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Shale Bluffs conservation move rejectedASPEN Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday denied Peter Heineman transferable development rights (TDRs) for his 1.5-acre parcel on Shale Bluffs overlooking Highway 82, outside of Aspen. Its not that all parties didnt agreed. In fact, both commissioners and Heinemans representative, attorney John Case, said the land is on steep slopes in wildlife habitat surrounded by county open space and should not be developed. But commissioners said TDRs are not the way to do it. The board recommended Heineman continue negotiating with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails or apply for development that likely would be denied, spawning a takings hearing where the county would appraise the land and buy it from Heineman. Recent requests for TDRs have spawned deep debate among county commissioners, who dont want to flood the TDR market (TDRs now sell for about $300,000).Helmets are hip, says Aspen hospital ASPEN The Aspen Valley Hospital and its partners are going all-out to promote helmet use this year. Kicking off the Helmets are Hip program on Sunday, March 2 with a booth at the base of Aspen Mountain, volunteers will collect the best reasons to wear a brain bucket and offer a new Giro helmet to the best response. And one random helmeted skier will win a pair of skis. Sundays event will kick off a series of March swag giveaways and safety awareness events: One at Aspen Highlands on March 9; Buttermilk on March 16, and Snowmass on March 30. Helmets will not completely prevent head injuries, but they will definitely downgrade the severity of the injury, said Dr. Bill Rodman in statement released by AVH. And, a severe head injury may cost over $4 million in long-term care. A moderate head injury can result in cognitive dysfunction. So save your brain, wear a helmet! The Helmets are Hip program is sponsored by Peak Properties, Aspen Valley Hospital, general/trauma surgeons Bill Rodman and John Schultz, the Aspen Skiing Co, Pitkin Countys Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, AVH medical staff, Giro helmets, Four Mountain Sports, and D & E Ski and Snowboard Shop. Media sponsors include KSNO and The Aspen Times.
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