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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – The town of Basalt will run a pilot program this fall for composting yard waste and pumpkins.

A trailer at Old Pond Park in Basalt will accept leaves, grass clippings, weeds, flowers, garden discards, sticks and branches less than 6 inches in diameter. Old jack-o-lanterns can be discarded there after Halloween. It is strongly encouraged that leaves be removed from bags and the bags reused. The compost trailer will be in place through Nov. 20.

The composting opportunity is available to residents of Basalt and the immediate surrounding area – but not for commercial operations. In addition, the composting site won’t accept branches larger than 6 inches in diameter, lumber, dirt or rock, metal, animal waste or plastic items.

The town is working with EverGreen Events on the pilot program. All material will be provided to CacaLoco, which will turn it into compost for soil building. It is estimated that about 50 percent of material discarded daily could be composted.

The Basalt Green Team organized the effort. If successful, the town will look for other ways of expanding its composting efforts.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – More than 4,800 of Garfield County’s registered voters had cast their mail-in ballots in the Nov. 1 general election as of Tuesday afternoon, which pleased county clerk and recorder Jean Alberico.

“That’s nearly 25 percent, which is pretty good at this point,” Alberico said Tuesday morning. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Voters are deciding on school board candidates, school district mill levies, a Carbondale fire district mill levy and a statewide sales and income tax increase for education funding.

The clerk’s office sent out 21,425 ballots for the election, which is being run as a mail-in only election, Alberico said. The clerk’s office reported that 4,818 of the ballots received so far had been certified as correctly filled out.

Alberico said 1,368 ballots were returned by the post office as undeliverable. State election law prohibits ballots from being forwarded by the post office.

The clerk’s office sent replacement ballots to voters wherever possible.

The office also sent letters to intended recipients advising them to contact the clerk’s office about an address change or to clear up deficiencies such as a lack of a signature on the ballot envelope. (Post Independent)


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