Solving the polling-place puzzle
Wonder where you’re voting? Here’s a familiar list of polling places in Pitkin County, all of which are handicap accessible.• Precinct 1 – Rio Grande Meeting Room (Old Aspen Youth Center), upper entrance, 455 Rio Grande Place, Aspen. Precinct 1 includes Roaring Fork east, Independence Pass and lower Smuggler.• Precinct 2 – St. Mary Catholic Church, 533 E. Main St., Aspen. Precinct 2 includes Aspen core south of Main Street, Ute Avenue and Shadow Mountain.• Precinct 3 – The Common House, 701 Independence Place, Aspen. Precinct 3 includes Red Mountain, Hunter Creek, residences north of Gibson Avenue and Park Circle.• Precinct 4 – First Baptist Church, 726 W. Francis St., Aspen. Precinct 4 includes the West End north of Main Street and Cemetery Lane.• Precinct 5 – Shultz Health & Human Services Building, 0405 Castle Creek Road, Aspen. Precinct 5 includes Maroon and Castle creeks, the Entrance to Aspen, the Aspen Business Center and Starwood.• Precinct 6 – Snowmass Chapel & Community Center, 5307 Owl Creek Road, Snowmass Village. Precinct 6 includes Snowmass Village.• Precinct 7 – Colorado Mountain College, 225 Sage Way, in the ABC. Precinct 7 includes Woody Creek, Brush Creek Village and Aspen Village.• Precinct 8 – Old Snowmass Fire Station, 1909 Snowmass Creek Road. Precinct 8 includes Snowmass and Capitol creeks, Old Snowmass and Lazy Glen.• Precinct 9 – Basalt Middle School, 51 School St., Basalt. Precinct 9 includes Basalt, Frying Pan Road and Emma.• Precinct 10 – Church at Redstone, 0213 Redstone Blvd. Precinct 10 includes the Crystal River Valley.On Tuesday, voters in Carbondale’s Precinct 2 will once again be treading unfamiliar ground, as they go to a new polling place at the Crystal Meadows senior citizens apartment complex.Also known as Carbondale Senior Housing, it is located at 1250 Hendrick Drive, sandwiched between the Crystal Village and Hendrick Ranch subdivisions.The move was necessitated by a decision by Hines Interests, developers of River Valley Ranch, to stop allowing Garfield County to use the RVR Barn as a polling place.Hines spokesman Bob Daniel said the decision was made because “it’s just a private facility, and it’s not something that we can continue on a long-term basis.”Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf said there was some talk of allowing the polls to relocate to the RVR clubhouse, but Daniel said he knew of no such offer.The polling place will be in Commons Room 4 of the Crystal Meadows complex.Precinct 2 includes the Crystal Village, Hendrick Ranch and River Valley Ranch neighborhoods, plus a section of old town east of Highway 133 to Weant Boulevard and north to Main Street. The precinct also includes the unincorporated area of Garfield County west of Highway 133 and south of Main Street/County Road 108.Other polling places for Carbondale-area voters are:• Precinct 1 – Carbondale Firehouse, 300 Meadowood Drive and Highway 133 (across the highway from the southern RVR entrance). Precinct 1 includes old town east of Weant and Highway 133, and extending north to include the Colorado Meadows subdivision. • Precinct 3 – Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., follow Fourth Street a block north of Main Street. Precinct 3 includes the areas north of Main Street and west of Town Hall, including Eighth Street, Roaring Fork Village and Satank.• Precinct 4 – at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, 16542 Old Highway 82, a short distance east of the intersection at Catherine Store Road (County Road 100) and the Catherine Store itself.• Precinct 5 – at the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection station at the H Lazy F Mobile Home Park, 5449 Highway 82, near the Colorado Mountain College turnoff to Spring Valley.Aspen Glen is split between Precincts 4 and 5. Areas east of the Roaring Fork River are in Precinct 4, and Aspen Glen residents on the west side of the river are in Precinct 5.Basalt/El Jebel-area voters in Eagle County will have two polling places to choose from:• Precinct 7 at Basalt Town Hall (Lions Park in the center of the old part of town).• Precincts 8, 24 and 25 at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.Voters are reminded to bring some form of identification to the polls to verify their voter registration, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport or other valid ID.Pre-election questions should be directed to the Garfield County Clerk’s Office at 945-2377, extension 1760.
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Bluebird skies, spring-like temperatures and a few inches of snow from Monday night’s storm helped Snowmass skiers and snowboarders cruise into the season Wednesday for opening day.