News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The installation of a crane will begin Monday on the Aspen Valley Hospital grounds in preparation for the hospital expansion project.

Opaque fencing has been placed around the construction site, and large straw bales block views of the site for patients, as well as provide noise insulation. The crane will take about four days to erect.

Extending 150 feet into the air, the crane will be visible from a distance. It will be powered by electricity, however, and won’t generate an audible sound, according to the hospital. A rotating light at the top of the crane is required by the Federal Aviation Administration for safety reasons.

The crane will be located on the northeast side of the building and will be used for snow removal, to move materials from one location to another, and to lift heavy objects such as beams. Use of the crane minimizes the need for other heavy equipment, the hospital said.

Questions about the crane or other aspects of construction should be directed to Frank Goldsmith at or 309-8809.

ASPEN – The public is invited to offer its input on a master plan for the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport during a Tuesday, March 15 meeting.

Input on all airport facilities, including the terminal, fixed base operation and hangars, is encouraged. The meeting will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Airport Operations Center off Owl Creek Road.

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PITKIN COUNTY – Pitkin County is seeking applicants for several citizen advisory boards.

Openings exist on the Animal Shelter Board, Board of Adjustment, Board of Appeal, Financial Advisory Board, Open Space and Trails Board (District 5), Planning and Zoning Commission, Redstone Historic Preservation Commission and the Senior Services Council, along with advisory groups on broadcast services and conflicts of interest.

Those interested in serving should apply online by April 4 at

BASALT – Basalt-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will host an ambassador orientation party for community members to meet other volunteers who have a desire to improve the valley’s public lands through trail work and conservation projects.

RFOV ambassadors help make sure project volunteers are having a positive experience when out on a trail work day or conservation project. One or two ambassadors are present on each RFOV project day to help with volunteer registration; distribute drinks and snacks during the project; recruit volunteers for RFOV committees, crew leader training, and other activities; and to handle other duties.

The orientation will include a presentation about RFOV’s ambassador program and a preview of the nonprofit’s 2011 trail and conservation work project season.

A light dinner will be served. The orientation will be March 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Basalt Library community room.

To RSVP for the event or for more information about the program, call 927-8241 or e-mail