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This is an invitation to explore a very special hiking trail in the Aspen area. Although the reader may be a resident of the lower Roaring Fork Valley, I can pretty well guarantee that it is worth the drive to get to the trailhead and to walk for a couple of hours in this remote area, Stirling Wilderness. Take the western loop of the trail past the Storm King Cabin as a good beginning hike.

Getting to the start of the trail is easy. Drive to the roundabout on the western edge of Aspen and go 6.5 miles up the Castle Creek road (which was just beautifully repaved). Take the well-groomed Little Annie dirt road for about 400 feet and park in a public site. Trail starts right there.

There are some fairly steep parts to the trail. It includes game trails and old mining (mule) accesses. It’s no trail for city-slickers who can’t walk beyond the end of their cars. But for those persons who like the peace and quiet of the backwoods, the time spent is well worth the effort. Good views, aspen and pine forests to travel through and some old mining sites and cabins to explore. There is a great picnic site and table about a half mile up the trail.



This is a free public trail that I built in honor of my son. He died 13 years ago in an outdoor accident in Utah, on Aug. 28, 1999.

If you wish, email me at buzzval@yahoo.com for a map and further details.



Buzz Cooper

New Castle

As a naturopathic doctor and chapter leader of the Roaring Fork Valley Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter, I am passionate about the availability of healthy organic food, locally produced in our valley. This is why I am concerned about the proposed bedrock crushing operation of Bedrock Resources LLC.

Eagle Springs Organic farm has recently achieved certified organic status after much work and expense, and this status, as well as the profitability of the entire enterprise, would be threatened by this new use of the adjacent property.

As Eagle Springs Organic is already established and this new land use would directly threaten its viability, I do not see how the Garfield County commissioners can support it.

According to the county’s Unified Land Use Resolution Standard 7-103, “The nature, scale, and intensity of a proposed use must be compatible with adjacent land uses and will not result in an adverse impact to adjacent land.” I see no reason to believe that this proposed land use change would not threaten this established business.

As a resident of this valley, I value locally produced healthy food, I support local businesses, and I support the security of local food for our health and national security. Please do not approve this land use change permit for Bedrock Resources, and encourage the company to find a more suitable location for this operation.

Jody Powell

Basalt

As a 15 year resident of Missouri Heights, I was quite dismayed to learn that there was even the remotest of chances that zoning here could be changed to allow for any commercial development, especially for a large commercial operation to use the property as a non-zoning-compliant cooking school, or to even sell Dragonfly Ranch as a spec home.

There is no legal, legislative, ethical or moral rationale for changing the zoning in a large, historic ranching and rural community merely for the financial benefit of a few commercial developers.

Besides these obvious precedents for keeping the zoning as it is, the roadway would be extremely and severely impacted. Upper Cattle Creek is steep, winding and with limited visibility. Adding substantially more vehicles would jeopardize the safety of everyone – motorists, bikers and hikers, not to mention our deer, foxes and even bald eagles, our national symbol.

I understand that the Eagle County commissioners and other officials have to view their proposal, but please do not acquiesce to their insensitive, dangerous and ill-conceived project.

Roberta McGowan

Carbondale


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