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After a brief debate, Pitkin County commissioners voiced their support for the controversial Burlingame affordable housing project at their Wednesday board meeting.

Commissioner Patti Clapper was the lone voice of dissent.



The resolution, brought before the council by Commissioner Mick Ireland, states the project is compatible with a number of county policies that support development within the urban growth boundary. The boundary was defined in the 2000 Aspen Area Community Plan as an area where urban levels of development should be located because of centralized services like water, sewer and bus service.

Clapper said she was absent from a county work session in which the resolution was drafted and that she thought the wording should be less Burlingame-specific and more generally based on Pitkin County policies. She voted against the resolution but added that while she has questions about Burlingame as a project she is not opposed to affordable housing in general.



An Aspen native is now a national champion.

Anton Hilts, who was born in Aspen in 1990 and moved with his family to Bend, Ore., in 2000, won the giant slalom in the Junior Champions Camp, an event sponsored by the U.S. Ski Team, in Lake Placid in January.

Hilts, 14, beat out 18 other top J-3 juniors from around the country to take gold. He also placed eighth in the slalom.

Hilts races for the Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation.


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