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Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – In response to public requests for more time, the city of Aspen has extended the 90-day public comment period to provide input on its draft application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Castle Creek hydro plant.

The deadline, which had been set for Tuesday, has been extended by three days to Friday. Also, when the final application for the hydro project is filed with FERC, the public will have an additional 60 days to provide feedback on the project.

For a full copy of the application, more information on the project and details on how to comment, visit the webpage http://www.aspenpitkin.com/living-in-the-valley/green-Initiatives/renewable-energy/hydroelectric/. You may also call 920-5110 for more information.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Tresi Houpt, who recently lost her bid for re-election to the Garfield Board of County Commissioners, feels her presence on the board during the past eight years made a difference in how the commissioners conducted themselves and in the policies they generated.

“I will miss it,” she said. “It’s been tremendously challenging and rewarding to serve as a commissioner. And it’s certainly been mixed. There have been disappointments, but I’ve loved the people that I’ve met and worked with.”

Houpt, who has lived in the county since 1994, was elected in 2002 and served two four-year terms. She lost her third try for office last year, defeated by Tom Jankovsky of Glenwood Springs.

Looking back, she said she feels “really good about what I’ve accomplished.”

Houpt, a Democrat, replaced Republican Walt Stowe and joined two other Republicans, Larry McCown and John Martin, on a board that had not seen a Democrat for years.

At first, she said her goals “were more geared toward residential and commercial development than toward oil and gas, because the oil and gas boom hadn’t really started yet. … We needed to look at cluster development, and the potential for open space, and partnerships with municipalities, and I was hopeful we would secure a partnership with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.” At the time the agency sent buses into Garfield County but was not being paid much for the service.

At the time, she said, “we were paying them, what, $5,000 a year?”

Currently, the county pays more than half a million dollars a year for service to Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and the Hogback route to Rifle and points in between, thanks in large part to her advocacy of mass transit for the county’s workers.

But things changed quickly, as oil and gas became a primary focus for the commissioners, on top of the historic issues of land use, roads, administration and other matters. (Post Independent)

ASPEN – Red Brick resident artist Cecilia Anthony will offer free a workshop on incorporating fabric into your art from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

Those interested in attending this free art workshop can call the Red Brick at 429-2777 or e-mail info@aspenart.org. Registration is limited to up to eight artists. Artists must bring their own canvas or board. Other materials will be supplied.

For more information visit http://www.aspenart.org.


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