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Whose trail is it anyway?SNOWMASS VILLAGE Asked to pass a valleywide nordic master plan, the Snowmass Town Council on Monday delayed approval until it could hear from local trail users.Skiers, hikers and residents expressed concern about everything from unruly, unleashed dogs and dog excrement, to the limited terrain for walking without post-holing in deep snow. The council will wait for the findings of the ad hoc Snowmass Trail Council about more multiuse trail options before revisiting the proposed nordic plan.Theres a lot of trail need, said Howie Mallory, a member of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council, asking for approval of the plan that already has been adopted by officials from Basalt and Pitkin County. We ought to have a world-class ski platform and a world-class trail platform.One stumbling block, however, is many Snowmass area trails are on the Snowmass Club golf course, which limits trails to existing cart paths and bars any multiuse trail expansion.Continued meetings and discussion, Mallory said, will invite more input and involvement from the community, and is an opportunity to find ways to share heavily-used local trails.

Aspen names new finance directorASPEN The city of Aspen has a new finance director.Don Taylor, most recently the director of financial services for the city of Steamboat Springs, was announced Monday as Aspens new finance and administrative services director.Taylor is expected to begin working for the city by the end of the month. He replaces former finance director Paul Menter, who announced his resignation in November to take a similar position with the Aspen Community Foundation. Menter continues to be a consultant for the city of Aspen.Taylor also worked as the assistant town manager and finance director for Breckenridge from 1984 to 2000.He previously worked as a director of finances for the town of Leesburg, Va. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech.Don has roughly 30 years of experience managing the finances, accounting, budgeting and information systems of local government, specifically toursim-based communities, said City Manager Steve Barwick. Don is someone who can really hit the ground running, and were thrilled to have him here in Aspen.

New president in offing at CMCGLENWOOD SPRINGS Colorado Mountain College has announced contract negotiations with Dr. Stan Jensen to take over as president of the college when the current president, Dr. Bob Spuhler, leaves office at the end of June.Jenson was one of two finalists announced earlier this year, and the college board of directors unanimously agreed this week to begin negotiating with him in preparation for offering him the job.For the past 19 years Jensen, of Iowa, has been president of a private firm, Leadership Enterprises, Inc., which provides training in leadership development, team building, process improvement training and strategic planning to businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations. More information is available from candidate profiles at the college website, http://www.coloradomtn.edu.CMC, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, offers courses at a dozen sites grouped into seven campuses spread across 12,000 square miles of north-central Colorado, including residential and commuter campus sites in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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