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Council to decide format of May election

The Aspen City Council will soon decide whether the May 5 election will involve all-mail ballots and a voting center or traditional polling places.

During a Jan. 5 work session, the council will address the issue, which arose when the Colorado state legislature adopted two bills affecting the way municipal elections are held. In 2013, the state legislature adopted House Bill 1303, which requires counties to mail ballots to all registered voters. The other bill, House Bill 14-1164 which was signed in February, adopted mail ballot procedures for municipalities, as well as for special districts.

City Council to talk local climate change impacts

The City of Aspen’s Canary Initiative is taking on the new challenge of preparing for a changing environment due to climate change. The first two steps in this process involve a City Council work session on Jan. 5 and online citizen input at http://www.OurFutureAspen.com and the City’s open City Hall site starting Jan. 5 At the work session at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers staff from the City of Aspen’s Canary Initiative and the Aspen Global Change Institute will present findings from the new report “Climate Change and Aspen.” The slightest changes to our climate will affect Aspen’s tourism-based economy which relies heavily on our current environment. The public is encouraged to attend the work session and provide feedback, which is the first step in a variety of citizen engagement projects on this issue.