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The Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation is accepting applications for projects that benefit the Roaring Fork Valley.

The employee-run nonprofit has contributed more than $1 million to environmental organizations or causes over the past 10 years. The foundation supports projects that promote environmental education and research; seek to reduce the impacts of climate change; foster responsible stewardship of natural resources; protect mountain ecosystems; and preserve and create opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The application deadline for the fall cycle is at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The foundation’s board of directors evaluates all grant applications first on compliance with eligibility requirements, then on set selection criteria. Maximum grant requests should not exceed $15,000, and those for less than $8,000 are more likely receive funding, according to a statement from the foundation.

Applicants may request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton by sending an e-mail to mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com.

EL JEBEL ” Eagle County plans to build an 11,000-square-foot building in El Jebel for its road and bridge department, ending years of uncertainty about what it would do to serve its Roaring Fork Valley constituents.

The facility is planned for the same site in El Jebel where the department has parked equipment and stored materials on the south side of J.W. Drive for years. Some residents of El Jebel and Blue Lake subdivision have complained about the messy condition of that “boneyard.”

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Extensive landscaping will shield the new maintenance facility, according to the application.

The county road and bridge department submitted its application Aug. 20. Eagle County now has the awkward responsibility of reviewing a development application from one of its own departments.

The Crawford family ” the heirs of Floyd Crawford, the modern-day developer of El Jebel ” owns a 3.73-acre site being eyed along J.W. Drive. Eagle County signed a 20-year lease with Crawford Properties LLC for the site. The county considered and rejected two other sites, one adjacent to Crown Mountain Park.

The Crawford site is zoned for medium-density residential use, but public buildings are allowed via special use review, according to Eagle County’s application to itself.

The application said there is a clear community need for the proposed building.

“A satellite road and bridge facility will improve the road maintenance service and response time for the residents in the [El Jebel] area,” the application said. “In addition, the Road and Bridge Department will benefit by not having to transport equipment back and forth to Gypsum for repair and maintenance, thus saving time, energy and fuel.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs officials will consider 57 townhome units in an undeveloped tract of land north of Wal-Mart, and about 103 possible acres of new city land.

A development proposal for what could be called the Palmer Hill Townhomes goes before the Glenwood Springs City Council for conceptual review Thursday. Conceptual reviews are meant to provide insight on proposals and don’t require formal action by city government.

The plans call for 57 townhome units grouped into nine separate clusters, with 18 possible “accessory dwelling units” inside the townhomes, according to a city staff report on the request for conceptual review. The townhome clusters would flank Palmer Avenue, with Wal-Mart to the south of the property, single-family residences and Oakhurst Townhomes to the west, and the city limits to the east.

The townhomes would go on two parcels of land on both sides of Palmer Avenue totaling about 6.37 acres. But there’s also a 103-acre parcel next to those and outside the city limits.

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