In short: Holy Cross Energy cancels rate changes for a period of time; county explores ballot tax hike

Holy Cross Energy suspends tariff changes

At the request of the Colorado Bureau of Energy on behalf of Governor Jared Polis, local rural electric cooperative Holy Cross Energy has agreed to temporarily suspend proposed electricity rate changes that are slated to take effect September 1.

Under Colorado law, Holy Cross members are credited for the energy rate of the electricity they export to the power grid from a renewable generator, such as solar panels. Tariff changes proposed by the utility included splitting the current energy tariff into two components: a new delivery charge intended to recover the costs of operating the HCE electricity network, and a reduced energy charge reflecting only energy costs. delivered. Homeowners and solar installers opposed the proposed rate changes because of the reduced energy charges they would receive for their exported energy.

“HCE remains committed to a responsible transition to a clean and equitable energy future for all members of our cooperative,” said President and CEO Bryan Hannegan. “We appreciate the time our members have taken to review these proposed rate changes and offer their feedback.”

The temporary suspension of proposed rates will be in place until at least January 1, 2024. To view the proposed rate changes, visit

County to assess support for affordable housing and child care tax

Pitkin County Commissioners decided this week to use a countywide survey to gauge community support for a dedicated tax and bonding authority to support affordable housing and child care programs in the count. The inquest is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1.

“Housing is a big challenge here in Pitkin County. This impacts our workforce, their families, our businesses and our local economy,” said Francie Jacober, President of the BOCC. “Alongside housing, access to childcare is also critically important to many of these same employees and employers. We believe these issues go hand in hand, and that improving both will help maintain our community character, strengthen and sustain our workforce, support our local economy, and overall make Pitkin County a great place to live and raise a family.

The survey will be administered through phone calls to mobile phones and landlines. Calls will originate from the 970 area code. The public can also receive invitations to participate in the online survey via SMS and emails. The survey will be available online in English and Spanish for all community members to complete.

Commissioners will have a presentation and analysis of the results of the investigation at a public meeting later in June, county officials said. Then they will have until September 8 to decide whether or not to ask a question about the 2023 ballot.

Opening of the new West KnifeWorks in Aspen

New West KnifeWorks will open its new outlet Thursday in downtown Aspen. The 1,000 square foot space is located along the Aspen Pedestrian Mall at 413 E. Hyman Ave.

Shoppers will be able to browse knives with colorful handles, throw a tomahawk or watch the knife sharpening and laser engraving process. The space will also be available to rent after hours for private events.

“Aspen is Fifth Avenue in Mountain West,” says Corey Milligan, founder of New West KnifeWorks. “Given the success of our store in Jackson Hole over the past 20 years, Aspen is a perfect fit for our American-made knife shop.”

New West KnifeWorks is no stranger to Aspen. For the past few years, he has sponsored or collaborated with chefs at Aspen Food and Wine, and this year is no different. It will host several high-profile chefs and also plans to collaborate with local nonprofits in the area and donate proceeds to support the fundraising efforts of organizations working for the greater good, officials said. .

Christy Sports opens Friday in St. Regis

Christy Sports will open a store in Aspen on Friday, just inside the St. Regis Aspen Resort, and will provide specialty rental and outdoor retail services year-round, the company said.

The store will offer a variety of rental options for touring vehicles, bicycles and electric vehicles, as well as a large selection of high-end summer resort clothing, active equipment and accessories. Throughout the winter, customers will find gear, outerwear and casual wear in the store.

Christy Sports will also offer rental and demo equipment for skis and snowboards, bootfting, tuning and repairs.

“We are excited to continue our strategic growth, offering new and existing customers the opportunity to experience our world-class service in the new Aspen location,” said Gary Montes de Oca, director of development and strategy at Christy Sports.

Senior Center closed for renovation until September

The Pitkin County Senior Center is undergoing renovations and will be closed May 25 through early September. During the closure, Elder Services staff will continue to provide services and programs to seniors in the community at other locations. The lunch program will be operational four days a week beginning June 5 at the Social Services Building at 405 Castle Creek Road. No lunch or programming is available Memorial Day week.

Visit and check out Pitkin County’s current newsletter for seniors for up-to-date program and location information. Call (970) 920-5432

DanceAspen will offer its first summer program

DanceAspen’s first-ever summer program, “Solstice,” will premiere August 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Opera House.

