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Tygre named Volunteer of Year

Aspen Times Staff

A 24-year term on Aspens Planning and Zoning Commission may sound like a life sentence, but Jasmine Tygre keeps coming back for more.And City Councils have willingly reappointed her for more than two decades. Last week, her service earned Tygre the citys 2004 Volunteer of the Year Award.If you hang around long enough, anything can happen, Tygre reportedly said upon receiving the award during the annual reception for members of the citys boards and commissions.The award, a plaque and a $1,000 donation to a charity of the recipients choice, is given annually by the city in recognition of outstanding service. Tygre is contributing the money to the Aspen-Pitkin County Animal Shelter building fund; construction of a new shelter is currently under way.Her story is a familiar one Tygre arrived in Aspen to ski in the 1970s and wound up staying. She currently works at Carol Ann Jacobson Realty in Aspen.Herman Edel was mayor when she was first appointed to the P&Z, a volunteer commission that reviews land-use applications and makes recommendations to the council. He urged her to serve on the commission, Tygre recalled.Tygre is currently the commissions chairperson, as well as its most tenured member. She has participated in the review of plenty of controversial developments, from affordable housing projects to large hotels, including the hotly debated Ritz-Carlton Hotel, now the St. Regis. She also helped put together the original 1993 Aspen Area Community Plan and worked on its 2000 update.