News in Brief
GrassRoots election coverage continuesGrassRoots TV 12 election coverage schedule through Oct. 27 with the rebroadcasting of various candidate debates. Here’s the schedule: Squirm Night – Rachel Richards and James True: Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. Squirm Night – Sheriff’s race: Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., Oct. 25 at 11 p.m., Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. Squirm Night – Patti Clapper and Tim Mooney: Oct. 24 at 11 p.m., Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Squirm Night – Ballot Question 2C: Oct. 25 at 1 a.m., Oct. 26 at 12:30 a.m., Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m.Squirm Night – Ballot Question 1A: Oct. 24 at 1 a.m., Oct. 25 at 9 a.m., Oct. 26 at 12 a.m., and Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. U.S. Congressional Race, 3rd district: Oct. 26 at 11 a.m., Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. Aspen Chamber Resort Association Forum: Oct. 26 at 11:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Snowmass Sun’s Town Council Forum: Oct. 27 at 11 p.m.Visit http://www.grassrootstv.org for a schedule or for a live stream outside the viewing area (Aspen to Carbondale). For more information, call GrassRoots TV 12 at 925-8000. Travel plan comments due ThursdayComments on a proposal that will determine which visitors to the White River National Forest can use what roads and trails are due Thursday.A draft travel management plan was released for public scrutiny in late July. The U.S. Forest Service gave forest users three months to examine the plan and submit comments.The public likely needed every moment. The plan has 384 pages of text and 1,400 maps to ponder. The plan is available on the Internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/. Click on “travel management” in the column for related links. That website includes a comment form. The Forest Service also is accepting comments via e-mail at email@example.com.The public also can send the Forest Service a fax at (801) 397-2601 or mail a letter to WRNF Travel Management Plan and DEIS, c/o Content Analysis Group, P.O. Box 2000, Bountiful, UT 84011-2000.Council signs new land-use consultantThe Aspen City Council on Monday night approved a $50,000 contract with White and Smith, LLC. The Maryland and Missouri-based land-use planning consultants replace Clarion Associates. Denver-based Clarion resigned in August after friction between the company’s representative, Chris Duerksen, and Aspen Community Development Director Chris Bendon. Mark White, whose background is in land-use planning and law, attended Monday’s council meeting. His partner, Tyson Smith, has experience in local government and land-use planning law, with an emphasis on growth management. Smith also has worked as a planner in resort communities.The city council imposed a six-month moratorium on building applications and permits in April. It recently extended the ban until the end of February to accommodate further meetings regarding growth in Aspen, including commercial and lodging developments.White and Smith will work with the community development department and local planner Alan Richman to help revise the city’s land-use codes.
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