“’Solstice’ will be DanceAspen’s most exciting program to date. It is an honor and a privilege for the company to welcome the level of creative genius that Cayetano Soto and Matthew Neenan bring to the stage. I also can’t wait to bring back one of our all-time favorite works by the iconic Danielle Rowe,” said Laurel Jenny Winton, Executive Director of DanceAspen.

The summer premiere will feature new creations by choreographers Matthew Neenan and Cayetano Soto. In addition to Neenan’s piece and Soto’s two US premieres, DanceAspen will host a return of Everybody’s in St. Barth’s by choreographer Danielle Rowe.

Garfield County wants to sit down with state transportation leaders on traffic

Garfield County sent a letter to CDOT, requesting roundtables with local governments to discuss expected growth in the area and the impact it will have on a congested road network.

The letter, which was addressed to CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew, cites increasing population projections and the need for a “safer, more efficient and reliable multimodal transportation system for the I-70 and State Highway corridors.” 82″.

“Based on population and employment projections, particularly along the I-70 corridor, Garfield County’s population is projected to increase 40% from 62,000 in 2020 to 86,000 in 2040,” the letter notes. County. “The number of jobs in Garfield County will increase 40% over the same period, from approximately 36,000 to 51,000.”

In recent years, local roads have also experienced disruptions due to natural disasters, such as forest fires, debris flows, landslides, etc., which further impact traffic flows already important.

“It seems vital to us that CDOT, the largest transportation player in our region and the state, be involved and ideally facilitate a series of transportation roundtables for local governments in Garfield County,” says the letter.

The letter was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners, 3-0, and signed by the board, and is expected to be signed by the towns of Parachute, Silt, New Castle and Carbondale, and the towns of Rifle and Glenwood Springs. . The letter can be read on the county’s website.

Valley View adds a urologist

Valley View’s Rocky Mountain Urology Center announced the addition of board-certified urologist Scott Castle, MD.

Join board-certified urologists Aashish Kabra, MD; Jamie Lowe, MD; and Nurse Practitioner Ashley Gilley, ANP at Rocky Mountain Urology Center, Dr. Castle is a general urologist. He is also a leader in da Vinci surgery, a minimally invasive treatment for benign and cancerous conditions.

As the only full-time urology practice in the area, from the Roaring Fork Valley and Vail to De Beque, Rocky Mountain Urology Center has locations in Aspen, Eagle, Rifle and Glenwood Springs.

For more information at 970.928.0808.

Sound Immersion Event at Carbondale Library in June

Ildi Ingraham will present a sound immersion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Carbondale Branch Library.

Organizers explain the experience as deep peace and bliss while listening to the healing sounds of crystal and metal singing bowls, gong and chimes. Bring a rug, pillow, blanket, and anything else to be comfortable. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 970-963-2889.

The rate of car thefts decreases in the first quarter

The first quarter of 2023 shows a 22% drop in car thefts from 2022, state police reported last week. The first quarter car theft occurrence numbers look similar to 2020 numbers.

“The notable decline in auto theft is a testament to the resilience of our citizens and the collaborative effort of many law enforcement agencies and key partners across the state,” said Colorado Chief Matthew C. Packard. State Patrol. “However, now is not the time to rest and relax your vehicle safeties. CATPA and the Colorado State Patrol ask that you continue to stay in this fight to reduce auto theft and crime in general in your communities.

Auto theft is a catalytic crime that often sets off a chain reaction of other crimes, according to state police, citing as examples burglaries, robberies, reckless driving, escapes, crimes related to drug and weapons offences.

Aspen Meadows Resort Juneteenth Celebration Tickets On Sale

Tickets are on sale now for the Juneteenth Celebration at the Aspen Meadows Resort on Sunday, June 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Returning for the second year after a highly successful inaugural celebration, this brunch-inspired event will celebrate the June 19 holiday and feature dishes from acclaimed chefs Erick Williams and JJ Johnson, wine curated by Tahiira Habibi and a musical tribute to 50 years. of hip hop.

The uplifting gathering, which falls on the final day of the Food & Wine Classicoffers panoramic mountain views from Plato’s Restaurant and Terrace and the Madeleine K. Albright Pavilion at the Walter Isaacson Center.

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