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Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Live music in downtown Aspen might be a boon for the community, but it’s got some residents lying awake at night.

And that’s a problem for Mayor Mick Ireland, who received several complaints from his neighbors and other residents, who grumbled that the music emanating out of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass tent in the Rio Grande Park this past weekend was too loud.

Ireland said one neighbor works early in the morning and couldn’t sleep during the live music, which blared until about 10:30 p.m. for four nights.

“I like jazz but I don’t want it coming through my walls,” Ireland said, suggesting further concerts should be limited to a certain decibel level.

BASALT ” The Basalt Town Council will interview two applicants and select one of them to fill an opening on the board on Tuesday.

Former councilman Chris Seldin applied to refill the seat he left. The other applicant is Stephen Bossart, a project manager with the city of Aspen.

Seldin resigned from the council seat in May so he could pursue a judgeship in the 9th Judicial District. His Basalt house is located in Eagle County, which isn’t in that judicial district, so Seldin moved in with a friend in the Aspen area to establish residency in Pitkin County.

Seldin didn’t get appointed as judge, so he moved back to Basalt and reapplied for the council position. He had served on the board for just over two years at the time of his resignation. The seat will be up for election in April 2010, as it was before Seldin’s resignation.

The council is scheduled to interview Seldin and Bossart at its meeting Tuesday. An appointment is expected after an executive session.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input about a proposed natural gas development plan east of Parachute.

That plan, which was submitted by Williams Production RMT, seeks to develop 58 new wells from one existing and three proposed well pads over the next three to four years in the Spruce Creek area south of Interstate 70, according to the BLM.

The company’s plan would cover 688 acres, which include 486 acres of BLM-managed lands. Williams’ proposal also calls for the building of 4,200 feet of new roads and installing 9,163 feet of buried pipeline, the BLM announced.

Operators must submit a Master Development Plan so “that a broad evaluation of plans and impacts can be completed, and environmental impacts and appropriate measures to mitigate these impacts can be identified,” according to the BLM.

But before the BLM completes its environmental assessment of the plan, it wants to hear comments the public would like to see addressed through the assessment. Comments will be most helpful if received by July 23, the agency said in a statement.

Written comments should be directed to the Glenwood Springs Energy Office at 2425 Grand Ave., Suite 101, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Electronic comments can be submitted via e-mail to Copies of the Master Development Plan are available for review at the BLM Glenwood Springs Energy Office. Digital copies of the plan and project map are available at (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)