News in Brief
September 19, 2007
ASPEN ” The Crystal Caucus wildlife task force presented the final draft of a wildlife report to Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Pitkin County commissioners and Open Space and Trails board.
Responding to concerns over a proposed bicycle trail through the area, the voluntary task force compiled data from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and other agencies to score each of six “heritage areas” along the Highway 133 and Crystal River corridor for habitat sensitivity.
“It’s an expression of concern,” task force member Bill Hanks said of the report, which concludes that five of the six study areas in the report contain critical habitat.
Filoha Meadows, near Redstone, ranked highest in wildlife activity.
Chuck Downey, a caucus area resident, said there were no surprises in the report but added that no one at Tuesday’s meeting talked about the elephant in the room: the bike path that spawned debate over wildlife in the area.
“It has always been about the bike path,” Downey said.
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County commissioners congratulated caucus members for their efforts. Commissioner Dorothea Farris warned about the dangers of editing scientific data but added that the wildlife report might help address other issues in the community, including house size.
SILT ” An effort to oust Mayor Dave Moore is moving forward after the town clerk said Tuesday that a petition seeking a recall election has enough valid signatures.
The group seeking to recall Moore needed to collect 111 signatures. Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre said she verified 124, with four being thrown out.
Registered voters have until Sept. 28 to file a protest. If there is none, the petition will go before the Town Board on Oct. 9, McIntyre said.
Mayor Pro Tem Tod Tibbetts initiated the recall petition, accusing Moore of violating a number of state statutes, town ordinances and codes of ethics. Moore’s opponents say he failed to get a required permit for a construction project, conducted town board meetings improperly and had inappropriate dealings with staff.
Moore denied the claims and has said he is confident he would win in a recall election. ( Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Instead of seeing airplanes from afar, people can experience them up close in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport invites everyone to its fall open house and fly-in. The airport hopes to propel visitors toward a fun weekend.
” It’s just a get-together and a fun thing to do,” said airport manager Dick Weinberg. “It’s an opportunity to show off what we have.”
Among the attractions will be the opportunity to win free airplane rides. There will be raffle tickets and various door prizes, Weinberg said. ( Glenwood Springs Post Independent)