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Voters in Snowmass Village decided to use the town’s general fund to pay for a new town hall, according to election results released Thursday.

The question offered residents two options on the mail-in ballot ” the first such election in the town’s history.

The approved option will use tax revenues in the town’s general fund. It earned 253 votes. The other option, which would have involved paying for the new town hall through a property tax hike, received 168 votes.

The property tax hike would have needed voter approval this November. Then, had it been rejected, the Town Council would have needed to formulate a new way to pay for the new town hall.

The current Town Hall at the Snowmass Center will be phased out if a redevelopment plan for the center wins approval. The proposed site of the new government headquarters is on the Draw property near the center.

The voter turnout was “very, very low,” said Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon. “This was the first mail ballot in the history of Snowmass Village, and I think people didn’t know what they were getting in the mail.”

The Palisade Peach Co. will return to sell organic peaches and other produce from around Colorado on June 16 at the Buttermilk parking lot.

Proprietor Bob Wilson will have fresh cherries that day and expects to have peaches available by July 4. Throughout the summer and fall, the stand market will have sweet corn, apples, pears, pumpkins and tomatoes, based on what’s in season at the time.

“If they grow it in Colorado, we probably have it,” Wilson said.

Wilson primarily farms the organic peaches, but he sells produce from other Colorado farms, as well. He’ll also be selling herbs grown by Jerome Osentowski, who used to sell under his own company name, Aspen Herb and Spice.

The stand will be in the parking lot every morning and will stay until it’s dark, Wilson said.

John Shaw Vaughan, a 2001 Battle Mountain High School graduate, died in combat in Mosul, Iraq, after his platoon was attacked Wednesday. He was 23.

Vaughan, who was a second lieutenant and platoon leader, served in the 172nd infantry brigade. He was stationed in Alaska and deployed to Iraq in May.

Vaughan’s mother, Sarah, who lives in Edwards, and the rest of his family learned of his death later Wednesday.

“The military chaplain and the notification officer were waiting in her driveway when she drove home from Denver last night at 11,” said Dick Shaw, Sarah Vaughan’s brother.

John Vaughan was an avid fly fisherman and skier who was born in the Vail Valley Medical Center and lived in the valley most of his life.

“He was just always an outdoorsman and loved the military,” his mother said. “From the time he was a boy, it was just his dream.”

After graduating from high school, he headed south to attend college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he participated in the ROTC program. He graduated and was commissioned as a soldier in 2005.

“He will be extremely missed,” said Becca Vaughan, his sister. “He was the best brother that I could ever ask for.” (Vail Daily)


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