Pitkin County briefs
Water talk Thursday
Pitkin County will hold a Town Hall meeting on the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Rio Grande Room, 455 Rio Grande Place, in Aspen.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is spearheading a series of water basin roundtable meetings in each of the state’s eight major river basins, plus an additional roundtable focusing on the Denver metropolitan area. Resident input gathered at these meetings will become part of the plan to help meet statewide water needs now and into the future. Hickenlooper has ordered Colorado’s first water plan be completed by December 2015. The progress of the water-plan development can be followed online at www. coloradowaterplan.com.
Glenwood Springs-based civil engineering and surveying firm SGM has been tasked with developing the implementation plan that will become part of the statewide water plan. Louis Meyer, the SGM project manager, will make a short presentation at the meeting describing the details of the Colorado Water Plan and how it impacts Pitkin County. The audience then will have the opportunity to engage in interactive dialog to express their viewpoints and concerns.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Angie Fowler at 970-384-9027.
Aging Well Community Planning Initiative sets priorities
According to Colorado Census figures, nearly one quarter of the population in Pitkin County is age 60 or older, with the age 80 and older demographic growing at a faster rate than any other locally. This was the impetus for a six-month-long strategic planning effort called the “Aging Well Community Planning Initiative.” The effort has resulted in a list of priorities that have the best interests of the age 60-plus population in Pitkin County at heart.
Among the priorities identified in the plan are ensuring that older adults will be able to age in place, be safe and have access to physical and mental-health services. They’ll also have access to services that support their wellness including nutrition, exercise, brain fitness, socialization and spirituality. Other priorities identified in the plan include encouraging social and civic engagement as the community increasingly recognizes older adults as an essential and valued segment of the population. A senior center that is properly sized, designed and located to serve the needs of a growing and aging older population also is listed as a priority along with a centralized, user-friendly system for accessing information that is important and relevant to older adults.
A “Senior Summit” is planned in mid-June where community leaders, partners, resources and priority completion dates in the plan will be identified. The date and time of the summit has yet to be determined. More information is available online at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/seniorservices.
Raising chickens for fun and food
Shana Miller, chicken raiser, will discuss requirements for raising laying hens and broilers at high altitude. Topics will include raising pullets, protection from predators, feed requirement, breed selection, roosters and how to create a happy coop.
Kids are welcome as there will be chickens on site. The discussion is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pitkin County Landfill, located at mile marker 32 on Highway 82. Call 970-429-2885 for more information.
— Compiled by staff writer Michael McLaughlin
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Aspen Skiing Co. officials made a tag-team appeal to the Pitkin County Commissioners Wednesday urging approval for the proposed expansion of the Pandora’s terrain and other projects on Aspen Mountain. The commissioners continued the hearing until Aug. 28, when a vote is possible.