News in Brief
A Basalt Middle School student has been suspended and will face a disciplinary hearing after a single shotgun shell was found in a locker, according to Principal Christian Kingsbury.
The shell was discovered by a teacher on Wednesday and immediately turned over to the assistant principal, according to a letter to parents from Kingsbury. Basalt police were contacted and the student was suspended.
The letter didn’t disclose when the hearing will be held or what consequences the student could face. Kingsbury told parents he felt the middle school is doing an “outstanding job of creating a safe and respectful learning environment,” but he wanted to keep them informed about the incident.
A large piece of land between Marble and Crested Butte is close to being protected from development.
The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation nonprofit organization, announced on Thursday that it has acquired 82 mining claims in the area, meaning 771 acres have been protected thus far. The area is known as the High Elk Corridor and includes almost 6,000 acres of privately owned mining claims within the boundaries of the White River National Forest.
Locals would recognize the area as stretching from the ghost town of Gothic near Crested Butte through a subalpine mountain valley and the mining ghost towns of Schofield and Crystal, including the historic Crystal mill above the town of Marble.
The land that has been purchased so far comes from seven separate private landowners, and the land has been conveyed to the White River National Forest. The funding for the purchases was appropriated by Congress through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Additional funding came from the Gunnison County Land Preservation Fund, the Aspen Skiing Co. Environmental Foundation, and other foundations.
The subalpine valley system is recognized as providing habitat for numerous animals and plants, an unpolluted water resource and recreational opportunities. It is estimated that another $1.5 million is needed to protect the corridor’s remaining 1,500 acres. For more information, visit http://www.tpl.org/highelk.
VAIL (AP) ” Yes, that is a Canadian Mountie walking around Vail.
The Whistler resort in British Columbia sent a Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable and a code enforcement officer to Vail to ride along with police and learn how things are done in the Colorado mountains.
It’s part of a police exchange program between two resort towns that are intense competitors in the ski market. Vail has sent an officer and a municipal code enforcement officer to Whistler.
Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger initiated the exchange, noting the law enforcement challenges faced by Whistler and Vail are very similar.
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Current Basalt officials say the town government has violated the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Right by increasing the property tax mill levy over the prior years 10 times since the mid-2000s. Two former mayors contend the mill levy could be adjusted in any given year as long as it didn’t exceed the mill levy in 1994. It’s a $2 million question.