Use your head when celebrating today
It’s dry out there, and we encourage Fourth of July revelers to use their heads when soaking in the festivities.Pitkin County has a fire ban that outlaws smoking outdoors, open fires and explosives. And there’s also a fire ban on federal lands.Saying that, we implore folks to be careful out there today. It’s that dry, and any boneheaded move with fire-engaging devices could result in a nasty blaze.And while sparklers are legal, those who must use them should use them in “the safest way possible,” says Ron Ryan of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Today is intended to be a celebratory one, and using common sense will keep it that way. Tonight’s fireworks at the Aspen Golf Club will crown the festivities, and local firefighters will be overseeing the exhibition. Let’s leave the fireworks to the firefighters.And in the meantime, have a happy – and safe – Fourth.
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Basalt town government and its consultants have been working on an update to the 2007 land use master plan since April. The process has entered a critical stage. Residents can help determine density on key land parcels and other important issues at a meeting tonight.