authors.For more information, call Debbie at 963-1348. For more information on Yezerski, visit

Candidates for three Basalt Town Council seats have until the end of Friday to enter the race.Candidate petitions must be submitted to the town clerk by 5 p.m. Friday. The petitions must be signed by at least 25 registered electors residing in Basalt.Term limits are forcing two current councilwomen are out of office. Anne Freedman and Tracy Bennett cannot run again. A third seat, Joe Zuena’s, is also up for election. All three terms are for four years.Zuena has taken out a petition and has indicated he intends to run again. One other person took out a petition but wasn’t sure he would run, according to officials at Town Hall.Candidates must be U.S. citizens, registered to vote in Basalt, and have resided within the town limits for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election.The last day for Basalt residents to register to vote for the April municipal election is Monday. Voter registration forms are available at any county or city clerk’s office.

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