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Pitkin will donate to Basalt shooting range – if Eagle County will

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners agreed this week to put up to $7,500 to improvements at the Basalt shooting range if Eagle County will do the same.

“We need to see if Eagle County is serious about this side of their constituency,” said Commissioner Michael Owsley.

The town of Basalt is seeking a grant from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for an estimated $163,000 project involving the construction of two, eight-stall, insulated enclosures at the range, one for rifle use and one for the pistol range. Muffling noise that is a sore point with neighbors is the goal.

The town needs to provide 25 percent matching funds to secure DOW funding, or $40,500. It has budgeted $20,000 and is seeking partners to put up money as well.

The range is a safe place for hunters to sight their rifles, as opposed to their backyards, and well-used facility by other gun owners, said Owsley, in support of the request.

“There is a huge percentage of the community who goes there – they just don’t tell anybody they go there,” he said.

Commissioners initially discussed a $10,000 contribution – a sum Commissioner Jack Hatfield said made him nauseous. He suggested $5,000 and his elected colleagues ultimately split the difference, settling on $7,500 if Eagle County will match it.

“I would suggest that the neighbors who have so actively fought the facility contribute as well,” Commissioner George Newman said.

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