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News in Brief

CMC accepting summer registrationASPEN Registration is now available for the Colorado Mountain College catalogue of summer classes.The college offers staggered starting dates for classes, with some starting as early as May, and a listing of the classes can be found online at or by picking up a copy of the summer catalogue at any of the campuses in the area. Catalogues also are being mailed out to postal patrons around the district.New students or students who have not taken classes within the past 10 months are required to register in person, but those who have taken classes within the past 10 months can sign up by mail, phone, fax or online.In Aspen, the campus is located at 255 Sage Way, and can be reached by phone at 925-7740.

Snowmass Village documenting its pastSNOWMASS VILLAGE While investors and the Aspen Skiing Co. pour millions of dollars into the future of Base Village and the Snowmass Ski Area, the town is putting money into the resort’s past.The Town Council has commissioned local author and Aspen Times columnist Paul Andersen to write a historical overview of Snowmass Village in preparation for the resort’s 40th anniversary celebration next December. A documentary film is also in the works. “It’s time we acknowledge where we have been and remember the stories and characters that make up the fabric of the community, before we get to where we are going,” said Reed Lewis, town councilman, in a press release announcing the project.Andersen, who has also penned histories of the Maroon and Castle Creek valleys, will write a book about the one-time ranching valley that became home to the largest of the four Aspen-Snowmass ski areas and was, at one time, known as Snowmass-at-Aspen.Simultaneously, a documentary, including video interviews, will re-create the story of Snowmass. Both efforts will rely on local community members to share their stories, pictures and memories, according to Kathleen Wanatowicz, the town’s director of community relations.The town has allocated $40,000 to the project – about half of what is needed, she said. Contributions and sponsorships will be sought.An anniversary planning committee has been formed; it will meet next on May 17 at 3 p.m. at Town Hall.Anyone who would like to be interviewed, or who wants to share their thoughts and ideas, should contact Wanatowicz at 923-3777 (613) or e-mail her at The film will be shown during the 40th anniversary weekend in December; the book project is expected to be completed late next summer.

Breck gets tough on beetlesBRECKENRIDGE A tough new pine beetle ordinance will help Breckenridge tackle the spread of the voracious bugs on private property by setting a 10-day limit for removing infested trees. Alternately, property owners can submit a removal plan within the 10-day span.The new law, set for a Tuesday public hearing and adoption by the town council, gives the town the right to enter the property during “reasonable hours,” if a neighboring landowner has reported a pine beetle infestation, or if town officials have reason to believe, based on a visual observations, that beetle-infested trees are present on the property.Breckenridge spokesperson Kim DiLallo explained that it is the responsibility of property owners to get rid of nuisance trees. But the new law enables the town to step in in cases where the infested trees are close to critical areas, where a lack of treatment could hasten the nearly inevitable spread of the insects.The ordinance also establishes charges that property owners could face for ignoring infested trees on their property, and outlines notification requirements and an abatement timeline. Under the law, owners can be charged twice the actual cost of tree removal if the town has to step in and do the work. (Summit Daily News)

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