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The Snowmass Base Village foreclosure sale has been rescheduled for Nov. 16, according to Destination Snowmass Services Inc., the receiver put in charge of handling financial matters for the troubled project. The syndicate of four banks, with Hypo Real Estate Capital Corp. as the managing agent, announced in August that they had engaged Eastdil Secured to market for sale the existing $400 million debt on the asset known as Snowmass Base Village. The postponement of the foreclosure will have no impact on Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Services Inc.’s day-to-day management of Base Village, including the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel – which is managed by Viceroy Hotels & Resorts – commercial operations, condominium sales, homeowner associations and special districts.

A new committee will decide on an official name for its recent acquisition, the 2,500-acre Droste open space that includes Upper North Mesa, Cozy Point, Airport Bluff, Aspen Mass and Burlingame Ranch West.The committee – comprising representatives from the city of Aspen, Pitkin County, the town of Snowmass Village and Aspen Valley Land Trust – is taking name submissions for a contest to rename what is now Brush Creek Valley/Droste Mountain Park.Participants can submit names for two different things: The ridgeline parcels between Snowmass Village and Shale Bluffs, and the entire 2,500 acre Mountain Park, which consists of all the open space parcels between Cozy Point, Upper North Mesa and Burlingame Ranch West. The finalist for the contest will be announced around the first of November.Email entries to through Oct. 1 or by regular mail to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, 530 E. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611.For more information, visit

The Snowmass Town Council on Monday asked to see a rendering of a bridge at the Brush Creek bike path before moving forward with a decision on the final design.The Open Space and Trails Department approached the council during an annual joint meeting with the Pitkin County commissioners seeking input prior to a final decision for the bridge. The bridge’s cost is estimated to be $500,000.When the Brush Creek Trail was designed and permitted in 2006, the open space and trails department planned to reuse sections of the old Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge for the upper and lower creek crossing, said Dale Will, director of the Open Space and Trails Department. Snowmass preferred a new bridge for the upper crossing near the roundabout and came forward with funding for the additional costs, read a memorandum to the Snowmass Town Council.At the time, the town said the “bridge didn’t look quite right” and would “cost share with the county and build a new bridge, Will said. The path the town and county discussed is the lower crossing that lies at the upper boundary of the county’s Cozy Point South parcel, where Holy Cross Electric has built an underground transmission line, Will said.The line constrains a space where the trails department can dig to place abutments that would cross above it, Will said. And to cross above it means encroaching on private property.”We did a handshake with the private owner of the property because we needed to encroach slightly on his land,” Will said. – Compiled by Christine Ina Casillas. For expanded coverage, visit

An expert on horse teeth will lead this year’s sixth annual horse owners seminar Friday at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic. This year’s featured speaker, Dr. Scott Marx, hails from Parker and is an expert in equine dentistry. Marx will discuss normal and abnormal anatomy of the equine mouth, sedation and exam techniques, dental care for the geriatric horse, and the effects of proper and improper dental care on equine performance. Marx will also discuss the controversial role of lay equine dentists in Colorado, and presentations will include additional short topics. The seminar will take place at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served, but seating is limited, and registration is required. Call the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic at (970) 945-5401 to sign up.

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