News in Brief
November 9, 2007
ASPEN ” Don’t head over to Aspen’s museum, hoping to view the exhibits. It’s closed for the offseason.
The Wheeler/Stallard House is closed through Dec. 17, according to the Aspen Historical Society, though the Bleeker Street museum will be available for visits by school groups, by appointment only.
The society’s administrative offices are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The society’s archives, located in the Carriage House at the Wheeler/Stallard House, are available for research, by appointment only, on Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is open by appointment only through the winter season. The ghost town of Independence is no longer accessible now that Independence Pass is closed, and the ghost town of Ashcroft, in the Castle Creek Valley, is now open only for self-guided tours, according to the historical society.
For more information on hours of operation, historical society sites, the history of Aspen, or to make an appointment, check the society’s website at http://www.aspenhistory.org or call the organization at 925-3721.
CARBONDALE ” An organization in Carbondale is working on a plan to provide office space for environmentally-friendly nonprofits and businesses by the end of this decade.
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The Sustainability Center of the Rockies will help the town of Carbondale with a “green redevelopment” of the former Carbondale Elementary School for a variety of community uses. The center is considering securing a wing of the building to make office space available to businesses and nonprofits that promote sustainability, said Doug Graybeal, president of the center’s board of directors.
The former elementary school building will provide up to 43,000 square feet for nonprofits of all types. The town of Carbondale acquired the building, and the community has made its redevelopment a top priority.
The Sustainability Center shifted its focus to help with the redevelopment. It will help make the school building as “green” as possible.
The Sustainability Center had been focused on developing its own campus before the opportunity to help with the elementary school came up. The center had a contract to buy vacant land from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale and to develop a model campus and learning center. That contract has been terminated to allow the center to focus its time and money on the elementary school redevelopment.
“The concept is not scrapped at all,” Graybeal said. In fact, he said, shifting strategies might speed the availability of office space for green-oriented nonprofits.
The Sustainability Center still might pursue its own campus at some point. A wing in the former elementary school could be a “stepping stone” for the Sustainability Center, Graybeal said.
The Sustainability Center anticipates hiring an executive director next fall and will consider future community projects after the completion of the elementary school redevelopment project.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 15, in Glenwood Springs.
The session will begin at 8 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road. It is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Also on the group’s agenda:
8:15 a.m. ” Field manager updates from the White River, Kremmling and Little Snake field offices.
9:30 a.m. ” Field manager updates from the Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs field offices.
10:15 a.m. ” a discussion on reasonable foreseeable energy development.
11:15 a.m. ” Resource Advisory Council resource-management plan updates for the Glenwood, Kremmling, White River field offices.
Noon ” John Harpole of Mercator Energy speaks on “Natural Gas: From Western Colorado to Western Europe.”
1 p.m. ” Update on an ongoing oil and gas reclamation study.
2:15 p.m. ” Presentation on the basics of federal oil and gas leasing.