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ASPEN – Cliff Weiss, a member of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission for nearly four years, has filed a petition to run for City Council.The election will be held May 3. Three others have thrown their hat in the ring for one of the two seats up for re-election: Councilman Steve Skadron, longtime community volunteer Marcia Goshorn and finance specialist Adam Frisch. Weiss has been a full-time Aspen resident since 1974 and an active community volunteer for the last 12 years. He said he has been keeping up with local issues since 1978. A ski instructor employed by Aspen Skiing Co. and a resort marketing specialist, Weiss unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2003 and 2005.In his recent bid for an appointment to an interim position on the council – the seat vacated by Dwayne Romero in February – Weiss said he is knowledgeable enough about city affairs to “hit the ground running.” The City Council ultimately chose Ruth Kruger for the interim seat, partly because she said she had no plans to seek the position permanently.”I do my homework and arrive prepared and have been doing so as a volunteer for quite some time,” Weiss said in the prepared statement he submitted last month. “I understand the council process and I am a team player, a good listener and a creative problem solver.”As a P&Z member, Weiss has been extensively involved in the rewrite of the Aspen Area Community Plan. He also has served with a variety of other civic groups, including the S-Curves Task Force and Citizens for a Small Town Entrance. He also is a board member of the Villas of Aspen Homeowner Association.
ASPEN – With a state computer system off-line, the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office cannot currently provide same-day printing of vehicle titles.The computer system, which handles motor vehicle titles and registration, was out of service last week and the problems are expected to continue until Monday, April 4. The resulting difficulties are being experienced statewide.The county clerk’s office can still perform title transactions, but the title document cannot be printed until the state system is restored. The documents will be mailed to vehicle owners at that time.All motor vehicle registrations can be renewed online at http://www.colorado.gov or at the county motor vehicle office (the clerk’s office).
ASPEN – Pitkin County Library users can now access resources housed in a host of other libraries through the Prospector Library System. The local library linked in with the Prospector catalog on March 2, giving library card holders access to an additional 27 academic, public and special libraries, including the University of Colorado at Boulder and a number of other Colorado college libraries.”Your Pitkin County Library card can now do ten times more for you than it could a month ago,” said Librarian Kathy Chandler is a press release.The local library had already been connected to a network with other libraries around the Western Slope. The broader access provided by Prospector brings within easy reach 10 million unique titles and 20 million copies, including printed books, e-books, journals, movies, music and other items, according to Chandler.So far, more than 700 requests have passed between users of the library in Aspen and larger collections around Colorado and Wyoming.
BASALT – Basalt Middle School was among the public schools in Colorado that received a Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for 2010.The award is given annual by the Colorado Department of Education to schools that have demonstrated the highest student growth on the statewide assessment tests across three years.The school received the same distinction in 2009. “It feels great to have sustained growth over time,” said Basalt Middle School Principal Jeremy Voss. “We just completed the 2011 CSAPS, so hopefully we keep this rolling.”
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