The Aspen City Council voted unanimously at its meeting last night , to approve a resolution supporting settlements reached with several opposers to Aspen’s two pending water court cases regarding its storage rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks. The resolution is a result of negotiations between the City and several parties over the proposed sites of the future reservoirs.
 
If similar settlements are reached with all of the opposing parties in the two cases, Aspen will file a water court application to transfer both its water storage rights to one or more locations that are not in wilderness areas including city-owned land in the Woody Creek area, the Aspen Golf Course,/or any other location
 
Aspen has held its conditional water storage rights on Maroon Creek and Castle Creek since 1965.     In 2016, as required by law, Aspen filed applications with the Division 5 Water Court to continue these conditional water storage rights for another six-year period.  A total of ten parties filed statements of opposition to one or both applications.  The City of Aspen has been working diligently with the opposing parties to reach mutually agreeable settlements of these lawsuits.

DHM Design’s Carbondale studio and Singletrack Trails want to engage the public to participate in the planning of access trails on the newly acquired Red Hill property.  DHM will be hosting an open house to garner ideas from the community as part of the First Friday festivities, 5:30 – 7pm, June 1.  The Carbondale landscape architecture firm and the trail designer are working with the Town of Carbondale, Aspen Valley Land Trust and project stakeholders to create these access trails. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the DHM and Singletrack staffs as well as offer suggestions.  The open house takes place at the DHM office at 311 Main Street in Carbondale

Ballots for the June 26 primary election will be mailed on June 4 as Coloradans choose their nominees in several key open races including governor, attorney general and state treasurer. Sample ballots with the candidates running for each office can be found at www.eaglecounty.us/Clerk/Voting_and_Elections/Upcoming_Elections/.
 
Voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican party will automatically receive their party’s ballot.
 
Today, May 29, is the last day for unaffiliated voters to select a Democratic or Republican primary ballot. Those who do not select a ballot will receive both a Democratic and Republican ballot in the mail; these voters are reminded to only vote on and return one of the two ballots received. If a person votes on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, neither one will count. 
 
Proposition 108, which allowed participation for unaffiliated voters in primary elections, was approved by Coloradans 2016. This June’s primary will be the first time in state history that unaffiliated voters will be able to participate in the primary without first choosing to be a member of a particular party.
 
For more information, contact Eagle County Clerk & Recorder Regina O’Brien at 970-328-8783 or regina.obrien@eaglecounty.us.