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Civic meeting areas and places of worship have been set up in the community for people to gather and take their feelings, thoughts, questions, concerns and/or prayers.

The areas are:

– Pitkin County Library meeting room, Sunday, from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Aspen City Council chambers, tonight, from 4 to 5 p.m.

– Aspen Chapel and Aspen Community Church, any evening from 5 to 6 p.m.

– St. Mary’s Church, during its normal open hours.

– Basalt Town Hall, tonight through Sunday, 5 to 6 p.m.

– All Basalt-area churches,open all day

For additional information, to be added to the list or to make updates or corrections, contact Tricia McKenzie at 618-5475.

Election

Register to vote by April 7

Aspen residents who are not registered to vote in the city have until April 7 to do so, if they want to cast a ballot in the May 6 election.

Residents may register at either the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office or the city clerk’s office. To register, one must swear they have been a resident of the city for at least the past 30 days, according to City Clerk Kathryn Koch.

Voters who will be out of town this spring may cast a ballot in the spring election either by voting early in the city clerk’s office or via absentee ballot.

A voting machine will be set up in the clerk’s office beginning April 21. Applications are now available from the clerk for those who would like an absentee ballot mailed to them.

The May election in Aspen features both a City Council race and a mayoral race. A runoff election, if needed, will be held June 3.

More than two years after the process started to determine if, when and where a new library should be built in the midvalley, it is restarting almost from scratch.

A public meeting will be held tonight, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Eagle County Community Center, to give midvalley residents a chance to talk about what they want in a new library. The community center is the new building constructed by the county south of the El Jebel intersection.

The architectural team hired by the district will be at the meeting to find out what is on the wish list of library patrons. Helping to determine what should be in the library will help determine the building’s design.

Two years of debate among midvalley residents and internal squabbles among the library district board members and personnel have hampered the selection process. The district now appears to be on track.

The library board has picked the Levinson property near downtown Basalt as the preferred site for a main library and the Willits subdivision near El Jebel as the site for a second facility.

However, “no decision has been made,” noted board member Polly Pollard.

The architectural team didn’t intend to discuss location at tonight’s meeting, but it might arise anyway, Pollard noted. A citizens group called People for a Library at Willits is rallying residents to share their thoughts about needed services and to lobby for the Willits location.

The group has blanketed the midvalley with flyers about the meeting.

Pollard said the war in Iraq and spring break at local schools threaten to limit participation in the meeting. However, a series of community events are planned by the library district over the next few months to get the public involved in the selection process.


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