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WOODY CREEK Seven residents of the Woody Creek Trailer Park might be homeless this summer unless Pitkin County commissioners grant them permission to build.The county board granted Woody Creek Trailer Park homeowners the right to abandon seven mobile home sites and move to seven of 14 new sites in the park.The move is a way to decrease density and increase fire safety in the park, according to Lanny Curtis, president of the homeowners association.But while the seven homeowners plan to leave their current sites Aug. 20, they don’t have approval to build on the new sites until the park’s water system is complete. The system is not scheduled for completion in mid-July, which would give the homeowners only three weeks to put up new modular or stick-built homes on the new sites, Curtis said.”What we’re trying to do is get that expedited and get seven of them to get building permits,” Curtis said.A representative of the homeowners went before Pitkin County commissioners Wednesday and scheduled a meeting for June 5 to discuss the issue.

Curtis stressed there is water service in the park now, but the current system does not provide the 75 pounds per square inch of water pressure necessary to power fire hydrants properly in the event of a fire, Curtis said. (The system is at 37 psi).He hopes commissioners will grant an exemption, allowing building permits before the water system is complete so no one is left out of doors.”We’re just trying to keep the project moving,” Curtis said.Just one of the seven mobile homes will be moved, Curtis said. The others are too old to pass new code standards, but once granted permission those owners will build homes on the new sites.”We just need to work out a way so we don’t have people homeless for that period of time,” Commissioner Patti Clapper said, adding that she believes it would mean a simple change in the original approval for the project.Clapper’s primary concern: enough water for fire safety and public health, she said. (Charles Agar)

ASPEN Aspen Valley Hospital announced on Thursday that a neurologist from Vail has joined the AVH medical staff.Gary Weiss, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist, is now holding neurology clinics at AVH on a monthly basis.Weiss fills the void left when the valley’s only neurologist moved away last fall, according to the hospital. Neurologists treat a variety of conditions, ranging from headaches and seizures to chronic progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.”There is definitely a need for a neurologist in the valley,” said AVH Chief Executive Officer Dave Ressler.Weiss received his medical degree at Northwestern University and completed his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic, studying under Norman Goldstein, M.D., one of the world’s top experts in multiple sclerosis, according to a statement from AVH.The next clinic is scheduled for Friday, June 1. For an appointment, call (970) 477-0700.



BASALT Crave Kitchen obtained its liquor license from the town of Basalt on Tuesday night and plans to open in late June, owner and chef Todd Slossberg said.Crave is one of a handful of restaurants opening in the Triangle Loft building, the first constructed in the core of Willits Town Center. Smoke Modern Barbecue opened this spring. El Korita will soon relocate from its longtime home at nearby Orchard Plaza.Slossberg said he has been in the Roaring Fork Valley for 20 years, 17 as chef at the Hotel Jerome. He is teaming with another Hotel Jerome alum, Rob Zack, to open the new restaurant.


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