News in Brief

ASPEN There are more people skateboarding and there are more people recycling, which is putting pressure on a section of Rio Grande Park that officials aren’t sure how to deal with.The City Council on Tuesday grappled with whether to expand the skateboard park and recycling center, as city staff proposed. The council directed staff to bring back a few more options before any more decisions are made.Some council members were leery of doing anything to the recycling center since voters defeated a ballot measure last fall that would have expanded the area and covered it.”It was rejected, and I don’t know why and I don’t care, but I don’t care to spend [any money] until the citizens say otherwise,” said City Councilman Jack Johnson.The City Council last month approved a $60,1000 contract to redesign the recycling center, with a skateboard park expansion as part of the deal.But officials aren’t so sure of the necessity of adding another 5,000 square feet to an already 14,000-square-foot park. Park users say it’s at capacity, with between 50 and 60 kids there at any given time.Next door at the center, five recycling bins, particularly the ones dedicated to cardboard, are full nearly all the time. The proposal is to add two more Dumpsters, make the area have one entrance and one exit and pave over the dirt.Council members weren’t satisfied with the proposal of either expansion, or a master plan of Rio Grande Park, which addresses improvements to the city’s stormwater system and includes a sunken playing field.The council asked staff to return with more information on the necessity of a larger skate park, and more options on what to do with the recycling center, including what two entrances and two exits would look like.

SUMMIT COUNTY Nearly 1 million vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower Tunnel last month, the busiest June in its 34-year history.The previous June high of 928,105 was in 2006.As of Saturday, June 30, 5,701,764 vehicles went through the Eisenhower Tunnel, 324,373 more than had traveled through as of June 30, 2006, a 6 percent increase.Daily June traffic averaged 32,980 vehicles.The tunnel carries traffic on Interstate 70, Colorado’s main east-west route through the Rocky Mountains, beneath the Continental Divide. (Summit Daily News)