The Eagle County Commissioners say they’ll be reviewing that development called the “Tree Farm” Monday, with a public hearing starting at 5:00 in the El Jebel Community Center. Discussion’s expected to continue on the proposed housing plan for the project. You’ll recall from our reports earlier in the week, property owner “Ace” Lane only plans to build about 43 deed-restricted units of the 340 on the property, that could be truly “affordable” for most locals who need less expensive housing. The current proposal shows rent for a 2-bedroom apartment there going for nearly $2000 a month. Think it might go better if you bought a place? The 330 condos and lofts there would currently sell for around half a million dollars each. At the commissioners’ planned review Monday, Lane’s people claim there’ll be a better mix of choices and prices.
The man found dead in an El Jebel irrigation ditch this week has been identified now by the Eagle County Coroner’s office as local Jose Angel Ramos. Basalt first responders say Ramos was found unconscious around 7:00 Wednesday morning, but it was quickly determined he had died. The coroner hasn’t made the cause of his death public.
Basalt’s process of hiring a new Town Manager also progresses. 4 candidates remain in the chase for the job there. All are expected in town today, going through a grueling 7-hour interview process before town council members, staffers, and some local citizens. The names of the 4 finalists aren’t being released, in order to protect their current jobs, according to interim manager Davis Farrar. He and former interim Ron Miller have been holding the fort down since Mike Scanlon resigned last August. Basalt also got some advice for a time from retired Breckenridge manager Tim Gagen. Today’s sessions are expected to lead to a smaller group of “final” finalists, maybe 2 or 3, going through further interviews and a mixer with locals next week. Council’s expected to name the new Basalt manager a week from today, on the 28th.
This evening at 5, a group of locals calling themselves “Citizens of The Roaring Fork Valley” plans to meet outside the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. That’ll be just as Senator Cory Gardner of Yuma is addressing the Garfield County Republican Freedom Dinner. The group hopes to gather in large enough numbers to persuade the Senator to hold a Town Hall meeting somewhere in the Roaring Fork Valley, so he can hear local concerns.
Tomorrow, Saturday, is Earth Day 2017. If you’d like to help out the planet, Ma Nature would probably appreciate your assistance, along with a lot of other folks, in cleaning up the Fryingpan River! Registration and your free hot breakfast start at 8:30, at Lions Park in Basalt. You’ll get your orange vest and trash bags there too. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. There’ll be prizes for Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash, Best of Trash, and Best Photo. Learn more, including what to wear and what to bring, at roaring fork dot org.
Remember the 10th annual 5Point Adventure Film Festival continues today and tonight in Carbondale, beginning with the “Enormocast” podcast at noon. There’ll be a special program at 1:00, celebrating highlights of the past decade, with free admission for high school and middle school students. The evening program of 13 short films over 3 hours begins at 7:00 at the Crystal Theater. Check out everything about the festival at 5 point film dot org.
Despite some rain, the new pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River and I-70 in Glenwood Springs opened to foot and bike traffic Thursday. Work has yet to be done to install an elevator, but the decks are complete, replacing a much narrower walkway that often got down to single-file along the existing Grand Avenue Bridge. As you’re walking or riding, however, you could still encounter some construction fencing and barrels. The foot bridge is one of the first things to be done in in massing and lengthy overall bridge project, but it is a sure sign that progress is being made.