News in brief
November 18, 2011
ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. intends to submit a master plan to Pitkin County for redevelopment at the base of Buttermilk next month, according to a company executive.
In the meantime, Skico’s temporary-use permit for its Powder Pandas building, the children’s ski school headquarters at Buttermilk, will expire Nov. 28 unless the county extends it, according to David Corbin, Skico vice president of planning development. He appeared before county commissioners on Wednesday to seek relief.
Commissioners agreed that a one-year extension for use of the Pandas building could be issued administratively by county staff.
“We’re about 90 percent complete with the master plan application,” Corbin said.
At one time, the Skico envisioned an ambitious redevelopment of the ski area base, but the master plan will essentially propose replacement of the Powder Pandas building and a structure that contains offices and small rental shop, plus remodeling the Bumps building, which contains a restaurant, ticket office and a retail store.
“We aren’t proposing any residential use, any lodging or any housing,” Corbin said. “It’s really just ski services facilities.”
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Buttermilk opens for the season on Dec. 10.
ASPEN – The U.S. Forest Service is now selling Christmas tree permits at its offices in Aspen and Carbondale.
In addition, Bureau of Land Management permits are available at the agency’s Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt. Tree cutting is allowed on most area BLM-administered lands in Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Mesa counties with the following exceptions: wilderness study areas, Deep Creek along Coffee Pot Road, Thompson Creek Natural Area and Garfield Creek, south of New Castle.
Those cutting trees must have a valid permit with them. BLM permits are valid on BLM lands; Forest Service permits are valid on the national forest. Permit costs range from $8 to $10 per tree; permits come with information explaining regulations and helpful tips. Both federal agencies also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability and any restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, in wilderness areas, or near lakes, streams or wetland areas.
WOODY CREEK – Friends of Michael McAllister are invited to a Celebration of Life memorial from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Woody Creek Community Center in Woody Creek (next to the tavern). All are welcome.